Turkey Chili

Turkey Chili 
I had some cooked turkey in the freezer and I decided to make something with it the other day.  Sometimes, when you cook a big turkey, you end up with a lot of leftovers.  You get tired of it, so I usually freeze about half of it to use later on when we aren't tired of it anymore.  It just makes sense. 

Turkey Chili 
This delicious and hearty chili is something that I like to make with it.  Oh I do love a good turkey soup and a turkey pot pie, but this chili is something else which I really love! 


Turkey Chili
Because there are only two of us, I normally cut the recipe in half.  This gives us plenty to enjoy on the first day, and then I have some ready to freeze for another time.   A full recipe would feed 8 people.  Its nice to know that you can successfully make only half of the recipe.

Turkey Chili 
It uses things I normally have in my store cupboard/larder as well . . .  things like tinned kidney beans, tinned chopped tomatoes, chicken stock, tomato puree/paste  . . .Chili powder . . .
Turkey Chili 
By that I don't mean Chile powder, which is really, really hot and is composed of nothing but ground dried red chilies . . .  I mean Chili powder, which is a mix of herbs and spices meant to be used in Tex Mex or Mexican cookery. 

Turkey Chili 
I made the mistake when I first moved over here of thinking that the two powders were one and the same and just about blew our heads off with extremely hot, inedible food.  You wouldn't want to add a TBS of Chile powder to anything!
Turkey Chili 
Chili powder is impossible to find over here, so I make my own.  Its easily done and works wonderfully in dishes like this.  I have included the recipe below. 

Turkey Chili  
There is also onions, garlic and chopped green peppers in this dish . . .  and then the turkey of course!  You could also use leftover cooked chicken if you wanted to, and to be honest, if you had leftover roast beef or pork, you could use that, substituting the chicken stock with beef stock in the case of leftover roast beef. If you didn't have any leftover cooked roast, you could also use ground turkey, just brown it with the onions and peppers!

Turkey Chili 
I am a great believer in not wasting anything if I can help it! 

Turkey Chili 
You can top your finished chili with some grated cheese if you like.  I like to top mine with some grated strong cheddar, but Jack cheese or a medium cheddar would also be nice.

Turkey Chili 
I also like a dollop of sour cream on mine, but I didn't have any the other day  . . .  mores the pity.  A dollop of sour cream is really nice!
Turkey Chili 
If you want an even heartier meal you can serve it with cooked rice  . . . or if you are looking on the lighter side, you could serve it with crackers . . .

Turkey Chili 
We like to enjoy it with squares of cornbread, which is really delicious.  I use my MIL's recipe for her cornbread/corncake.  Its my favourite.  You can find that recipe here if you are interested.
Turkey Chili  
No matter what you serve it with this simple recipe is guaranteed to go down a real treat with whoever you serve it to!
Yield: 8Author: Marie RaynerPrint Recipe
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Turkey Chili

prep time: 15 minscook time: 1 hourtotal time: 1 hours and 15 minsThis is an easy and delicious way to use up leftover cooked turkey (or chicken.)   I like to serve it with cheese grated over top and a square  of cornbread on the side!  A dollop of sour cream would also be nice.

ingredients:


2 TBS olive oil2 large onions, peeled and chopped1 large green pepper, trimmed, de-seeded and chopped4 cloves garlic, peeled and minced2 TBS mild chili powder (see my recipe below)(can use more if you like it spicier)
1 TBS ground cumin 3 (425g) tins of chopped tomatoes in tomato juice (3 15-oz tins), un-drained1 TBS tomato puree (tomato paste)240ml turkey or chicken stock (1 cup)2 (425g) tins of kidney beans, drained and rinsed (2 15-oz tins)1 tsp dried oreganofine sea salt and black pepper to taste3 to 4 cups shredded or cubed cooked turkey (chicken) meat1 to 3 tsp sugar (optional)
Optional Toppings:grated cheddar cheesesour cream

instructions:

Heat the oil in a large heavy based
pan.  Add the onions and green peppers.  Cook, stirring frequently,
until golden.  Add the garlic, chili powder and cumin.  Cook and stir
until quite fragrant.  Stir in the undrained tomatoes, the beans,
chicken/turkey stock, tomato puree, turkey,  oregano and seasoning to
taste.  Bring to a slow simmer, then partially cover and simmer on low
for about an hour.  Stir in sugar if using.  Taste and adjust seasoning
as required with salt and black pepper.  Ladle into heated bowls and top
 with optional cheese and sour cream if desired.  Pass the cornbread!Note - you can make this in advance and keep it chilled for up to 2 days prior
 to reheating and serving. 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Turkey Chili 
Yield: 12Author: Marie RaynerPrint Recipe

Chili Powder Seasoning

prep time: cook time: total time: A delicious blend of spices suitable for using in Chili and other Tex Mex favourites.

ingredients:


1 tsp oregano flakes1 tsp dried thyme1 TBS cumin seed1 tsp black pepper1 tsp cayenne pepper1 tsp salt1 tsp onion powder1/2 tsp garlic powder1/8 tsp nutmeg1 TBS smoked paprika1 TBS sweet paprika

instructions:

Toast the cumin seeds for several minutes in a dry skillet.  Take care not to burn them.  Put them into a spice/coffee grinder with all of the other ingredients.  Blitz to a powder.  Store in an airtight container in a dark area.  Will keep for up to six months.Created using The Recipes Generator.recipe-inner{text-align:left;max-width:620px;border:6px double #009BFF;padding:20px;background:#f2f2f2;margin: 40px auto;font-family:Lato, sans-serif;}.recipe-keywords,.recipe-categories,.recipe-cuisine,.recipe-video{display:none;visibility:hidden;}.recipe-inner a{color: #4193f0;}#recipe .recipe-name{font-size: 21px;}#recipe .info{position:relative;font-size:13px;text-transform:capitalize;border-bottom:2px solid #000;padding-bottom:7px;margin-bottom:20px}.info:after{content:'';display:table;clear:both}#recipe .info span:first-child{margin-right:30px}#printbutton{border:0;margin:0;color:#fff;float:right;background:#555; padding:5px;border-radius:3px;cursor:pointer}#recipe .time{text-transform:uppercase;font-size:12px;text-align:center;background:#fff;padding:15px 0;margin-bottom:20px}#recipe .time span:not(:last-child){margin-right:12px}#recipe .time span:not(:last-child):after{content:'';display:inline-block;height:10px;width:1px;background:#000;vertical-align:middle;margin-left:12px}#recipe .summary{line-height:1.7;font-style:italic;font-size: 15px !important;font-family:Lato, sans-serif !important;}.ingredients,.instructions{line-height:1.7;clear:both;font-size: 15px !important;font-family: 'Roboto','Open Sans', Lato, sans-serif;}.ingredients *, .instructions * { font-size: inherit !important; 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Turkey Chili 
This really is a fabulous recipe.  Its so adaptable, easy to make and is a real family pleaser.  I hope you will give it a try. I think you'll agree with me!  Bon Appetit!