I’ve been trying to find comfort foods that will make the cold a bit more tolerable. Normally, I go for soups because it warms the body from the inside out but I was craving something hearty. Then it hit me! Why not Chili? The meat, beans, spice, and color would definitely hit the spot. But seeing that I am going for a healthier lifestyle I decided to make turkey chili, instead of the normal beef.
What is needed:
2 Cups of Dried Beans
1 medium size bowl
1 medium saucepan
2 Bell Pepper
2 medium tomato
1 yellow onion
1 wedge of ginger
1 pound of ground turkey
2 cups water
1 tbspoon Olive oil
2 tspoons of garlic powder
In a medium size bowl place two cups of dried beans. Pour water into the bowl until the beans are completely covered. Allow the beans to soak overnight. The next day you’ll notice that the beans absorbed the majority of the liquid.
Take the yellow onion and cut into quarters.
Dice a quarter of the onion.
Take the sauce pan and pour the oil in it. Move the pan to coat the bottom in oil. Add the diced onions.
Place the sauce pan on the stove and turn the range to a medium setting. Allow the onions to cook to translucency.
While this is occurring take your tomatoes, jalapeño, onion, and ginger cut into smaller pieces and place in food processor. Add a pinch of salt. Now blend until everything has a smooth consistency. Leave in the processor for now.
Taking the ground turkey add it to the sautéed onions in the saucepan. Use a spatula to split the turkey into small pieces.
Do this unless you want to have “meatballs” in your chili. After you’ve done this add ground garlic to the meat and mix it with the onions. Allow the meat to brown.
Returning to the food processor take your tomato mixture and pour it into your browned turkey. Add the oregano, parsley, and rosemary. Mix everything together. Cover the sauce pan with the lid and allow for it to come to a boil. This should take about 10-15 minutes.
Once it boils remove the lid lower the heat and allow for the turkey to cook some more. It should look like the picture on the right. The sauce around the turkey should a deeper red. And the oils from the meat floating at the top. Taste and season accordingly.
Add the beans to the pan and add the two cups of water. Add more water if your mixture isn’t covered by it. Cover the pan and allow for it to cook at medium heat for 50 minutes, stirring occasionally. To check to see if the beans are cooked thoroughly take one an break it in half. If it happens easily it’s cooked. If it’s a bit hard give it more time. Once all the beans are fully cooked your meal ready.
You’ll have to excuse me this time as I don’t have a picture of the completed meal. I threw this together after work for dinner and the next days lunch and simply forgot to take pictures since I was ravenous ;). I promise to do better next time!