Monday, February 21, 2011

Turkey Chili

When it’s a cold damp day outside and you’re chilled to the bone, it’s always comforting to have something nice and warm on the inside.  Chili has always been a popular dish when the weather gets nasty.  Such has been the case lately at our home.  To make matters worse, since Judy and I have lost so much weight we feel the cold more than we used to.  This is a perfect example of having to take the bitter with the sweet.

Today’s featured recipe includes kidney beans, lean turkey and lots of veggies, perfectly seasoned with a scallion sprinkling to garnish.  It’s all prepared in just one pot for easy cleanup.

From our kitchen to yours.  Enjoy the adventure.


Turkey Chili
1 spray Cooking Spray

1 tsp Canola Oil

1 large Onion, chopped

3 cloves Garlic, minced

½ pound Turkey Breast, ground, extra lean

½ pound Turkey Dark meat, ground

2 medium Carrots, thinly sliced

2 Tbsp Chili Powder

1 Tbsp Paprika

2 tsp Red Pepper flakes

1 tsp Cumin, ground

2 medium Tomatoes, chopped

1 cup canned Tomato sauce

1 cup canned Chicken broth

1 ½ Tbsp Apple Cider Vinegar

1 ½ cups canned Kidney Beans, rinsed and drained

1 medium Green Pepper, chopped

½ tsp Salt

1/8 tsp Black Pepper, freshly ground

¼ cup Scallions, chopped


Coat a large pot with cooking spray; place over medium heat.  Add Oil and Onion, sauté Onion until soft, about 6 - 7 minutes.  Add Garlic and Carrots; cook until Garlic is softened, about 1 minute.  Add the Turkey; brown the meat, breaking it up with a wooden spoon as it cooks, about 5 minutes.  Stir to break up lumps.

Add Chili Powder, Paprika, Red Pepper flakes, Cumin, Tomatoes, Tomato sauce, Broth, Vinegar, Beans and Green Pepper; bring the mixture to a boil. Cover and reduce the heat to simmer until the meat and veggies are tender, about 30 – 45 minutes.  Season to taste with Salt and Pepper; garnish with Scallions.

Yields 6 servings, about 1 cup per serving.  PointsPlus value per serving is 6. Prep time is 25 minutes. Cooking time is 55 – 60 minutes. Level of difficulty is Easy.

Weight Watchers and PointsPlus are registered trademarks of Weight Watchers Intl. Inc.

Recipes shown may not be exactly the same as those found on any website. Judy and I tend to "tweak" each recipe we feature, to some degree, incorporating our own unique tastes and ideas. PointsPlus values, however, are accurate. 

Photo by Barry Baruh

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