Chili, 'Tis The Season

Chili, 'Tis The Season

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When I was at the grocery store yesterday, I couldn't help noticing the guy behind me was buying all the ingredients for Chili.  I think on the first brisk fall like day, everyone automatically thinks, Let's make Chili!  Chili is a dish that can be interpreted depending on what works best for you.  It starts with a chili powder and tomato base and grows from there.  I think I have over 50 chili recipes, Hawaiian (which I love), Veggie, Macaroni, 3 bean, Cowboy, Beef, Texas and of course the basic one I typically makes as my husband prefers it most, Turkey Chili.  Its healthy, delicious and does the trick.  


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  • 1.25 lbs Lean Ground Turkey
  • 1/2 yellow onion chopped
  • 1/2 Large red bell pepper
  • 2 garlic cloves minced
  • 1 can (28 ounces)diced tomatoes
  • 1 can (15 ounces) tomato sauce
  • 1 can (15 ounces) can kidney beans  
  • 2 Tablespoon Tomato Paste  
  • Juice of 1 orange
  • Juice of 1 lime
  • 1/3 cup of water
  • 3 1/2 Tablespoons Chili Powder
  • 2 Tablespoons Cumin
  • 1 Teaspoon Italian Seasoning
  • 1 Teaspoon Coriander  
  • 1 Teaspoon Garlic Powder
  • 1 Teaspoon Onion Powder
  • Pinch of Cinnamon  
  • 1/2 Teaspoon Crushed Red Pepper
  • 1/2 Teaspoon Cayenne Pepper
  • 1/4 Teaspoon Orange Peel  (optional)
  • 1 Teaspoon White Pepper  (optional)
  •  Salt and Pepper to taste (I used about 1/4 teaspoon of each)


Brown Turkey Meat till its cooked all the way through (about 15 min) over medium heat in a pan.  If it starts to stick you can deglaze the bottom of the pan.  Do this by adding a little water to the pan and scrape the bottom of the pan (this eliminates having to use extra oil so it is less calories).  I usually add about 3 Tablespoons each time and do it 2-3 times during the entire browning time.  Prepare all other ingredients, chop veggies and measure out spices, open up cans and drain and rinse kidney beans.  Add ALL ingredients above to a slow cooker and mix together.   Cook on High heat for 4 hours or on Low heat for 6-8 hours.   Its actually very simple and only requires about 20 min of prep work. 

 Top with your favorite toppings, I used light sour cream, Mexican Cheese, Cilantro and Jalapeno.  Pair with crusty bread, corn bread, grilled cheese or rolls.  ENJOY!


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