Lighten Up: Turkey Chili for the Super Bowl

There are so many foods associated with watching the Super Bowl. My friend Yum recently posted a Chili recipe that sounds both super tasty and heart attack inducing (12 pieces of bacon!). So if you are looking for a healthier alternative try this recipe for Turkey Black Bean Chili.

Here's what you need:
1 large onion chopped
2 medium sized red bell peppers, chopped
6 cloves of garlic, minced
2 pounds ground turkey
3 tablespoons chili powder
1 1/2 teaspoons dried cumin
1 1/2 teaspoons dried oregano
1 teaspoon dried coriander
3 15-ounce cans black beans, rinsed well and drained
1 28-ounce can diced tomatoes in juice
1 can tomato paste
3 cups canned low-salt chicken broth
1 ounce dark chocolate, chopped
4 chipotle chilies rinsed, seeded and chopped

Spray the bottom of a large pot with canola oil. Add onion, bell peppers and garlic and sauté over medium/high heat until vegetables begin to soften, about 8 minutes. Add turkey and sauté until no longer pink, breaking up large pieces with back of fork, about 5 minutes. Mix in dried spices and stir for 1 minute. Add beans, tomatoes with juices, tomato paste, broth, chocolate and chipotles. Bring chili to a boil. Reduce heat to medium and simmer uncovered until chili thickens, stirring occasionally, about 1 hour. Season with salt and pepper. Serve with low fat sour cream, sliced avocado and grated low fat cheddar cheese.

FYI: Chipotle is smoke-dried jalapeño chilies and they are sold in cans packed with adobo sauce. The peppers get their heat from the seeds so be sure to scrape them off before chopping the pepper. Wash your hands with cold water when you have finished with the chilies.

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