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Turkey Chili

Ground turkey is a lower-fat alternative to beef chuck, and kidney beans -- loaded with vitamin C and omega-3s -- are an especially nutritious option. Yes, turkey contains tryptophan (an amino acid that can have a pleasantly sedative effect), but this one-pot dish has two other comfort-food essentials going for it: a warm temperature and a hearty makeup.
Whole Living, March 2011
  • Yield Serves 4
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Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 onion, finely diced
  • 1 green bell pepper, seeded and diced
  • 2 chipotle peppers in adobo, minced, plus 2 tsp. sauce
  • 1 pound dark ground turkey meat
  • 1 28-oz. can diced tomatoes
  • 1 15-oz. can kidney beans, drained and rinsed
  • Coarse salt
  • Garnish

    • 1 avocado, peeled and sliced
    • 1 lime, cut into wedges
    • 1 small red onion, diced
    • 1/2 cup grated sharp cheddar (1.5 oz.)
    • Fresh cilantro sprigs
  • Directions

    1. Heat oil in a medium pot over medium heat. Saute onion and bell pepper until tender, 6 to 8 minutes. Add chipotle and adobo sauce and cook for 1 minute. Add turkey, breaking it up with the back of a spoon, and cook until no longer pink, about 3 minutes. Add tomatoes with juices and beans.

    2. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer, stirring occasionally, until slightly thickened, about 30 minutes (add water to adjust consistency). Season with salt and serve alongside garnish.

    Recipe Reviews

    Reviews (2)

    • 14 Mar, 2011

      What size is a serving of chili one cup?

    • 5 Mar, 2011

      I was worried that this wouldn't be flavorful because it has so few seasonings (no cumin or chili powder???), but was pleasantly surprised. I made a few changes- extra lean ground beef (it's what I had on hand), doubled the adobo, used three chipotle peppers instead of two, and added 4 cloves of garlic, 1 bay leaf and a teaspoon of salt. Really good! Tortilla chips would be a great, easy side with this chili.