This delicious ground turkey chili with poblano peppers recipe is super hearty with just the right amount of heat. Once you try it bell pepper chili won't be nearly as good.
Chili is one of my "go-to" dinners. I make traditional chili with ground beef and bell peppers often. Once in a while I'll make chicken chili, however, recently I've enjoyed making chili with ground turkey and poblano peppers.
Why Make Chili with Turkey?
Ground turkey has great flavor and often has less fat than ground beef. In addition, most of the time ground turkey is cheaper than beef.
This chili starts with vegetables sauteed in olive oil. Then the spices are thrown in and cooked together.
Are Poblano Peppers Hot?
Not really, poblano peppers are slightly hotter than bell pepper sitting just above Anaheim peppers on the Scoville scale. Unless you can't tolerate any hot food at all you probably will like the tiny bit of heat that poblano peppers give the dish as well as the taste overall.
Next, the lean ground turkey gets browned with peppers, onions, and spices.
Finally, the beans and crushed tomatoes are added and simmered until all the flavors meld together. I always use crushed tomatoes (it's lighter than tomato sauce) but often vary the beans. Sometimes I'll substitute pinto beans with chickpeas. You can use kidney beans, great northern beans, or navy beans. Really any beans you like. Not a fan of beans, then skip them and perhaps add in a can of diced tomatoes or corn for extra texture.
Toppings for Chili
It's great all on its own but if you like you can top it with:
- grated sharp cheddar cheese or queso
- fresh chopped cilantro
- chopped black olives
- chopped raw onions
- thinly sliced chilis or jalapeno peppers
- sour cream
You can also take this recipe a step further and serve it with macaroni or rice. It makes the dish go a lot further if you are serving a crowd. However, all in all, this healthy turkey chili with poblano peppers is just plain good.
- 1 pound lean ground turkey
- 1 medium yellow onion diced
- 3 poblano peppers diced (12 ounces)
- 2 cloves of garlic, grated
- 2 tablespoons of olive oil
- 2 tablespoons chili powder
- 1 tablespoon ground cumin powder
- 2 teaspoons paprika
- 2 teaspoons dried oregano
- 1/2 teaspoon ground coriander
- 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- dash of salt and black pepper
- 1 can of black beans, drained
- 1 can of pinto beans, drained
- 1 can of chili beans
- 1 large (28 ounce) can of crushed tomatoes
- Saute onions, peppers, and garlic in olive in a large heavy pot on medium-high heat for approximately 5 minutes or until the vegetables have softened.
- Add all of the spices and stir well.
- Add ground turkey and cook until browned, stirring continually.
- Add beans and crushed tomatoes.
- Stir well and scrape the bottom.
- Reduce heat to low and simmer for 20 minutes.
- Serve as is or with cooked macaroni or rice.
- Top with sour cream, grated cheese, and cilantro.
Lots of variations can be done with this recipe.
Use different combinations of beans and spices. Make a toppings bar with chopped jalapenos, cilantro, sour cream, grated cheese, chopped olive, chopped raw onions, and more.
Nutrition Information:Yield: 8 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 254Total Fat: 11gSaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 8gCholesterol: 59mgSodium: 276mgCarbohydrates: 19gFiber: 7gSugar: 3gProtein: 21g
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