Tropical storm Emily is currently rolling through Tampa, so I thought tonight would be a great night for a hearty, home-cooked dinner. Turkey chili is one of my favorite recipes, which I used to make all the time during the winter back home. It’s a delicious, healthy meal that will warm you from the inside out on those bitterly cold nights. Paired with cornbread and red wine, this meal is sure to please and will last you a few days.
My mom used to make chili all the time for us kids growing up, so it’s a way of remembering those wonderful childhood days. It was usually accompanied by a snow day filled with sledding, making a fire, and drinking Mom’s homemade sweet tea. Bliss.
My mom is an amazing, self-taught cook who could make someone who absolutely hates cooked carrots beg for more. I’ve learned a few tricks from her over the years. What are your favorite childhood meal memories? Who taught you how to cook?
2 tbsp EVOO
3 cloves garlic, minced
1 medium yellow onion, diced
1 red bell pepper, diced
1/4 cup chili powder
1 tbsp cumin
1 tsp cayenne
1 tsp red pepper flakes
1 tsp dried basil
1 lb lean, ground turkey
1 28 oz can tomato puree
1 28 oz can diced tomatoes
1 15 oz can white kidney beans, drained and rinsed
Handful of shredded cheese, to top chili with (optional)
Heat a large dutch oven over medium heat, adding EVOO until shimmering, but not smoking. Add minced garlic and let simmer until fragrant, then add chopped onion and bell pepper. Mix in chili powder, cumin, red pepper flakes, cayenne, and basil and stir together. Let cook for 8-10 minutes, until the vegetables are softened. Turn the heat up to medium-high and add the ground turkey, breaking up with a wooden spoon and cook until no longer pink, about 5 minutes. Add diced tomatoes, puree, and beans and bring to a boil. Once boiling, reduce heat to low and simmer covered for 1 hour. After 1 hour, uncover chili and let simmer another hour (optional). Sprinkle shredded cheese atop chili, and serve immediately with cornbread and red wine (60 mins CV exercise). Enjoy!