West Coast Turkey Chili

  1. 3 tablespoons vegetable oil
    1 1/4 cups chopped onions
    1 green bell pepper, seeded and chopped
    2 cloves garlic, crushed
    2 (15-ounce) cans kidney beans
    1 (28-ounce) can stewed tomatoes
  2. 1 cup red wine
    3 cups cooked, chopped turkey
    1 tablespoon chili powder
    1 tablespoon chopped cilantro (leaves only)
    1 teaspoon red pepper flakes
    1/2 teaspoon salt
  1. Heat oil in a saucepan over medium-high heat. Add chopped onions, green bell peppers and crushed garlic; sauté mixture for 5 minutes, or until the vegetables are tender-crisp.
  2. Add kidney beans, stewed tomatoes, red wine, turkey, chili powder, chopped cilantro, red pepper flakes, and salt.
  3. Bring the mixture to a boil; reduce heat to low and simmer uncovered for 25 minutes.
  4. 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