Tailgate turkey chili

The only thing that’s better than a warm cup of chili on a chilly fall afternoon is the kind that is lower in fat and sodium content and tastes just as good as the original version.

Original Beef Chili Tailgate Turkey Chili
Beef ground turkey, 93 percent lean/3 percent fat
Diced tomatoes, black beans and corn No salt added/reduced sodium diced tomatoes, black beans and corn

Serves 6

Ingredients:

  • 1 pound ground turkey, 93 percent lean/7 percent fat
  • 2-14.5 oz. cans diced tomatoes no salt added
  • 1-15.5 oz. can light red kidney beans
  • 1-15.5 oz. can dark red kidney beans
  • 1-15.25 oz. can reduced-sodium black beans
  • Chili powder
  • Cayenne pepper to taste
  • Ground pepper to taste

Options:

  • For a savory chili: Add a can of no-salt-added corn, one diced onion and/or scallions, one diced bell pepper, minced fresh garlic or garlic powder to taste and garnish with a dollop of nonfat plain Greek yogurt and shredded part-skim mozzarella cheese.
  • For a sweet chili: Add cinnamon to taste.

Instructions:

  1. Brown the turkey mixture in a large nonstick pan.
  2. While the turkey is cooking, put the tomatoes, beans, chili powder, cayenne pepper and ground pepper in the crock pot, and set it on low.
  3. After the turkey is browned, add it to the crock pot until it reaches desired taste and consistency.

*I recommend letting it simmer in the crock pot during the day or overnight.

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