Thursday, September 8, 2011

Low-Fat Turkey Chili

1-2 lbs ground turkey (93% fat-free)
3 Tbsp   canola oil
2-3 Tbsp diced garlic (~4-5 cloves)
2-3 medium- to large-sized onions, diced
2 large cans fat-free refried beans (~50 oz)
1 large can crushed tomatoes (~30 oz)
1 large can tomato sauce (~30 oz)
1 large can diced tomatoes (~30 oz)
2 small cans tomato paste (~6 oz)
2 Tbsp salt (or to taste)
3 Tbsp ground cumin
1 tsp ground black pepper
3 Tbsp chili powder (more if you like it hotter)
1/4  C crushed red pepper
1/4  C brown sugar
1/3  C molasses

Over medium heat, brown ground turkey in canola oil, stirring often so turkey does not stick to pan.  Add diced garlic and onions, cumin and salt.  When onions become clear, stir in chili powder.  When chili powder is completely blended, add refried beans, tomato paste, tomato sauce, crushed and diced tomatoes.  Lower heat to medium-low and be sure to stir very often as the mixture will now be prone to sticking & burning at the bottom of the pan.  Add crushed red pepper.  Simmer for about 10-15 minutes, stirring often.  Add molasses and brown sugar; use more if it is too hot, or less if you want it more spicy.  Continue to stir until chili temperature becomes hot. 

Serve with your favorite chili condiments, such as shredded cheese, sour cream, saltines, tortilla chips, etc.  Makes approximately 4 quarts.


On the left is the ground turkey as it's starting to brown and before any spices are added. On the right is the finished product, simmering to allow the spices to reach their full potential.

And this is a close-up of the finished product. :)

1 comment:

  1. I will definitely try this. I have been looking for a good turkey chili receipe.