Saturday, March 23, 2013

Turkey Bean Chili

Today I had the burning desire to make chili...probably because I watched a food show all about how to cut the fat and make chili recipes healthier. Yeah, crazy Saturday right?! Anyway, after sifting through tons of recipes I found one that I used as a guide. It had to have meat in it because Joe-Joe doesn't like just beans. He's a meat and mac&cheese kinda guy. We went to the store to get the essentials, during which we bickered about how many beans to add. I love beans, he doesn't. So we compromised and only used one can...but I got to pick the kind! Red beans all the way. After 1.5 hours of simmering it was ready and I had 2 guinea pigs. Both Joe and our friend loved it! Good thing, because this recipe definitely makes enough to have leftovers for the week! Enjoy :)

Healthy Turkey Bean Chili

  • 1/2 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 pound ground turkey
  • 1 green bell pepper diced
  • 1 medium onion, diced
  • 2 celery stalks, diced
  • 1 jalapeno pepper, diced
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 (14 1/2-ounce) cans petite cut diced tomatoes  
  • 1 (15 1/2-ounce) can red kidney beans
  • 2 cups medium, chunky salsa
  •  3 tablespoons chili powder
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons ground cumin
  • Heat oil in a large sauce pan (medium heat). Add the turkey and cook until it is browned.
  • Add green pepper, onion, celery, jalapeno and garlic. Cook about 8 minutes until all veggies are tender.
  • Meanwhile, combine tomatoes, beans, salsa, chili powder and cumin in a large stock pot. Heat to a boil.
  • Once tomato mixture is boiling, add the turkey mixture.
  • Bring both of these together to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer for at least 1 hour.
  • Serve with reduced-fat shredded cheddar, Greek non-fat yogurt as "sour cream" or scallions.

Here's my IG upload of some of the details...I am completely obsessed with my Microsoft Surface Tablet, it's the best cooking buddy! Also, completely obsessed with reduced sodium canned items. Same price, so much better for you.

Let me know if you try it!


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