It’s January and it’s snowing and very cold in CT. It’s also football season. Cold weather and football calls for chili! A nice big bowl of chili is also the ultimate in comfort food. If made at home, chili can be a very healthy, filling, and nutritious meal. When I serve it, people can’t believe that it is healthy…but it is! Chili has some surprising health benefits. Here are a few:
- Lean Ground Turkey- Turkey is high in protein. There are about 32g of protein in a 4 oz serving of turkey. It also contains B vitamins and selenium which is essential in the functioning of the thyroid and immune system
- Kidney And Black Beans-Beans are a heart healthy food and aid in digestion. They are a great source of fiber, both soluble and insoluble, which helps with lowering cholesterol and digestive health. Additionally, they are a great source of protein, Vitamin C, A, folate and iron
- Tomatoes- Tomatoes are full of antioxidants(Lycopene), dietary fiber, and Vitamin C
So not only is this chili tasty, but it’s packed with healthy ingredients. Here is what you will need:
-1 lb lean ground turkey
-1 medium yellow onion diced
-1 tsp Cumin powder
-1/2 tsp Chili Powder
-1/2 tsp Garlic Powder
-1/2 tsp Dried Oregano
-Salt and Pepper to taste
-15 oz can black beans, drained and rinsed
-15 oz can of kidney beans, drained and rinsed
-1 can diced tomatoes (I used Hunts 100% natural diced tomatoes)
-2 cups of frozen corn
– 30-33 oz of tomato sauce (you can use 2 cans or 1 carton. I used Hunts 100% natural tomato sauce)
In a large skillet over medium/high heat, add 1 Tbsp olive oil and cook 1 lb ground turkey until cooked through and it loses it’s raw color.
Add diced onion, cumin powder, chili powder, garlic powder, oregano, salt and pepper. Cook until onions are softened and meat is lightly browned. Transfer to a your crock pot. Add black beans, kidney beans, diced tomatoes and corn. Add tomato sauce and stir to combine. Cook in crock pot for 4 hours on low. You can garnish with shredded cheese or sliced avocado.
You can always increase the spices if your family likes their chili a little spicier. This recipe makes enough to feed 6-8 people. I hope you like it as much as we do!