1-pound ground turkey breast
1 large onion, chopped
1 small yellow or red pepper, diced
4-5 garlic cloves (optional); minced or finely chopped
1 tablespoon olive oil
½ cup frozen corn (optional)
½-1 can (16 oz) Muir Glen diced, fire-roasted tomatoes
1- 8 oz can of tomato sauce
½ can pumpkin puree
1 can (16 oz) of white, Cannelini beans
1 can (16 oz) of pinto beans
8 oz low sodium chicken broth (you can add more if you need it)
Chili powder (to taste!)
Salt & pepper (to taste)
1. Sauté the onions, pepper and garlic in oil for 10 minutes.
2. Cook the ground turkey in a separate pan until it’s done…drain off the liquid. If you don’t want the big chunks, you can chop it into small pieces; I toss mine in a food processor.
3. Mix all of the above ingredients together and bring to a boil in a Dutch oven pan on the top of the stove. Lower heat and cover. Simmer for about 60-90 minutes. If you use a crock-pot, start on high heat then lower; let it cook for about 4 hours on low heat. Chili should simmer, not boil. The meat is pretty much cooked when you sauté it. The longer it cooks, the more you blend the seasonings. I actually find I like chili more the day after I make it. I toss avocado and shredded cheddar cheese in mine when ready to serve!
I modified this recipe (by adding the broth and pumpkin) to cut down on the tomatoes if it’s too spicy for some people or if they have reflux disease. I like the fire-roasted tomatoes for some extra “zing” but you can use plain diced tomatoes, as well. You can also change to red kidney or black beans. Those beans are a little harder to digest.