So, it just got cold here in Northern California and my husband starting wanting soup. Given that I also quickly contracted bronchitis after the temperature drop, I also wanted some hot soup type of food too!
The idea of making turkey chili popped into my head a few days ago, and I began meandering the web for recipes – recipes for the best turkey chili.
I saw many recipes that had elements of what I wanted, but none with everything all-in-one. I finally gave up my search and decided to make my own recipe using what I felt were the exact ingredients needed for a delicious turkey chili!
I must say – it turned out incredibly delicious.
So, without further ado, I am going to share it with you!
Best Healthy Turkey Chili Recipe
- 2 lbs. ground turkey (Whole Foods has for $5.99 / lb here, which is much cheaper than their $9.99 / lb beef!)
- 2 medium yellow onions, chopped
- 3-5 cloves garlic, minced (3 large or 5 small)
- 2 cans Muir Glen fire-roasted tomatoes with green chiles (fire-roasted tomatoes make for a nicer flavor and the green chiles in it are perfect for chili!); Whole Foods carries this brand tomatoes
- 1 can tomato sauce, organic
- 1 can pinto beans, organic (drained and rinsed)
- 1 can kidney beans, organic (drained and rinsed)
- 2 t. dried ground cumin
- 2 t. dried oregano
- 2 T. chili powder (all these last 3 items are cheapest purchased in bulk at Whole Foods)
- Pink Salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste
Heat / saute the onion, garlic, and turkey all together in a large pot, cooking over medium low heat. I recommend cast iron for even heating. If you are using any other kind of pot, you may have to add a little olive oil as needed to prevent sticking.
Once meat is browned on the outside, add the remaining ingredients. Bring to a boil. Once boiling, reduce to a simmer and cover the pot. Cook until all ingredients are warmed. The longer you simmer, the better, as it will further meld the flavors.
That’s it! Enjoy thoroughly on cold nights and share it with the ones you love!