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Chili

Whether for dinner or a party, chili is the way to go because everyone love’s and you always get a lot out of it

On it’s own, on hot dogs, on nachos, it’s just a crowd pleaser

Here are a few essential ingredients to start off with

1 medium onion, 2 garlic cloves, 1 jalapeno pepper and two bell peppers

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Peel and chop the onion

I removed the stem of the jalapeno, cut it down the middle and using the tip of a spoon removed the seeds and inner membrane, as these are the hottest parts

The jalapeno adds wonderful flavor, and though I want some heat I don’t want to over power the chili

Add the garlic and jalapeno into a food processor (or simply dice them up)

Give it a whirl!

In a heavy pot (I’m using my cast iron dutch oven) add 4 tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil over medium low heat

Add the onion and simmer for 5-6 minutes

You want to sweat the onions, so cover the pot and simmer so they get soft but not burnt

The condensation on the lid will drip back into the pot helping this process

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Add the garlic and jalapeno, mix in and cover

Cook for another 5-6 minutes

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Next chop the bell peppers

I’m using both green and red.  The green is more robust and the red has a slight sweetness to it

I think the combination adds a lot of flavor as well as color

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Add these into the pot, stir to combine and season with kosher salt and ground black pepper

Cover the pot and cook 10 minutes

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Add in the ground meat

We are using a 3 pound family pack of ground turkey

We like ground turkey because it is like a blank canvas and it will take on a lot of flavor from the ingredients you use with it

Cook the meat, stirring it occasionally until it is all evenly browned

If using ground beef you may have to drain off some of the fat

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Next up we will need 1 – 6 ounce can of tomato paste, 1 – 28 ounce can of diced tomatoes and 1 – 15.5 ounce can of black beans that have been drained and rinsed

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Add in the tomato paste, stir to combine and simmer for a couple minutes

Then add in the diced tomatoes and beans

Now if your a real bean lover you can add 2 cans here, but I prefer more meat than beans

Give everyone a stir

Next up we will need 1 1/2 tablespoons of Taco Seasoning and 1/2 teaspoon of cayenne pepper (the cayenne is optional)

Stir to combine and cover

Cook on low for at least another 30 minutes

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Now I ran into a little emergency here

My kids love chili with tortilla chips, and of course I ran out

So I used this simple trick to make some!

I had a package of fajita shells, I cut them like you would a pizza, into 8 triangles

Spread them out on a sheet pan and drizzle with a little canola oil and kosher salt

Broil for 5 minutes, flip and drizzle again with oil and salt, Broil for 5 minutes more

And there you have it, emergency avoided

Houston… we have chips!

Our chili is done

I tasted it to see if any more salt or extra seasoning was needed

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We served this with some shredded cheddar cheese and of course our chips!

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Enjoy!!!

Simply Sundays! ~ Chili

  • Servings: 6-8
  • Difficulty: Medium
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Ingredients

3 pound family pack of ground turkey

1 onion

2 bell peppers (1 red, 1 green)

1 jalapeno

2 garlic cloves

1 – 6 ounce can of tomato paste

1 – 28 ounce can of diced tomatoes

1 – 15.5 ounce can of black beans (drained and rinsed)

kosher salt and ground black pepper

1 1/2 tablespoons of Taco Seasoning

1/2 teaspoon of cayenne (optional)

4 tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil

Directions

Peel and chop the onion.  I removed the stem of the jalapeno, cut it down the middle and using the tip of a spoon removed the seeds and inner membrane, as these are the hottest parts.  Add your garlic and jalapeno into a food processor (or simply dice them up)

In a heavy pot (I’m using my cast iron one) add about 4 tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil over medium low heat.  Add the onion and simmer for 5-6 minutes.  You want to sweat the onion, meaning cover the pot and simmer so they get soft but not burnt.  Add the garlic and jalapeno, mix in and cover.  Cook for another 5-6 minutes

Next chop the bell peppers.  I’m using both green and red. Add these into the pot, stir to combine and season with kosher salt and ground black pepper.  Cover the pot and cook 10 minutes

Add in the ground turkey, this is a 3 pound family pack of turkey.  Cook the meat, stirring it occasionally until it is all evenly browned.  If using ground beef you may have to drain off some of the fat

Add in 1 – 6 ounce can of tomato paste, stir to combine and simmer for a couple minutes Next add in 1 – 28 ounce can of diced tomatoes and 1 – 15.5 ounce can of black beans that were drained and rinsed and give them a stir

Next add in 1 1/2 tablespoons of Taco Seasoning and 1/2 teaspoon of cayenne pepper (the cayenne is optional).  Stir to combine and cover.  Cook on low for at least another 30 minutes.  Taste to adjust the seasoning.  Serve.

If making the tortilla chips

I had a package fajita shells.  I cut them like you would a pizza, into 8 triangles.  Spread them out on a sheet pan and drizzle with a little canola oil and kosher salt.  Broil for 5 minutes, flip and drizzle again with oil and salt.  Broil for 5 minutes more

© Simply Sundays 2016
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Tools used to make this recipe

Simply Bamboo Cutting Board

Lodge Cast Iron Dutch Oven

KitchenAid 3-Speed Hand Blender

MIU Stainless Steel Slotted Turner

Royal Classique 10 Piece Measuring Cups and Spoons

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