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::cooking for two:: Turkey Chili

Clearly we were spoiled by such a beautiful week.  It has been raining non-stop.   Oh well….any excuse back to cozy comfort foods!  PTB’s birthday is this week, so he is getting a week of meals made especially for him.  Some favorites, and some new dishes that I wouldn’t make if it were just me.  So – there will be some delicious postings this week and next to say the least!

To start though – I need to warm up with some turkey chili made just for two.  I will admit – with this recipe….it didn’t double great.  I’m not sure what to change, I just didn’t like it as much when I doubled everything…I adapted this recipe from America’s Test Kitchen’s Cooking for Two 2009.

What You Need:
Step One

one small onion, minced
1/2 red bell pepper, cut into 1/2″ pieces
2-3 cloves of garlic
1 Tbsp chili powder
1 Tsp Cumin
1/4 Tsp red pepper flakes
1/4 Tsp oregano
1/8 Tsp Cayenne Pepper
Step Two
3/4lb ground turkey breast
Step Three
1 can diced tomatoes (with green chiles makes it awesome)
1 can red kidney beans (drained and rinsed)
1 can tomato sauce

Heat about 2 tsp vegetable oil in a medium saucepan (I use a 4qt for this recipe) until shimmering.  Add all step one ingredients.  Stir them often, and cook until the onion is softened.

Stir in the ground turkey using a wooden spoon to break it up into smaller pieces.  Cook until there is no more pink (~5 min).

Add all step three ingredients and bring to a boil.  Reduce the heat and cover, simmering for about 30 minutes.

This chili can certainly stand on its own.  Or, while it is simmering, prep some creamy polenta or rice to serve it over.  We love pairing turkey chili with polenta.

Divide the chili between two dishes and enjoy!  We topped with a bit of cheddar as well this time around!

Serves: 2    Cost: ~$4/serving

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  1. mark says:

    when I make chili I use 1 pound of meat, 2 cans diced tomatoes, 1 can kidney beans and I can tomatoe paste. Did you double the beans to 2 cans?

    • mrsptb says:

      I did double everything when I tried this recipe doubled. But I also added ground coriander as the recipe originally intended. We came to the conclusion it was best without the coriander. I’ve made other chili recipes as larger batches and been quite happy. It may have been the way the turkey cooked when I doubled this one as well that left it unsatisfactory.

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