The Best Chili Ever Monday, December 22, 2008


Stacy McCloud
NOTE: These ingredients and instructions are exactly as Stacy gave them to me. I followed all her suggestions and the result was great. I will let you decide on that for yourself.

1 medium yellow onion, chopped
3 cloves garlic, minced ** I just used garlic powder cause I didn’t have garlic **
1 1/2 lbs ground turkey
1 (10 ounce) can diced tomatoes with mild green chilies ** I used original rotel**
1 tsp ground cumin
1 TBSP chili powder ** this still wasn't enough for me .. I kept adding more **
1 tsp dried oregano
1 tsp ground cinnamon
1/2 TBSP light brown sugar
1/4 tsp ground cayenne pepper ** I added a little more **
1/4 tsp fresh ground black pepper ** I added a little more **
Salt to taste
1 (15 ounce) can black beans (rinsed and drained)
1 (15 ounce) can whole kernel corn (rinsed and drained)
1 (19 ounce) can cannellini beans
1 (15 ounce) can fat-free low-sodium chicken broth
1 tsp hot sauce (optional)


In a large pot over medium heat saute the onion, garlic and ground turkey until turkey is browned. (** After making this three times I have learned that it is the meat that tastes too bland .. not the "soup" .. so next time I am going to sprinkle chili powder into the meat to season it as well. I think this will really do the trick. Also if turkey seems too dry when browning add splash of olive oil**) Add tomatoes, pepper, salt, cumin, chili powder, oregano, cinnamon, brown sugar and cayenne pepper. Saute for 5 more minutes. Add black beans, corn and chicken broth to pot. Puree Cannellini beans in a blender or food processor and add puree to pot (** I DID NOT PUREE THE BEANS .. NOT MY KIND OF TEXTURE ... NEiTHER DID SEVERAL OTHERS ON RECIPE ZAAR THAT LEFT FEEDBACK . I JUST ADDED THE BEANS WITH ALL THE OTHER INGREDIENTS IN STEP FOUR ... YOU DECIDE WHAT YOU THINK**) Stir well and let simmer for 10 minutes. Add more spices if needed (I added more cayenne and chili powder). If soup is not how you prefer .. some people added tomato sauce and said that did the trick.

If desired, garnish with sour cream, shredded cheese or green onions. I ate this with Fritos' and it was delishious!!!!!

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