Wednesday, March 22, 2006

A Little Bit of Hot & Cold

Today was a REALLY cold day. We even had some snow falling this afternoon. It didn't stick around long though. It sure did make a pretty scene on the neighbor's trees. I am not sure if you can really see it in the picture, but I tried.

Tonight for dinner I decided to make something that would satisfy the "need for warmth" craving that I had. I also had to make something that would not cost me so many points! This Ground Turkey Chili was a winner for the family.

It was a really hearty chili but I wasn't too happy with the flavor. It called for 3/4 Cup of light beer and I was a little worried that it would mask the flavor of the chili, which it did. All I tasted was the beer. I would have also liked to kick up the heat a little bit too. It wasn't spicy at all. I like my chili with a lot of heat! Now I know to add more chili to the recipe.

Ground Turkey Chili

1 tablespoon olive oil
2 1/2 cups chopped onion
4 garlic cloves, minced
1 pound ground turkey breast
1 1/2 cups water
1 tablespoon chili powder (such as Mexene)
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
1 (16-ounce) can kidney beans, drained and rinsed
1 (15.5-ounce) can small red beans, drained and rinsed
1 (15-ounce) can tomato sauce
1 (14.5-ounce) can whole tomatoes, undrained and coarsely chopped
3/4 cup light beer
1/3 cup hot brewed coffee

Heat oil in a Dutch oven over medium-high heat. Add chopped onion and garlic; sauté 3 minutes. Add ground turkey; cook 6 minutes, stirring to crumble. Stir in water and next 6 ingredients (water through tomatoes), and bring to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer, uncovered, 45 minutes, stirring occasionally. Stir in beer and coffee; simmer 10 minutes, stirring occasionally.

Source: Cooking Light, June 2003


Ivonne said...

I love chili! It is the perfect dish whenever you are looking for comfort and it sounds like this one comforted your family on that cold day!

I'm always looking for new recipes ... thanks for sharing!

Lora said...

Coffee in Chili? That's a new one for me.

I think the cold weather snap must have had pots of chili brewing all throughout the state. I made some that day too. I thought of posting my recipe, but as a Yankee in Texas, I figured I'd get laughed out of the state. Texans seem to take their chili very seriously.