Yesterday I thawed out one of those jumbo 2.5 pound packages of ground turkey and couldn’t decide what to make with it. We just had our favorite Mini Meatloaves recipe earlier in the week so I didn’t want meatloaf again. The it came to me, what better recipe than chili to break in my new red Le Creuset Dutch oven. You need to make this chili – it will warm you up and you will forget all about how cold it is outside!
First of all I am thrilled with this new Dutch oven – it heats up nice and even, it’s huge – holding 7.25 quarts, perfect for a big batch of chili. When I looked at the chili recipe ingredients I was sure all the ingredients were in stock so I started browning the ground turkey, peppers and onion. Things were going along great until it was discovered we had no beer! Usually I keep a couple bottles of the non-alcoholic beers in the garage refrigerator for cooking. Hubby Tom offered to stop working and run over to the grocery store to get some beer (I think he drank the last one) but I said it wouldn’t be necessary I would make do. What started out to be Rachael Rays Indian Summer Chili recipe quickly morphed into something a little different.
As soon as I had the ground meat, peppers and onions browned with the spices I knew it was going to be good – the aroma was amazing but it was clear to me that this was going to be way too thick for us. I added a jumbo size can of crushed tomatoes, left out the corn and added 1 can of drained, rinsed black beans instead. There were two jalapeno peppers hanging out in my refrigerator that needed to be used, so those were finely diced and added for flavor.
The recipe called for Montreal Steak Seasoning and although that seems unusual for chili I have to say it works beautifully. Ground turkey is rather bland on it’s own and the Montreal Seasoning adds tons of flavor. While the chili was busy simmering away I whipped up a batch of moist Corn Meal Muffins. Now we have leftovers for the weekend and that makes me so happy. The chili tastes fantastic. There is a little heat but not too much – the addition of BBQ sauce adds a little sweetness to counter the heat. Hubby Tom and I both loved it and it will be made again.
Hearty Turkey Chili
- 2 1/2 pounds ground turkey 93% Lean 7% Fat
- 4 tablespoons dark chili powder,
- 2 tablespoons McCormick Grill Mates Montreal Steak Seasoning blend (low sodium is available)
- 1 tablespoon cumin
- 2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
- 1 tablespoon Cholula hot sauce or your choice, add more if you like it hotter
- 1 large onion,chopped
- 2 large peppers, any color combination, red, green, yellow or orange, chopped
- 2 Jalapenos, diced, seeds removed
- 1 (14-ounce) can tomato sauce
- 28 ounce can Muir Glen Ground Peeled Tomatoes
- 1 can Black Beans, drained and rinsed
- 1/4 cup smoky barbecue sauce
In a large Dutch oven sprayed with non stick spray, over medium heat add the ground turkey meat, add chili powder, Montreal seasoning, cumin, Worcestershire sauce and hot sauce. Break up the meat into crumbles as it cooks.
Brown for about five minutes then add onions, peppers and jalapenos and cook until meat is no longer pink and vegetables are softened.
Add tomato sauce, crushed tomatoes, black beans and BBQ sauce. Bring to a boil then turn down the heat and simmer for 30- 45 minutes.
Yield: 12 cups
Servings Size: 1 cup
Estimated Nutritional Information*
Per Serving; Calories 230, Fat 6.9g, Chol 66.7, Sodium 1152.omg, Carbs 18.7g, Fiber 4.7g, Protein 20.3g WWPP 6
Recipe Inspired by Rachael Ray’s Indian Summer Turkey Chili
*The nutritional information and WW PP values posted on Nutmeg Notebook are my best estimates based on the brands of products I use and the software programs used to calculate them. If you rely heavily on the nutritional information and WWPP values I encourage you to double check the values given, using the brands of products you use. If you find big differences feel free to email me or leave me a comment letting me know.
I did manage to walk on my treadmill everyday this week and worked in extra steps to exceed my goal of at least 10,000 steps a day. My foot is sore from the new way the weight is shifted on the ball of my foot. Mostly it’s the big toe that is sore. It will just take some time for all the bones, tendons and such to get use to the new way they are being used. I can get a new pair of work out shoes on that were too tight just a couple weeks ago. Progress! I can get one pair of clog type Clark shoes on – I did wear them out one night but soon realized they were still a little too snug. But, it’s progress. The foot swelling is getting better. These are all little victories!
It has been a strange week. I didn’t sleep well most nights and when I did sleep I had the strangest dreams. What is unusual is I don’t usually remember my dreams but this week I did and they were bazaar. Do you ever have those days or weeks where you just feel a little off? Well that was me this week. Hence, the lack of new blog posts – I’ve just been too tired.
We went to see the Silver Linings Playbook movie last night. I loved it! Hubby Tom thought it was stressful to watch. I smuggled in some healthy snacks of apple slices, peeled mandarins, jerky and bottled water. I wouldn’t have to do that if they sold healthy munchies. I did notice that a lot of people had smaller bags of popcorn instead of the huge bucket. There were even some women who had the kids pack of popcorn and small drink – for themselves! That is a great idea and saves a ton of calories.
Have a wonderful weekend!
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