Well we finally got some snow here in Winston-Salem which is super exciting and made even more exciting by the fact that Wake Forest was on snow schedule today so I only had one class! In light of this freezing weather I thought I'd provide another one of my cold weather recipies -- Chili!
Here's my version of a basic:
1lb. ground turkey
1 can of kidney beans (lightly drained)
1 can of pinto or black beans (lightly drained)
1 can of diced tomatos with green chilies
1 can of crushed tomatoes (a large can)
1 bottle of beer (any kind, I like to use PBR)
1 large onion chopped
3 cloves of garlic minced
2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
2 tablespoons chili powder
1 tablespoon ground cumin
2 teaspoons crushed red pepper flakes
1 handful of chopped fresh cilantro
2 teaspoons of either Emeril's Essence or Mrs. Dash
Salt and Pepper to taste
Optional: add some granulated garlic if you want a more garlicly flavor
Heat the olive oil in a large dutch oven and add the ground turkey. Brown and add the onions and garlic along with the red pepper flakes. Cook until the onions and garlic are soft and add the beer. Allow this mixture to come to a simmer and reduce the liquid by almost half.
Add the crushed tomatoes and diced tomatoes. Add all of the spices except the cilantro. Bring the mixture to a boil and reduce to a simmer and let simmer for about 20 minutes or until you are ready to eat.
Serve with shredded cheese, sour cream and corn chips if you'd like.