Monterey Turkey Chili

No need to loosen your belt after eating this chili. With turkey as our staple, we've lightened up the traditional beef filler and added even more vegetables to elevate the health factor.
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Of course, you could go for the gold by piling on the sour cream, cheese, and red onions. Whichever route you take, it's the perfect meal for savoring as leftovers. Serve it alone or with delicious cornbread!
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  • Servings : Serves 8


  • 2 Tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 green bell pepper, chopped
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 3 celery ribs, chopped
  • 2 large carrots, peeled and chopped small
  • 2 pounds ground turkey
  • 2 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 2 Tablespoons chili powder
  • 1 Tablespoon dried oregano
  • 1 Tablespoon ground cumin
  • Pinch cayenne pepper, optional
  • One 8 oz. can chopped green chilies
  • One 14 oz. can white beans, drained and rinsed
  • One 28 oz. can diced tomatoes
  • Salt, to taste
  • Pepper, to taste
  • 1/4 cup chopped cilantro, optional

  • Optional Fixings:
  • 4 oz. cheddar cheese, grated
  • 1 small red onion, chopped
  • 8 oz. sour cream


step 1Heat the oil in a stock pot until hot over high heat.
step 2Add the bell peppers, onions, celery, and carrots and lower heat.
step 3Sauté until onions are translucent, about 15 minutes.
step 4Add the turkey and the garlic, brown for about 10-15 minutes. For a chunkier chili, do not break up the turkey with the spoon too much. Drain off excess fat.
step 5Add the chili powder, oregano, cumin, and cayenne pepper (optional), and sauté for another minute.
step 6Add the green chilies, beans, and tomatoes (including the juice).
step 7Stir in cilantro, if desired. Simmer for 30-45 minutes, stirring to prevent sticking.
step 8Serve topped with grated cheese, chopped red onion, and sour cream, if desired.
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3/20/2011 , 
Josephine  O.
I printed this recipe 1/8/05 and filed it in my recipe folder.I came across it today, found I had all the ingredients and made it. It is wonderful and will make it again and again.
11/16/2010 , 
don  r.
tried this recipe myself and gave some to several of my friends...we all love it so much,that everyone chips in to buy the ingredients to make several batches of it!

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Nutrition Facts

Serving Size: 2 cups (400g)
Calories 380
Calories From Fat 190
Total Fat 21g
Saturated Fat 6g
Trans Fat 0g
Cholesterol 75mg
Sodium 340mg
Total Carbohydrates 27g
Dietary Fiber 7g
Sugars 7g
Protein 24g
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Compu-Food Analysis, Inc.