Turkey and Red Bean Chili

If you would like to reduce the fat in this recipe even further and/or make this a vegetarian dish, replace the
turkey with 1 1/2 cups of bulgur wheat and the chicken stock with vegetable stock.  The texture is similar to that of meat and you may not even notice the difference.

Turkey and Red Bean Chili

3 tablespoons olive oil
1 pound ground turkey
1 1/2 cups carrots, peeled and diced
2 cups onions, diced
1/2 green pepper, diced
1 jalapeno pepper, diced (optional)
1 tablespoon salt
2 tablespoons garlic, minced
3 tablespoons chili powder
2 tablespoons cumin
1 tablespoon oregano
28 oz. tomatoes
28 oz. chicken stock
2 cups dried or 4 cups cooked kidney beans

Garnishes:
1/2 red onion, minced
1 bunch fresh cilantro, minced
1 cup sour cream or yogurt, low-fat varieties will work too
2 cups grated cheddar cheese
1 cup salsa

Stove top:  Heat oil in a medium stock pot over medium high heat.  Add the turkey meat.  When the turkey meat starts to brown on the bottom of the pan, add the carrots, onions, peppers, garlic, salt and spices.  Cook until the onions are translucent.  Then add the tomatoes, chicken stock and beans. Reduce heat and simmer for at least 1 1/2 to 2 hours and until the beans are tender.

If you would like to use bulgur instead, add it after the beans have become tender and cook for another 30
minutes.  You may need to add more stock.

Crock pot:  Add all ingredients at once reducing either the tomato or stock to 16 oz or one can.  If you are
using bulgur rather than turkey, allow for one hour of cooking time at the end.

Chef Annie
Getting cozy in my kitchen 

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