Thursday, January 20, 2011

But he does eat my chili!

The way to my man's heart is ....


No squash in this soup, darling husband...just a bowl of spicy LOVE! :)

As I said before, he does like my cooking and most of the soups I make...but his favorite is my chili.

He doesn't scrunch up his cute nose or click his heels and run,
 and chili is not even junk...especially this one.

It's my lighter version of a flavorful bowl of spicy goodness!

Chili Con Carné!

1 lb. package lean (or extra lean) ground turkey
(I like extra lean for several reasons, one being I don't have to drain off any fat)
3- 4 cloves fresh garlic, pressed or minced
1 small yellow onion, chopped
1 small green pepper, chopped  (optional)
1 (4 oz.) can diced green chile’s (medium)
1 (28 oz.) can fire roasted tomatoes
1 can rotel w/ green chile’s  (original)
2 (14 oz.) cans diced organic tomatoes  (low sodium)
2 (14 oz.) cans black beans, rinsed and drained
1/2  cup white wine (or beer) 
1- 2 tsp. chili powder (according to taste)
2 TBSP. cumin*
Dash of black pepper

  • In  large sauce pot, over medium heat, with approx. 1 – 2 TBSP. olive oil
  • Brown ground turkey. When almost brown, add garlic and green pepper and continue cooking. 
  • When turkey is browned, reduce heat and add wine (or beer), scraping bits from the bottom of pot. (allows for more flavor and the alcohol cooks off). 
  • Add all remaining ingredients. Cover and simmer for at least 20 minutes. Taste and if needed, more cumin or chili powder can be added (I use a generous amount of cumin).  
  • Spoon chili into soup bowls, sprinkle with shredded sharp cheddar or Mexican blend cheese, an optional dab of sour cream and your favorite tortilla chips or bread. ~ enjoy!
Honestly, I make this without measuring and after the meat is cooked and it all simmers for a while, a taste test tells me if I need to add anything. My above list of ingredients is pretty close to what I use, but alterations are according to taste. Same goes for the green chile's...some might like to use mild chile's or even hot.

Our uncle has a favorite saying when making his sloppy joes...."the secret is in the cracker", as he tweaks then dips a small cracker into his concoction to make sure it's just right. I'm in total agreement with that. I love to taste as I go; adding a pinch more of this and a sprinkle more of that.
But I'll leave you with this word of wisdom: 

Too many crackers can spoil dinner  :)


Amy said...

What a nice sequel! Love both of your poems, this and "He won't eat my soup"! :)

Your Chili looks so delicious! Nice picture too, by the way! ;)

Unknown said...

Ohhhh sounds good.. thanks for sharing.. I will have to try this one..
xoxox said...

I haven't fixed chili in years...and with the cold weather we are having I do need to put on a pot...this looks great...need to give it a try

Sierra said...

this looks so super good, my BK and i had a chili dog and that was yummy! i've been itching to make chili ever since. maybe i'll have to try your recipe. have a great weekend!

Simple Home said...

This sounds delicious! I came over from Janette's Sage :-)
Have a blessed weekend!

Amy said...

Yum! Looks wonderful and a great day here to make it. Thanks!

Chef Dennis Littley said...

I don't eat beef so a nice bowl of that turkey chili is perfect for me too! A good bowl of chili is a wonderful thing.
I hope you are staying warm in this frigid weather, I know that chili will help!

mangiabella said...

Oh bella I just typed a comment and it disappeared into the black hole of here is take two: this chili looks so hearty and delicious, and I am loving the ground turkey!!! we would call this "texas chili" here, and i adore it....nothing like a big bowl of this on a chilly winter evening watching the Steelers take the AFC Championship....sigh....simply glorious!

Joy McMillan said...

Goodness, this sounds delish! White wine/beer...would NEVER have thought of adding that to chili! brilliant, I tell you :)

Kim Turnage said...

YUM! Perfect for a cold winter night!

Toyin O. said...

That looks so yummy Lorraine, you are making me hungry right now. Also, wanted to drop by and say hi. Thanks again for that lovely blog award, I feel bad not posting it on my blog, since I could not really follow the rules, due to the nature of my blog. Anyway, thanks again. I reallly appreciate it. Have a lovely weekend:) xoxo

A multi-dimensional life said...

Toyin, that's just fine. I realize the rules of these sweet awards can sometimes be a bit involved. I didn't want you to feel obligated...just appreciated! :) You are a blessing!

Jacqui' said...

This looks amazing!!!! Im gonna try this for sure =]

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