Brown Dump Chili

I love to cook, but sometimes all I want is to dump a bunch of ingredients in a pot and come back an hour later to a piping hot bowl of flavorful comfort.  I need my unproductive internet perusing and phantom shopping time, which means I can’t spend every ounce of my free time in the kitchen.  That’s what I love about this chili.  You simply brown the turkey then dump everything in the pot.

Dump Turkey Black Bean Chili (4 of 9)

Perhaps, at first glance, the name Brown Dump Chili is unappealing to some.  Given the two-step process behind the chili, I’m sure you wholeheartedly agree the name is appropriate (or, at the very least, foretelling).

Dump Turkey Black Bean Chili (8 of 9)

Brown Dump Chili – (makes 6 big bowls)

Adapted from Fantastic Black Bean Chili on

  • 1 tsp olive oil
  • 2 cups diced onion
  • 4 cloves minced garlic
  • 20 ounces 99% lean ground turkey
  • 3 cans black beans, undrained
  • 28 ounce can crushed tomatoes
  • 1.5 tbsp chili powder
  • 1 tbsp dried oregano
  • 1 tbsp dried basil leaves
  • 2 tsp cumin
  • 1 tbsp red wine vinegar
  • S&P

Step one—Brown the Meat:  heat the olive oil in a large soup pot over medium heat.  Once hot, add the onion and garlic, season with S&P, and cook until the onions are soft and translucent.  Add the turkey and cook until browned.

Step two—Dump:  the undrained beans, crushed tomatoes, seasonings, and red wine vinegar to the pot.  Reduce heat to a simmer, cover, and cook for an hour.  Before serving, top with additional fresh chopped onions and sour cream or plain Greek yogurt, if desired.

Stats on 1/6 of the dump:  375 calories, 49g carbs, 4g fat, 37g protein, 16g fiber



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  1. Love chili, but not hot. Drooling over “Brown Dump”. As I have to stick to diabetes diet I could only eat 1/4th of total 39 carbs per bowl. A smidgen!

  2. Beans can wreck your blood sugar. If your blood sugar is high, it doesn’t matter what you ate that caused it, it’s still dangerous.