Tomatillo Turkey Chili

Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: chili, hatch chile, super bowl, turkey chili
Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour 30 minutes
Total Time: 2 hours
Servings: 8
Calories: 280kcal
This savory chili feeds a crowd and goes great with a wedge of cornbread!
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Ingredients

FOR THE SPICY TOMATILLO SAUCE:

  • 1 pound tomatillos peeled and quartered
  • 1 chipotle pepper in adobo sauce note - do not use the entire can of chilis -- only 1 pepper
  • 1 teaspoon adobo sauce from the can of chipotle peppers
  • 2 cups chicken broth low sodium

FOR THE SIMPLE TURKEY CHILI :

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 large onion diced
  • 2 stalks celery diced
  • 1/2 sweet bell pepper seeded and diced
  • 1 jalapeño pepper diced (for more heat- keep seeds and membranes, for less, discard seeds and membranes)
  • 3 cloves garlic minced
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 tablespoons ground cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon ancho chili powder or other chili powder
  • pinch cayenne pepper optional
  • 2 teaspoons dried oregano
  • 3 pounds ground turkey I use 1 1/2 pounds extra lean and 1 1/2 pounds regular ground turkey.
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 cup fire roasted hatch chiles skins, stems and seeds removed
  • 2 15-ounce cans cannellini beans rinsed and drained
  • 1 tablespoon corn meal
  • 1/2 cup cilantro chopped, + more for garnish

OPTIONAL TOPPINGS:

  • Monterey Jack or Cheddar Cheese, shredded
  • cilantro leaves
  • avocado diced
  • lime wedges
  • sour cream
  • green onion diced
  • jalapenos sliced
  • tortilla chips
  • hot sauce

Instructions

MAKE THE SPICY TOMATILLO SAUCE:

  • In a blender or food processor combine the tomatillos, chipotle pepper, adobo sauce and chicken broth.  Pulse several times until pureed. Set aside.

MAKE THE SIMPLE TURKEY CHILI:

  • In a large dutch oven heat olive oil over medium high heat. Add onions, celery, bell pepper, jalapeño, garlic and salt. Stir and cook for 3-4 minutes until vegetables are softened and fragrant. Stir in cumin, chili powder, cayenne (if using), and oregano. Cook, stirring for an additional minute.
  • Add ground turkey, breaking up lumps with the back of a wooden spoon. Brown the turkey while incorporating it into the vegetables. This should take 5-6 minutes or until the turkey is browned.
  • Pour spicy tomatillo sauce into the turkey mixture. Add the bay leaf, hatch chiles and cannelloni beans. Stir to combine.  Bring mixture to a boil. Place lid on the pot so that it's mostly covered but steam can still escape. Reduce heat to low and simmer for 30 - 45 minutes minutes, stirring occasionally.
  • Stir in cornmeal and simmer 5 minutes. Stir in cilantro. Check for seasoning, adding salt, pepper or more spice if desired.
  • Ladle chili into bowls and serve with optional accompaniments.

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Notes

You can order Hatch Chiles online if you don't have access to a local roaster, or you can substitute canned green chiles.
For a milder (less hot) chili, roast some poblano peppers over a gas stove or grill until well charred.  Place roasted peppers in a bowl covered with plastic wrap and allow to cool, then slough off the charred skins and discard the seeds.  Use in place of hatch chiles.

Nutrition

Calories: 280kcal | Carbohydrates: 11g | Protein: 42g | Fat: 8g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 93mg | Sodium: 644mg | Potassium: 873mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin A: 715IU | Vitamin C: 51.7mg | Calcium: 48mg | Iron: 3.3mg