Kid Approved Turkey Chili
Imagine the terror, you are having a sleep over with multiple children who are picky eaters including a few who have a list of dietary restrictions! Cooking for children, especially not your own is more terrifying than cooking for a president! Not an exaggeration.
Do you order a pizza? NOPE!
Do you drink a ton of wine? PROBABLY!
But then, compose yourself and make them this Ground Turkey Chili. It’s a huge crowd pleaser, and leftovers are amazing!!
Ground Turkey Chili
Prep time: 20 minutes
Cook time: 60 minutes
Total time: 1 hour 35 minutes (including cooling time)
- 1 lb Tomato sauce
- 2 lb Ground turkey
- 16 oz Chopped mushrooms
- 32 oz Chicken stock
- 1 can Red beans
- 1 can Black beans
- 1 can cannellini beans (White kidney beans)
- 1 yellow pepper
- 1 red pepper
- 1 orange pepper (if you want a zestier flavor substitute with a green pepper).
- 1 clove fresh garlic
- ¼ tablespoon Chili powder
- ¼ tablespoon Cayenne powder
- 1 tablespoon Garlic powder
- ½ tablespoon Cumin
- Salt and pepper to taste
- Dash of Worcestershire sauce
- Sour cream to taste (Could also substitute Greek yogurt here if you are cutting calories)
- Shredded cheese (Colby jack preferably)
- 1-2 avocados (sliced)
- Tortilla strips or Wonton strips
- Dice up peppers and chop mushrooms. Also open and drain all of the cans of beans.
- Place a tablespoon of olive oil into a large sauté pan and add your ground turkey. Cook on medium heat breaking it up with a wooden spoon consistently so it doesn’t burn. Add 1/4 teaspoon of garlic powder and salt and pepper, to your liking, as it is cooking. Once done remove from heat and place to one side.
- Meanwhile, in a large pot add 1 tablespoon olive oil and warm up. Add red pepper flakes (to your liking) and fresh garlic, then just sauté. When you can smell garlic, it is ready.
- Now add your chopped peppers and mushrooms. Stir until all contents are coated with the oil.
- Next, add all of the beans and stir. Add in the rest of seasonings (cumin, chili powder and cayenne powder) while continuing to stir.
- Fold in the turkey burger while consistently stirring. Then pour in the tomato sauce and chicken stock.
- Bring to a boil. Allow chili to boil for 5 minutes while watching and stirring. Once 5 min has past, turn your heat down and let the chili simmer for 20 minutes or up to an hour. I find the longer its allowed to simmer the better the flavor.
- Take off of heat, add just a dash of Worcestershire sauce and stir. Allow to cool for AT LEAST 15 minutes.
- Serve with any additional topping you like. I eat it with all of them.
For a child’s sleepover/party/play date I loved setting up a topping bar and allowing the kids to top off their own chili with sour cream, shredded cheese, tortilla strips and avocado. I also find this helps the children feel excited about the meal. Your spouse probably will, too!
Only thing left, as my daughter would say, is to Eat, Eat!