Healthy Turkey Chili

2 Jan

We are finally done traveling for a while! YES! Its certainly great to be home indefinitely. Oh, and Happy New Year to all! Did you make resolutions? We have in our home and one of them is to incorporate more fruits and vegetables into our diets. I’m also trying out a new thing where I only make 1 dessert once a week. It might kill me, but it’s better for my health! Haha!

So, this little recipe I created because of my resolution noted above. And, odds are there are a few of you trying to do the same. There’s a little bit of chopping involved, but once thats done, its just a matter of opening a few cans and adding in spices. My favorite part about this recipe is that you can feel good eating it because it is packed full of nutrition from the vegetables and beans! Oh, and my other favorite parts about this recipe are all the little goodies you put on top afterwards. There’s something about the cold fresh stuff mixed with the hot yummy stuff that makes my taste buds sing! Its amazing! I love it! I added my chili to a bowl full of lettuce and tada! Taco Salad! Delicious possibilities for this one! Enjoy, guys! And, I promise I will be better about being diligent in posting more recipes. (Another new years resolution? Perhaps…)
Beware- this makes a whole huge pot full! Probably could feed 6-8!
Healthy Turkey Chili
2 tablespoons olive oil
1/2 large onion, diced
1 pound ground turkey breast
2 cloves garlic, minced
1/2 green bell pepper, diced
2 large carrots, peeled and diced
2 stalks celery, rinsed and diced
1 15.25-oz can corn, drained
2 14.5-oz can diced tomatoes
2 16-oz cans beans (any beans you have will work! I used black beans and pinto beans)
1 can water
1 tablespoon cumin
3/4 tablespoon chili powder
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1 large bay leaf
Optional toppings:
chopped cilantro
grated cheddar cheese
chopped tomatoes
sour cream
lime wedges/lime juice
tortilla chips
In large pot or dutch oven, heat oil over medium heat. Add in onions, carrots and celery. Cook until vegetables have softened slightly. Stir in green bell peppers, garlic, salt and pepper. Add ground turkey. Using wooden spoon or stirring utensil, break meat up to increase cooking time and to make smaller pieces. Once turkey is completely cooked, add in all canned ingredients and spices. Simmer on medium low heat for at least 20 minutes (the longer you let this simmer, the better it tastes). Serve with desired toppings.

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