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Simple Turkey Chili

March 12, 2015

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 Who doesn’t love a good bowl or chili! The best part of homemade, is that you control the spice level.  You can make it spicy hot, or completely mild.  It also has so much less salt than if you bought a can of chili.  It’s also so versatile.  Most of the time when we have chili for dinner, we have baked potatoes with it and pour the chili over the top.  Soooooo Good!  If you want an extra special treat, try putting it over a sweet potato.  For real though, it’s quite amazing.  one good thing about the fact that my kids hate sweet potatoes is that I can bake a whole bunch and put them in the fridge and eat them all myself!  No kids asking for bites!  I could eat sweet potatoes for dessert.  But enough about potatoes, let’s talk about chili.

Get yourself a medium sized sauce pan on, and get it hot.  Put in your turkey and start breaking it up while it cooks.  After a bit, add your onions, garlic, peppers, salt and pepper.

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Continue cooking and breaking up turkey until it’s all browned.  Add tomatoes, beans, and beef broth.

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Then add spices and bay leaves and stir all together.  Bring to a simmer, cover and turn to low and keep simmering 20-30 minutes.  Uncover and simmer about 10 more minutes then you are ready to go!

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Simple Turkey Chili
Serves 5
Macros: Calories 293; Fat 10; Carbs 21; Protein 32
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Ingredients
  1. 1.5 lbs 93% lean ground turkey
  2. 1 14 oz can petite diced tomatoes (or chili ready tomatoes)
  3. 1 15 oz can white or pinto beans (or chili beans)
  4. 1 sweet belll pepper diced (red, orange, or yellow)
  5. 1 medium onion diced
  6. 1 C beef broth
  7. 2-3 tsp minced garlic
  8. 1 T chili powder
  9. 1/2 T cumin
  10. 1 tsp paprika
  11. 1 tsp salt
  12. fresh ground pepper
  13. 2 bay leaves
Instructions
  1. In a medium sauce pan, add ground turkey and start to cook and break up with a spoon or spatula. After a few minutes of cooking, add in diced onion, garlic, bell pepper, salt and pepper. Continue cooking and stirring around until the meat is cooked through.
  2. Add can of tomatoes and can of beans (liquid drained and rinsed)*. Add beef broth, spices, and bay leaves. Stir all together and bring to a simmer
  3. Cover and let simmer 20-30 minutes, uncover, and simmer about 10 more minutes. Remove bay leaves and enjoy!
  4. Optional toppings: greek yogurt or sour cream, crushed tortillas chips, cheese, avocado.
Notes
  1. *You can find chili ready tomatoes with the other canned tomatoes at the store, and also chili beans (not canned chili) with the other canned beans. They add a great flavor to the chili but so add more sodium. If you are watching your salt intake, go for the plain tomatoes and beans. If you use chili flavored beans, add the whole can including the liquid but if you use regular white or pinto beans, drain and rinse.
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  1. Love this recipe! Made it twice now and I can’t get enough:) I’m just curious as to what one serving is considered for the nutrition you posted with it.

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