Confetti Turkey Chili
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Serves: 8 servings
Simply A (RD) Fact: Want to sneak some extra veggies into your family's diet? This chili is loaded with vegetables as its base, which means that you are getting all the beneficial vitamins and minerals of all that veggie goodness.
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 medium-sized bell peppers, diced (preferably red, orange, or yellow)
  • 2 medium-sized onions, diced
  • 4 stalks of celery, cut into half-moons
  • 5 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 2 pounds lean ground turkey
  • 1-28oz can whole San Marzano tomatoes, cut with kitchen shears/knife/crushed with hands
  • 3 tablespoons + ½ teaspoon dark chili powder
  • 1½ teaspoon paprika
  • 1 teaspoon cayenne powder – if you are sensitive to heat, use half the amount of cayenne
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 2 teaspoons dried oregano
  • 1 tablespoon kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1-15oz can of black beans, drained and rinsed
  • Hot sauce to taste
  1. In a large, high-sided skillet, heat olive oil over medium-high heat. Add in the bell peppers, onions, celery, and garlic. Cook until vegetables become soft and tender, about 2-3 minutes.
  2. Move the veggies to the outside of the skillet and add in the ground turkey. Using your spoon/spatula, break the ground turkey into small pieces. Cook until completely browned – this can take a while, about 5-10 minutes (so be patient… it’s all worth it!).
  3. When the turkey is browned, add in the tomatoes and the herbs and spices. NOTE – this recipe yields a spicy chili… if you are sensitive to heat, halve the amount of cayenne pepper (you can always add more heat with hot sauce later!). Stir to combine and then simmer for 15 minutes.
  4. Add in the black beans and stir to combine. Taste chili to assess seasoning and spiciness and adjust per your tastes – if you want a spicier chili, add in some hot sauce. Simmer the chili for another 15 minutes to let the flavors meld and the beans to heat through.
  5. Serve with the traditional chili fixins’ like avocado, taco chips, and shredded cheese.
  6. Enjoy!
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