But I did enjoy a fabulous pot of chili this week, thanks to some great coupons at Price Chopper this week. Now this is not a food a grew up eating so I am not sure if this is authentic or anything. But it's darn good and really, that's all that matters!
Turkey Bean Chili
* 2 tablespoons EVOO
* ground meat (I used ground turkey but any meat will do or omit if you want meatless)
* 1 teaspoon dried onion
* 1 pack chili or taco seasoning or 3-5 tablespoons homemade
* chili powder to taste
* 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon (optional)
* 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground nutmeg (optional)
* 2 cans kidney beans, in their liquid
* 2 large cans diced tomatoes
* 1 tiny can tomato paste
* In a heavy bottom pot, heat up EVOO to high heat. Add meat and all seasonings. Brown until cooked through.
* Add beans, tomatoes and tomato paste. Go ahead and add the liquid in the bean cans. It's free, already right there and helps thicken the chili. Mix well.
* Turn down to low/simmer and cook for @30 minutes to let all the flavors incorporate. Add a can or two of water if too thick.
* Serve with a sharp cheese, sour cream, chips, onions or anything else floating around your pantry.
|The salad is one of those Price Chopper salad kits on sale for $2.99 (I think) this week. I LOVE them- this one has cranberries, golden rasins, feta cheese and a supper yummy dressing.|
Now there is a Price Chopper coupon for their store brand of Diced Tomatoes, but I discovered that Tuttorossa brand is actually on sale for a lower price this week. That's without a coupon. A lesson to always double check prices as the coupon is not always the very best deal every week.
I know the cinnamon and nutmeg seem a little out of left field but trust me on this one. Seriously, trust me. You can't taste them specifically but they really add so much to the recipe. I actually add a few zips of freshly ground nutmeg to nearly everything savory that comes out of my kitchen. They are optional but just do me a favor and add them even if you think I am crazy. I'm not (or not today anyway) and you will love the extra subtle flavors. In advance...you're welcome!
And a final note...
If you want to make this in your crockpot, do the first step of browning off your meat in a pan and then transfer it and everything else to your crockpot. Cook low all day or high for a few hours. Is anyone else a total crockpot-aholic too? Love love that thing!