5 from 2 votes

Easy Healthy Tex-Mex Turkey & Bean Chili

The Tex-Mex winning combination of chili, chocolate and cumin won't disappoint. Light yet flavorful, this recipe makes enough for a crowd.
Prep Time30 mins
Cook Time1 hr
Total Time1 hr 30 mins
Servings: 12
Calories: 304
Author: Brenda Garrison | Simple Nourished Living


  • 3 slices center cut bacon, cut crosswise into 1/2-inch strips
  • 3 pounds 93% lean ground turkey
  • 4 garlic cloves, chopped
  • 2 jalapeƱo peppers, minced (seeds removed for less heat)
  • 3 tablespoons chili powder
  • 3 tablespoons cocoa powder
  • 4 teaspoons ground cumin
  • 2 cans (28 ounces each) whole peeled tomatoes in puree
  • 2 tablespoons molasses
  • 1 cup water
  • 4 teaspoons salt
  • 4 cans (15.5 ounces each) pinto beans, drained and rinsed


  • Add bacon to dutch oven, or multi-cooker, and cook on medium 6-8 minutes, until crisp.
  • Add onions, garlic and jalapeƱos. Stirring frequently until softened (about 5 minutes).
  • Add turkey and break up the meat. Cook until browned (about 10 minutes).
  • Add chili powder, cocoa, and cumin. Stir for 1-2 minutes.
  • Break up tomatoes with your hands and add along with remaining puree fro the cans to the pot.
  • Add molasses, water, and salt. Reduce heat to simmer and cook covered for 15 minutes.
  • Add beans. Continue cooking uncovered for 30-45 minutes.

Recipe Notes

This recipe can also be cooked in a slow cooker.
If using a multi-cooker, use stove top setting until meat is browned; then add remaining ingredients and set to slow cook on LOW for 4 hours.
Substitutions & Variations:
  • Substitute any ground meat for the the turkey.
  • Substitute any type of beans for the pinto beans.
  • Use the Mix N Chop by Pampered Chef to break up ground meat easily.
  • Bulk it up with veggies instead of meat to make it vegetarian.
Serving size: 1-1/4 cups
7 *SmartPoints (Green plan)
5 *SmartPoints (Blue plan)
5 *SmartPoints (Purple plan)
8 *PointsPlus (Old plan)
Nutrition Facts
Easy Healthy Tex-Mex Turkey & Bean Chili
Amount Per Serving (1 -1/4 cups)
Calories 304 Calories from Fat 90
% Daily Value*
Fat 10g15%
Carbohydrates 27g9%
Fiber 7g28%
Protein 30g60%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: southwest turkey bean chili, Tex Mex Chili