10-Alarm Turkey Chili (February 9, 2010)

carla suggested chili, and she had a new recipe in mind – this 10-alarm turkey chili, as found on hungry girl dot com.

here’s how it works:

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Ingredients:
1 lb. raw lean ground turkey
One 29-oz. can tomato sauce
One 14.5-oz. can diced tomatoes, drained
One 15-oz. can chili beans (pinto beans in chili sauce), undrained
One 15-oz. can red kidney beans, drained and rinsed
3/4 cup canned sweet corn, drained
4 – 5 canned chipotle peppers in adobo sauce, chopped, sauce reserved
2 bell peppers (in different colors), chopped
1 large onion, chopped
2 carrots, chopped
2 tsp. minced garlic
2 tsp. Worcestershire sauce
1 tsp. chili powder
1 tsp. ground cumin
1/2 oz. VERY dark chocolate (70%+ cacao), broken into small pieces
salt, to taste
Optional topping: fat-free sour cream

Directions:
Bring a large pan sprayed with nonstick spray to medium heat on the stove. Add turkey and spread it around in the pan to break it up a bit. Cook and crumble until meat is brown and cooked through, about 6 minutes. Drain any fat or liquid, and then transfer turkey to the crock pot.

Add all other ingredients except for the chocolate to the crock pot. Add 1 tbsp. adobo sauce (from the canned chipotles). Mix well to combine.

Cover and cook on high for 2 hours, and then reduce heat to low and cook for an additional 3 hours. (OR cover and cook on low for 6 – 7 hours straight.)

Add chocolate and stir until pieces melt and disappear into chili. Cover and cook for 1 hour longer on low. Add salt to taste. If you like, top each serving with a little sour cream. Mmmmm!!!

MAKES 12 SERVINGS

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we stayed quite close to the recipe. i have to say, i LOVED this chili. she warns that it’s very spicy; it IS spicy, but i wouldn’t warn anybody about it. it definitely gets my nose running, but for me it’s the perfect degree of spiciness. i’m sure it’s the chipotles and adobo sauce that make this something special. anyways, we had it over the weekend for the superbowl, and i thought it was better than the solid pumpkin chili we’ve made before, and better than the very good vegan squash chili we’ve made in the past as well. i give at a big A+.

carla – it was yummy. i liked the smoky flavor of the chipotles…i would like to try to make it again without turkey. i would give it an A.

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