TRANSFORM Turkey Chili: Our Favorite Comfort Food

When days get shorter and temperatures drop, there’s nothing we want more than to put on our fuzzy slippers and curl up with a bowl of something hearty—after getting our sweat on, of course! Our TRANSFORM Turkey Chili is a winner for weeknight dinners, office potlucks, or even a holiday meal with family.

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Chili is more than just a delicious stew—there are five serious nutritional benefits that keep this recipe at the top of my dinner rotation.

1.  Protein: Turkey is an excellent source of protein, as are the beans in this recipe or a vegetarian version.

2.  Fiber: Beans and peppers are chock-full of this important nutrient. Fiber not only works to keep you regular—it also slows the rate at which your body absorbs sugar. This is particularly important for diabetics, as fiber keeps blood glucose levels from fluctuating to extremes too quickly.

3.  Vitamin C: Peppers, tomatoes, and tomato paste are excellent sources of vitamin C, which aids your immune system in fighting those yucky winter colds.

4.  Iron: Many of us don’t get enough iron, a mineral that is critical for cell functioning and metabolism. Beans are a good source.

5.  Capsicum: A big bowl of chili could help you lose weight. Yes, you read that right. Chilis and peppers (even sweet peppers!) contain capsicum, which raises the body’s metabolic rate and heat production. It has a number of other health benefits, so if you can handle a little spice, eat up!

Ingredients

2 medium onions, chopped

2 yellow bell peppers, chopped

4 cloves garlic, finely chopped

2 tablespoons olive oil

¼ cup chili powder

1 tablespoon ground cumin

1½ teaspoons dried oregano

2 teaspoons salt

1 teaspoon red pepper flakes

½ teaspoon ground cinnamon

2 pounds lean ground turkey

1 can (28 oz.) diced tomatoes

8 oz. vermouth plus 4 oz. sparkling water*

3 oz. 70% dark chocolate, chopped

1 can (6 oz.) tomato paste

2 can (15 oz.) kidney beans, drained & rinsed

Directions

In large saucepan, sauté onions, peppers, and garlic in oil until slightly softened, approximately 3 minutes. Stir in chili powder, cumin, oregano, salt, pepper flakes, and cinnamon. Cook 1 minute. Add turkey and cook thoroughly, approximately 5 minutes.

Add diced tomatoes, vermouth, sparkling water, chocolate, tomato paste, and beans. Simmer, uncovered, for 20 minutes.

Serves 10

*Note: Omit the vermouth if you prefer and use more sparkling water. You need 12 oz. of liquid.