Healthy and Hearty Turkey Chili
As soon as the temperature gets below 70 degrees, I break out my stock pot and make a batch of chili. I love chili. I could eat it year round, but I can really only enjoy it when it starts to get a little cold and you can tell that Fall is right around the corner.
This particular chili recipe is one that I have been tinkering with for years. I made my first batch of chili using the recipe on the back of the seasoning mix you pick up at the store. Over the years, I have made a quite few changes. Mainly, trying to make it more healthy and more flavorful. Not that there is anything wrong with that classic chili.
But just because I have made this chili a bit healthier, doesn't make it any less filling and satisfying. Every spoonful is packed with lean ground turkey, kidney beans, tomatoes, and other delicious veggies. I personally like to sneak in any extra veggies I can find into my chili. I almost always make mine with onion, bell pepper, tomato, and jalapeno. Sometimes I will sneak in some carrot, spinach, or kale. And if I have an extra sweet potato lying around, I will dice that up and throw it into the pot as well.
But it wouldn't be chili without the spices. I use 5 different chilies and peppers to spice my chili: chili powder, chipotle chili powder, cayenne pepper, paprika, and a jalapeno. To compliment the chilies, I like to add a generous amount of garlic, a touch of cumin, and a splash of Worcestershire.
I let all of those flavor meld together over the stove for at least 30 minutes, then when it's ready I spoon an very healthy serving into a bowl and top with some of my favorite chili toppings: cheese, sour cream, and avocado. I will also sometimes toss on some cilantro, chives, maybe even some oyster crackers! And of course, I always have a piece of corn bread on hand to sop up all that extra chili goodness.
Prep Time: 15 minutes Cook Time: 45 minutes Total Time: 60 minutes
Yield: 6 servings
- 1 onion, chopped
- 2 cloves of garlic, minced
- 1 green bell pepper, seeded and chopped
- 1 red bell pepper, seeded and chopped
- 1 jalapeno, seeded and chopped
- 1 lb ground lean turkey
- 2 tbsp chili powder
- 1 tbsp paprika
- 2 tsp cumin
- 1/2 tsp chipotle chili powder
- 1/4 tsp cayenne pepper
- 1 15 oz can kidney beans, rinsed
- 1 15 oz can diced tomatoes
- 1 large can whole peeled tomatoes
- 2 dashes of Worcestershire sauce
- In a large stock pot, over medium high heat sautee the onion, garlic, bell peppers, and jalapeno in 1 tbsp olive oil until soft, about 5 minutes. Add turkey and break apart with the back of a spoon. Stir every few minutes to ensure even cooking. Cook until turkey is no longer pink.
- Sprinkle the spices over top of the turkey and vegetables and stir so that the spices don't burn. Allow to toast for about a minutes. Add in beans, tomatoes, and Worcestershire sauce. Bring to a simmer, then reduce heat to medium-low and cover. Cook for an additional 30 to 45 minutes.
- Ladle into bowls and top with your choice of toppings: cheese, sour cream, and avocado are my favorites.