Like there isn’t enough holidays to celebrate. Don’t get me wrong I love me a good holiday meal and gift but, I would love for someone to tell me the need for National Chili Day. Regardless, I ran across these great ideas for a scrumptious chili bay from one of our favorite bloggers, Momologie.
You can never go wrong with a favorite chili recipe in your back pocket any time you need a hearty meal for a crowd. If you haven’t yet found one you love, check out Killer Chili, a great book featuring some of the country’s most famous recipes. There are endless ways to prepare chili, and you can make it up as you go, but the trick is in cooking it long enough to bring out the flavors. A good pot or dutch oven that heats evenly will go a long way on making it taste great.
Here is our favorite recipe for you to customize to your liking. We prefer turkey and white beans because they’re high in protein and low in calories so we can eat a big bowlful and feel good about it. We like to make a double batch and freeze a couple of family-sized portions for nights when we need a quick meal.
Turkey White Bean Chili
2 Tablespoons Canola or Olive Oil
1 Pound Ground Turkey
Coarse Salt and Ground Pepper
1 Large Onion, diced
2 Jalapeños, diced and seeded (optional)
2 Teaspoons Ground Cumin
1 Can Diced Tomatoes (14oz)
2 Cans White Beans or Cannellini Beans, drained and rinsed
3 Cups Chicken or Vegetable Broth
- In a dutch oven or 4-quart stock pot, heat oil over medium-high heat. Add ground turkey and season with salt and pepper. Cook until browned about 10 minutes and break up turkey with a wooden spoon.
- Add onion, jalapenos and cumin and cook until soft, about 3 or 4 minutes.
- Stir in the tomatoes and cook 5 to 6 minutes.
- Add the beans and broth, and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer until thick, about 20 minutes.
Chili is yet another dish that works well for a bar set-up with a bountiful and colorful display of condiments. Here are our choices:
- Shredded Cheddar and/or Monterrey Jack Cheese
- Cornbread Squares
- Tortilla Chips or Fritos (for Frito Pie)
- Sour Cream or Plain Yogurt
- Jalapeño Peppers
- Diced Avocado
- Green Onion
- Fresh Tomato
- Bacon Bits
- Hot Sauce
- If you’re short on time, just use a starter mix and add ground turkey, beef or vegetables, then just simmer to taste.
- Chili pairs well with corn to make great meals such as tostadas or tacos made with corn tortillas, or tamale pie with cornbread crust.