If you’re tired of the same old chili, try this sweet and tangy baked bean turkey chili recipe. This is a hearty, warming meal that has green onions, ground turkey, and the sweet and savory flavors of baked beans.
Chili is one of my favorite easy, family friendly dinners. There are so many varieties, so it’s pretty easy to find a version that suits your tastes.
When we’re in the mood for something different, we make this sweet and tangy turkey chili that reminds me of baked beans. It’s an easy recipe that kids and adults love.
Ground turkey, pinto beans, black beans, and a flavorful, saucy base make this recipe extra delicious. Serve it with homemade vegan cornbread for a hearty meal that will fill you up!
- Ground Turkey – Be sure to use 93% lean ground turkey for the best flavor and texture. If you go any leaner than that, the turkey tends to be quite dry.
- Beans – I used canned pinto beans and black beans. You could use a different variety if you like.
- Tomato Sauce – Plain canned tomato sauce makes up the base of this chili. You could also use homemade tomato puree.
- Mustard – Yellow mustard is a key ingredient – it adds a nice zip to this recipe.
- Sugar – Brown sugar adds a sweetness that is reminiscent of baked beans.
- If you would rather use ground beef, you can do that. You could also use ground bison if you prefer.
- Feel free to use different beans if you like. Try navy beans or kidney beans – pretty much any variety of canned beans would work well in this recipe.
- If you want to add more vegetables, you can do that. Try adding some chopped bell peppers or even some celery or carrots if you like.
Step by Step Instructions
- Put the green onions and ground turkey in a pot and cook over medium heat until the turkey is fully cooked.
- Add the beans, tomato sauce, broth, ketchup, mustard, brown sugar, and spices to the pot.
- Stir well and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer for about 20 minutes.
- Serve the chili topped with green onions or cilantro if desired.
Store leftover chili in an airtight container in the refrigerator. It should stay fresh for about 4 days.
You can freeze this if you like. Freeze individual portions in freezer safe containers. They should stay fresh frozen for up to 3 months.
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Sweet Baked Bean Turkey Chili.
- 1 pounds ground turkey
- 6 green onions white and green parts chopped, plus more for garnish
- 15 ounces black beans don’t drain
- 15 ounces pinto beans drained and rinsed
- 1 cup tomato sauce
- 1 cup chicken broth
- ¼ cup ketchup
- ½ cup water
- 3 Tablespoons mustard
- 3 Tablespoons dark brown sugar
- 1 teaspoon sea salt
- ½ teaspoon pepper
- ½ teaspoon paprika
- In a large soup pot, place the ground turkey, and chopped green onions. Cook over medium heat until turkey is cooked through.
- Drain off any excess grease.
- Add the black beans with their juice, pinto beans, tomato sauce, broth, ketchup, water, mustard, dark brown sugar, sea salt, pepper, and paprika.
- Bring to a boil, then reduce heat to a simmer. Simmer for 20 minutes to let the flavors blend.
- Season with more salt and pepper to taste. Top each serving with more green onions, cilantro, or cheese as desired.