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Turkey Chili

Turkey chili

Especially during the winter months, I find it difficult to get to the store for special ingredients such as fresh chili peppers. That’s why I was so excited when a friend passed on this recipe for Turkey Chili, which calls for just a few ingredients that are easy to keep on hand.

This Chili recipe uses shortcuts but is still flavorful and uses healthy, natural ingredients. Additionally, this meal is easy to make a day ahead…it’s actually more flavorful that way! Plus, there’s a great vegetarian option, which adds more beans to replace the turkey’s protein.

This recipe was contributed by FDP team member Ashley Sandvi.

Ingredients

Serves 4-6

  • 1 lb. ground turkey
  • 1 (15 oz.) can kidney beans
  • 1 (15 oz.) can baked beans
  • 20 oz. whole, no-salt tomatoes
  • 15 oz. marinara sauce
  • 2 Tbsp. chili spice
  • 3/4 cup water
  • Salt and pepper, to taste

Vegetarian Ingredients

Serves 4-6

  • 1 (15 oz.) can black beans
  • 1 (15 oz.) can kidney beans
  • 1 (15 oz.) can baked beans
  • 20 oz. whole, no-salt tomatoes
  • 15 oz. marinara sauce
  • 2 Tbsp. chili spice
  • 3/4 cup water
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
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Instructions

  1. Start by sautéing the meat in a pan. I use 99% lean turkey meat, but you could also use 93% lean meat if you prefer. Drain pan if needed.
  2. Add 2 Tbsp. chili spice and ¾ cup water and simmer for 5-10 minutes.
  3. While meat is simmering, mix all other ingredients in a large saucepan. It’s easiest to crush the whole tomatoes with your hand as you add them to the pot.
  4. Add sautéed meat and salt, pepper or other spices to taste. Simmer over medium heat for 15-20 minutes.

Vegetarian Instructions

  1. Put 2 Tbsp. chili spice, ¾ cup water and cans of beans to a pan and simmer for 5-10 minutes.
  2. Mix all other ingredients in a large saucepan. It’s easiest to crush the whole tomatoes with your hand as you add them to the pot.
  3. Add sautéed beans and salt, pepper or other spices to taste. Simmer over medium heat for 15-20 minutes.

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