The hurricane is here! Whenever I’m stuck inside in the cold, I love eating something that makes me feel warm. What better food to make, then, than chili? Throw everything into one pot and wait just a short time until your house smells great and you have a full belly. If you have a gas stove, you can even make this if the power goes out!
I started making this when I was in college, and have gradually made some changes to get to the current iteration. I usually like to make chili with beef, but I decided to try to be a bit healthier this time by using ground turkey. You can substitute ground beef for ground turkey and otherwise leave the recipe as it is, and it will also turn out great. You can also add more or less of each spice to get this to the desired taste, but I recommend keeping the cinnamon in to give it this unique flavor. The turkey doesn’t become as dark as beef, so the final color will seem a little off. Rest assured, it tastes just as great.
Keep warm, and stay safe, Northeasterners!
Place the ground turkey, onion, garlic, tomato sauce, and kidney beans in a medium to large sized pot on medium-low heat.
Add all of the spices and stir thoroughly. Bring to a boil and then reduce to just simmering. Stir occasionally. The longer it cooks, the better it tastes. Serve with shredded cheese, diced onions, or sour cream .
Makes 4 big servings
Prep time: 5 minutes
Cook time: at least 25 minutes
1 lb ground turkey (If there is a little more than 1 lb, that’s fine)
1/2 medium onion, diced
1 clove garlic, minced
1 15 oz can tomato sauce
1 15 oz can kidney beans, drained and rinsed
1 tablespoon + 1 teaspoon chili powder
1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
1/2 teaspoon ground coriander
1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
2+1/2 teaspoons ground cumin
pinch cayenne pepper
salt and pepper to taste
Place the ground turkey, onion, garlic, tomato sauce, and kidney beans in a medium to large sized pot on medium-low heat. Stir. Add all of the spices and stir thoroughly. Bring to a boil and then reduce to just simmering. Stir occasionally. Cook until all of the meat is cooked through, or at least for 20 minutes. The longer it cooks, the better it tastes. Serve with shredded cheese, diced onions, or sour cream .
- Use ground beef or chicken instead of turkey
- Add or subtract from any of the spices
- Add a little dark chocolate (it tastes good!)
- Use different toppings
Serve over rice or pasta
Use as a topping on nachos