Effortless Black Bean Chili

Total Time

Prep: 25 min. Cook: 6 hours


6 servings

Updated: Nov. 08, 2023
My mom found the inspiration for this chili in a slow-cooker cookbook. After a few updates, all of us love it (even those of us who steer clear of beans). We think it's even better served over rice. —Amelia Gormley, Ephrata, Pennsylvania
Effortless Black Bean Chili Recipe photo by Taste of Home


  • 1 pound ground turkey
  • 1 small onion, chopped
  • 3 teaspoons chili powder
  • 2 teaspoons minced fresh oregano or 3/4 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 teaspoon chicken bouillon granules
  • 1 jar (16 ounces) mild salsa
  • 1 can (15-1/4 ounces) whole kernel corn, drained
  • 1 can (15 ounces) black beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 can (14-1/2 ounces) diced tomatoes, undrained
  • 1/2 cup water
  • Optional toppings: sour cream, finely chopped red onion, chopped cilantro and corn chips


  1. In a large skillet, cook and crumble turkey with onion over medium-high heat until no longer pink, 5-7 minutes. Transfer to a 4-qt. slow cooker.
  2. Stir in all remaining ingredients except toppings. Cook, covered, on low until flavors are blended, 6-8 hours. Top as desired.
Test Kitchen tips
  • We used thick and chunky salsa for more texture.
  • If you prefer frozen, use about 1-3/4 cups frozen corn for the can called for in the recipe.
  • Health Tip: Rich in fiber, folate, thiamin, magnesium and phosphorous, black beans are a smart ingredient to add to any chili!

    Nutrition Facts

    1 cup: 242 calories, 6g fat (1g saturated fat), 50mg cholesterol, 868mg sodium, 26g carbohydrate (9g sugars, 6g fiber), 20g protein.