Cherry Chili


Total Time: 15 to 20 minutes
Prep: 5 minutes
Cook: 10 minutes
Yield: 2 quarts (8 servings)
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  • 3/4 cup or 4 ounces dried Montmorency tart cherries, chopped
  • 2 cups fat free low sodium chicken broth, divided
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 cup onion, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon fresh garlic, chopped
  • 1 pound lean ground turkey (7% fat Jennie O)
  • 1 red bell pepper, roasted and cut into 1/4-inch cubes
  • 1 tablespoon + 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon ground coriander
  • 1 teaspoon dried mustard powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 4 cups fire-roasted* tomatoes, chopped
  • 1 1/2 cups black beans, cooked (or 1 16-ounce can, rinsed and drained)
  • 1/4 cup cilantro, chopped
  • *Used Muir Glen canned fire-roasted tomatoes for optimal flavor; may use regular canned chopped tomatoes


Heat 1 cup of the broth.

Place Montmorency tart cherries in small mixing bowl. Add hot broth and set aside.

Heat olive oil in a 4-quart saucepan over medium heat. Add chopped onion and sauté for about 5 minutes or until onion is soft. Add garlic and cook 1 minute longer. Do not brown garlic. Add turkey and cook until no longer pink.

Add roasted bell pepper, chili powder, cumin, coriander, mustard powder and oregano. Cook mixture over medium-high heat, stirring occasionally for about 2 minutes. Add tomatoes and remaining cup of broth; bring to boil. Reduce heat and simmer uncovered for about 5 minutes.

Stir in beans, Montmorency tart cherries and cilantro. Continue cooking for an additional 2 minutes or until mixture is heated through.

Season with additional salt if desired.