As we are gearing up for cooler weather here in Alabama, all of the shelves at the grocery store will be empty where the chili beans once lived. That’s because here in the South, we know how to make a pot of chili. There’s such a wide variety of recipes, and they each have their own kind of flavor. In our family, we have found a way to make it that is healthy, saves money, and gets a thumbs up from all three of our kids! That, in my book is a winner. It is a simple recipe, very similar to your basic chili recipe, but with a little twist. Here’s how we do it…
Start with some ground Turkey. According to my husband, the secret to making ground turkey edible is a scoop of Better than Beef Bouillon while it’s cooking. For the chili seasoning, we typically make our own. Don’t worry, it’s not hard. We use the following spices to taste: cayenne pepper, paprika, cumin, garlic, salt, pepper, and chili powder. While my turkey is cooking, I have a pot of quinoa boiling in a can of chicken broth. This gives it some flavor, and will help the meat go farther. Quinoa takes on the flavor of whatever it is cooked in, which gives you a great way to get in the fiber and protein you need, but not get bored with one flavor or dish. To check out more cool insights about quinoa, check out this article at Forbes.com.
In a big soup pot, I have thrown in a can of red kidney beans, a can of chili beans, and a can of diced tomatoes. Once the turkey and quinoa are done, pour them into the pot with the beans and tomatoes. Using the pan you browned the turkey in, sauté a tablespoon of diced garlic and a medium onion that has been cut up, either diced or cut into long slender pieces. Toss those into the chili.
Once the pot heats up, you are ready to eat! If you’d rather not use any meat in your chili, you can simply use the quinoa in it’s place. It has the same texture as the turkey. Just make sure to put your chili seasoning in while it’s boiling so it can soak up the flavors. Want to freeze a batch to have for a quick meal next week? Just double your recipe when you make tonight’s meal, and you’re all set!
Prep Time: 15 minutes
1 lb. Ground Turkey
1 C. Quinoa
1 can Chicken Broth
1 can Kidney Beans
1 can Chili Beans
1 tbsp Better Than Beef Bouillon
1 can Diced Tomatoes
1 medium onion, diced
1 tbsp garlic
Chili Seasoning (add these to taste):
Let us know how your family enjoys the Healthy Chili recipe.