Turkey Chili

A lot of people have been asking what Hubby and I have been eating throughout the kitchen renovation. As I explained on demo day, we packed a mini-freezer full of foods to keep us from eating out. This chili is one of the things in that freezer. We’ve made it probably 6-7 times in the last year, I just never got around to blogging about it. For the kitchen renovation, I made one pot for Hubby and one that was not so spicey for me.

This chili is so good and so filling. And I love that it’s healthy (and colorful) too. It’s basically just a collection of ground turkey, canned tomatoes, and a ton of veggies (feel free to use whatever you like or have on hand). When we’re not eating this out of the freezer/microwave, I like to serve Hubby’s with a dollop of fat free Greek yogurt (so much healthier than sour cream) and some fresh cilantro.

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Turkey Chili

Yield: 10-12 servings

Ingredients:

2 lbs ground turkey

2 medium onions, diced
1 green pepper, diced
1 red pepper, diced

2 tsp olive oil
4 tsp cumin
2 tsp smoked paprika
2 tsp chili powder
1 tsp cayenne pepper
1 Tbsp oregano
1 Tbsp salt
1 Tbsp ground mustard
6 cloves garlic (finely chopped or minced)

2 cans kidney beans, drained
1 can beer, more or less to taste and consistency
16 oz can of tomato sauce
2 cans diced tomatoes
1 bag frozen corn - no need to defrost
1 large bag frozen diced butternut squash - no need to defrost

Directions:

In a large stock pot, brown the turkey until cooked through. Remove turkey onto a plate and drain all liquid from the pot.

Heat the oil over medium heat. Add onions and peppers and cook until slightly softened, 6-7 minutes. Add the garlic and all of the seasonings and stir to coat the onions and peppers. Allow to cook 1-2 minutes.

Add remaining ingredients, return to boil, then simmer for 20 minutes. Add more beer if the consistency is off. It can be served immediately or simmer all day to continue to meld the flavors together.

This chili freezes very well.

Recipe adapted from Cooks.com

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9 Responses to “Cuban Black Beans in the Crockpot”

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    Debbi Does Dinner Healthy — September 15, 2010 at 12:55 pm

    I LOVE beans. I so want to try that spice too! I wonder if Penzeys has it? Otherwise I wouldn’t know where to go. I’ll have to figure that one out. This looks like a recipe that I would LOVE!

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    Elina — September 15, 2010 at 1:32 pm

    Sounds delicious. My husband is obsessed with black beans so I’m sure he’d love this simple meal. Perfect for a busy weekend day (at home)! 🙂

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    Sweet Souhen Gal — September 15, 2010 at 2:15 pm

    Sorry to sound dumb but what is Sofrito – how do you prepare it?
    Recipe sounds wonderful. Some of the best Cuban food I have eaten was in Ibor City in Tampa. Yummy
    Debbie, if you have a Super Walmart in your area, they are carrying a whole line of hispanic foods and spices. I know I am going to check there..
    Thanks
    Phyllis
    SweetSouthernGal

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    Jen — September 15, 2010 at 2:24 pm

    Phyllis – The instructions that follow Prepare the sofrito are how you do it. I have updated the recipe to be more clear.

    Debbi – I get mine at Stop and Shop. I’m not sure if Penzeys would have it. If you can’t find it, I can send you a small packet.

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    amanda @ fake ginger — September 15, 2010 at 2:57 pm

    Oh yum, I wish my husband would eat beans. I think I’ll make these next time he goes out of town.

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    Eliana — September 15, 2010 at 6:39 pm

    These look delicious. Being Latina myself, rice and beans were an everyday thing when I ws growing up too. Black beans were my favorite.

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    Krystal — September 15, 2010 at 8:50 pm

    Ahhh, it looks fantastic Jen! This picture makes it look so fabulous!

    Sofrito – is just a term for the bell peppers/onions and garlic – it’s the cuban trinity of cooking!

    Penzeys – doesn’t carry this spice. But I’m pretty sure Badia (the maker) can be found on Amazon.com, too!

    YUM and YUM…my MIL would be so proud of you!

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    nutmegnanny — September 16, 2010 at 3:20 am

    These look great! I love Cuban food 🙂

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    tobiascooks! — September 17, 2010 at 3:35 pm

    I have to see if I can find such beans somewhere her in Greece.

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