Sweet and Savory Turkey Chili.

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The Winter blues are in full effect in my house. Between the bitter cold, consistently gray sky, and intense cabin fever, things have started to get a little hairy around here. So to ease my seasonal woes I turned to the one thing I can enjoy all year round, cooking!

For me, there is nothing more delightful on a frigid night than a warm bowl of Chili. Over time I have experimented with a few different recipes, but I always find myself coming back to one. This Turkey chili is both sweet and savory with a hint of spice, not to mention, it’s super easy to make!

What you will need:

3 Red Bell Peppers (chopped)

1 Whole yellow Onion (chopped)

2-3 Cloves of Garlic (Roughly chopped)

*1 1/2 Cups of your favorite Bean(s)

1LB of ground turkey (I prefer free-range organic)

1/4 TSP of Ground Cumin

1/4 TSP of Cinnamon

1/8 TSP Cayenne Pepper

3 TBLS of Chili Powder ( More or less)

1 Bay Leaf

32oz Can of Tomato Puree ( Can be substituted with chicken broth)

OPTIONAL Red Pepper flakes for an added kick

* You can use any bean you desire but I prefer red or white (or both) Cannellini beans, drained and rinsed to avoid access sodium.

How you put it all together:

– First, place a large lightly-oiled pot over a medium flame. Then add the garlic, onions and red bell peppers. Season with salt and let cook until the onions are translucent.

-In a separate pan, brown and then drain the ground turkey. Add it to the pot with the peppers and onions.

-Once the turkey is mixed in, add beans and tomato puree.

-Then add the chili powder, bay leaf, cumin, cinnamon, and cayenne pepper. Salt and pepper to taste.

– Let chili simmer for a minimum of 30 mins. I like to prepare mine in the afternoon and let it sit on a low flame for a couple hours.

-Serve with a choice of shredded cheese, sour cream, and tortilla chips.

Enjoy!

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