Sunday, March 24, 2013

Hearty Turkey Chili

If you follow Meal Planning Mondays, you'd know that we had turkey chili last night. I attached a link for turkey chili that was closest to the chili that I actually make. The link to this post will be replacing that link, since this is the chili that I actually make. I normally don't follow recipes exactly, but there is little measuring when it comes to this one, so it's quick.

The recipe is so simple, that almost all you have to do is open cans and dump them in. Although it's turkey chili, you really can't tell the difference versus beef chili, and this one has an extra special secret ingredient. Cocoa. Chocolate and chili all in one? Sign me up. It might sound weird, but I promise this will be the best chili you've ever had.

  • 1 tbs vegetable oil
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 1 tbs minced garlic
  • 1 green bell pepper, diced
  • 1 red bell pepper, diced
  • 1 pound lean ground turkey
  • 1 15-ounce can black beans, drained & rinsed
  • 1 15-ounce can kidney beans, drained & rinsed
  • 1 28-ounce can diced tomatoes
  • 1 15-ounce can corn, drained
  • 1 tbs chili powder
  • 1 generous shake of oregano
  • 1 tbs unsweetened cocoa powder
  1. In a large pot, heat the vegetable oil on medium-high. Add onion, garlic, and peppers, stirring until soft (about 5 minutes).
  2. Add the turkey and crumble/stir until completely browned.
  3. Add all remaining ingredients, stir, and allow to simmer on low to medium heat for at least 15 minutes.

After softening the vegetables, I don't see why you couldn't just crumble the meat and toss everything in a crockpot, but why dirty two pots? I don't mind standing in front of the stove for this one since it's less than half an hour from start to finish. Once everything is mixed up, you can even leave it on low heat for a couple of hours

As with most chili recipes, this is better the second day, and even better on the third.

Anyone brave enough to try this completely in a crockpot and let me know how it turns out?

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  1. I've never thought of using chili. Very interesting! And I only ever use one pot.

  2. Yum! I will have to try this. :)

  3. What is the cocoa powder adding? I make chili all the time and am just curious.


    1. Just some extra flavor. You can taste the cocoa, but it doesn't taste like a Hershey bar in your turkey or anything..


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