Is it chili weather where you live? It is here in Wisconsin. Today I am sharing with you my family's favorite chili recipe. Last winter, I had been wanting to try a turkey chili with white beans. There is a "Turkey and White Bean Chili" in my favorite soup cookbook, Soup of the Day. It was still a red chili, using tomatoes and chili powder. I wanted to make it into a "green" chili, using my favorite roasted tomatillo salsa instead of the tomatoes and chili powder. It was a big hit with my family and I called it "Green Turkey Chili". My husband informed me that it sounds like it uses green turkey, and that it sounds gross, so even though I still call it that in my head (and in my personal recipe file!), I have renamed it Turkey Salsa Verde Chili for his sake. :)
Turkey Salsa Verde Chili
1 tbsp olive oil
½ large onion, diced
1-1¼ lbs. lean ground turkey
2 (15 oz.) cans white kidney beans, drained and partially rinsed
1½ cups roasted tomatillo salsa (aka salsa verde)
1½ cups water
½ - 1 tsp cumin
Sour cream, optional
Mexican shredded cheese, optional
Tortilla chips, optional
Heat oil in large soup pot over low heat. Add onion and sauté a few minutes, until it begins to soften. Add turkey and break up into chunks. Increase heat to medium and cook until turkey is cooked through and slightly browned and the liquid has evaporated.
Dump in the beans, tomatillo salsa, water, and cumin. Stir well, scraping up any browned bits off the bottom of the pot. Increase heat to high and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to medium-low and simmer for 10-15 minutes. Mash some of the beans with a potato masher until slightly thickened. Simmer a few more minutes, or until it has reached your desired consistency.
Serve with sour cream, cheese, and tortilla chips, if desired.
Makes 4 servings.
I have mentioned this several times before, but I absolutely love the Meijer Gold Del Cabo Roasted Tomatillo Salsa.
I don't live near Meijer anymore, but I got so hooked on this stuff, that I buy several jars every time we go back to Indiana to visit family. Fortunately, a Meijer is being built here in Kenosha, so I will be able to buy this salsa whenever I want! :)
This chili is so awesome. The flavors just meld perfectly. My daughters love it. They are four and six right now and they can't get enough of this stuff. The salsa is a little spicy for them, and as they are eating it, they have to stop for water and fan their faces off, but they keep shoveling it in! It always amazes me, because usually they are super picky about spicy food.
We like to serve this with sour cream and a little shredded cheese, with tortilla chips as spoons. Mmm, so good! I know I will be making this several times over the winter to come.