With the holiday season looming on the horizon, I start hunting for recipes that are easy to make, healthy, and will feed an army of hungry houseguests. When my mind is filled with planning our Thanksgiving dinner, I really do not want to have to fuss with regular meals; I want them to take care of themselves. I want to have things on hand that I can make ahead and that get better with time.
I love to make nourishing meals for my family and friends. When our focus turns to the sweets all around us during the holidays, it is next to impossible to focus on healthy eating. But making a few changes to your favorite recipes can make all the difference and provides a counter-balance to our typical holiday noshing.
I was asked by the fine people at Del Monte to help them spread the word about their wonderful line of products, and I was happy to oblige. I am a San Francisco Bay Area native and grew up eating Del Monte canned fruits and vegetables. They were always in my mother’s shopping cart and were the foundation for many memorable family meals.
Today’s recipe for Turkey Chili is one meal that everyone will enjoy; it can be endlessly adapted to personal tastes. It gets better as it warms on the back of the stove waiting to feed latecomers, and is very filling. You can let everyone garnish their bowls, making it extra fun for kids to create their own variations. And if you have anyone in your gang that has gluten-intolerance issues, the recipe is perfect for them, too!
By replacing the traditional beef and pork with ground turkey, you eliminate a lot of the unhealthy fats and calories. And don’t worry about it tasting like Thanksgiving dinner – the seasonings are definitively southwestern. Packed with flavor, it is a guaranteed crowd pleaser. I added a can of Del Monte Golden Sweet Whole Kernel Corn to complement the masa harina in the chili and add even more healthy vegetables and crunch.
Did you know that canned tomatoes are even healthier for us than fresh? The heat in the canning process increases our body’s ability to access and use the powerful antioxidant lycopene in tomatoes, helping to reduce our risk of cardiovascular disease. Del Monte canned fruits, vegetables and tomatoes are packed at the peak of ripeness (nearly 90% are canned on the day they are picked to lock in nutrients), do not contain any artificial colors of flavors, and the majority are grown in the United States.
It is a prize filled day at The Heritage Cook! In addition to this winning recipe (if I do say so myself, LOL) today, we have not one but two ways for you to win. You can leave a comment here for a chance to win a $100 Visa Gift Card (see details below) and then head over to Del Monte’s Facebook page and enter their “Add Some Garden™” contest for a chance to win daily prizes and the grand prize culinary tour worth $10,000!
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I cannot wait to hear about your favorite healthy meals. Good Luck everyone!
Jane’s Tips and Hints:
Slow-cooked meals like chili are often better when served the day after cooking. This gives the flavors time to blend and really come together. While this is delicious on the day you make it, it is even better the next day. So throw this together and have an easy meal ready for tomorrow!
While this recipe does not contain any gluten, make sure all of your ingredients are gluten-free.
- 1 tbsp. organic extra virgin olive oil
- 1-1/2 lb. ground dark turkey
- 1 medium onion, finely chopped
- 1 clove garlic, finely minced
- 1 red bell pepper, stem and seeds removed, minced
- 2 stalks celery, minced
- 2 (14.5 oz.) cans Del Monte Petite Cut Diced Tomatoes with Chipotle Chiles
- 1 (14.5 oz.) can Del Monte Petite Cut Diced Tomatoes with Green Chiles
- 1 (14.5 oz.) can of water
- 2 to 3 tbsp. ground ancho chile powder or regular chili powder, to taste
- 1 tsp. ground cayenne pepper, or to taste (leave out for a mild chili)
- 1 tbsp. ground cumin
- 1 tbsp. oregano leaves
- 1/2 cup masa harina or corn flour
- Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
- 1 (15 oz.) can black beans, drained and thoroughly rinsed
- 1 (15.25 oz.) can Del Monte Golden Sweet Whole Kernel Corn, drained
- Optional Garnishes
- Shredded cheese, such as cheddar and/or Monterey Jack
- Sour cream
- Chopped green onions
- Chopped fresh cilantro
- In a large Dutch oven or stockpot, heat oil over medium-high heat. When hot, add the turkey and pork. Break up large chunks with a flat-edged spatula. (If your Dutch oven is made of cast iron, reduce heat to medium.) When the meats are mostly browned, add the onion, garlic, bell pepper, and celery. Cook, stirring often until vegetables are wilted and meats are cooked through, about 15 minutes.
- Stir in the tomatoes (with their juices), ancho chile powder, cumin, oregano, masa harina, salt, and pepper. Make sure there are no lumps of masa in the mixture. Reduce heat to low and cook for 30 to 45 minutes or until vegetables are tender and the flavors have blended. Add a little water if chili is too thick. Add the beans and corn. Cook until heated through.
- At this point you can serve it, continue cooking on low for up to 4 hours, stirring occasionally, or turn it off and when cool, store in the refrigerator for serving the next day.
- Taste and adjust seasonings. Serve with garnishes if desired.
- Yield: 6 to 8 servings
- Make Ahead: This is one of those dishes that improves with time. Make it one or two days ahead and give the flavors time to blend together.
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