Texas Turkey Chili

  1. 2 cups pinto or red kidney beans
    2 TB canola oil
    11/2 cups finely chopped onion
    11/2 finely chopped garlic
    2 large green peppers, diced
    1 tsp ground cumin
    4 tsp chile powder
    pinch cayenne pepper
  2. 1 tsp oregano
    4 cups chopped tomatoes, fresh or canned
    2 cups water
    1 bay leaf
    1/4 cup red wine
    sea salt to taste (optional)
    grated cheddar cheese for garnish
  1. Cover beans with water and soak overnight. Drain.
  2. Sear the meat until it turns to grey; drain off excess fat.
  3. Heat oil in a saucepan. Add onion, garlic, green pepper, cumin, chile powder, cayenne, and oregano. Cook, stirring occasionally, for 5 minutes.
  4. Add tomatoes, water, bay leaf, red wine, salt, and beans and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer for 11/2–2 hours, until beans are tender.
  5. Taste for seasoning and garnish with spoonfuls of grated cheddar cheese.
  6. Makes 10 servings
  7. Recipe by Whole Foods Market

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