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Chili Recipes

February 25, 2014

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There are so many things to love about chili. On cold winter nights, it hits the spot—warm, filling, with a little kick. You can make a different chili recipe or style depending on what’s in your fridge. Your chili choice can be vegetarian or made with beef, chicken, or turkey; have different vegetables added; and be spicy or mild. This week is National Chili Day, so to help you celebrate I have a few recipes to share; one might sound like a good fit for your weekly menu.

Easy Turkey Chili

This chili recipe is super easy and fast—perfect to make on a night when you don’t have a lot of time to prep.

1 lb lean ground turkey

1 can (32 oz) crushed tomatoes

1 package of taco seasoning

1 can black beans

1 can kidney beans

1 (14 oz) salsa of choice

1 package frozen corn


1. In a large pot, brown ground turkey. Stir in the tomatoes, taco seasoning, black beans, kidney beans, salsa and corn.

2. Heat until simmering for 20 minutes. Serve with cheese, sour cream and crushed tortilla chips if desired.

Crock Pot Chicken Chili

This next recipe is a staple at my house. You need to set aside 10 minutes in the morning to put the ingredients in your slow cooker, but when you get home from work, it’s great to walk in to have this chili waiting for you.

3 frozen chicken breasts

1 packet ranch dry seasoning mix

1 packet taco seasoning mix

1 can Rotel tomatoes with green chiles

1 can black beans

1 can cannelloni beans

1 can kidney or red beans

1 can vegetarian baked beans

1 cup frozen corn

1. Put everything in a crock pot in the order listed. Do not rinse or drain the beans. Do not stir.

2. Cook on low for 6 to 8 hours. Take the chicken out and shred it, then place the shredded chicken back in the crock pot and stir.

3. You can serve with hot sauce and crushed tortilla chips. (The original recipe is mild.)

The nice thing about the Easy Eats recipes is that with one click, you can add all of the ingredients for that recipe to your Twin Cities grocery delivery list. That makes it easy to shop—you’ll be assured that you have what you need when you’re shopping for your Minnesota groceries.

Here’s a recipe from the Easy Eats page for Slow Cooker White Chicken Chili.

Chili and Cornbread together is a delicious combination.

Lil’s Chili Recipe

If you need chili for a large crowd, this recipe makes a huge batch.

6 pounds hamburger, browned and drained

1 Tablespoon chili powder

1 1/2 teaspoons cumin

1 Tablespoon black pepper

2 teaspoons paprika

1 teaspoon garlic powder

1 Tablespoon brown sugar

1 Tablespoon garlic salt

3 medium onions, chopped

4~15 oz. cans Dark Red Kidney Beans

2~15 oz. cans Tomato Sauce

2~15 oz cans Petite Diced Tomatoes

Mix all together and cook for 1 hour.

This makes a lot so you can also halve the recipe for a family of four. There is still plenty for leftovers for lunch the next day. You can also make the full recipe and freeze half for later.

The forecast for this week is, yet again, a cold and blustery one. What a perfect time for a hot bowl of chili to warm you up and keep you going strong. Whether your chili of choice is made with chicken, beef, turkey, or is a vegetarian version, celebrate National Chili Day and warm up from the inside out.

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