Turkey Black and White Bean Chili

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Happy Fall! It’s chili season again! This post highlights a homemade chili seasoning mix you can make ahead and have on hand. It’s a low cost alternative to buying a seasoning packet. It also gives you control of the salt content. The chili recipe is a variation of the Three-bean and Corn Chili we made last year. It’s fun to be creative and change things up when making chili. Change the ingredients and you have a new chili each time you make it. Let us know the variations you’ve made and enjoyed! It’s a long winter so we need lots of ideas!

 

Chili Seasoning Mix
Serves 4
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Ingredients
  1. 1/2 cup chili powder
  2. 4 teaspoons cumin powder
  3. 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
  4. 1 teaspoon black pepper
  5. 1 teaspoon red pepper flakes
Instructions
  1. Measure spices into a 1 cup container such as a jelly jar.
  2. Cover with airtight lid
  3. Shake to mix
  4. Label and date
Notes
  1. This will make enough chili seasoning mix (about 2 1/2 tablespoons per recipe) to make 4 batches of chili.
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Turkey Black and White Bean Chili
Serves 8
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Ingredients
  1. 1 teaspoon olive oil
  2. 1 medium onion, chopped
  3. 2 medium carrots, chopped
  4. 1 tablespoon minced garlic
  5. 1 pound lean ground turkey
  6. 1/4 teaspoon onion powder
  7. 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  8. 1/2 teaspoon meat season with no salt (optional)
  9. 15 ounce can white cannellini beans, drained and rinsed
  10. 15 ounce can black beans, drained and rinsed
  11. 14.5 ounce can diced tomatoes
  12. 4 ounces canned green chilies
  13. 4 cups tomato juice (regular or low sodium)
  14. 21/2 tablespoons chili seasoning mix
  15. Salt (optional, season to taste)
Instructions
  1. Saute finely chopped onion, carrot and minced garlic in olive oil for few minutes in a soup kettle.
  2. Add ground turkey, onion powder, garlic powder and meat seasoning. Stir to crumble meat and brown until meat is no longer pink.
  3. Add the beans to the ground turkey mixture along with tomatoes and green chilies.
  4. Then add tomato juice. Adjust the amount based on your preference for thickness.
  5. Add the chili seasoning mix. Adjust spices and salt to your taste.
  6. Simmer for 15-20 minutes or until flavors are blended.
  7. Serve chili with crackers or hearty bread. You can add your favorite toppings such as chopped green onion, sour cream or shredded cheese.
Notes
  1. Divide leftovers into individual portions, label and freeze for a quick and easy meal at the end of a busy day. If you remember to transfer it from the freezer to the refrigerator in the morning, it will take less time to thaw and cook in the microwave at the end of the day.
  2. Nutrition Per Serving: 255 calories, 6 g fat, 1 g saturated fat, 10 g fiber, 660 mg sodium (without added salt), 799 mg potassium, 32 gm carbohydrate, 3 mg iron (18%), 60 mg vitamin C (100%), 6141 IU vitamin A (123%)
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