"I love a spicy and thick chili during fall and winter months; this recipe (made with ground turkey) kicks butt! The cocoa powder is the secret ingredient! Works best to have all your ingredients chopped drained and ready before you start, as it thickens up pretty fast over the heat." — ctooch99
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extra-virgin olive oil
yellow onions, chopped
green bell pepper, seeded and minced
red bell pepper, seeded and minced
1 1/3 pounds
1 1/2 teaspoons
red pepper flakes
ground black pepper
unsweetened cocoa powder
2 (14.5 ounce) cans
diced tomatoes with green chile peppers, liquid drained and reserved
1 (15 ounce) can
red chili beans, rinsed and drained
1 (15 ounce) can
black beans, rinsed and drained
1 (6 ounce) can
light beer (such as Miller Lite®)
hickory-flavored liquid smoke
low-sodium tomato juice
hot pepper sauce (such as Tabasco®)
This is so close to my own chili recipe that I knew we'd love it. The only change I made was two cans of black beans, just didn't have the red beans and an orange bell pepper or yellow can't remember, but these would not alter the taste. I've never added Worcestershire sauce or liquid smoke to my chili that I recall and it gave nice rustic flavor to the chili, the cocoa is my secret ingredient also ;-). Oh for the oregano I used my garden fresh instead of dry. Everybody loved this chili and sent the leftovers home with the kiddos for another meal. Only change that I'd make is to throw in a nice jalapeno pepper next time. Thanks ctooch99 for the recipe.
This is a nice variation on the turkey black bean chili I usually make. LOTS of ingredients, but it had good flavor. I cut way back on the red pepper flakes and it was still plenty spicy for us. Also used chicken broth instead of beer because I didn't have light beer.
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.
Spicy and Thick Turkey Chili
Serving Size: 1/6 of a recipe
Servings Per Recipe: 6
Amount Per Serving
Calories from Fat: 154
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