Prep 5 mins
Cook 35 mins
Freezes nicely, but doesn't last long. We buy the large packages of ground turkey at a warehouse club and make up a big batch, to save time and money. Garlic is thought to help boost the immune system, so don't be shy with it. The cloves should be fresh and firm, and when mashed (with the side of the knife) and chopped they should smell sweet and not too pungent.
- 1 1⁄2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
- 2 medium sweet onions, diced (Vidalia, Maya Sweets, etc.)
- 2 green bell peppers, diced
- 8 fresh garlic cloves, minced
- 2 1⁄2-3 lbs turkey, ground (low fat)
- 4 (15 1/2 ounce) cans diced tomatoes
- 2 (14 1/2 ounce) cans kidney beans, rinsed
- 3 tablespoons chili powder
- 1 tablespoon cumin
- 1 tablespoon oregano, dried
- 1 teaspoon parsley, dried
- 1 1⁄2 teaspoons chipotle chili pepper flakes, dried (or more, to taste)
- 1 teaspoon kosher salt
- reduced-fat sour cream
- fresh cilantro
- Heat a large soup pot on medium heat. Add oil, making sure the pot is not so hot that the oil smokes. Saute the onions and peppers for a minute or two, then add the minced garlic. Soften the garlic but don't let it burn.
- Add ground turkey to the pot. Stir frequently to brown the turkey throughout. When the meat is no longer pink, carefully ladle off as much of the fat as possible. Dispose of the discarded fat by placing it in an unwanted container (such as an empty can) and freeze it - don't pour it down the drain.
- Add tomatoes with their juices. Add remaining ingredients and stir gently. Simmer, uncovered, at least 20 minutes. Taste for seasonings, and adjust if necessary. Serve with a dollop of sour cream and a sprig of fresh cilantro.
- If your family prefers a mildly spiced chili, omit the chipotle. For a spicier chili, add your favorite chili sauce (Tabasco, Cholula, etc.) at the table.
I have been using ground turkey in my chili for years and this version is quite good. I don't care for green bell peppers, so used a chopped jalapeno instead. I also cut recipe in half, and after browning, dumped everything in the crockpot so we would have dinner waiting when we got back from an afternoon movie. Worked great. Made for Best of 2012 game.
Excellent and healthier chili recipe. My daughter and I LOVED it. The spices were perfect - just the right amount of spice. Using ground turkey worked really well and we couldn't really tell the difference from using ground round. Thank you for posting this great chili recipe! Made for Pick A Chef in the Contests and Events forum.