Turkey Chili Recipe

In the fall and winter I love to make pots of stew, soups, and chili that we can stockpile in the freezer for easy meal options.  Over the holidays we made a ham and used the leftover ham bone and meat to make a split pea and ham soup.  I also recently made beef stew with yams instead of regular potatoes, a tasty and healthy substitute.  This weekend we made Turkey Chili, see my recipe below.  I tripled the recipe because we had four packs, 2.1 kilograms, of extra lean ground turkey.  This was too much for my french oven so I had to split it into two pots.  The result was dinner for the week and three large containers went into the freezer for later.  We put on some tunes-today’s theme was classic rock-The Rolling Stones, Eric Clapton, and Jimi Hendrix, popped a bottle of Prosecco, and started chopping.

Ingredients

  • 1 lb extra lean ground turkey
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 cup finely chopped carrot
  • 3/4 cup finely chopped celery
  • 1 onion finely chopped
  • 2 cloves of garlic crushed or finely chopped
  • 1-2 diced bell peppers (red, yellow, orange, or green)
  • 1 jalapeño pepper chopped (optional)
  • 1- 15oz can of kidney beans
  • 1- 15oz can of black or pinto beans
  • 28oz of diced tomatoes (canned or fresh)
  • 2-3 tbsp of chili powder
  • 1 tsp cayenne pepper
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 1 tsp dried oregano
  • 2 cups of water or chicken stock
  • salt & pepper to taste

Heat oil in a large pot or dutch oven, add turkey and cook over medium heat until browned. Remove turkey from pot and add garlic, onions, carrots, and celery, sauté  for ~5 minutes. Add bell peppers and jalapeño pepper and sauté for a couple more minutes. Return turkey to pot and add spices. Add beans, tomatoes, and 1 1/2 cups of water or stock (until meat, beans, and vegetables are just covered). Bring to a boil, turn heat to low, and simmer for 45-60 minutes.

Note to self, a triple batch does not fit into my french oven

If Chili is too thick, add more water or stock as needed.

We like a bit of a kick to our chili so add a whole jalapeño, you can use more or less as desired.

Ready to freeze. We also made a chicken, vegetable, and lentil soup.

Happy chopping!!

I love my Le Creuset French Oven and use it all the time. They are pricey, but often go on sale and are stocked at places like HomeSense at a discounted price. Definitely worth the investment – https://www.lecreuset.ca/cookware/french-ovens/ There are also less expensive options out there.

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