Chilly Weather Calls for Turkey Chili

It was Lindsay’s 20th Birthday (one of my DZ little sisters) so we celebrated the other night with a festive fall harvest themed dinner party. What was on the menu? Turkey Chili and Autumn Sangria! It was the perfect way to warm up at the end of a stressful week. (Midterms, bleh!) I’ll let the recipes speak for themselves.

Ingredients for my modified recipe:
(I combined Martha Stewart’s Vegetarian Black-Bean Chili and’s Simple Turkey Chili)
1 tablespoon olive oil
2 lbs ground turkey (we used 3 lbs because I had quite a few of hungry bellies to feed)
2 onion, chopped
4 cups water
2 (28 ounce) cans canned crushed tomatoes
2 (16 ounce) cans canned kidney beans – drained, rinsed, and mashed
2 cans (19 ounces each) black beans, rinsed and drained
2 zucchini (about 1 pound total), halved lengthwise and thinly sliced crosswise
2 carrots, thinly sliced
Bag of frozen corn, thawed (I forgot to add these, woops! Next time…)
2 tablespoons garlic, minced
1/4 cup chili powder
1 teaspoon paprika
1 teaspoon dried oregano
1 teaspoon ground cayenne pepper
1 teaspoon ground cumin
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon ground black pepper

In a large pot, heat oil over medium heat. Place turkey in the pot and cook until evenly brown.

In the meantime, cut up zucchini, carrots and onion.

Once the turkey is cooked, add in onions and cook until tender.

Pour the water in the pot.

Strain kidney beans.

Strain black beans.

Mix in tomatoes, beans and garlic.

Season chili powder, paprika, oregano, cayenne pepper, cumin, salt and pepper. Add in the rest of the vegetables. (I forgot the frozen corn, yet I don’t think it would have fit in our biggest pot anyway!)

Bring to a boil. Reduce heat to low, cover and simmer for 30 minutes.

Taylor was on stirring duty! We need to invest in a larger pot for next time…as you can see, it was full to the brim!

Serve with bread and slices of avocado. Yum! There is literally nothing better than a cup of chili on a chilly day. The birthday girl loved it, as did the rest of my DZ family (plus Taylor)! Many, including myself, went up for seconds!

Successful fall harvesting! Taylor got in the spirit with her festive outfit. The Autumn Sangria was also a fantastic touch (which, thanks to Google, I found on

Sprinkled with Love,



5 Responses to “Chilly Weather Calls for Turkey Chili”

  1. Yummm…and Lindsay and Taylor are so cute! PS…that colander that I bought when I was in college has gotten a good workout!


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