spice up your night with a hot bowl of chili

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One of Joey’s favorite meals in the winter time was eating chili on Monday nights while watching football. So tonight I decided to surprise Joey by making chili along with cornbread (watch for the recipe tomorrow) so he can enjoy the big game! However, I of course decided to make my chili alot healthier than your traditional chili. I used lean ground turkey instead of ground beef and added corn and sliced red bell peppers to boost the vitamin content. One of the things that makes chili so easy to make healthy is you can pretty much throw any vegetable in there and it is masked by all the  spices so its really easy to boost your vitamin content.

Turkey Chili

1 package lean ground turkey (20 ounces)
1 tablespoon  + 1 teaspoon chili powder
1 tablespoon cumin
2 teaspoons salt
1/2 teaspoon pepper
1/4 teaspoon allspice
4 large garlic cloves chopped
1 large onion chopped
1 tablespoon hot sauce. Preferably tapatio
1 cup of of red beans
1 cup chicken stock
1/2 cup white wine
28 oz diced tomatoes
¼ cup tomato paste
½ cup sliced red peppers
1/2 cup corn
1 teaspoon of olive oil
Fat free sour cream (garnish)
Lowfat shreeded cheese (garnish)
Chopped red onion (garnish)

In a large pot add 1 teaspoon of olive oil. When the oil is hot add the onion and saute for 3-4 minutes until the onion turns yellowish in color. Then add in the garlic and saute for another 2 minutes.  Afterward, add in the ground turkey and cook for 5-7 minutes until turkey is browned and cooked through. Then add in chili powder, cumin, salt and pepper and mix well with other ingredients. Pour in wine to deglaze  the pot and let the wine reduce by 1/2. About 4-5 minutes. Then add in chicken stock, diced tomatoes and tomato paste. Reduce heat to medium and let simmer for 30 minutes.

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Once it has simmered for 30 minutes add in the corn, chopped red pepper, red beans and allspice. Let simmer for another 15-30 minutes depending on preferred thickness. Also, feel free to substitute in your favorite vegetables if you don’t like corn and red peppers.

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Serve in a bowl and serve with your favorite garnishes.

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One Comment

  1. joetad says:

    This chili was GREAT — just like mom used to make for Monday Night Football, but probably healthier (sorry, mom!).

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