Thursday, January 8, 2015

turkey chili

i was inspired to make this yummy chili after waking up to a snow (too cold) day, a desire to make a warm and healthy comfort food and the fact i have multiple cans of various beans in my cupboard. 
chili is basically a dish you can make into what ever creation you would like. i do not make it too often because i am the only one that eats it. i hope you'll enjoy this recipe. 
i actually had all the ingredients on hand to make this chili…the only thing i was hoping to add to the top was cilantro one of my favorite herbs. but i will be stopping out to get it tomorrow…
not today…brrrrrrrr!!
this made so much chili i am going to freeze it in mason jars so i can easily warm it up. 

1.25 pounds of lean ground turkey (i used a free range brand)
1 half of a large yellow onion chopped
5 cloves of peeled and chopped fresh garlic
1 large pablano pepper seeded and chopped
1 small to medium yellow squash sliced then cubed
a handful of cherry tomatoes sliced into 3rd or 4ths
1 can black beans rinsed
1 can kidney beans rinsed
1 can cannellini beans rinsed
2 tablespoons chili powder
1 teaspoon of ground cumin
1 teaspoon red pepper flakes
1/2 teaspoon of cinnamon i used vietnamese cinnamon
1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper
3 cups of water or vegetable stock
3 teaspoons salt
olive oil
garnish with: avocado, fresh cilantro, cheese or sour cream

1. heat olive oil in a large pot or dutch oven until hot. reduce heat to simmer add the onion, pablano, squash and garlic. cook stirring occasionally until the vegetables are softened 6-7 minutes.

2. increase heat to medium and add the ground turkey. cook the turkey until it is no longer pink and be sure to break it up with a wooden spoon during cooking

3. add the 3 cans of beans stir, then add the dry spices and stir again. pour in the 3 cups of water. and add the tomatoes. allow to simmer 20-30 minutes so the flavors begin to meld. the longer the better remember the saying that chili is better the day after : )

just remember make it your own! feel free to add more salt, spices or vegetables and the same goes for decreasing amounts i have mentioned this could easily be made into a vegetarian dish!



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