Chili is a hearty meal, perfect for warming you up on cold winter nights. If you're concerned about calories and fat, try using ground turkey instead of ground beef in your chili.
In a large skillet, or in your chili pot, brown 1 to 1.5 pounds of ground turkey, just as you would ground beef. Add chili powder to taste, keeping in mind the seasoning in your other ingredients. Drain the turkey when it is browned, if necessary.
Pour in two 14-ounce cans of diced tomatoes. A variety of pre-seasoned canned tomatoes is available. Experiment with a few different flavors and brands to find the type, or combination of types, that you like.
Chili isn't chili without the beans, of course. Like tomatoes, canned chili beans are available in a wide range of styles and seasonings. Use two cans of your favorite beans, or one can of beans and one can of chili starter.
Also known as the "boil the heck out of it" step. Cook the chili over medium to high heat, stirring regularly, until the beans are very soft and the chili is thickened.
Dish out the chili and let it cool before serving. Top the chili with shredded cheddar cheese, sour cream, or chili-flavored corn chips -- or all three.
It seems that everyone has a special chili recipe they pass on throughout the years. This basic turkey chili recipe can be modified to suit your tastes.
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