Monday, September 26, 2011

Scott's Turkey Chili with Five Beans

Weekends, Fall , Football, and tailgating, speak to chili.  I'm sure that there as many chili recipes as, people in the US lol,  maybe not, but everybody adds their own little touches to their chili recipe, Scott makes Turkey Chili with five different types of beans, and everything but the kitchen sink. Now, don't let the long list of ingredients scare you away. If you  don't have all of the spices or Mexican chocolate, you can certainly substitute.  However, he does add a can of vegetarian refried beans to thicken the chili, and give it the nice rich color and thickness, Regular refried beans are made with  lard, in case you didn't know, vegetarian refried beans are not.

When we were first together, he used ground beef and just opened the cans of beans and added them, without draining or rinsing them. The sodium  mg. were through the roof.  Now he uses Ground Turkey, and drains the beans.  He still won't rinse them, but I'm working on that. Last year, he was making this chili and added 2 jalapenos, and way too much chili powder and adobo seasoning, and he started coughing.  I was in the great room, which is right by the kitchen, and I started coughing, too.  Then we saw a cloud like vapor rising from the pot, Atomic chili.  Atomic chili was so hot, that even, Scott couldn't eat it. 

Whether you like your chili mild, a little spicy, or very hot, beans or no beans, just make a big pot of chili, and savor the flavors of the chili and the sights and sounds of Fall. Enjoy!

Scott's Five Bean Chili
1 lb ground turkey
2 c chopped onion
1 green pepper chopped
6 cloves of garlic thinly sliced
1 jalapeno thinly sliced w/seeds
2 Tbsp chili powder
2 tsp Adobo seasoning
1 tsp cumin
1 28 oz can and 1 14 oz can diced tomatoes,
1 can black beans
1 can pinto beans
1 can red kidney beans
1 oz Mexican chocolate
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/2 cup red wine or 1 cup of beer Scott used red wine this time
1 can of refried beans
Juice of 1 lime

  •   In a skillet sprayed with cooking spray, brown turkey.
  • In a large pot add Tbsp oil, saute onions, green pepper, and garlic. When onions are almost transparent, add jalapeno w/seeds.
  • Add all spices
  • When onions are transparent, add diced tomatoes with juice.
  • Add browned ground turkey
  • Add all beans,  drained, except refried beans.
  • Add chocolate and cinnamon
  • Add wine or beer, and heat thoroughly.
  • Add refried bean, simmer for 1 hour
  • Right before serving, add lime juice.
May be served with chopped onion, shredded Mexican cheese, sour cream, or whatever you like on your chili, it's your call and your chili.


  1. I could picture you two and the atomic chili, lol. My father in law likes to make stuff so hot, he can't even eat it. I'm ready for some chili and fall foods. Hope you had a great weekend. Thanks for all your helpful advice, I appreciate it.

  2. Unlike my husband, I do believe that chili requires beans! This recipe does have a wonderful mix of them. Good thing we have more than one place to cook on the stove. While he is doing his "meat" chili, I will be cooking up this one. Yum!

  3. Gina-This chili isn't that spicy, compared to the "atomic chili". I could eat this one. Glad that I could help.

    Tina-Before Scott started making the chili with the ground turkey, we made "his and Hers" chili. His had ground beef, and mine had ground turkey

  4. Becky, While it's possible there are as many chili recipes as there are people in the US, this one looks terrific. All the ingredients speak to me...I'm left to wonder about how to use the remainder of the opened beer or wine. Hmmm...

  5. Brooks- Thanks! I have an idea how to use the leftover wine or

  6. Becky-Reading all the ingredients, I love the addition of the Mexican chocolate, the cinnamaon, and the red wine...which I would prefer. The refried beans would add more protein and thickness, and of course the ground turkey will make it lighter, than ground beef.
    Great five bean chili! very unique:DDD

  7. Elisabeth-This chili is all Scott's. He loves to cook and add lots of herbs and spices for layers of flavor. and now I got him to switch to ground turkey, which is much healthier.

  8. Great chili, Becky. Wonderful spices, and so healthy with ground turkey. Buzzed you!

  9. Great chili, Becky. Wonderful spices, and so healthy with ground turkey. Buzzed you!

  10. Lora- Thanks for the buzz. We are trying to eat healthy.


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