So I know I have not blogged in, oh, forever!? Nursing school really sucks the fun out of life! LOL I kid. I actually love being in nursing school, just doesn’t leave much time for blogging or cooking! Anyway, this turkey chili is adapted from a recipe I found on allrecipes.com. I have made this probably 20 times or more (my way) and it doubles easily and freezes beautifully. I normally make a double batch, freeze half, and we eat the other half. You can spice it up however you like with some cayenne, but my kids don’t like the heat, so I normally don’t add much! This recipe is nice, too, because it can pretty much handle most veggies. I have been known to add carrots, celery, zucchini, etc – anything I have on hand and need to use up! The recipe written below is for one recipe (not the doubled one, just to be clear!).
Another quick note – if I double it, I usually brown the turkey in a separate pan because it makes a lot of liquid/grease and I don’t want that in my chili. Just one pound does not do that usually, but when you bump it to two, yeah…..
Tip: I freeze tomato paste in 1 Tbsp size lumps – freeze them on a plate and then pop them off into a bag. Easy to grab 1 tbsp when you need it for recipes like this!
Easy Turkey Chili
Source: Amy at 1messychef.com
1 Tbsp olive oil
1 large onion, diced
1 green bell pepper, diced
1 red bell pepper, diced
1 lb ground turkey (NOT turkey breast – it is way too dry! You could use lean ground beef too….)
2 cups water
28 oz can diced tomatoes
16 oz can kidney beans, drained
1 tbsp tomato paste
1/4 tsp garlic powder
2 Tbsp chili powder
1/2 tsp paprika
1/2 tsp dried oregano
1/4 tsp cayenne (more or less to your preference)
1/2 tsp ground cumin
1/2 tsp kosher salt
1/4 tsp fresh ground black pepper
- Heat the olive oil in a large soup pot over medium-high heat. Sautee the onions and peppers until softened, 3-5 minutes.
- Add the ground turkey and cook with the vegetables until no longer pink.
- Add water, diced tomatoes with liquid, kidney beans, tomato paste, and spice (basically – add all the rest of the ingredients!).
- Stir together well and allow to come to a boil. Reduce heat, cover, and let simmer for 30 minutes, stirring occasionally.