three bean turkey chili

Wednesday, October 14, 2015

Continuing with the theme of fall, how bout a bowl of comforting chili to warm you up? Chili is one of those dishes that I look forward to every year when the weather starts to get chilly. Nothing like chili on a chilly day, I like to say ;)

I started making this chili recipe since my college days and it is my favorite. So so easy, not to mention rich and comforting. You start by browning some lean ground turkey and onions on the stove, and throw it into a crockpot along with the rest of the ingredients. Do this in the morning and when you come home from school / work at the end of the day - voila! - a lovely bowl of chili will be calling your name. The smell of this chili is wonderful too, it wafted through my house the moment I opened the lid of the crockpot. Everybody wanted some right there and then!

The best part about this chili is that it's healthy too! I'll let you in on a little secret ingredient that makes this chili taste so indulgent - cocoa powder. Cocoa has this richness to it, and since I'm using unsweetened cocoa, you don't have to worry about your chili tasting like chocolate. But maybe that wouldn't be such a bad thing. Chocolate chili anyone? Not too much, just a tablespoon of cocoa and your chili gets this wonderful, creamy depth. 

Savor every bite.

Three Bean Turkey Chili

2 medium red onions
1 can (28 oz) diced tomatoes
1 can (16 oz) tomato sauce
1 can (15 oz) chickpeas, undrained
1 can (15.5 oz) black beans, undrained
1 can (15.5 oz) red beans, undrained
2 tbsp chili powder
1 tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder

Heat some olive oil in a medium skillet. Add turkey and onion and brown over medium high heat until cooked through.

Transfer cooked turkey and onions to a crock pot. Add the beans, chickpeas, tomatoes, tomato sauce, chili powder, and cocoa and mix well.

Cook on high for 6 - 8 hours.

Garnish with some red onions, shredded cheese, or sour cream (use greek yogurt for a healthy option!) if desired and enjoy.

P.S. You might be interested to know that there is no added sugar in this dish, making it perfect for dinners during my 21-day sugar detox.

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