Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Spicy Turkey Chili

Yesterday I mentioned that I was cooking my spicy turkey chili for dinner. It is a healthy chili that tastes awesome(or at least Justin and I think so)! This came from a basic turkey chili recipe my mom gave me.  I added some things to make it just the way I like it. The great thing about recipes like this are that you can take out the things you don't like and add other things you do and it can be made to your spice tolerance. Justin and I like ours pretty spicy. I love eating chili in the fall and winter! As promised, here it is. I hope you like it!

Micah's Spicy Turkey Chili

1 med. onion, finely chopped 1 tsp. crumbled oregano
2 green bell peppers, seeded and diced 1 (4 oz) can chopped mild green chilies
1 red bell pepper, seeded and diced 1 (14.5 oz) can diced tomatoes
1 yellow bell pepper, seeded and diced 1 (6oz) can tomato paste
3 cloves garlic, finely chopped 1 cup chicken broth
2 lb. ground turkey 2 (15.25 oz) cans kidney beans, drained and rinsed
6 Tbsp. chili powder 1 (15.25oz) can black beans
1 1/2 tsp. ground cumin 1/4 tsp. salt
Optional: hot sauce

Over medium heat, add a little extra virgin olive oil to the pan, cook onion, bell peppers, and garlic. Cook, stirring often, until onion is soft and transparent. Add turkey and cook, stirring and breaking up meat until meat changes color. Stir in chili powder, cumin, and oregano. Add chilies, tomatoes, tomato paste, chicken broth, beans and salt. Optional: Add a few shakes of hot sauce. Stir well to combine. Bring to boiling, Lower heat and simmer, uncovered, stirring occasionally, for 30 minutes.

Tips: I use two pans to cook the veggies and meat because I don't have one large enough for all of it. I just split everything(veggies and meat) equally into the two pans so the meat gets the flavor of the veggies. When the meat is fully cooked, I put both pans into one large pot, then add the spices. My personal favorite for the hot sauce is Texas Pete's. I usually use around 10 shakes of the hot sauce, but as I said before we like it spicy. You may want to make it without hot sauce the first time around to see how much more spice suits your taste.

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