Sunday, February 12, 2012

Two-Bean Turkey Chili

....something that will warm you up on a cold winter day which is actually pretty healthy and simple to put together (pictures to come)


  • 1/4 cup olive oil, divided
  • 3 cups chopped yellow onions
  • 3/4 cup diced red bell pepper
  • 3/4 cup diced green bell pepper
  • 2 jalapeno peppers, seeded and minced
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons minced garlic
  • 3 pounds ground turkey
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped cilantro stems
  • 2 1/2 tablespoons chili powder
  • 1 tablespoon homemade seasoning, recipe follows
  • 2 teaspoons unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 2 teaspoons ground cumin
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons salt, or to taste
  • 3/4 teaspoon crumbled Mexican oregano
  • 1/2 teaspoon sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1 (28-ounce) can crushed tomatoes with their juices or you can use your homemade sauce(recipe will soon to follow)
  • 1 (8-ounce) can tomato sauce
  • 6 cups chicken broth
  • 1 1/2 cups cooked and drained kidney beans
  • 1 1/2 cups cooked and drained black beans
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped cilantro leaves


Heat 2 tablespoons of the oil in a 4 quart large, heavy saucepan and, when hot, add the onions and both the red and green bell peppers and cook until vegetables are soft and lightly caramelized, about 6 minutes. Add the jalapenos and garlic and cook until fragrant, 1 to 2 minutes. Add the remaining 2 tablespoons of oil and the turkey, cilantro stems, chili powder, Southwest Essence, cocoa powder, cumin, salt, oregano, sugar, and crushed red pepper and cook, stirring to break up any lumps, until the turkey is cooked through and the spices are very fragrant, about 6 minutes. Add the tomatoes, tomato sauce, and chicken broth and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to a simmer and cook for 20 minutes. Add the kidney beans and black beans and cook until the flavors come together and the chili has thickened, about 30 minutes longer. Add the cilantro, remove from the heat and let sit for 10 minutes before serving.

Homemade Seasoning

  • 2 tablespoons chili powder
  • 2 teaspoons ground cumin
  • 2 tablespoons paprika
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon ground coriander
  • 1 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1 tablespoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon crushed red pepper
  • 1 tablespoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon dried oregano
Combine all ingredients thoroughly.

The First

Welcome to my world of cooking; it will be a recipe adventure in grilling, BBQ, baking and everything else you can think of. I hope that you enjoy the up coming posts and possibly use them in your own kitchen.