Posts Tagged ‘comfort’

Turkey Chili with Beer & Lime

Home-made chili…oh so good.
Find me someone who doesn’t enjoy & I’ll make this recipe for them.
The hardest part? Waiting out the 90min, while it simmers.

Adapted from Food to Die For: Secrets From Kay Scarpetta’s Kitchen (2001) – Patricia Cornwell.


3 tbsp extra-virgin olive oil
1 lb (450 g) ground turkey (or lean ground beef)
1/4 lb (120 g) button mushrooms, trimmed, sliced (about 1-1/2 cups)
1 each: diced small red bell pepper, diced small green bell pepper
2 cups chopped vidalia onion
2 cloves garlic, minced
2 28 oz/796 mL cans tomatoes, chopped
127 mL can mild chopped green chillies (no need to drain)
12 oz (355 mL) bottle Mexican beer
3 tbsp lime juice
2 tbsp each: chopped oregano leaves, slivered basil leaves
2 bay leaves
1-1/2 tbsp chili powder
2 tsp or more salt
1-1/2 tsp ground cumin
28 oz (796 mL) can red kidney beans, rinsed, drained
19 oz (540 mL) can black beans, rinsed, drained

Hot pepper sauce to taste
Shredded extra-old cheddar to taste
Dollop of light sour cream & sprinkle of chives to taste

Heat 1 tablespoon oil in large pan on medium-high. Add turkey. Cook until browned, about 5 min, breaking up with wooden spoon. Remove to medium bowl.

In same pan, heat remaining 2 tablespoons oil on medium-high. Add mushrooms, peppers, onion and garlic. Cook, stirring and scraping browned bits on bottom of pan, until peppers are tender, about 5 min.

Stir in turkey, tomatoes and their juices, canned chillies, beer, lime juice, oregano, basil, bay leaves, chili powder, 2 teaspoons salt and cumin. Bring to boil, then reduce heat to medium-low and simmer, partly covered, 1 hour, stirring occasionally.

Add beans. Uncover and simmer 30 min. Adjust salt. Discard bay leaves.

Serve topped with hot sauce, cheddar, sour cream & chives.

Makes 8 to 10 servings.
(Or in our case, 6-8 servings. Generous is me.)

*A & S. Coolman’s notes: Heat a couple slices of bacon in pan first. Remove bacon. Use fat rendered from bacon as cooking oil. Add turkey. Dice up bacon. Add to mixture for stirring.

And yes, it’s worth it. ENJOY.


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winter nights

Why go out when you can do this? 

chocolate chip cookies & Mondavi

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