Habanero Turkey Chili

turkey chiliIt’s getting a little chilly outside now… so what sounds better than chili??? It’s simple, quick and easy to make… and with basically one pot used, it’s an easy clean up. Don’t be afraid of the habanero. If you use one, it doesn’t actually make the chili that hot, but it adds a lot of great flavor.

Admittedly, for a long time making chili to me was using one of those McCormick packets you can buy at the grocery store. But really it’s just as easy to make on your own… and adapt adding any flavors you like!

1 lb lean ground turkey
1 can black beans
1 16 oz can tomato sauce
2 heaping tablespoons tomato paste
2 tablespoons chili powder
1-2 habanero peppers
1/4 yellow onion (chopped)
garlic powder
1 cup beef stock

Take a large pot, add a little olive oil and heat. Add the onions and cook until they begin to caramelize. Add the ground turkey. Season with salt & pepper. Cook until browned. Add the tomato sauce and tomato paste. Pour out 1/3 of the liquid in the black beans and add them to the pot. Add the chili powder & habanero (add 1 if you like your chili a little more mild, 2 if you want a little more heat). (add some chipotle powder if you want a smokey taste). Add salt, pepper and garlic to taste. Simmer for at least an hour.

The biggest thing I learned is to continue to taste and adjust. A lot of the measurements are approximations, so just keep tasting.


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