I love completely spontaneous evenings that turn out being just over-the-top fun. I met up with my neighbor at The Corner, for a great happy hour when my lovely friend her husband let us know of an event happening at Trust in Old City. Hendrick’s doesn’t mess around when they host an event, so it seems, so we headed over. Inside we found the building completely transformed into a saloon type atmosphere complete with a blaring band and bars serving fabulous drinks. We had a ball, swinging to the music and sipping on well-prepared, strong cocktails. TIP: They are doing it all over again tonight! Free drinks and a few snacks here and there. If you’re free, you must, must go!
Once home, I couldn’t imagine anything in the world more comforting than this chili right here. It’s healthy, hearty, flavorful, and did I mention it’s healthy? The best part is it loves sitting in your fridge for days on end and shows appreciation by getting even more delicious as the days go on. Sop up the sauce with your favorite cornbread or top with some avocado and you have quite the meal, indeed.
Loaded Turkey Chili
Adapted from this recipe
Measurements are very rough so give a little, take a little to suit your liking
You will need:
1 lb ground turkey
1 T olive oil
1 onion, chopped
1/2 red pepper, chopped
1 can (28oz) diced tomatoes
3 c. water (or broth for more flavor)
1 T good quality cocoa powder (unsweetened)
cumin and coriander (about 1 tsp each)
2 c. white beans (cooked)
1 1/2 -2 c. roasted winter squash
salt and pepper (to your preferences)
Heat oil over medium heat. Add onion, pepper, and saute. Add turkey and cook until browned and cooked through.
At this point, put meat, pepper and onion into a slow cooker set to high. Add the rest of the ingredients except beans and squash.
Cook for about 3-4 hours on high until the chili begins to thicken. Add beans and squash and cook for 30-60 minutes more. Once done, taste (carefully!) and add salt and pepper to your taste.
I hope you love this as much as we did (yep, about 10 servings are gone in 2 days)!
What is your favorite “non-traditional” chili?