Turkey Chilli with Baked Beans


Turkey Chilli with Baked Beans

A while ago I ran around my neighbourhood in a frantic search for a can of kidney beans as I was developing a Chilli Pancake Stack and had run out of this store cupboard staple!  Of the 6 neighbours who were in on our close (the other’s were probably diving for cover behind their sofas), not one had a can of said beans! They are always good for eggs (which I do replace) but this was obviously a step too far! So recently I found myself yet again without kidney beans and gave my family the option of adding baked beans or chickpeas to my Chilli instead. The answer came back that I should add the baked beans. Hence we are now baked bean converts as they give an extra layer of depth and a slight sweetness to a Chilli. This Turkey Chilli with Baked Beans has evolved with tweaks each time I’ve made it and now it’s time share it with you as it’s so tasty and delicious and you won’t wish it was made with beef either! We all need to cut down on our red meat consumption so this dish is great as there is no compromise on flavour and minced turkey breast is virtually fat free unlike minced beef!

If you’re one for reaching out for a jar of chilli sauce in the supermarket then I urge you to make this instead. Not only is it cheaper to make but far tastier! The value bake beans and chopped tomatoes I use come to about 50p and the rest of the ingredients come in well under 50p too. So as a jar of chilli sauce costs around £2 and then you have to add your own beans on top of that, it’s a really good saving and doesn’t take much longer to prepare!

We like our Chilli with a bit of a kick but if you’re making it for young children you may want to reduce the amount of chilli powder in this recipe. I have weaned my daughter onto chilli gradually over the years by letting her eat chilli dishes when they had gone almost cold to lessen the heat which has really worked well. She’s not at the stage of eating Jalapenos just yet but I’m sure that will come!

I do hope you try my Turkey Chilli and hopefully everyone has a can of baked beans in their cupboard unlike kidney beans which seem to be a rarity – or is that just in my neighbourhood?!


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Turkey Chilli with Baked Beans
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A fabulously tasty chilli made with turkey breast mince and baked beans - so delicious and healthy!
Recipe type: Main
Cuisine: Tex Mex
Serves: 4
  • 500g Turkey breast mince
  • 3 tbsp Rapeseed oil
  • 1 large Onion, finely chopped
  • 250 mls water
  • 1 x 420g tin Baked beans
  • 1 x 400g tin Chopped tomatoes
  • 4 Cloves of garlic, crushed
  • 1 ½ tbsp Hot chilli powder (or to taste)
  • ½ tsp Ground cumin
  • ½ tsp Ground coriander
  • ½ tsp Smoked paprika
  • ½ tsp Dried oregano
  • ½ tsp Cayenne pepper
  • Freshly ground salt & pepper
  1. Heat 1 tbsp of oil in a large pan on a gentle heat and sweat the onions until soft.
  2. Add another tbsp of oil and then turn up the heat to fry turkey mince until cooked.
  3. Then add another tbsp of oil plus the garlic, spices, herbs and seasoning and cook for a minute before adding the chopped tomatoes, baked beans and water.
  4. Bring to the boil then cover and simmer for 30 minutes.
  5. Serve on a bed of rice.

For more chilli and minced turkey inspiration check out Danni’s Sundried Tomato Turkey Meatballs in a Roasted Red Pepper Sauce, Jeanne’s Chilli con Carne with Cornbread Topping, Sarah’s Polenta Crust Turkey Burgers with Heirloom Tomato Salsa, Kellie’s Very Veggie Black Bean Chilli with Southern Cornbread, Helen’s Leftover Turkey Coleslaw with Tahini and Cranberry Dressing, Sally’s Hot Peri Peri Sauce, Mozambique Style or Jen’s Chilli & Sesame Rolls.

Healthy, low fat, weightwatchers, slimmingworld, spicy, hot

I’m entering my Turkey Chilli with Baked Beans into a few blogging events: Tasty Tuesday’s over at Honest Mum, Recipe of the Week from A Mummy Too and Cook Blog Share over at Supergolden Bakes.

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  1. Martina Evans

    Another great recipe, thanks!

  2. Lisa Williams

    as someone who loves chilli but really doesn’t like kidney beans this idea is genius – thank you 🙂

    1. Camilla

      Thanks Lisa:-)

  3. Anne Dalzell

    Made this last night, everyone loved it.

    1. Camilla

      Excellent Anne, glad you all liked it:-)

  4. Paul Wilson

    A healthier kind of chilli.

