As we are all about the quick and easy meals at the moment, this Turkey Chilli is ideal. It is very quick to prepare and you can throw everything into the pan and let it cook away. It is all done in one pot, which means less washing up and it’s a good way to use up what you have in the fridge too.
The focus of our recipes recently is Winter Warmers as there is nothing better than a warming meal on a cold night. This turkey chilli will definitely warm you up after getting in from the cold outside. It is filling, delicious and nutritious, as it uses turkey mince, one of the leanest meats available. The decision to put cinnamon into it was a good one I think, as it gives it a little something extra, without having to add more chilli spice. It really brings out the other flavours as well.
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Another really interesting addition to chilli is grating in some dark chocolate. It might sound strange, but it really does work. We haven’t done it with this one, but I think we definitely will for the next chilli we make. You can’t taste the chocolate, but it gives a nice hint of sweetness and it intensifies all the other flavours too.
Speaking of flavours, to get the best flavour for this chilli (or any tomato based dish), we of course used Cirio tinned tomatoes. Tinned tomatoes are the staple of any kitchen cupboard because there is so much that they can be used for, but for the best results, we always use Cirio.
Cirio’s “legendary peeled plum tomatoes are the result of a long tradition and passion for tomatoes. Grown on sun-drenched Italian vines, only the plumpest, ripest, juiciest tomatoes with just the right colour intensity, texture and depth of flavour are selected. They then pick and can on the same day to give a fresh, distinctive and authentic taste of Italy.”
Anyone who regularly reads this blog (and if you don’t read regularly, why not?! Joke!), will know that our baby is now overdue. She is now 4 days late, and while we know that first time babies are usually born after their due date, we still want her here as soon as possible. After 9 months of carrying her, Dannii is becoming a little frustrated, which is to be expected! As spicy food is supposed to help get things moving, and as curries haven’t seemed to do anything, we thought a spicy chilli might do the trick, but alas, no! I guess we’ll have to wait for her to make her entry into the world when she is good and ready – just hopefully not much longer as we can’t wait to introduce her to all the HHH readers.
Getting back to this Chilli, you could use any ground meat in this recipe, but using turkey mince makes it lower in fat than most meats (unless you can get hold of some ostrich meat, which is super lean, but not widely available). You can also add in any vegetables you want, or if you have leftover vegetables, just throw them in too – it works with almost anything! Eat it by itself, put it on top of some brown rice or a baked potato or crush some tortillas over the top. Chilli-tastic!
Turkey Chilli Ingredients – Serves 4:
– 1 tbsp olive oil
– 250g/ 8.5 oz of turkey mince (ground turkey)
– 300g tin pinto beans, drained
– half onion, diced
– 2 garlic cloves, crushed
– 1 large carrot, peeled and diced
– 1 stick of celery, diced
– 4 mushrooms, thinly sliced
– 1 red peppers, diced
– 1 tin tomatoes
– 2 tbsp fresh chopped coriander (cilantro)
– 1 tbsp tomato puree (tomato paste)
– 0.5 tbsp cumin
– 0.5 tbsp paprika
– 1 tsp chopped red chilli or chopped chipotle (or more if you like it spicy)
– A pinch of ground cinnamon
– A pinch of sea salt and black pepper.
1) Add the olive oil to a large pan and once hot, add the turkey mince and brown for 3-4 minutes.
2) Add the onion, garlic, carrots, celery, peppers and mushrooms and cook for a further 4 minutes.
3) Add the rest of the ingredients and stir and simmer for 15 minutes.
4) Serve with some coriander on top and some avocado and Greek yoghurt (optional)
What is your favourite Winter warmer dish? Leave a comment below.
Nutritional Information – per person (chilli only):
Weight Watchers SmartPoints: 4.5
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**This Turkey Chilli recipe was commissioned by Cirio, however, all opinions are my own**