Sunday, January 9, 2011

Healthy Turkey Chili Recipe

A cloudy and cold Sunday in Texas is reason enough for me to make a big pot of chili for my family.  For years when I was in the mood to make chili, I turned to my tried-and-true Crock Pot Chili Recipe that I shared last year on Go Texan Day.  Since reading You:  On a Diet by Dr. Oz and Dr. Roizen, however, I have been using the recipe for Spicy Chili from this book.  This chili is cooked on top of the stove, takes less than an hour to prepare, and is full of vegetables.  It also has only 2. 9 grams of saturated fat and 10.7 grams of fiber per serving, but most importantly it tastes great.

Since following the eating plan outlined in Dr. Oz's book, my husband has lost 30  pounds and I have lost 15.  We feel great and are loving all of the healthy recipes that are included in the book.  On Sunday, my husband or I make a big pot of soup or chili and then package it into one cup containers for lunches the next week.  Although one cup doesn't sound like much, it is perfect for lunch and is key to our healthy eating plan.

Another reason that I love this Healthy Turkey Chili Recipe is that it helps me clean out my vegetable crisper so that I waste less.  I learned from Jamie Oliver that vegetables can be added to many stews and sauces in order to increase nutritional value and flavor.  Today I had finely diced carrots, yellow and orange peppers, jalapeño, and a cup of black beans leftover from tacos that we had a few nights ago.  I added them to the recipe and it was delicious.  I love a rainy Sunday and I love a pot of healthy chili!

Healthy Turkey Chili Recipe

inspired by "Spicy Chili" from You: On a Diet by Dr. Oz and Dr. Roizen

1 tablespoon olive oil
1/2 white onion, chopped
1 jalapeño, finely diced (optional)
1/2 cup peppers, chopped (red, green, orange, or yellow, or a combination)
2 cloves garlic, minced
1/2 pound ground turkey or ground meat substitute such as Boca Crumbles
1/2 teaspoon chili powder ( or more to taste)
pinch of cayenne pepper
1/2 teaspoon cumin
1/2 teaspoon ground coriander
1/2 teaspoon turmeric
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt (or more to taste)
1/4 teaspoon black pepper (or more to taste)

1 can (28 ounces) crushed tomatoes, undrained
1 can (16 ounce) pinto beans (or another bean of your choice such as kidney or black, or a combination)

1 teaspoon maple syrup
1 teaspoon red wine vinegar

  1. Heat olive oil in a large heavy bottomed saucepan over medium high heat.
  2. Add onion, jalapeño, peppers, garlic, and any other vegetable you are using.  Cook a few minutes or until vegetable are beginning to soften.  Stir often.
  3. Add ground turkey or meat substitute.  Cook, stirring frequently, until meat is no longer pink or until meat substitute is warmed.
  4. Add all spices (chili powder, cayenne pepper, cumin, ground coriander, turmeric, kosher salt, and black pepper.  Cook about a minute, stirring well.
  5. Add crushed tomatoes, beans, maple syrup, and vinegar.  Mix well.
  6. Simmer uncovered for about 20 minutes, stirring occasionally.  Taste and adjust seasoning as needed. 

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      1. This sounds wonderful and I love that it is so healthy!

      2. I always use ground turkey for my chile. This looks like a lot of interesting things you added.

      3. This looks delightful! Consider sharing with the new- Decidedly Healthy or Horridly Decadent Saturday Picture Linky – we’re leaving it up for the first week to get it rolling.
        Older posts that fit the theme are also a-ok.

      4. This turkey chili recipe looks great. I will cook it Thursday for the family. Cure the snow bound blues! thanks

      5. what a great recipe and healthy too! thank you for sharing this fabulous meal with tuesday night supper club!

      6. We've had a lot of cold nights here in Albuquerque lately and I've been craving chili! Thank you for the healthy recipe :)

      7. Visiting your blog from LambAround. It is cold and snowy here and I have been thinking chili sounds so good but I have also been trying to eat healthier so I haven't made any, now I have a healthy chili recipe to try. Thank you!

      8. Sounds delicious! Thanks for linking it up to Tailgating Time :-)

      9. We love Turkey Chili and it is so good for you. Your recipe looks very good I would really like to try it. Thank you so much for bringing it to Full Plate Thursday today and please come back!

      10. Looks delish!
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      11. I love chili. This recipe is certainly worth a try. Have a lovely Sunday.

      12. Heidi,
        I am so excited that you entered your great Chili in The Texas Star Chili Cook Off for 2011. Good Luck in the competition!
        Miz Helen

      13. My husband and I have a turkey farm, so I love when people post turkey recipes! We use ground turkey instead of ground beef in almost everything!

        And way to go on the weight loss! That's a huge accomplishment! I'm glad turkey had a little part in it. :)

      14. Congrats on your weight loss!! I am going to take a look at this cookbook by Dr. Oz. I didn't know he had one!! This chili looks so delicious. I love the ingredients you put in, and what a great way to clean out the crisper and not waste anything! Thanks for sharing this recipe at Super Bowl Eats and Treats!

      15. I have never made chili before, but I was going to a potluck dinner and wanted to make sure and bring something healthy. I tried this recipe and added an extra can of beans and a can of corn. It was delicious and I got a lot of compliments. Thanks for introducing me to a great and healthy chili! I'm making it again tonight for a dinner with guest.