Monday, October 3, 2011

{recipe} turkey chili.

i hope everyone had a fabulous weekend.  mine was very relaxing, it included some (more) painting, baking, and lots of indoor activities since it rained again all weekend.  since the weather was so miserable, cold and damp, i decided sunday was the perfect day to dust off the crock pot for the first time since the winter and make chili.  i love soups, stews, and chili,(if you share my passion stay tuned there are plenty of recipes to share) and when the weather starts to make a turn towards fall, i happily welcome it as an excuse to begin making them all. of course, i make enough to feed a family of twenty every time. i freeze the majority, in individual portions which makes a great quick meal, lunch or nachos for snacking during football. 

on sunday i opted for turkey chili (don't tell matt). since i felt adventurous,i  went with a new recipe that was so good i had to share it.  the great thing about chili is it is pretty foolproof, and you can through in what you have handy, and switch out ingredients as desired (within reason).  enjoy!

Turkey Chili.

8 hefty bowls.

1 (14.5 ounce) can stewed tomatoes, chopped
1 (14.5 ounce) can diced tomatoes with peppers
1 (6 ounce) can tomato paste
1 onion, chopped
1/4 cup white wine
1 pinch crushed red pepper flakes
1/2 cup chopped green bell pepper
1/2 cup chopped red bell pepper
1/3 cup bottled steak sauce
2 pounds ground turkey (or lean ground beef your preference)
1 (1.25 ounce) package chili seasoning mix
1 teaspoon ground cumin
1 (15 ounce) can dark red kidney beans, drained
1 (15 ounce) can red kidney beans, drained
1 tablespoon chopped fresh cilantro
1 tablespoon chopped fresh parsley
1 1/2 cups water
Sour Cream
Diced Red Onion
Grated Monterey Jack Cheese
1. In a large crock pot add tomatoes, tomato paste, onion, wine, pepper flakes, bell peppers and steak sauce.
2. In a large skillet over medium heat, cook ground turkey until brown; drain grease and return to stove. Stir chili seasoning into ground turkey.

3. Stir seasoned turkey, and cumin  into tomato mixture in crock pot. 

4. Stir in beans, cilantro and parsley.
5. Set crock pot to high heat for 4-6 hours, stirring occasionally.
6. Ladle into bowls, then top with sour cream, diced red onion, and grated cheese, if you have it!

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