Zesty Chili

  1. 1 lb carrots
    1 lb zucchini
    1 lb onions
    1/4 cup vegetable oil
    3 lb ground turkey
  2. 1 tbsp minced garlic
    4 28-oz cans crushed tomatoes
    1 15-oz can of tomato sauce
    2 tsp salt
  1. Chop carrots, zucchini and onions in the food processor.
  2. Heat 1/4 cup vegetable oil in a 6 quart pot. Add vegetables. Cook over medium-high heat 15-20 minutes, stirring 3 or 4 times until almost tender.
  3. Put 3 lbs. ground turkey (or beef) and 1 tbsp. minced garlic in a 8 quart pot. Cook, breaking up meat, until it is no longer pink. Stir in the vegetables, four 28-oz. cans crushed tomatoes in puree (drain some of the juice or it might be too watery), a 15 oz. can of tomato sauce and 2 tsp. salt.
  4. Bring to a boil; reduce heat to medium-low. Simmer 15 to 20 minutes for flavors to develop.
  5. You will have about 22 cups of meat sauce. You can use the sauce as is for spaghetti sauce or freeze some for future chili.
  6. With 7 cups of the meat sauce, add 38-oz. of kidney beans and 2 or more tablespoons chili powder.
  7. Top with shredded cheese and onions.
  8. Refrigerate up to 5 days. Freeze up to 4 months

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