Gluten Free Living – 2023
I made up a batch of Turkey Chili back in May. I had a lot of ground turkey in my freezers that I wanted to use up. The thing with using ground turkey is that it is extremely bland. It’s not good in an Alfredo sauce or milder sauces. It needs to be jazzed up in chili, spicy soups or well-seasoned spaghetti sauce where it absorbs the flavors.
This recipe includes bacon grease to help flavor the meat, along with chili powder and chili peppers in adobo sauce to amp up the flavors a little. I also used cans of Mixed Chili Beans so there was additional seasoning from the beans. A little red pepper flakes and paprika added just the right amount of heat without being overwhelming.
John and I enjoyed that pot of Turkey Chili for several days. It was savory and delicious. It’s great served with cornbread or dinner rolls. But it’s certainly satisfying enough for a one-dish meal. If you’re trying to cut calories, try this great chili recipe with ground turkey instead of beef. It’s so good.
Turkey Chili is wonderful.
Serve with Cheddar cheese, Tortilla Strips, sour cream or fresh cilantro.
Every mouthful was delectable.
Here’s what I did.
I used these ingredients. I didn’t use all that turkey for this recipe.
Spoon bacon grease into a large Dutch oven. (If you don’t have bacon grease, use avocado oil or olive oil). Add onion and green pepper. Heat over low to medium heat.
Stir to combine and sauté until vegetables are just about tender.
Add ground turkey.
Use a hamburger masher to break the meat down into tiny pieces while frying.
Cook until turkey is completely cooked through and no pink remains. Turkey cooks up white in appearance while beef cooks up brown.
Add diced tomatoes, tomato paste and chipotle peppers in Adobo sauce.
Stir ingredients to combine.
Place chili powder in a very small bowl.
Add a little water and stir to combine.
Add chili powder mixture to chili mixture.
Add remaining seasonings and bay leaf.
Cover with lid and cook over low heat for about an hour.
Remove bay leaf.
Add chili beans.
Stir and heat through.
Add a little water if you feel the mixture is too thick.
Serve with cornbread or dinner rolls, if desired.
Turkey Chili is great with flavored Tortilla Strips on top. The seasonings from the strips add even more great flavor.
Ground turkey has to be used in recipes that have a lot of seasoning or it’s too bland. Chili is perfect for using ground turkey.
Cheese, cilantro and sour cream are always good with chili.
Here’s the recipe.
(My own concoction)
- 1 large Dutch oven with lid
- 1 wooden spoon
- 1 sharp knife to cut vegetables
- 1 hamburger masher to cut meat down in small pieces while frying
- measuring cups
- measuring spoons
- 2 tbsp. bacon grease (drippings) or use avocado oil or olive oil
- 1 large onion chopped
- 2 green bell pepper seeded and chopped
- 2 lbs. ground turkey
- 30 oz. can petite diced tomatoes with green peppers, celery, and onions (two 15-ounce cans)
- 6 oz. can tomato paste
- 2 chipotle peppers in Adobo sauce
- 1 tsp. sea salt
- 1/8 tsp. red pepper flakes
- 1/8 tsp. paprika
- 1/8 tsp. garlic salt
- 1 tbsp. chili powder (dissolved in a little cold water)
- 1 bay leaf
- 1 cup water or, as needed
- 32 oz. can mixed chili beans (two 16-ounce cans, undrained)
- Brown onion and bell pepper in bacon grease in a large Dutch oven over low to medium heat.
- Add ground turkey and cook until no longer pink.
- Mash turkey down with a hamburger masher until the meat is broken up into small pieces.
- Add remaining ingredients except the beans.
- Reduce heat to low.
- Cover chili with lid and simmer for one hour, stirring occasionally.
- Remove bay leaf.
- Add chili beans and heat through.
- If mixture seems too thick, dilute with a little water.
- Serve chili with sour cream, Cheddar cheese, tortilla strips or corn chips and fresh cilantro, if desired.
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Turkey Chili is lower in calories and gluten free.
Every bite is mouthwatering and irresistible.
Even in hot climates like Texas, we enjoy Turkey Chili all year round. 🙂