Turkey Chili

It is always fun for me to try a new recipe even though I have been quite happy with the chili I have been making for years (see my recipe Chili Michigan Style).  The chef, Art Smith, recommended using a “Darn Good Chili Mix to doctor up chili”.  Sounded interesting; this is not a 2 oz. packet of chili seasoning, as it weighs almost 10 oz. and has all kinds of great seasonings and dried beans.  You can order it online if you cannot find the mix in your local grocery.

I did change some of the directions and ingredients but that is what a chili recipe is all about; adapting it to your taste.  As a matter of fact, this is true for all recipes.  Start with an idea, experiment and create your own!

Turkey Chili, Adapted

  • 1-2 tsp. olive oil
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 2 stalks celery, chopped
  • 1 green or red pepper, chopped or use a combination of the two
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 lbs. ground turkey (I used a combination of lean and extra-lean)
  • 1 lb. Italian turkey sausage, casings removed (I used hot)
  • 1 tbsp. paprika
  • 1 tbsp. ground Chile Molido, or 1 tsp. cayenne (to taste – I have used both seasonings)
  • 1 (16 oz.) can stewed tomatoes, undrained
  • 1 (16 oz.) can diced tomatoes (I added this)
  • 1 (9.8 oz.) pkg. Darn Good Chili Mix
  • 4 cups low sodium chicken broth (I added two more cups of liquid, you can use tomato juice, V-8 juice (was very good) or more chicken broth – I like my chili not so thick)

Heat the olive oil in a large pot over medium heat.  Add the onions, celery, bell peppers and saute for 10 minutes; add the garlic cloves and cook an additional minute or two.

In a separate skillet, brown the ground turkey and sausage; add the paprika and Chile Molido.  Cook until the meat is no longer pink.  There is very little fat so you do not need to drain the meat.  Add to the large pot of vegetables.

Add the tomatoes, chili mix and chicken broth, stir well.  Cook for about an hour, covered, to allow the flavors to blend; stir occasionally.  Season to taste but there is already so much going on I did not add anything else.

Serve with grated sheddar cheese, sour cream, chopped tomatoes or it is delicious by itself.

Recipe by cooking with aunt juju https://cookingwithauntjuju.com/2012/01/13/turkey-chili/ 

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How about serving this delicious chili in cornbread cups.

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