Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Hearty Turkey Chili

OK sports fans! Our first Superbowl food is a classic - chili - with a Billy twist. I'm sure those of you who are Tex-Mex connoisseurs will scoff at this recipe as inauthentic, but trust me, it tastes delicious!

I tend to make my chili with ground turkey (the 93/7 lean kind... 99% lean turkey breast turns into little tasteless nuggets when cooked) because I try to minimize the red meat that I eat, but you could just as well make this with ground beef.

Also, to serve, I top with grated cheddar cheese and my FAVORITE condiment, sour cream.

On to the recipe!

  • 1.5 lbs. ground turkey, 93% lean, 7% fat
  • 2 Tbsp flour
  • 2 large onions, chopped
  • 2 Tbsp. garlic, chopped
  • 2 large bell peppers (red or green), chopped
  • 1 large can (approx 32 oz) diced tomatoes, with their juice
  • 2- 15oz cans dark red kidney beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 750mL bottle of inexpensive red wine (I usually use Yellowtail Shiraz)
  • 1/4 cup chili powder
  • 1 Tbsp ground cumin
  • 1 Tbsp garlic powder
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 2 tsp + 2 tsp salt, divided
  • 1 Tbsp black pepper
Optional ingredients for a spicier chili:
  • 2 cans diced jalepeno peppers, or 3 fresh jalepenos, seeded and chopped
  • 2 tsp cayenne pepper
  • 2 Tbsp hot sauce or sriracha
  1. In large, heavy pot (I use an enameled cast-iron pot) heat olive oil over medium-high heat. Once hot, add ground turkey and brown, breaking it into small bits with a wooden spoon. Once mostly browned, add garlic, onion, bell pepper, and 2 tsp salt, and cook for an additional 5 minutes to soften veggies.
  2. Once veggies are soft, add flour and stir to mix. Cook for one minute.
  3. Add chili powder, cumin, garlic powder, and black pepper.
  4. Pour in tomatoes with juice, drained kidney beans, and red wine. Stir to combine. If using optional ingredients for spicier chili, add now.
  5. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat to simmer and let cook for 45 minutes to an hour, stirring occasionally. Taste and adjust seasoning with additional 2 tsp salt as needed, plus additional spice if you like.
  6. Serve to friends, family, and all the passersby who've smelled your delicious chili!


  1. Mmmm . . . . red wine! Living in Baltimore, I usually throw in a can of Natty Boh, but I'll have to try the wine next time! :)

  2. Everything is better with Siracha!