Thursday, August 16, 2012

Sizzling Turkey Chili Con Carne

Is the weather too hot for chili?

No matter!  I wanted to make some anyway. I like to have a few meals in the freezer so I can come home and put together something quickly after a day on the boat, or running errands.  And chili can be used in so many different ways.

I made this batch with a lovely extra lean ground turkey and it turned out really nicely.  We had some for dinner tonight on top of a mound of brown rice, and some steamed green beans.  Sometimes we like it as a topping on a baked potato.  Of course it is great on its own too, or on pasta, or even with quinoa.  It is a very thick chili, which is the way we like it.

I think chili tastes better after leaving the flavors to meld for at least a day... and because The Captain doesn't like it too spicy hot, I only added 1 Tbs of chili powder to the mixture.  When we eat it, I add a bit of hot sauce to my own serving.

Turkey Chili Con Carne
Makes 15 cups
  • 1 tsp canola-olive oil blend
  • 1 lb. extra lean ground turkey
  • 2 cloves garlic, peeled, smashed and minced
  • 1/2 medium white onion, thinly sliced
  • 3 medium carrots, diced
  • 1 medium green pepper, cut into chunks
  • 1 can mushrooms, drained
  • 2 15-oz. cans (540 ml each) dark red kidney beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 28-oz. can (796 ml) diced tomatoes
  • 1 28-oz. can (796 ml) crushed tomatoes
  • dash of red pepper flakes
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper
  • 1 - 2 Tbs chili powder, to taste
  1. Place oil in a large saucepan over MEDIUM heat.
  2. Add the turkey and cook, stirring occasionally, until browned.
  3. Add the garlic, onion and carrots and cook about 10 minutes till soft.
  4. Add the mushrooms, beans, canned tomatoes and seasonings and stir well.
  5. Turn up heat till mixture comes to a soft boil and then lower heat and allow to simmer for about an hour and a half.
  6. Cool and then refrigerate/freeze in batches.
Per serving of 1 cup.
Weight Watchers P+ = 3.
Calories 140; Protein 12g; Carbohydrate 17g; Fat 3g; Fibre 5g.

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1 comment:

  1. Yum! This chili sounds delicious. I like how you put mushrooms in it. We often make a batch of chili and freeze it flat in freezer bags. then pack it camping with us and serve it with links. So good!


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