February 7, 2011

Turkey Chili

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I really haven’t eaten a lot of chili over the years – I guess I generally assumed I wouldn’t like it with all those beans. But, recently we went over to a friends’ house to watch a football game and they made a delicious turkey chili. I did eventually get the recipe, but not before I attempted to replicate it with my own recipe.

Remarkably, the two recipes were quite similar, and I have come up with this fusion that I will share as the perfect turkey chili recipe!

I really love the use of turkey in chili, as it is much healthier and more to my liking than the traditional meats used in chili.

In addition, the toppings here are key — I used nonfat sour cream, grated cheddar cheese and sliced avocado as the toppings here, along with some tortilla chips, of course. The tomatoes and beans are all from the delicious shipment of canned goods that I recently got from ShopRite as a member of the Potluck panel.

This is the perfect recipe for surviving this very cold and very snowy winter, as it’s a warm, filling, and delicious meal!

Sasha’s Turkey Chili

1 T olive oil
2 medium onions, diced
1 1/2 tsp dried oregano
1 tsp ground cumin
1 1/2 lbs lean, ground turkey
1/4 cup ancho chili powder
2 bay leaves
1 T unsweetened cocoa powder
1/4 tsp cinnamon
1 28 oz can of ShopRite whole tomatoes
2 1/2 cups of low sodium chicken stock
15 oz can of ShopRite white beans
15 oz can of ShopRite black beans

handful of chopped cilantro
grated cheddar
diced avocado fat free sour cream

To make the chili, first heat the oil and saute the onions until light brown and tender, which should take about 10 minutes. I also added a bit of fresh red pepper here, but I think it didn’t really need that. Add the oregano and cumin and stir.

Increase to medium high heat and add the ground turkey, stirring to cool, and breaking it up into small pieces. Stir in the ancho chile powder, bay leaves, cocoa powder, cinnamon and a bit of salt and pepper to taste.

Puree the can of tomatoes and mix in the chicken stock and the tomatoes.

The original post can be found on my blog.

IMPORTANT NOTICE: As a POTLUCKTM blogger, I received ShopRite Whole Tomatoes, ShopRite White Beans and ShopRite Black Beans from ShopRite for free.