Who you calling chicken?

17 Sep

omg. Why it took this long to make turkey chili is beyond us. Especially since we’ve been busting to rock out with Trader Joe’s hatch green chiles and green tomatio salsa. Our crockpot doesn’t get much of a workout beyond its chili duty, but we are mighty glad to have it for this. NOTE: Crockpot is optional — we have whipped this up on the stovetop within 25 minutes and it was delicious.

Whole Foods has a similar recipe which adds diced green peppers, oregano and bay leaf, which sounds lovely.


turkey chili 1


1 tbsp butter or olive oil
2 tablespoons ground cumin
1 tablespoon ground coriander
1 tbsp chili powder
1 1/2 lbs ground turkey (2 packages)
1 medium yellow onion, diced
5 garlic cloves, finely chopped
1 little can fire roasted green chiles
1 jar (over 1 cup) tomatillo salsa (we like Herdez and Presidents Choice, in a pinch las palmas green enchilada sauce)
1 cup or more white corn
1 carton of chicken stock or broth
1 (15-ounce) can white kidney or Romano beans (not fully drained)

For serving: any combo of limes, sour cream, shredded cheese, cilantro

Melt butter in crockpot or soup pot. Add spices and mix into a paste. Add turkey meat and mix with spice paste.

If using slow cooker, cover with onions, beans, corn, garlic, chiles, salsa, and water. Cook on low for five or six hours.

If cooking on stove top, add onions and continue cooking turkey, breaking up any large chunks. Add garlic and stir around for a few minutes. Add beans and stir to smoosh some of them. Add broth and corn. Salt to taste.

We are in the habit of crushing tortilla chips into the broth, which thickens it and imparts great flavour.

Sweet jesus — it is beautiful. The salsa is so tangy, and the chiles have a great, smokey bite. The turkey is absolutely gorgeous, and because I was too lazy to worry it with a wooden spoon, it remained clumped into tiny meatballs. So good.

Et voila:

turkey chili 2


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