Saturday, October 15, 2011

Turkey and Chicken Chili

Cooking is a really a thing for me and I always use inspiration and items that I had when I was a kid. I was trying to think of things that remind me of fall and when the weather starts to change and I remembered my turkey and chicken chili. I do not really like beef since I think it has way too much fat and I just really like using turkey so I do! :)

I like that for chili you can make a small batch by using small cans of all the beans instead of large cans. So before you start cooking decide if you want to make a large batch or a small batch. Chili is great leftover too so no worries on that end.

You will need:
1 can of chili beans
1 can of pinto beans
1 can of dark red kidney beans
1 small can of diced tomatoes
1 packet of chili seasoning
2 chicken breasts
½ lb ground turkey

I like my chili to have nice big chunks of the protein so I start by cooking my chicken breasts in a pan with a little bit of olive oil and some salt, pepper, and a little bit of garlic salt. You can add any spices you want to the chicken as it will only add to the depth of the chili. I remove the chicken breasts from the pan and put them on my cutting board to cool for a little. I then add the ground turkey to the same pan I just cooked the chicken in and add the same spices. While the turkey is getting browned I chop the chicken into nice little chunks and when the turkey is 99% done I add the chicken back to the pan to try to get the flavor from the pan into the meat. Prep the beans by draining and rinsing the pinto and kidney beans, the chili beans are in a chili sauce that you do not want to throw out.  In a stock pot I add all the cans of beans and the tomatoes as well as the seasoning and the meat. I stir it all together and add in a little water to create more sauce for my chili. I let it cook slowly over medium to low heat with the lid on. All it needs to do is heat up to be ready so once it is hot go ahead and scoop it up. I serve my chili in a bowl I start with a thin layer of fritos, add a scoop or two of chili, top with shredded cheese and chopped white onion and sometime some sour cream.  I serve the chili with mini cornbread muffins and soak up the gloomy day outside with my bowl of chili and a nice warm fire.
Hope you enjoy my chili recipe and it helps to warm you from the inside out on a gloomy day.

Have a great day!
 <3 Jesika

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