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Healthy Turkey Chili Recipe for Halloween Dinner (Easy to make before the trick or treating starts)

Hope you have lots of cute little goblins and super heros at your door tomorrow night.
Here’s a recipe you might want to try for dinner tomorrow night.  It’s going to be chilly (Finally!)
so Turkey Chili and Corn Bread will hit the spot. And they are so simple you can make both in 60 minutes tonight and enjoy them before the festivities begin tomorrow.
Here’s the strategy and recipe:
1st make the chili, it should only take 20 minutes to prepare.  While you are at the store pick up a mix for cornbread.  I like Trader Joes, But if you aren’t going there, there are a lot of others to choose from.  To make the cornbread more flavorful, add 1/2 cup  shredded cheese or 1/2 cup  frozen corn or 1/2 cup salsa ( make sure to pat it dry before adding to the mix).

Turkey Chilli

Category: Main, Poultry|Main, Mexican
Yield: 6 servings
Preparation time: 20 minutes
Total time: 1 hour
Price per serving: $1.74
Source: Artful Chefs
1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
4 large cloves garlic – smashed, peeled and chopped make sure to use fresh garlic!
2 large poblano chiles – stemmed, seeded and diced or you can use green bell pepper if you don’t want any heat
1 celery stalk – chopped
1 large onion – chopped I like to use sweet or white onions for this
1 1/2 pounds ground turkey – (dark meat) or a blend of pork, beef or chicken
1 tablespoon corn mesa, or all purpose flour
4 tablespoons tomato paste
3 tablespoons chili powder or you can use smoked paprika if you want a really mild chili
1 tablespoon ground cumin
2 teaspoons (packed) dark brown sugar
1 tablespoon fresh  Mexican oregano – crushed
Kosher salt
freshly ground black pepper
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/8 teaspoon ground cloves
3 cups low-salt chicken broth – (preferably organic)
15 oz chili beans or a mix of black beans and red beans if you like


Heat the oil in a heavy, large pot over medium-high heat. Add the garlic, poblanos, celery and onions. Saute until the vegetables soften, 5 to 6 minutes. Add the ground meat and saute until no longer pink, breaking up the turkey with the back of a spoon, about 7 minutes. Sprinkle the corn flour or all purpose flour over the meat mixture and stir to blend. Add the tomato paste, chili powder, cumin, sugar, oregano, 1 teaspoon salt, 1/2 teaspoon pepper, cinnamon and cloves. Cook 1 to 2 minutes, stirring to blend. Add the broth and beans. Bring to a simmer. Reduce the heat to medium-low and simmer until the flavors blend and the chili thickens to desired consistency, stirring often, 20 to 30 minutes. Season with more salt and pepper.

Garnishes: crumbled cotija cheese, tortilla chips and/or pico de gallo.

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Enjoy the chili and let me know how it turns out.  Have fun tomorrow night and I will be back in touch for your December recipe.  Remember to contact us for your special holiday parties this year.


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