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Quick Cooking Turkey Chili


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This week has been tough for me. I am adjusting to working again (thank god), but making it more challenging is that I am also adjusting to working from home. This is all new to me. My whole 'meal-planning' routine is out of whack. I can't tell you how many times a day I stare at the same stocked fridge and swear that there is nothing in there. If nothing is in there then how am I supposed to come up with a creative meal for dinner?! After 20 minutes of open fridge-close fridge, open freezer-close freezer, open cabinet-close cabinet, it came to me...my Dad's turkey chili...so good!

My Dad made this recipe years ago and I have always loved it. But after 4 years of living in Texas, I have adapted it to give it some more heat and a few more spices. Feel free to play around...that's the fun of it all!

Quick Cooking Turkey Chili
1-1 1/2 lbs. ground turkey
Olive Oil
Salt & Pepper
1 medium yellow onion - diced
1 green pepper - diced (you can turn up the heat with a poblano or jalapeno)
2 - 14.5 oz. cans diced tomatoes with green chilies
1 - 15 oz. can tomato sauce
1 can black beans (rinsed and drained) - Matt prefers red beans but use whatever you like
1 packet Chili seasoning (I used McCormick's)
1 tsp. granulated garlic
1 Tbsp. cumin
1 tsp. ancho chili powder*
Cayenne pepper - to taste
Chili pepper - to taste

Saute onions and peppers in 2 tbsp of olive oil in a dutch oven over medium heat for ~10 minutes (until veggies are translucent). Set veggies aside. Add turkey to the same pot and brown. When meat is cooked through, add back in onion and pepper mixture. Add the rest of the ingredients to the pot & stir. Bring to a boil over medium heat then reduce to low. Cook for an additional 30-60 mins. After 30 mins, taste and add more heat, salt and/or pepper as desired.

Top with sour cream, scallions, cheese or true TX style, Fritos! My fave is American Cheese...so good! Once the veggies and meat are cooked through you can absolutely put this in a crock pot on low for 6-8 hrs.

Ancho powder is ground ancho (poblano) peppers. Ancho Chili is a dark Smokey chili with a deep rich flavor and mild to medium heat.

Ahhhh....therapy complete!


Why haven't you shared this with me before??? It sounds so good...I think I'll make it this weekend! Thanks!

I'm glad you started this blog...now I can still eat your food! Only now, I have to cook it. :(

What a great idea! I look forward to all your recipes but I also look forward to leftovers!!!
Turkey Chili sounds yum, with a little less heat for me! Keep blogging!