Tuesday, October 6, 2015

RECIPE « Healthy Turkey Chili

Tuesday, October 6, 2015

My favorite cold weather food by far is homemade turkey chili. The recipe is extremely simple, super healthy, and is very hard to mess up! Made with minimal & completely clean ingredients, it is the perfect lunch or dinner, and goes oh so well with a fresh salad or some warm crusty bread.

It is a nutrition power-house! Loaded with veggies (peppers, onions, tomatoes), quality fiber (kidney beans, veggies), lean protein (ground turkey) & metabolism boosting spice (jalepino, chili & spices)

 It is my moms incredible recipe, so I have to give her credit for this one, she is the best cook in the world! I modified it a bit by adding more spices + jalepino because I have grown to love spicy food. I know you will love it as much as I do. It is a hit with everyone who I have ever made it for! This is a great meal to meal-prep during the week, or make a big batch and freeze for future meals! 

You will need:
1 container ground lean turkey (or ground chicken or lean ground beef)
2 green bell peppers
1 jalepino pepper
1 white onion
1 can kidney beans
1 24oz can crushed tomatoes
1 24ox can diced tomatoes
2tbsp minced garlic
olive oil
spices: pepper, chili powder, cayenne, red pepper flakes, cumin

Step 1
Chop your white onion, bell peppers, jalepino & garlic. You can chop them into whatever size you prefer! Heat a large pot on medium heat, and drizzle olive oil on the bottom. Add onion + garlic, and sautee until onion is translucent and slightly browned.

Step 2
Add the peppers and cook for 5 minutes until tender. Add the ground meat to the pot, breaking up into chunks with a wooden spoon. Continue to stir and cook until meat is 90% cooked (no longer raw/pink). 

Step 4
Season with pepper, chili powder, cayenne, cumin & red pepper flakes to your liking. (Important: taste as you go to make sure you are not over-seasoning! A little spice goes a long way.)

Step 5
Add kidney beans, and both cans of tomatoes. Stir.

Step 6
Continue stirring and let simmer on low/medium heat for 25-60 minutes. Add more spices to your liking, tasting as you go. You really can’t over-cook it, and the longer it sits the thicker & more flavorful it becomes! This is one of those recipes that is also amazing leftover cold, and one that gets better & better the longer it sits in the fridge! 

This chili is amazing topped with parmesan cheese. I also paired it with organic rosemary olive oil bread spread with olive oil butter. Soo good!

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