I’ve been craving chili and usually make it almost weekly during the winter. It’s a simple recipe with an onion, meat, beans, diced tomatoes, and chili seasoning pack. With my health kick and calorie control in full force, I wanted something to ease my chili cravings today. I decided to try a turkey chili recipe. Click on the photo to see the formal recipe, but here’s my take on it:
2 Packs of Jennie-O Ground Turkey
1 Can of Tomato Paste
2 Cans of Hunts Sweet Onion Diced Tomatoes
2 Cans of S&W Kidney Beans (washed and drained)
1 Medium Red Onion diced
1 Large Green Pepper diced
4 Cloves of Garlic Diced (or 1 tablespoon of minced)
1 Can of Chicken Stock
2 Tbs of Chili Powder
1 Tbs of Cumin
1 Tbs of Red Pepper Flakes
1 Tsp of Oregano
1 Tbs of Salt
1/2 Tsp of Black Pepper
Dash of Sugar
I diced the onion and pepper and cooked them on medium heat with just a small amount of olive oil until the onions were just turning translucent, about 5 minutes. Then, I added the two cans of beans and two cans of diced tomatoes. In a skillet, I browned the turkey meat then transferred it the veggie mixture. Then, I added all the spices and stirred well. The formal recipe calls for less chicken stock, but I used an entire can because I had used more turkey than the recipe called for and it quickly soaked up most of the liquid from the tomatoes. Lastly, I added the garlic and the tomato paste and cooked on low heat for ten to fifteen minutes.
I added up all of the calories of the ingredients by serving and then divided it in half. That equaled about 300 calories per serving equaling about two cups of chili. If anything, this calorie count is probably a bit less because of the amounts of beans, pepper, and onion you’d actually have per serving. I served it with a generic sour cream which equaled 60 calories per 2 tablespoons. I only put 1 tablespoon on each bowl, so only 30 calories. And I also added 1/3 cup of shredded cheese (110 calories) also divided by half. So if you count the full 300 calories plus the toppings, this dish is only 385 calories per serving!
And does it taste good? Yes, indeed. Quite yummy. And the recipe is actually intended to be a use for leftover Thanksgiving turkey. Would I make it again? Oh yes! And don’t let the long list of ingredients scare you. As you can see, they are mostly seasonings and can definitely be altered to your tastes.