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Healthy Turkey (or Beef) Chili


We live in the Northern VA area, and this past weekend we experienced the Blizzard of 2016! The question is - will there be others this winter?! It was quite the blizzard and we got about two feet of snow. My first thought was that I needed to make chili!

I found this recipe and it caught my eye because it used ground turkey. However, the store was running out of everything, so I used lean ground beef instead -- so we'll still consider this healthy.

This really turned out well - we topped ours with some unhealthy toppings, but we couldn't resist! Definitely give this one a try!


2 teaspoons olive oil

1 yellow onion, chopped

3 garlic cloves, minced

1 medium red bell pepper, chopped

1 pound extra lean ground turkey, chicken, or lean ground beef (I used 93/7 beef)

4 tablespoons chili powder

2 teaspoons ground cumin

1 teaspoon dried oregano

1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper

1/2 teaspoon salt, plus more to taste

1 (28-ounce) can diced tomatoes

1 1/4 cups chicken broth

1 (15 oz) can dark red kidney beans, rinsed and drained

1 (15 oz) can black beans, rinsed and drained

1 (15 oz) can sweet corn, rinsed and drained

For topping: cheese, tortilla chips, and sour cream


Place oil in a large pot and place over medium high heat. Add in onion, garlic and red pepper and saute for 5-7 minutes, stirring frequently. Next add in ground meat and break it up; cooking until no longer pink. Next add in chili powder, cumin, oregano, cayenne pepper and salt; stir for about 20 seconds. Next add in tomatoes, chicken broth, kidney beans, black beans and corn. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat and simmer for 30-45 minutes or until chili thickens and flavors come together. Taste and adjust seasonings and salt as necessary. Garnish with anything you'd like.

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