Hearty Turkey Chili

  1. 1 cup chopped onions
    1 cup chopped green bell pepper
    2 cloves garlic, minced
    1 tablespoon vegetable oil
    2 pounds ground raw turkey
    2 (14 1/2 ounce) cans tomatoes, cut into bite-size pieces
    1 (12 ounce) bottle chili sauce
    1 tablespoon chili powder
  2. 1 teaspoon lemon pepper seasoning
    1 teaspoon dried basil leaves, crushed
    1/2 teaspoon dried thyme leaves, crushed
    1/8 to 1/4 teaspoon hot pepper sauce
    2 (15 1/2 ounce) cans kidney beans, drained
    Sliced scallions
    Shredded Cheddar cheese
    Dairy sour cream or plain yogurt
  1. In Dutch oven, sauté onions, green pepper and garlic in oil.
  2. Add turkey and cook until lightly browned.
  3. Add tomatoes, chili sauce, chili powder, lemon pepper, basil, thyme and hot pepper sauce. Cover; simmer 45 minutes.
  4. Add kidney beans; simmer an additional 20 minutes.
  5. Serve topped with scallions, cheese and sour cream.
  6. Makes 8 servings

Chili Trivia:

  • Chili is the official state food of Texas
  • Cincinnati Chili was inspired by Greek and Macedonian immigrants around the turn of the 20th century
  • The intensity of heat in the taste of the Chile peppers usually decreases as the size of the pepper increases