Thursday, July 7, 2011

What's Stewing?:: Spicy Turkey Chili

Spicy Turkey Chili

I know it's a bit warm for chili this time of year...okay, it's way hot out for chili, but it's soooo good that we eat it year-round. And on my journey of What's Stewing? I couldn't wait to share this fave with you. It's healthy, it's easy to make, and it goes perfectly with my favorite in season item: avocados! Yes, avocados are a little secret of mine I use as a substitute for sour cream. They add the same cool, creamy texture but are a healthy, guilt-free fat.

Spicy Turkey Chili

Chili is a spicy stew and one of the more common stew dishes. My dish includes your basics - beans, garlic, tomatoes, onions, cumin - but with a healthy twist using ground turkey instead of beef. It also has a rich, flavorful spice from the beer and hot peppers without being overpowering. It'll warm you up but won't make you sweat or burn your mouth so you can enjoy as much as you want. 

1 pound ground turkey
1 tsp paprika
1 tsp cumin
salt & pepper
3 TBSP olive oil
2-3 cloves of garlic, minced
1 can kidney beans
1 can white beans
1 can light beer
1 brown onion
4 or more hot peppers, diced (I usually use 1 habenero, 1-2 jalapeƱo, and 2-3 types of chili peppers)
2 sweet peppers, diced (red/orange/yellow/green)
1 can diced tomatoes
1 small can of tomato sauce
salt and pepper
(*buy organic canned veggies and tomato sauce to avoid HFCS and added sodium)
shredded cheddar cheese
sour cream

Here's how I make it:
1. Cook the ground turkey seasoned with salt, pepper, paprika and cumin in a pan until fully cooked.
2. Bake your beans in beer. Read my post of beer soaked beans for cooking instructions. You can make these ahead of time.
3. Heat olive oil and minced garlic in large pot. Add onion and peppers. Cook covered until veggies are slightly cooked and onion is transparent. Add diced tomatoes with juice and sauce and bring to a slow boil for a few minutes. Add cooked ground turkey and beans with the beer. Lower heat and cook for a few more minutes so all ingredients are hot. Add salt and pepper to taste.

Serve over rice with shredded cheddar cheese, sour cream and/or avocado.

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