Three Bean Beer Chili with Ground Turkey

Three Bean Beer Chili with Ground Turkey made with a light lager. Perfect for College Football. 

Three Bean Beer Chili ground turkey

I know it’s a little too early in the year for chili, but I had a craving and had to make some. As you can tell, I’m ready for football season! I ready for Saturday mornings spent watching College Game Day, having friends over to watch a game, and the food! Oh the food! I’m literally counting down the days. I do this every year.

Three Bean Beer Chili ground turkey

Chili always reminds me of football season. I’ll make a big pot in the slow cooker, and it’s ready whenever we’re hungry. I’m not sure if this can be considered a recipe, though. More like mixing a bunch of cans together, but it’s great and only gets better the longer it cooks. It’s my favorite football season recipe {Second would be my Buffalo Chicken Dip!!}. I figured I could post this now, so everyone can “Pin It” for football season that starts in a couple weeks! ;)

I’ll be back later this week with another recipe using this same chili… Chili Cheese Fries! Yum!

More Than Just a Backpack

Do you have something that means the world to you? Something you’ve had forever and wouldn’t want to give up or lose? I have very few items in my life that have value to me. Things I do value: pictures, my scrapbook and journal from high school, a ring my nanny Mathis gave me, a stuffed monkey, and a few things I’ve collected over the years during my travels. All these items fit in one Rubbermaid container. I’ve moved 4 times in the last 10 years, and each time, besides clothes, it’s the only thing that’s gone with me. Yesterday, I relieved I had something else to add to that very short list.


I bought this backpack my senior year in high school. For the last 12 years, its gone everywhere with me! Its been to 8 countries, countless states, it is my weekend bag, my computer bag, it was the bag I packed the day I moved out of my old house, it carried all my books during my LONG college career, it carried my clothes for the weekends when I’d stay with Huck, it’s a cooler, beach bag, daypack, and pillow, it was in the seat beside me the day we moved to Florida, its been under my seat on every flight I’ve ever been on, and it was on my back the WHOLE time I was in Italy.

Considering it’s 12 years old, and been through hell and back, it’s in great condition. But, it’s starting to show it’s age. The seams are tearing and my computer barely fits. As I was looking for a new bag this weekend, I was reminded that every great memory {and a few not so great memories} I have from the time I was 17 until now, this bag was a part of! Of the few materialistic things in my life I value, this bag is at the top of the list, and it makes me sad knowing that its time is coming to an end.

I’m sure you’re thinking, it’s a stupid Jansport bag? What’s the big deal. Or that’s how I would normally be, but for some reason, this bag symbolizes so much more. I don’t know. Maybe I’ll just keep using it until it completely falls apart! Either way, I’ll never throw it away. One day I’ll put it in the Rubbermaid container with the other things I can’t seem to part with!

Super Cheesy I know!

Now, back to work!

Three Bean Beer Chili with Ground Turkey

Serves 8
Prep time 15 minutes
Three Bean Beer Chili with Ground Turkey made with a light lager. I'm not sure this can be considered a recipe it's so easy. It's perfect for entertaining or College Football parties.


  • 1.5lb Ground Turkey (Fully Cooked)
  • 1/2 Large Onion (Diced)
  • 1 Large Bell Pepper (Diced)
  • 3 cloves Garlic (Chopped)
  • 1 packet Chili Seasoning (Low Sodium)
  • 1 cup Beer (Light Lager, Lager, or American Wheat)
  • 2 cans Diced Tomatoes
  • 1 can Rotel Tomatoes and Peppers
  • 1 can Black Beans (Drained)
  • 1 can Kidney Beans (Drained)
  • 1 can Pinto Beans (Drained)
  • 2 cups Frozen Corn
  • Extra for Garnish (Sour Cream/Greek Yogurt, Cheese, Cilantro, etc.)


Brown meat in a large skillet with the Onions, Peppers, and Garlic. Add meat to a slow cooker and sprinkle seasoning over mixture.
Add all other ingredients, cover and cook for 4-6 hours on high or 8 hours on low. Serve with your favorite garnish.


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