Andrea's Killer Santa Cruz Turkey Chili
My best friend did Weight Watchers a few years ago and turned me onto Turkey Chili as a great high-fiber, high-protein, low-fat meal that is easy to make, easy to store, and always a crowd-pleaser. Over the years I have been experimenting with the mix and I think I have a real winner here! I use organic and local ingredients when I can (for the canned stuff, Trader Joe's has inexpensive organic canned beans, tomato sauce, corn, etc). It is easy to do a veggie variation, too. Enjoy!
- 1 lb of ground turkey or chicken (for veggie, sub 1 cup each cubed zucchini and carrot)
- 1 large yellow onion diced large
- 2 cloves of garlic, minced or crushed
- 1 tbsp ground cumin
- 1 tbsp cayenne pepper
- 2 tbsp dried oregano or Italian seasoning mixture
- 3 tbsp olive oil
- 2 x 16 oz cans of tomato sauce (1 chunky and 1 smooth)
- 2 x 16 oz cans of whole black beans
- 1 x 16 oz can of yellow corn
- 1 x 4 oz can of green Ortega chiles, diced
- 1 x 4 oz can of chipotle (fire roasted jalapeno) chile in adobo sauce (You will not use this whole can! Just 1 – 2 chiles is all this recipe needs - this stuff is hot!)
- 1 beer (light beer or Mexican beer is best)
- 1 tbsp of dark molasses
- 3 tbsp cornstarch
- salt and pepper
- Avocado, Sour Cream, Cheese, Green Onions and fresh cornbread are great accompaniments! (For calorie counters, use light sour-cream, reduced calorie cheese...etc).
- Open your beer, pour yourself half into a glass to enjoy.
- In a large soup pot, heat oil over medium heat.
- Sautee onions and garlic until onions start to clarify.
- Add a tsp each of salt and pepper * add ground meat (or fresh veggies, if that is your choice) * mash the meat up with the onions, sprinkle with cumin, cayenne pepper, and oregano.
- Sautee 5 minutes or until meat begins to brown.
- Pour the other half of your beer into the pot and stir for another minute or so.
- Add in green chiles.
- Take 2 chipotle chiles from the can, and dice them up.
- Start by adding one chile plus about a teaspoon of the adobo sauce, and reserve the other to add later if extra spiciness is required. The rest of the can can be saved in a ziploc in the fridge. These keep well for future dishes.
- Add the corn, beans, and tomato sauce, and another tsp of salt.
- Stir in the molasses.
- Cover and simmer at medium-low for about 30 minutes.
- Add cornstarch to thicken, and then taste.
- If you want it spicier, add more of the chipotle chile.
- Salt to taste.