Tart Cherry Turkey Chili

Cherry Chili
Cherry ChiliCherry Marketing Institute

This unconventional chili recipe uses tart cherries for added depth of flavor. They’re also an impressive superfood.



Tart cherries’ high levels of antioxidants and anthocyanins (which give them their bright red color) have been found to lessen the impacts of inflammation. That makes them a powerful recovery food for athletes. Some studies even suggest they can help protect your brain and promote better sleep hygiene, due to the presence of melatonin. (Check our more health benefits of tart cherries here.)

And if all that didn’t persuade you to try this recipe, know this: It also meets the American Heart Association guidelines for a heart-healthy entrée.

Recipe courtesy of the Cherry Marketing Institute.

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Prep time

5 min.

Cook time

10 min.

  • 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
  • 1½ teaspoons ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon ground coriander
  • 1 teaspoon dried mustard powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 4 cups fire-roasted tomatoes, chopped
  • 1½ cups black beans, cooked (or 1 16-ounce can, rinsed and drained)
  • 1/4 cup cilantro, chopped
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. Don't brown garlic, though. 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.