Hearty Turkey Chili

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This time of year things are always very busy at work. I am constantly looking for something that is easy to make and works well as leftovers. I like to make a few meals on Sunday that I can reheat during the week.

One of the first recipes I ever made on my own from scratch was this chili recipe. For years I have been cooking this recipe because I have yet to find another turkey chili recipe that is as thick, hearty or delicious. While I generally make this chili the same every time, I like that you can add or subtract ingredients to make it your own. Add a diced jalapeno for a little spice or Italian sausage for a meaty dish. Since this chili gets better with age and reheats well it works perfect as leftovers.

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Hearty Turkey Chili

Ingredients

  • 1 lb. ground turkey
  • 2 tsp. minced garlic
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 1 green bell pepper, chopped
  • 2 tbsp. tomato paste
  • 2 tbsp. chili powder
  • 1 tbsp. brown sugar
  • 2 tsp. ground cumin
  • 1 tsp. dried oregano
  • ¼ tsp. pepper
  • dash of salt
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1 ¼ cup Merlot or other fruity red wine
  • 1 (28oz) can whole tomatoes, undrained and coarsely chopped
  • 1 (15oz) can diced tomatoes, undrained
  • 2 (15oz) cans kidney beans, drained

Instructions

  1. Heat a large Dutch oven or saucepan over medium-high heat. Add the turkey, garlic, onion, and green bell pepper. Cook about 8 minutes or until the turkey is cooked through, stirring to crumble.
  2. Add the tomato paste, chili powder, brown sugar, cumin, dried oregano, salt, pepper and bay leaves. Cook for 1 minute, stirring constantly. Stir in wine, tomatoes and kidney beans. Bring to a boil. Cover, reduce heat to low, and simmer 45 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  3. Uncover and cook for 30 minutes. Discard the bay leaves.
  4. Garnish with cheese and sour cream, if desired.
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Source
adapted from Cooking Light, January 2003

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3 Responses to Hearty Turkey Chili

  1. Brad says:

    This is the best chili I’ve ever had. Especially excellent on a chilly day!

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