Hearty Turkey Chili
It is SO hard to find healthy recipes that are yummy and kid friendly. This recipe is fantastic! My kids love it…with the right toppings of course 😉 (Frito’s and cheese). I usually top mine with cottage cheese, cilantro, and baked lays (Greek yogurt is also deli-sh). I make everything in the morning throw it in the crock-pot and let it cook all day and make the house smell yummy. Your tummy will be satisfied and your taste-buds. High in protein to!
* 2 Tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
* 1 large white onion, finely diced
* 1 lb ground turkey
* 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
* 1/4 fresh ground black pepper
* 1/4 teaspoon Garlic Salt with Parsley
* 4 cloves fresh garlic, minced
* 1 14 oz can chicken broth
* 2 cans diced tomatoes
* 1 small can tomato paste
* 3/4 Cup tomato sauce
* 3 cans of beans of choice, drained (I used black beans, chili beans and red kidney beans, 2 garbanzo beans, pinto beans)
* 1 teaspoon Tabasco hot sauce
* 3 Tablespoons chili powder
* 2 Tablespoons ground cumin
Toppings (not included in nutritional stats):
* Green Onions
* Plain Greek Yogurt
* Baked Tostio’s Chips
Step 1: Heat oil into a large skillet or dutch oven over medium heat. Saute onion and fresh garlic until softened, about 5 minutes.
Step 2: Stir in turkey, salt, pepper and garlic salt; cook until browned and no longer pink.
Step 3: At this point you can transfer to crock-pot and remaining ingredients and let simmer the rest of the day. Or you can add chicken broth, tomatoes, tomato paste, beans, hot sauce, chili powder and cumin. Reduce heat to low and simmer until ready to serve (about 20 minutes).
Step 4: Top with baked Tostios, green onions,cottage cheese, cilantro, Greek yogurt, and if you need a little extra something…cheddar cheese :).
- Tip 1: If I have extra time I pressure cook my own beans, you could soak and boil them also :).
- Tip 2: Double recipe and freeze in individual portions for a quick healthy meals.
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Why are beans good for you?
Beans can lower cholesterol by 10% if you eat a cup a day, which reduces your chance of a heart attack by 40%! They load the body with protein and dietary fiber which helps to curb your appetite for fatty foods. Beans have something that meat lacks, phytochemicals, compounds found only in plants. Beans are high in antioxidants, a class of phytochemicals that incapacitate cell-damaging free radicals in the body. Beans are pretty much the perfect food!