The second the weather gets anywhere near 50º outside, I crave homemade chili. The smoky flavors, the beans, thick tomato sauce and everything in between, it just makes the colder weather months more manageable. I've made chili more than a handful of times, but this particular version is my new favorite. It's also the first time I used meat from the butcher near my house. My aunt swears by this butcher, where they combine both white and dark meat ground turkey, which adds load of flavor to the meat and to the overall chili as it simmers together in the dutch oven. I can't say this will be my last time visiting the butcher, because after making this delicious turkey chili, I am already planning a visit this weekend.
Let's talk chili. If you ask 50 people, one person from each state across America, I guarantee there will be many variations of what goes into a chili. Some folks despise beans in their chili, while others may prefer loads of beans, corn, and bacon. A select few may want a vegetarian chili (I have a recipe for this, coming soon), and others want a healthier, paleo-style with all the healthy fats and grass-fed meats. I love a good beef and bean chili (recipe here), but opted for a leaner turkey blend, threw in a full TWO cans of beans, and let the chili simmer for at minimum three hours on a low flame. We had some spanish yellow rice aside of this chili, with shredded cheese on top, and man was it perfect. I also really like making a huge pot of chili to yield enough for the freezer, lunch, or an extra dinner option on nights where I just don't feel like cooking. Yes, I do have those nights.
If this winter plans on getting any colder or snowy, I will be absolutely fine making this turkey chili every single week. It's THAT good. Top with whatever kinds of favorite toppings, pour a glass of cabernet, and enjoy binge watching Netflix, because while it may be cold outside, you'll be super cozy at home.
When the weather is awful outside, enjoy the warmth inside with this homemade turkey chili. A delicious blend of dark and white ground turkey meat, crushed tomatoes, seasonings, and beans makes this turkey chili a crave-worthy meal for any time of day. Yes, breakfast included.
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