Terrific Turkey Chili--Make it a Super Bowl Meal!
Make This Steamin' Hot Delicious Pot of Chili
This Chili Recipe Delivers On Pleasing the Crowd
Once I knew a lady who carried really hot spices around in her purse. Even if she was dining in a Chinese restaurant she would pull out her arsenal of hots. Needless to say, she had a thing for heat that most people can't eat! Now this chili is not that hot, but you can make it hotter by adding more green chili peppers or hotter pepper like habenero. Just remember that sweet balances out the heat. So if you get carried away, add more brown sugar or honey, or your own sweet secret weapon may do the job. Just calm that pot down a bit! Bobby Flay once used chocolate to take down the heat in his chili at one of his throw downs.
Now even though I am putting this recipe out there, really chili can be a little different each time you make it. For instance, the reason I found out about tequila is because I did not have a bottle of Corona beer in the fridge. So I thought...well I do have tequila. What do you know, it's from Mexico, and in went a 1/4 cup of that! The beauty of chili is that the basic ingredients can vary; kidney beans, pinto beans, black beans, baked beans, or even navy beans, turkey, beef, pork, or chicken, and either white sauce or red sauce. You name it. You can take your chili pot to any place you want to go and hopefully your friends and family will enjoy the final destination of great chili! In the original San Antonio chili recipes found in the Texas, no beans were used, "but you would find cubed meat, oregano, and cumin, plus..."fiery pepper, which bites like a serpent," so says Hidden Kitchens in a story about chili queens in a time gone by. So chili can be quite mild or nearly hot enough rocket your taste buds to what feels like flames. Not to worry because this chili will not take you there!
Here are the ingredients for the pan to make this chili:
2 pounds of fresh ground turkey
1/8 cup of green bell pepper chopped fine
1 medium yellow onion chopped medium
1 green chili pepper cut into thin slices
1 TBSP of crushed red hot pepper
1 TBSP of hot sauce
1/2 tsp chili powder
1/2 tsp of black pepper
1/2 tsp of salt
1/2 tsp of dry Cajun seasoning
1/2 tsp of Soul Seasonall
2 TBSP taco seasoning mix
Now let's get to cooking!
Begin browning the ground turkey in a large frying pan. Add onions and all peppers. Stir gradually. Then add remaining dry ingredients listed above. Once turkey is done and onions and peppers have softened, make sure ingredients are mixed well, then pour in the 1/4 cup of Tequila. This will deglaze the pan and help you collect all that flavor for your pot. Do not remove right away. Let the alcohol cook off for at least 3 minutes. The kick of the Tequila belongs in a Margarita not your chili flavor.
Get your pot right with these ingredients:
2 cans of black beans---do not drain.
2 cans of pinto beans--do not drain.
2 cans of yellow corn--drained.
1/4 cup of mild fresh salsa (with cilantro optional--I like it!)
1/3 cup of brown sugar
Mix all the ingredients in the pan with those in the pot.
As you can taste, this chili is not short on flavor and the levels of heat are gradual but not too long or intense. You can tweak it to your liking, more or less of this or that. At some point, you will say this is pretty good. Then ask someone else to taste it. If they agree and begin to praise or swear, you have succeeded in making a furious pot of chili. Now put that spoon down, and let it simmer on very low heat for at least 2 hours, 3 is even better, stirring occasionally. In fact, your chili will be best the next day after those flavors mingle, marry, and really become a family! So it's a great meal to make ahead for a big gathering like a Super Bowl Party! This recipe serves 12. It would go nicely topped with shredded cheddar/jack cheese and a dollop of sour cream with cornbread on the side. For beverage suggestion, how does a cold Corona or margarita sound? Remember margaritas can also be made without alcohol, either frozen or on the rocks. We will talk about the perfect "Rita" another time. For now...
Go ahead and call 'em...the chili's ready!
What Do You Think? Which Chili is Really Better?
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