Nutrition, Recipes

Sweet & Smoky Turkey Chili

I have a favorite turkey chili recipe that is my go to for a quick and delicious weekday meal and a go-to for Super Bowl parties.  It is also on the healthy side. Actually, it is a recipe that I got from Humana, the healthcare company.

Below is the recipe from Humana.  I have asterisked the ingredients that I replaced, and put in parenthesis  what I replaced them with to make it more compliant with the nutrition plan that I am on.

Ingredients:

  • 1 lb ground turkey breast
  • 2 T cumin ( I omit this because I don’t like the taste of cumin)1
  • 1 T chili powder
  • 1 T paprika
  • 1 T Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 T chipotle in adobo minced  (optional- I opt out)
  • 1 T all-purpose grill seasoning (I use Lawry’s)
  • 1 medium onion diced
  • 3 cloves garlic minced
  • 2 cups chopped veggies (red/orange/yellow peppers, mushrooms- you can add any veggie you like)
  • *1/2 can beer  (remove this for the on-nutrition meal plan)
  • 1 cup chicken broth
  • 1 small can fire roasted diced tomatoes
  • *2 T BBQ sauce (I now replace this with 2 T McCormick BBQ flavored seasoning)
  • 1 can beans of choice (pinto, black, light red etc)
  • 1/2 cup frozen corn (I omit this because I don’t like corn in my chili)
  • 1/2 tsp salt (I omit this)
  • 1/4 tsp pepper (I omit this)
  • *1/2 cup of orange juice (I omit this to be more compliant with the nutrition plan)

Directions:

  1. Heat large soup pot over medium high heat with non-stick spray
  2. Add turkey and spices (cumin through grill seasoning) and cook for 6-8 minutes
  3. Add onion, garlic, and vegetables and continue cooking 6-8 more minutes until veggies are tender and turkey is starting to  get really brown. (Do’t be afraid to walk away from the pot. We want the meat to carmelize and turn very brown-almost like it’s burning.)
  4. Add beer and orange juice to deglaze the pan and scrape up brown bits on bottom of pan using a wooden spoon. (Skip this step if you are not using the beer and OJ)
  5. Stir in chicken broth, tomatoes, BBQ sauce or BBQ seasoning, and bring to a boil.
  6. Add rinsed beans (and corn)
  7. Taste for seasoning and add salt and pepper if necessary.
  8. Simmer for 20 minutes or longer and garnish (if desired)
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