Sunday, February 03, 2008

Turkey Chili

Ground turkey breast is one of those things that I try to use to cut down calories in dishes normally using ground beef. I have a great Turkey Meatloaf recipe I will share one day, I have even made ground turkey tacos. But, by far, my favorite is turkey chili. You can pretty much use any chili recipe and simply substitute ground turkey breast or ground turkey for the beef. Here is my recipe:

Jule's Turkey Chili

- about 1 lb of ground turkey breast (whatever comes in a regular sized package)
- 2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
- 2 sweet bell peppers, red, yellow or orange, or any combination, chopped in one inch pieces
- 1 medium sweet onion, diced
- 4 cloves garlic, minced
- 1 28 ounce can crushed tomatoes
- 1 1/2 - 2 tbsp chili powder
- 1 1/2 tbsp ground cumin
- 1 tsp salt
- 1/2 tsp freshly ground pepper

For toppings:

- Finely diced red onion
- Sour Cream
- Grated Cheddar
- Tortilla Chips

Add olive oil to a large pot or enameled cast iron dutch oven on medium heat. Add onion and cook for about 10 minutes, until transulcent. Add the garlic and cook for 30 seconds, then add the peppers and cook for another 3 minutes. Add the chili powder, cumin, salt and pepper. Stir until all the spices and well mixed with the onion and peppers, then add the ground turkey breast. Break up with a wooden spoon and continue cooking until the turkey is just cooked through. Then add the can of crushed tomatoes. Simmer, uncovered, for about 15-20 minutes, stirring occasionally. Serve with the toppings, or refrigerate and reheat gently before serving. This also freezes wonderfully for an easy weeknight meal.



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