Monday, December 31, 2012

Turkey & Black Bean Chili

I love chili and it's always an easy meal for a crowd, like maybe if you're hosting some friends tonight before enjoying a few tasty beverages to ring in the New Year.  I made this chili a few month's ago when our friends Felise and Nick came over for dinner.  Felise asked for the recipe and I thought that I'd already posted it, but alas, here I am two months later finally getting around to it.  We make this chili often and I love the black beans with the turkey, plus all the veggies and spicy flavor.  Like all chilis, you can adjust the intensity of the spice and heat based on the heat of your chili powder, or just use a little less.  Served up with corn bread or chips and topped with cheese or sour cream, you and your friends will enjoy this chili to line your belly for a night of fun!

The Lean Green Bean

Usually, the last day of the month is reserved for me sharing the contents of my Foodie Pen Pal package and the recipe of the homemade treat I send out to my Foodie Pen Pal.  But in the spirit of giving, I must commend Lindsay of The Lean Green Bean.  As the founder and organizer of FPP, Lindsay asked FPP participants to give without getting this month.  In lieu of spending our allotted FPP budget on a package this month, Lindsay asked that we all show our support and generosity by donating to New York Cares, a charity working desperately to help those in need after the devastation caused in the New York/New Jersey area from Hurricane Sandy.  I was pleased to participate in this way, so happy to be involved with an organization eager and willing to help those in need. I'm anxious to visit Lindsay's blog to find out how much we raised for New York Cares as a group.  My estimate is a few thousand dollars.  And I hope that because of our generosity as a group, a few families can have a hopeful start to 2013.

So as you prepare to ring in a happy new year, stir up some of this chili which comes together very fast.  Healthy and delicious, it's a great way to start any New Year's resolutions (or at least combat and bad deeds that might come in liquid/alcoholic form later).  I found this recipe in a Penzey's catalog a few years ago (not exactly sure on the issue) and it comes from Eboni Baugh.  One of the things I love about Penzey's is the variety of their spices, like several different types of chili powder to really change up the spice and heat.  So play around with it, eat well and have a very Happy New Year!

Turkey & Black Bean Chili


1 onion, chopped
1 clove garlic, minced
1 pound ground turkey
4 Tablespoons chili powder
1 teaspoon cumin
1/2 teaspoon black pepper
1/4 teaspoon salt
14 ounces chicken broth (or water mixed with chicken base)
2 16 ounce cans black beans (1 drained, 1 undrained)
1 16 ounce can pinto beans, undrained
2 14.5 ounce cans diced tomatoes
1 16 ounce bag frozen corn kernels

Heat a large pot over medium-high heat and add onion, garlic and turkey, stirring until cooked through, breaking turkey up as it cooks.  Add spices and cook, continuing to stir, for about 5 minutes.

Add chicken broth and scrape the browned bits off the bottom of the pot.  Add the beans, tomatoes and corn, stir and cook for 10-15 minutes.

Distribute among bowls and serve with shredded cheese, sour cream, tortilla chips or corn bread.

Makes about 6-8 servings.

Happy Baking and Happy New Year!
The Cookie Princess

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