One of my favorite dishes ever is turkey chili. First, it’s an excellent example of the perfect comfort food. Second, as a West Indian who loves a good punch of pepper, I am a huge lover of its spicy flavoring. Then as a MEGA fan of power bowls and soups of all kinds, I adore the fact that it’s a GREAT source of protein packed into one dish. Kidney beans are full of protein, carbohydrates, fiber, vitamins and minerals. Turkey as you probably know is a great source of protein and other nutrients such as iron, zinc, potassium and phosphorus. Plus the cherry on top, jalapenos which are stocked with vitamins, minerals and antioxidants are like the precious jewel of the pepper family. Last but not least, in addition to it’s nutritional benefits , turkey chili also the perfect leftover food. One pot happily goes a long way.
When I’m in Italy I can’t always find all of the ingredients that go into to making an authentic chili dish (which is the case for this post), but I always use Kelly of Eat Your Self Skinny’s recipe as a guide. It’s delicious, really easy to make and requires only an hour-and-a-half of prep and cooking. Check out her website for other great recipes.
Turkey Chili Recipe by Eat Yourself Skinny
Serves: 8 servings
2 lbs 99% fat-free ground turkey
1 yellow onion, chopped (I used red onions for this post)
5 cloves garlic, minced
1 Tbsp olive oil (I use Loriva Canadian Oil, Grape Seed)
1 (28 oz) can crushed tomatoes, no-salt added
1 (15 oz) can petite diced tomatoes, no-salt added
3 Tbsp tomato paste
½ tsp. hot sauce
1 (15 oz) can kidney beans, no-salt added, drained and rinsed
1 red bell pepper, chopped
1 green bell pepper, chopped (I used a yellow bell pepper for this post)
2 jalapenos, chopped
1½ tsp. sea salt
Pinch of pepper
1 packet Stevia (I use a TBSP of Coconut Secret Organic Raw Coconut Nectar Low Glycemic Sweetener)
3 Tbsp chili powder
2 tsp. oregano
⅛ tsp. cayenne pepper
Drizzle olive oil in a large pot and saute onion and garlic until fragrant, about 3 minutes. Add ground turkey and cook until crumbled and brown, draining excess liquid as necessary.
Add all the rest of the ingredients and cook on medium/low heat for about an hour.