January 16, 2012

rainy day chili.

Today has been downright cold and overcast here in San Diego. It is one of those stay in bed and watch movies kind of days. To keep me and the hubby warm tonight I made chili for dinner. This is a special recipe - one that my mom always made when I was younger and eventually passed down to me. I don't want you to think I am giving myself a pat on the back, but instead I am giving credit to my mom...this truly is the best chili I have ever had. So, here is my homemade chili recipe for you to try. Let me know what you think!

What you will need: 
1 to 1.5 lbs. ground turkey
1 medium onion
3 cloves of garlic (I am a garlic lover so I always add more)
1 - 28oz can organic whole tomatoes (I prefer to cut my own tomatoes, but feel free to get 2 15oz cans of diced tomatoes to save time)
2 - 15oz cans organic tomato sauce
1 - 15oz can organic kidney beans
1 - 15oz can organic black beans
5 tsp. chili powder
3 tsp. cumin

The directions are as simple as they get...
First, cook the ground turkey on the stove, chop the onion, and dice the whole tomatoes. Make sure to save the remaining juice in the can of tomatoes and add it to the chili in the next step.

Next, combine all of your ingredients. The key to chili is letting the spices mix, therefore, the longer it sits, the better it tastes. Today I let the chili cook in the crock pot on low all day. But, I have also made it quickly after work in a big pot on the stove. As the chili cooks I like to taste test as often as I can. Add more chili powder and cumin as needed. I have also been known to add red pepper flakes to take the heat up another notch. Top with sharp cheddar cheese and Mezzetta tamed jalapeno peppers and enjoy!

Bon Appétit! 

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