Last weekend my friend had a party at her house for the Chargers game and held a "Chili Cook off". There were 8 different varieties of chili to try and it was a lot of fun! Unfortunately due to a impromptu trip to Vegas and a wedding the night before I didn't have time to cook chili myself and felt a little left out so I decided to do it this week. I mashed up recipes from Epicurious and Cooking Light and this is what happened...
Turkey Chili with White Beans
Yield: Serves 8
1 T olive oild
2 cups diced yellow onion
1 1/2 tsp oregano
1 1/2 tsp cumin
1 T minced garlic
1 1/2 T chili power
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1 lb lean ground turkey
1 28oz can diced tomatoes
3 bay leaves
3 cups beef stock
2 15 oz cans white beans, rinsed, drained
1 15 oz can pinto beans, rinsed, drained
1 can tomato paste
1 liberal squirt of Sriracha sauce (optional)
|half done... just needs to reduce...|
Heat oil in a large pot over medium heat. Add onions and saute until light brown and tender, about 10 minutes. Add spices and stir for 1 minute. Increase heat to medium high and add ground turkey. Cook until no longer pink, breaking up with back of spoon. Add tomatoes and bay leaves. Stir in stock and add beans. Bring to a boil and reduce heat. Simmer 25 minutes stirring occasionally. Add in tomato paste a little at a time to thicken up the Chili to desired consistency. Add Sriracha sauce if you like spicy chili!
Chili can be garnished with with shredded cheese, jalapenos, diced onions, and sour cream as desired
Got all positive reviews on the chili- tasted even better the next day when the flavors mixed even, I was really unsure about adding the cinnamon but it really gave it an interesting flavor that I liked!