Smoky Turkey, Black Bean and Dark Chocolate Chili

This hearty, one-pot main course was created with an easy week-day meal in mind. Perfect for a pot-luck too, this recipe pleases just about all palettes. The combination of savory spices and dark chocolate gives this flavorful chili ah-mazing depth.  Don’t skip the chopped cilantro and green onion garnish, as they not only add  vitamins A, K, C, potassium, and manganese, but also a joyful pop of green in your bowl.

  • Author: Food Sense Now
  • Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Cook Time: 1:30 minutes
  • Total Time: 1:50 minutes
  • Yield: 6-8 servings
  • Category: Soups and Stews
  • Cuisine: Contemporary


  • 1 Large Yellow Onion, Diced (about 2 Cups)
  • 2 Cloves Garlic, minced (about 2 tsp)
  • 1 T cooking oil (I use Avocado Oil)
  • 3 Tbsp Chili Powder
  • 1 Tbsp Cumin Powder
  • 1 tsp Coriander Powder
  • ¼ tsp Cinnamon
  • ¼ tsp liquid smoke, optional
  • ½-1 tsp Chipotle Powder or 1 Tbsp Canned Chipotle Chilis in Adobo, minced
  • 1 Tbsp Dark Cocoa Powder
  • 1/2 tsp Cinnamon
  • 2 tsp dried Epazote or Oregano Leaves
  • 1 # Ground Turkey
  • 1 each 28 ounce cans of diced Organic Tomatoes (not drained)
  • 2 each 15 ounce cans of Black Beans, drained
  • 1-2 tsp Sea Salt or to taste
  • 1 tsp Black Pepper
  • 1 Tbsp Real Maple Syrup
  • Garnishes:  Chopped Cilantro, Sliced Green Onion,


  • Saute onions in oil (or use non stick pan) until soft—about 5-10 minutes. For a richer flavor; caramelized them by cooking an additional 10 minutes and stirring every minute so that they brown but don’t burn. Add garlic and cook over medium heat for 2 minutes. Add Turkey and Brown. Deglaze with water if onions and garlic start to get too brown
  • Add remaining ingredients and bring up to just below boil. Reduce heat to low and let simmer for two hours OR place in 350 degree oven with cover on pot and cook for 1.5 hours OR transfer mixture to crock pot and cook 2 hours


  • Calories: 471
  • Sugar: 5g
  • Sodium: 905mg
  • Fat: 10g
  • Saturated Fat: 2g
  • Unsaturated Fat: 3g
  • Carbohydrates: 68g
  • Fiber: 16g
  • Protein: 32g
  • Cholesterol: 53g