Turkey Chili…easy, healthy…another Gold Star recipe!

Posted by admin on Nov 30, 2009 in Delicious Recipes Only |

Hi Everyone!

I hope you enjoyed the Holidays last week.  I took the last four days off from the cyber-world (I was busy eating everything in site…add a massage and it would have been really perfect).  I had my daughter the entire time so we hung around a lot – and our days were filled with memorable moments… like when she was lying on the couch and called me over for a hug, so I went over and she looked up and said,”Uh, Mom, can you get your belly back into your shirt?”  Seems one of the carefully homegrown layers of my tummy was peeking out as I bent down to hug my little stinker.  I love the sweet honesty of an eight-year-old, don’t you?

Anyway, this is a recipe for Turkey Chili a former co-worker of mine gave me (thanks Dana!) and it honestly takes no time to prepare, plus my daughter eats it too (I add crushed red pepper to my serving, not to the entire batch).  So, here follows another GOLD STAR recipe!


What You Need….

1.25 pounds of lean ground turkey (you can use beef or chicken if you prefer)

1 small onion, diced

1 jar of marinara sauce

1 20-ounce can of diced peeled tomatoes

1 20-ounce can of kidney beans (strained)

1 packet of chili seasoning

2 tablespoons of chili powder

Olive oil

To taste/optional: salt, pepper, diced green bell pepper, shredded cheddar cheese, crushed red pepper


What To Do…

  1. In a large skillet, heat olive oil to medium heat. 
  2. Add diced onions to skillet and brown them (5-7 minutes).
  3. After the onions are browned, add the ground meat to the skillet, topping the meat with salt and pepper to taste (I just sprinkle a thin layer across the meat). Continue until the meat in browned.
  4. Get a large sauce pan and put the heart on low.  Put in the jar of marinara, the diced tomatoes, the can of strained beans, the packet of chili seasoning, and 2 tablespoons of chili powder.
  5. Stir and heat through.
  6. When the meat is cooked (if you are using turkey, it doesn’t take long at all), strain away the liquid and add the mean to the saucepan. Stir well.
  7. Continue to heat for 15 minutes and it’s ready to serve.  If you have 45 minutes, leave it on low and stir occasionally – it’ll just get better and better.  If not, just eat.
  8. I add cheddar cheese, diced green bell pepper and crushed red pepper on top, in my bowl.  My daughter picks away half of the beans (which is maybe why her tummy stays in her shirt).

It’s really that easy and you won’t believe how yummy it is.  Enjoy!


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