my husband was going to a football game with some friends and this gave me some time to finish the christmas decorating and put together a soup or chile for dinner. i called my sister in hopes that she might recommend a good soup or chili recipe. she told me about one from bon appetite she has done several times. i decided to look it up, and in doing so, saw that it had over 75 positive reviews. thinking it might be worth reading the reviews for tips, it seemed consistent that many suggested adding a touch more heat. that, and several people recommended the addition of beer as well. with all the great reviews and interesting suggestions, i decided to go ahead and follow a couple of the recommendations. i increased the liquids by adding a beer with the chicken stock and let the soup simmer for more than the recommended hour. I also added a chipolte pepper in adobo sauce for some added heat.
all in all, this is a super chili and it is a healthier version to a standard chili. there is very little added fat to this recipe. the flavors are smokey and there is just enough heat to throw you a little punch without overwhelming the senses. definitely a must try!
extra virgin olive oil
1 large onion, chopped
2 medium-size red bell peppers, chopped
6 garlic cloves, chopped
2 lbs ground turkey
4 tbs chili powder
1 tbs ground cumin
2 tsp dried oregano
3 15 oz cans pinto beans, rinsed and drained
1 28 oz can diced tomatoes in juice
4 cups canned low sodium chicken broth
1/4 c semi-sweet chocolate, chopped
cilantro, roughly chopped
sour cream, for garnish, optional
green onions, thinly sliced, optional
tortilla chips, optional
heat the extra virgin olive oil in a large 4 quart pan. add the onions, bell peppers, and garlic and saute until vegetables begin to soften, about 8 minutes. add the turkey and saute until no longer pink, breaking up large pieces with the back of a fork, about 5 minutes. while the turkey is cooking, season the turkey with half the chili powder and stir to combine. mix in remaining chili powder, cumin, and oregano and stir 1 minute. add the beans, tomatoes with juices, chicken stock, beer, and chocolate. bring the chili to boil. reduce heat to medium and simmer uncovered until chili thickens, stirring occasionally, about 1 hour. season well with salt and pepper, if needed.