  5. Kirsty Fox

    What a great idea I would never have thought of this but it makes sense and the kids would enjoy it.

  6. Maya Russell

    Never used turkey mince before, healthier than beef.

  7. Liam Bishop

    Baked beans always makes a chill 🙂

  8. Irene Wright

    love these types of recipes – not too much meat. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not a veggie but sometimes like to have meals with less meat than usual. This seems ideal for our palate.

  9. su tyler

    I learned the trick with baked beans when my boys were younger.. neither liked kidneys beans but both liked chilli.

  10. Eleanor Wigmore

    This recipe makes me hungry and I’ve not long eaten!

  11. Fiver Feeds

    I think I found recipe for today’s lunch 🙂 Thank you for sharing!

    1. Camilla


  12. Mark Chamberlin

    This looks really good. I’ll definately have a go at this!

  13. Janice

    I made this tonight, Camilla. It was very good and got thumbs up from Brian too.

    1. Camilla

      Aaw, fab Janice, so glad you both enjoyed it – we had it again last night, become a regular here now:-)

  14. Denise Whiskin

    We’re counting calories so this would be a much lower calorie recipe than our current one. Thanks for the idea! 🙂

    1. Camilla

      Thanks, enjoy:-)

  15. Ness

    I have always used baked beans in my chilli rather than kidney beans (must be the eternal student in me!). I like to mix it together the night before and then cook it in the slow cooker the next day.

    1. Camilla

      Just call me slow to the baked bean trend LOL:-)

  16. kellie@foodtoglow

    I think sometimes the best tasting dishes are ones where we deviate from the norm and do just as you’ve done. A perfect solution to your dilemma. I would pick the baked beans over chickpeas too. Thanks for linking to my very veggie black bean chilli recipe. I appreciate it. 🙂

    1. Camilla

      Yes, I have made many recipes with alternatives which turned out to be winners:-)

  17. bev

    Not really a fan of chilli but this does look nice!

  18. Lucy Parissi

    I am glad I am not the only one the neighbours hide behind sofas to get away from. I am getting quite the reputation in my street. I have used baked beans in chilli myself as the kids find them a lot less scary than kidney beans (can’t wait until they are old enough to try new things!). This looks filling and delicious and a good freezer standby meal.

    Thanks for linking to #CookBlogShare.

    1. Camilla

      OK I’m just late to the baked bean party LOL:-)

  19. Paul Wilson

    My Dad makes Chilli with baked beans.

  20. Herbert Appleby

    does the turkey have the same texture as minced beef? How about the flavour. Looks like a great gut buster for hungry people like me 🙂

    1. Camilla

      You can’t taste the turkey in this chilli and the texture, well how would you compare your roast turkey to your roast beef – it’s the same difference! Try it I’m sure you’ll love it:-)

  21. Laura

    My housemate always adds baked beans to her chilli instead of kidney beans but I’ve never tried it myself. Yours looks like a delicious example with that mixture of spices =)

    1. Camilla

      Thanks, yes the sweetness of the beans and the spices work really well together:-)

  22. Paul Wilson

    Healthier version that regular chilli.

  23. Ursula Hunt

    Nice to have a chilli without red meat

  24. Tracy Nixon

    Another great recipe for the Summer thank you!

  25. Paul Wilson

    I like the idea of turkey chilli.

  26. Janice

    That looks super tasty. I have some turkey mince in the freezer, I think it will become chilli!

    1. Camilla

      Thanks Janice, it takes the turkey to unimagineable heights LOL:-)

  27. Honest Mum

    What a wholesome, tasty looking meal, love the combination of turkey with baked beans! Thanks for linking up to #tastytuesdays

    1. Camilla

      Thank you:-)

  28. Heather Haigh

    I love chilli and usually put baked beans in mine but haven’t made it with turkey before.

  29. Sally - My Custard Pie

    I cook up big bags of pulses in batches and freeze them. It helps with catering for my veggie daughter and works out cheaper than tinned beans. I’ve not cooked much with turkey mince as it’s hard to come by where I live – even if I knocked on all my neighbour’s doors! Fab recipe (and back story). PS My two teens love hot and spicy.

    1. Camilla

      Good idea to freeze beans in bathes;-)

  30. Dannii @ Hungry Healthy Happy

    I have a very similar recipe on my blog – baked beans are a great way to pack out the dish with less meat 🙂

    Thanks for linking to my recipe too 🙂

    1. Camilla

      LOL and I have a Turkey Meatballs which look similar to yours on my blog:)

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