Hearty Turkey Chili. This recipe is all natural, no preservatives, freshness you can’t beat, and perfect for those chili cook offs. Top it with some Smoky Chipotle Cheddar Cheese and you will win the blue ribbon first prize!
Last nights dinner was this Hearty Turkey Chili. It was full of fresh vegetables, fresh herbs and spices, and lean ground turkey. It was topped with the most delicious Smoky Chipotle Cheddar Jack. I am trying to cut out on dairy, so I didn’t have any sour cream on it, but I was taught you can put plain non fat yogurt on this turkey chili. It turned out very delicious!
This past few days here in Arizona it has finally started to cool down.. like 10-15 degrees cooler. I was very excited to be able to make a chili for dinner.
I was craving some chili and so I went to work on finding a good recipe. I loved how this one turned out! I adjusted this recipe to my liking because if you look closely on “canned” items they always add additional items… like salt, preservatives, and high fructose corn syrup. This one has none of that. I controlled what I added to my chili.
The reason I loved how it turned out is because…..fresh veggies…..fresh chili taste
and most importantly it was a hearty meal!
It was a cooler evening.. the autumn sky was beginning to set, my home smelled wonderful, and my dinner table was surrounded by those I love… and a fresh bowl of Hearty Turkey Chili.
Here is the recipe…
- 1 small onion-chopped
- 1 small green pepper-chopped
- 2 cloves, garlic minced
- 1 lb turkey- browned
- 3 large tomatoes, chopped
- 1 can tomato paste
- 1 can water-ratio of tomato paste
- 2 Tbsp. white vinegar
- 1 Tbsp. chili powder
- 1 tsp. lemon pepper
- ½ tsp. franks red hot pepper sauce
- 1 can dark red kidney beans, drained and rinsed
- 1 can white beans, drained and rinsed
- Brown your turkey on the stove. Drain grease if needed.
- Chop your vegetables, and add to crock pot.
- Rinse beans.
- Add all other ingredients to crock-pot and mix well.
- Cook on high for 3-4 hours.
I am so thankful for cooler evenings, easy meals, and a crockpot that can save me when it comes to meals on a evening when I wanted some good hearty chili.
I loved this recipe… the original recipe called for a jar of Chili Sauce. I didn’t want to add it because it was full of calories, high fructose corn syrup, and things I couldn’t even name.
Adjusting the chili to add some tomato paste, water, and vinegar.. I lowered the calorie intake, made it all natural, and using the fresh tomatoes instead of canned, just made it a great big bowl of chili! Blue Ribbon First Prize for sure in my book!
May your evenings be cool, your hearts be healthy, and your stomach’s full!