Zucchini 'n 1-Bean Ground Meat Chili Jan 18, 2020 2:10:18 GMT
Post by barb43 on Jan 18, 2020 2:10:18 GMT
Zucchini 'n 1-Bean Ground Meat Chili
This is a really, fun & easy recipe. You can vary it to suit your own tastes & it'll be your favorite chili recipe. It has become ours!
2-4 Tbsp olive oil
19 oz lean ground turkey (use 1-1/2 lb lean turkey if available & you prefer)
1 small white or yellow onion, chopped to your favorite size (we like our chopped onions chunky)
4 garlic cloves, minced - or 2 tsp minced garlic in the jar
14-1/2 oz can of diced, no-salt-added, tomatoes
1 can of chili beans - or use pintos, great northern beans, your favorite beans
1 cup water - or broth (low-sodium vegetable or beef)*
6 oz organic tomato paste
1 tsp chili powder
1 tsp sage
1 tsp ground cumin
1/2 tsp turmeric
1/4 tsp cinnamon
sprinkle of Mrs Dash original seasoning across top of the chili in the pan - use an amount that suits your tastes
1 medium zucchini, cut in half- to quartered-slices, depending how you like it.
. . . Use 2-3 small zucchini if you don't have a medium sized zucchini; the point is to have as much zucchini as you like
1 Tbsp of brown sugar, or Swerve brown, as needed +
1. Over medium heat, heat the oil in a large pot. Add the turkey, chopped onion, and garlic, stirring until browned, about 10-15 minutes.
2. Add all remaining ingredients EXCEPT the zucchini & brown sugar. Stir until all is mixed well. Bring to a boil. Turn down the heat & simmer about 1-1/2 hours stirring regularly and tasting occasionally.
* Note: You will probably add an additional 2-4 cups of broth or water (I mixed broth & water half-and-half). Make the chili as "soupy" as you like it. Watch it as it cooks down because you may need to add additional broth/water as it cooks down.
+ Note: If the chili tastes acidic, add brown sugar, or Swerve brown, 1 tsp at a time, up to 1 Tbsp. When the chili broth tastes "rich" and not acidic, it's at the right point.
3. After approximately 1-1/2 hours, add the zucchini and cook until it is soft & a part of the chili, which will take about 20-30 minutes before serving.
You can serve the chili with crackers, dollops of sour cream, chopped green onions, shredded cheddar cheese or whatever you prefer.
Optional Cooking Method:
The chili can be prepared early and allowed to cook in the slow cooker for 6 to 8 hours on low. The zucchini would then be added during the last half hour of slow cooking on low.