Who doesn’t love a good ‘ol pot of Turkey, Sausage & Black Bean Chili? It’s absolutely perfect on its own, but can totally make other things even better. Take fries, for instance…throw some chill on fries with cheese and – BOOM! – chili cheese fries! You know what else works? Leftover chili in the morning with a fried egg on top. Yeap! Breakfast. Counting the garnishes and side of cornbread, it’s basically all four food groups in one meal and who’s going to complain about that? Yummy & practical? Love it :)!
Chili is definitely something I make regularly. I can vary the meat or veg slightly (depending what I have on hand), but it is guaranteed to always be delicious. Just this past weekend I was doing some work outside, it was cold out and to come in to this warm bowl of goodness was awesome. I made some corn bread to go along with…actually Cheesy Skillet Cornbread, cause how can you have chili without cornbread? Well, you can, but it is some much better when you got some bread to dunk into. And, whoever said no to some carbs on the side? Ummmm….not me :)! The recipe for the cornbread can be found here and once you’ve made this recipe there’s no going back!
This Turkey, Sausage & Black Bean Chili has a nice kiss of heat, but not too much. I always have to try to remember my usage of spice when I make food for people ’cause I love spicy foods and hubby does so even more. We’re a little cray cray in the spicy food department. I think you just get used to it! I love using black beans in the recipe instead of the more traditional kidney beans; I just think that they are so much more flavourful (sorry kidney beans).
As with a lot of recipes, garnishes really add a little somethin’ somethin’ . They are kinda what brings the dish together and gives it a little something extra special….you know what I mean? I think the key to making this recipe is to have all your ingredients prepped and ready to go before you start anything; makes everything move smoothly.
I served this child with the cornbread straight from the oven and a nice cold pumpkin beer! Yum! This dish is screaming Fall. Hope you love it as much as I do!
Turkey, Sausage & Black Bean Chili
- 2 ears corn
- 1 tbsp olive oil
- 1 onion -chopped
- 3 cloves garlic -minced
- 2 stalks celery -chopped (reserve leaves for later, optional)
- 1 cup mushrooms -sliced
- 1 lb ground turkey
- 1/2 lb sausage -approximately 2 (removed from casings)
- 2 tbsp tomato paste
- 4 tbsp chili powder
- 2 tsp smoked paprika
- 1 tsp oregano
- 2 tsp cumin
- 1 tsp coriander
- 1/2 tsp black pepper
- 3/4 tsp chipotle chili flakes -or cayenne pepper
- 3/4 tsp salt
- 1/2 tbsp worcestershire sauce
- 2/3 cup coffee -strong
- 1 can tomatoes -blitzed with immersion blender, about 796 ml can
- 1.5 cup mushroom stock -or beef stock
- 1 tbsp molasses
- 2 bell peppers -chopped (colours of your choice)
- 1 can black beans -rinsed & drained
- lime -garnish
- avocado -garnish
- green onion -garnish
- shredded cheddar cheese -garnish
- Firstly, on your gas range (or bbq), grill corn for about 3-5 minutes until it has a little char. If you prefer to skip this step that is perfectly ok. Over a bowl, using a knife, scrape kernels off corn. Lay to one side for later use.
- In a dutch oven or large pot, heat olive oil on medium low. Add onion, garlic and celery. Cook 5 minutes.
- Next, add mushrooms and cook an additional 5 minutes.
- Then, add turkey and sausage (crumble sausage meat, that has been removed from casings, and mix together with the ground turkey). While the meat is cooking, clear a space in the pot and add tomato paste and cook for about 3 minutes. Then, stir throughout meat/veg. Cook for about 15 minutes.
- Add chili powder, smoked paprika, oregano, cumin, coriander, black pepper, chipotle pepper flakes (or cayenne), salt, worcestershire sauce, and coffee. Stir to combine.
- Next, add tomatoes, mushroom stock, molasses and reserved celery leaves (if using). Cook 5 minutes. Then, add bell peppers and cook 5 minutes. Add reserved corn and cook 10 minutes.Finally, add beans and cook 5 minutes. Serve immediately with garnishes and cornbread. Enjoy!