My husband and I frequently make chili, and we stick to a common theme, though the details change from one batch to the next. I’m not sure many people actually make chili the same way, every time. This last preparation was wonderful, and I wanted to share the details of it here. As a side note; I cooked the sweet potatoes separately and added them later; for one, the Captain doesn’t like them in his chili, and two, if they were put in the slowcooker for the duration, they would have likely turned to mush. I served it with orange-marmalade cornbread, which I will also include the directions for. Enjoy!
one large onion, diced
two green bell peppers, roughly diced
one large sweet potato, cubed
one pound of ground turkey (I like the fattier turkey at around 7% fat – when you brown it, it is easier to chop it up really fine)
one clove of fresh garlic, minced
two cans of kidney beans, DRAINED
two cans of tomato sauce
one can of diced tomatoes
two tablespoons chili powder
a few ounces of good dark chocolate (optional)
a drizzle of honey (optional)
red pepper flakes, to taste
salt, to taste
1.) Saute the onions and peppers in about a tablespoon of olive oil for about five minutes. Remove from pan, placing in crock pot.
2.) In the same pan, brown the turkey, chopping as finely as you can. Remove from heat and add to crock pot.
3.) Add canned goods to crock pot; drained kidney beans, diced tomatoes (not drained), and tomato sauce.
4.) Add chili powder to crockpot as well as turkey and minced garlic. Stir well.
5.) Add chocolate, drizzle with honey, sprinkle with red pepper flakes.
6.) Cook on high for six hours or low for eight hours.
7.) To prepare the sweet potatoes, cut a fresh sweet potato in cubes about the size of gaming dice. Microwave in a covered pot with a few tablespoons of water in the bottom, until tender (for my microwave, it is about five to seven minutes). Add sweet potatoes to chili before serving.
8.) For the orange cornbread, simply add two heaping tablespoons of orange marmalade (in addition to the egg and 1/3 cup of milk that it calls for) to a box of Jiffy corn muffin mix, and bake as directed on the box.
9.) Garnish chili with your favorite condiments…I used sour cream and a four cheese blend.