Low Fat Turkey Chili
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Recipe type: Dinner
Serves: 8 cups
  • 1 T olive oil
  • 3 slices of bacon, finely chopped (optional)
  • ½ red bell pepper
  • ½ green bell pepper
  • 1 spanish onion, roughly chopped
  • 1 medium carrot, roughly chopped
  • 2 celery stalks, roughly chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, roughly chopped
  • ¼ tsp chili powder
  • ¼ tsp cayenne pepper
  • ½ tsp oregano
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  • Pinch of red pepper flakes
  • 2 T red wine, preferably merlot (optional)
  • 1 lb lean ground turkey
  • 1 28 oz can whole peeled tomatoes, pureed
  • 1 15.5 oz can red kidney beans
  • 1 ear of corn, kernels removed
  • 3 cups hot water
  1. Place the onion, carrot, garlic and celery in the bowl of a food processor. Pulse roughly ground (not minced)
  2. In a dutch oven or heavy bottom pot, cook the bacon in the olive oil until all the fat is rendered and the bacon is brown and crispy over medium heat. (if not using bacon, use an additional 2 tablespoons of olive oil and skip this step)
  3. Remove the bacon and strain the oil through a strainer. Return the fat to the pot.
  4. Sweat the processed vegetables along with the chopped peppers. About 7 minutes. Add the chili powder, cayenne, red pepper flakes, oregano, salt and pepper. Cook for an additional 2 minutes.
  5. Add the wine and cook until it has reduced completely, about 5 minutes.
  6. Add the ground turkey and break up with a spatula. Cook until no longer pink. Push the meat to one side of the pot and allow the grease to collect. Remove as much as you can with a ladle.
  7. In the bowl of your food processor, puree the tomatoes until smooth.
  8. Add the pureed tomatoes to the pot and cook until almost dry, about 20 minutes.
  9. Add the water, beans and raw corn kernels to the pot. Reduce the flame to a low simmer, cover and let cook for about 2 hours.
Nutrition Information
Serving size: 1 cup Calories: 220 Fat: 9.4 Saturated fat: 2.5 g Carbohydrates: 17.8 g Sugar: 4.3 g Sodium: 624 mg Fiber: 5.6 g Protein: 17.7 g Cholesterol: 48 mg
Recipe by A Sue Chef at http://www.asuechef.com/low-fat-turkey-chili/