A TURKEY CHILI RECIPE WITH FARM FRESH VEGGIES!
Time is not on everyone’s side but if you meal plan you can make recipes like this gorgeous Turkey Chili Recipe that CBB fan Chandra has submitted to share with all of you.
These days it seems easier to just buy canned and frozen food instead of spending the time chopping up vegetables for delicious, healthy recipes.
I’ve tried some award-winning chili recipes in my time with beef but never have I made a turkey chili before. I was intrigued when Chandra shared this on my Facebook page in our What’s For Dinner? nightly post.
Using the same proteins for recipes can get boring plus it’s nice to add leaner cuts of meat or minces like turkey to recipes to make them healthier. Mrs. CBB and I have always enjoyed turkey meals made from mince such as turkey burgers or turkey pot pie.
Either way kicking beef to the curb for a day or so is not a bad thing if you want to experience new flavours. You may even find turkey to be cheaper to buy rather than beef mince. If you don’t mind cooking a whole turkey you can save even more money.
Healthy Turkey Chili Recipe
My daughter and I decided we needed to add more healthy food ideas into our daily life. Over the last couple of years my body has decided it can’t handle anything that is processed, MSG or GMO foods. There are only a few restaurants that I can eat at which keep everything natural, without suffering 20 minutes later.
What does GMO stand for? Good Question…GMO simply means Genetically Modified Organism.
Other names for the process include Genetic Engineering (GE) or Genetic Modification (GM), which are one and the same.- GMO Defined
What does MSG stand for? Another great question.. MSG simply means Monosodium Glutamate
Also known as sodium glutamate) is the sodium salt of glutamic acid, one of the most abundant naturally occurring non-essential amino acids- Wikipedia
We like chili and we didn’t want to use sauces from cans, or spices that were pre-packaged because of the MSG and sodium. You can modify the ingredients in this recipe for a smaller batch of turkey chili. Additionally I used mostly farmers market veggies which are a bit more pricey, but far more flavour.
This homemade chili recipe from scratch is for a big batch of turkey chili, so I hope you’re hungry!
How to make turkey chili
- 5/6 pints of cherry tomatoes I used 1 pint of heirloom tomatoes also (cut in half)
- 3 reg sized vine tomatoes
- 2 green chopped peppers
- 2 red chopped peppers
- 1 yellow chopped pepper
- 1 orange chopped pepper
- 1 Spanish onion minced
- 2 pints of whole button mushrooms
- 1 can or fresh red kidney beans (use juices)
- 1 cup of chopped celery
- 1 jalapeno pepper minced
- 3 garlic cloves minced
- 2 packages of ground turkey 2lbs or so.
- 3/4 c chili powder
- 3/4 c of cumin
- 1/4 c dried cilantro
- 2 tbsps of onion flakes
- 2 tbsps of onion powder
- 2 tbsps garlic powder
- 1 tbsps crushed pepper flakes
- 1 tbsps thyme
- 2 tbsps Italian spices
- 2 tbsps oregano
- 1 tbsps of basil
- 1 tbsps of parsley
- 2 small cans of tomato paste
- Salt and pepper to taste
- In food processor core and add the 3 tomatoes, throw in jalapeno, onion and garlic mix together.
- Simmer cherry tomato halves first until juices appear, add all veggies, and kidney beans, brown turkey and add to the pot.
- Add tomato paste
- Mix spices in small bowl and slowly add to chili. Taste as you go so you don’t over use the spices. Add salt and pepper to taste.
- Simmer until cooked I cook mine until the vegetables still have a slight crunch. Up to 1 hr.
I had enough turkey chili to freeze two medium-sized containers and have another meal to feed 3 adults. This turkey chili recipe easily could feed 8-10 people. It would be perfect if you are having a large gathering and don’t want to spend all your time in the kitchen.
I hope you try and like it.
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