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Black Bean Chili from Dried Beans
Black Bean Chili from Dried Beans
This Black Bean Chili recipe is healthy, delicious and super satisfying. It starts with dried beans, which are budget-friendly too! Use ground turkey or your choice of protein.Jump to Recipe
After last week’s post, I was in the mood for more comfort food. The type that soothes the soul and satisfies the belly.
We love chili around here, so I figured I’d try my hand at making chili from scratch! I’m not using canned beans today… I’m using good ol’ dried beans.
Did you know California produces about 3 million pounds of dried beans every year?
Thank you, California Bean farmers! We love em’… keep em’ coming…
I know my title says Black Bean Chili, but I did mix it up and added some pintos beans as well. For the protein, I used Foster Farms ground turkey and a whole lot of herbs and spices. They’re pretty common though, so I’m sure you will have them in your pantry.
Here is the base of the recipe…
Aren’t they beautiful? I also love that they have an abundant shelf-life… usually at least a year.
Start by adding the beans to a pot along with a quartered onion and a few bay leaves. Place on the stove and simmer for about three hours or until beans are tender.
Go read a book. Do some gardening. Take a nap!
At about hour two, we start making the turkey chili base…
Pour two tablespoons of olive oil into a skillet and heat over medium heat. Add diced onion, garlic, and all the spices.
Stir and cook for another minute or so.
Once the onion mixture is combined and aromatic, add the beer and continue to simmer until reduced a bit.
Add in the turkey until cooked through (about 4-5 minutes) and a can of diced tomatoes. Simmer lightly until ready to transfer to beans, making sure liquid does not fully evaporate… you want some of that yummy juice to add into the beans.
Combine the bean and chili mixture and allow to simmer another 30 minutes or until married together.
And you come out with a big ol’ pot of yum.
I love my chili served with sour cream and chives, but feel free to use any topping you prefer! No rules here!
Dig in and enjoy!
Black Bean Chili with Turkey
Dried Bean Base:
- 1/2 LB dried black beans rinsed
- 1/2 LB dried pinto beans rinsed
- 8 cups water
- 1 1 yellow onion peeled and quartered
- 2 bay leaves
- Real California sour cream
- shredded cheese
- chopped chives
- buttered toast or garlic bread
- Place the beans in a pot and add the water, onion and bay leaves. Bring to a boil and then simmer on the stove for 2.5 hours or until tender
- At about hour two, add the olive oil to a skillet and heat. Add the diced onion with a teaspoon of salt and cook until softened, about 6-7 minutes. Add the garlic and spices and stir for a minute until very aromatic.
- Add the beer to the pan and scrape up any browned bits. Simmer for a few minutes while stirring.
- Add in the ground turkey with salt and pepper and stir to keep any large clumps forming. Stir, cooking about 5 more minutes. Add the can of tomatoes and allow mixture to come to a very low simmer. (You can also turn the heat off if you have a lot of time left for the beans to be ready.)
- Once the beans are ready to join the chili mix, remove the bay leaves and large chunks of onion. Add the chili mixture to the beans and stir to combine.
- Cook over medium/low heat for 30 minutes. Adjust salt as needed. Serve and enjoy.