White Bean and Turkey Chili

  1. 1 1/2 pounds ground lean turkey
    2 medium onions, chopped
    1 1/2 teaspoons dried oregano
    1 1/2 teaspoons ground cumin
    1 (28 ounce) can diced tomatoes, undrained
    3 cups beef broth
    1 (8 ounce) can tomato sauce
  2. 1 tablespoon chili powder
    1 tablespoon baking cocoa
    2 bay leaves
    1 teaspoon salt
    1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
    3 (15 ounce) cans white kidney or cannellini beans, rinsed and drained
  1. In a Dutch oven or kettle, cook the turkey and onions over medium heat until meat is no longer pink; drain.
  2. Add oregano and cumin; cook and stir 1 minute longer.
  3. Stir in tomatoes, broth, tomato sauce, chili powder, cocoa, bay leaves, salt and cinnamon. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 45 minutes.
  4. Add beans; heat through. Discard bay leaves before serving.

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