Friday, January 15, 2010

Make Ahead Turkey Chili

Chili is such a fantastic make-ahead meal. I made this at lunch time and then put it in the crockpot until dinner time. There are so many variations on chili, and I love them all.

This was my first experience cooking ground turkey. I found that it wasn't nearly as gross looking as raw ground beef (I know, I have issues. The aversion to ground beef must be genetic). The only problem is that I bought it at Costco; so know I have a bazillion pounds of ground turkey, and only two recipes that call for ground turkey. If anyone has a great recipe that calls for ground turkey (or one that they've been wanting to try, but haven't), send it my way. Please.

The Ingredients

2 lbs ground turkey
1 yellow onion, chopped
1 cup diced bell peppers
2 cans pinto beans, drained and rinsed
1 can diced tomatoes, with juice
3 cups chicken broth
4 tbsp chili powder
3/4 tsp cumin powder
salt and pepper
3 cloves garlic
cheese, shredded (optional)
sour cream (optional)
tortilla chips (optional)

At Ten O'Clock

In large pan, brown turkey with onions and peppers. Cook until meat is browned and the onions and peppers are soft. Drain.

Place turkey mixture in large pot. Add beans, tomatoes, garlic, chili powder, cumin and broth. Stir until combined.

Since this is being made ahead, there is no need to simmer or heat through. Either refridgerate until needed, or put in crockpot on high for up to four hours, or on low for up to ten hours.

Before Serving

Top with cheese, sour cream and tortilla chips, if desired.

Family Approval

This was good. Everyone ate a big bowl of it. My husband commented, "This is fantastic. The only thing that would make it better is if the ground turkey were ground beef." I disagreed with him. I really liked the ground turkey. But, I'm not sure you'll ever find a man who is going to like ground turkey better than ground beef. I think men are hardwired to crave red meat. But this was definately a successs. Plus, ground turkey is a healthy, low fat protein option. I think I'm going to start cooking with it more often. What do you think about ground turkey?


  1. i LOVE ground turkey...and being a woman...i cannot tell much of a difference...especially when it is in a dish like chili. i like the healthy factor too. thanks for all the great recipes :) we like to make taco salad with ground turkey.

  2. Just need to let you know that I have been reading your blog faithfully and I'm going to try creamy chicken enchiladas tomorrow! I love what your doing and were excited to have some new dinners! I'm going to pass your blog on to my newly married sis! Love it Cami! -Heather