** again please excuse food photography. It's super hard and now I have immense respect for those folks who manage to make food look so good in books and magazines.
Spicy Turkey Chili (this makes a HUGE pot, because chili, freezes super well and tastes better after it's been sitting for a day or two.) So freeze half and eat half.
2.5 lbs ground turkey
2 onions diced
3 red, orange or yellow bell peppers - diced
6 carrots diced
10 cloves garlic - minced or forced through garlic press
8 oz sausage of your choice - I usually use some gourmet chicken apple something or other
1/4 cup chili powder (but you may use more or less depending on your tastes buds)
2 T ancho chili powder (optional - I've just been playing around with different kind of chilis - you can just use chili powder)
2 t or more of cayenne chili powder (this is the spice - so if you don't want heat, use sparingly)
3 T oregano
2 T honey
1 can or bottle of beer - any kind is fine
3 14.5 oz cans of diced tomatoes with their juices
2 15 oz cans of black beans (I like to use low sodium) rinsed and drained
Heat a large pot over medium high heat. Add olive oil and put in all the ground turkey. Add onions and break up the turkey with the onions. Add carrots. Add chili powder, oregano and some salt here. It is important to season at this stage and not at the end - otherwise the food just tastes SALTY and not well seasoned. So add some salt at this stage. Keep cooking until the turkey is cooked through. Add all the bell peppers and the garlic and cook for 2 minutes. Add entire can of beer. There will be some liquid forming at the bottom - that's okay. Allow all the beer and liquids to simmer together 10 minutes.
Add all of your tomatoes. Stir. Add sausages and honey. Test seasonings. Add salt if necessary. Finally, add beans. Allow the flavors to meld - simmer over low heat for 20 minutes. Check again and adjust seasonings - feel free to add more chili powder if you want more OOMPH.
Serve with a variety of topping options: sour cream, cheddar cheese, chopped raw oniion, chopped cilantro, diced avocado.