If you remember the story of Death Bug, you’ll remember how I almost died…and how Death Bug tried to poison my homemade chili. I take a lot of pride in my homemade chili, so I thought that I would share with you my secret recipe to greatness.
Brian loves it when I make “comfort foods.” He prefers roasts and stews and chilies to anything fancy and delicious that I can make. Sometimes, when I’m feeling super nice, I will make them for him. This week, I made my chili again. Thankfully, there were no Death Bugs hanging around post-frost to try and poison us.
My mom taught me how to make chili, and if I didn’t tell you this, she might get upset. My culinary talents come from both of my parents, and the amazing chefs that I’ve had the opportunities to work with. This one’s a Mom creation that I’ve made my own.
As you may remember, I am doing the Weight Watchers thing, chili is an excellent way to get in your daily dose of fiber (both soluble and insoluble) crazy amounts of veggies, based on preferences, and oodles of protein. This recipe is just 5 points per 1 cup. Although I usually add 1-3 points worth of cheese…and then another 3-5 points worth of tortilla chips to use in place of a spoon…but I digress.
Weight Watchers 5 Points Plus Turkey Chili(I use Trader Joe’s for almost everything, but it’s super easy to sub these out for your own favorite or generic brand…it also usually depends on what is in my cabinets at the time)
- 1 can of Trader Joe’s Turkey Chili with Beans
- 1 can of Trader Joe’s Black Beans
- 1 can Bush’s Best Mild Chili Beans
- 1 can of Sweet Corn (low sodium)
- 1 can of Hunt’s Fire Roasted Diced Tomatoes
- 1 lb Empire Kosher Lean Ground Turkey
- 1 cup diced carrots
- 1 cup sliced jalapenos
- 1 cup sliced or diced zucchini
- 1 red onion
- Smoked Paprika to taste
- Ground Cumin to taste
- Onion Powder to taste
- Garlic Powder to taste
- Sea Salt to taste
- Pepper to taste (I use a 3-pepper grinder and white pepper powder)
- Texas Pete’s Hot Sauce to taste
- Brown turkey with the spices, salt, and pepper. I use the same pot that I’m going to cook the chili in to save dishes.
- Once the turkey is cooked, add the rest of the ingredients.
- Cover and simmer on LOW heat for 10-15 minutes.
- Remove cover and simmer for 45 minutes, stirring occasionally, until carrots are soft.
- Serve with chopped raw onions, shredded cheese (I’ve used smoked gouda and Kerry Gold Dubliner-both are delicious), and Trader Joe’s Reduced Guilt tortilla chips.
1 serving = 1 cup = 5 Weight Watchers Points Plus
Make it Vegetarian Chili for Lower Points Plus
- Substitute an extra can of mild chili beans for the turkey chili with beans
- Substitute 2 cups of sliced baby bella mushrooms for the ground turkey
What are some of your favorite comfort food recipes, friends?
I’m making Chili too!! Mine is the boring traditional. Yours looks rockstar style. I am making it next time FOR SURE! I love how you posted the points…. I need to follow that shit again!
Dude, the WW works. It’s magical. For reals. I’m down 3 lbs and I count scraping the ice off my car as “activity points.” 😀
Totally going to make Chilli this weekend. And totally doing WW research. I’m down 3 lbs but that’s from having food poisioning. I’m using one of the calorie tracking apps and it says on my current path I could be down 15lbs in 5 weeks but OMG that’s with like barely 1100 calories per day. I need to start going to the gym.
I am starving.
LOL. It’s super easy to make!
I never thought to use corn in chilli, it looks great! I’m currently doing atkins and corn is a “forbidden food”, but the next time I make it I’m going to add.
Jae Mac, I’m Just Sayin’…(Damn!)
Yeah, it was a last minute decision one day, and Brian was all, “This is delcious! I love the corn!” And so it became a part of my “not-so-secret” recipe!
Your chili looks awesomesauce. I need to make a batch to freeze for lunches. Maybe on Sunday or Monday since I won’t be working.
PS, my all-time favorite comfort food is Shepherd’s Pie. But my Jewish Grandma’s Shepherd’s Pie – which includes zero vegetables (unless onion salt is a vegetable) and TONS of butter.
Thanks! Chili is awesome for freezing.
Shepherd’s Pie with the veggies is delightful 😀 You should try it sometime. 🙂
This looks delish. Wish I hadn’t read this hungry, though, now I want some.
Thanks! I’ve got extra!
This looks SO good! I love turkey chili, it’s the best! We use a lot of the same ingredients, but I need to try the addition of carrots and zukes, num num! Thanks so much for sharing. Stopping by from SITS.
Have a great weekend,
Thanks! I LOVE zukes in my chili. Mom always did zucchini, carrots and onions – mushrooms optional…I just took it to the next level. 😀
YUMMO! I’m tweeting so everyone can find your amazing recipe! 😀
Yay!! Thank you!