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Weeknight Black Bean Chili

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Weeknight Black Bean Chili

This warm and comforting black bean chili is fast enough to pull together on a busy weeknight and soothing enough to make the stress of the day melt away.

Total Cost $7.19 recipe / $1.20 serving
Prep Time10minutes
Cook Time25minutes
Total Time35minutes
Servings6(just over one cup each)


  • 1Tbspolive oil $0.16
  • 1yellow onion $0.32
  • 4clovesgarlic $0.32
  • 1/2lb.ground turkey$2.50
  • 3 15 oz.cansblack beans $2.37
  • 1 15 oz.candiced tomatoes with green chiles* $0.79
  • 3oz.tomato paste (1/2 of a 6oz. can or about 1/4 cup)$0.26
  • 1Tbspchili powder** $0.30
  • 1/2tspcumin $0.05
  • 1/2tspsmoked paprika $0.05
  • 1/2tsporegano $0.05
  • 1/4tspsalt (or to taste)$0.02


  1. Dice the onion and mince the garlic. Add the onion and garlic to a large pot with 1 Tbsp olive oil and cook over medium-low heat just until softened (2-3 minutes).
  2. Add the ground turkey to the pot and continue to sauté until the turkey is cooked through (5-7 minutes). Break the turkey up into small crumbles with your spoon as it cooks.
  3. Add the three cans of beans (undrained), the diced tomatoes (undrained), tomato paste, chili powder, cumin, smoked paprika, and oregano. Stir everything to combine.
  4. Let the chili simmer for about 10 minutes to let the flavors blend and help the liquid thicken slightly. Taste the chili and add salt as needed (this will depend on the salt content of your canned goods. I added about 1/4 tsp). Serve with your favorite chili toppings.

Recipe Notes

*If you want a mild chili, you can use plain diced tomatoes instead of diced tomatoes with green chiles.

**This chili powder is a mild, earthy blend of spices, including mild red chiles.

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