Introduction: How to Cook Turkey Chili/taco/burrito Filling

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In this instructable I hope to show you how easy and inexpensively you can make a tasty, filling and fairly healthy meal

Step 1: Intro and Ingredients

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Our local grocery store (WinnDixie) sells tubes of processed turkey for a dollar ($1us) a pound, its kind of strange with an odd consistency but for a buck a pound.... Here's a couple of ideas I came up with, actually a 2 for 1 recipe

Here's what you'll need
one pound package of processed turkey
one package of taco or chili seasoning
one or 2 cans of chopped tomato and chillies (I use rotel habenaro)
one medium onion chopped
2 chopped peppers
Hot Sauce(s) and red wine vinager
garlic (I use prechopped)
oil for frying

Total cost of about $3us not including the pantry/partial use items

Step 2: Lets Get Started

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first lets get the pan warm and add some oil

Step 3: Sizzle

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put the processed meat in the skillet, hear it sizzle!! use the spatula to break it up some

Step 4: Flavor and Veggies

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Now throw in the chopped onion, peppers, garlic and packaged seasoning, stir and cook for a few minutes

Step 5: Tomatos and Chillies

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open your can or 2 of tomatos and chillies dump in the pan, juice and all, add hot sauce of your preference, I use a couple good splashes of each of these (I like it HOT) then stir and heat

Step 6: Its CHILI !

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oooops I made it a little 2 juicey at this point it would make a great chili but its going to need to thicken a LOT for taco or burritos, I raided the pantry and found a box of rice... that'll work!

Step 7: Fini

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I let it simmer per the rice instructions when I tasted it, I decided to add a little more water and cooking time, it took about an hour all told

Step 8: ENJOY

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Theres a couple of ways to enjoy this, put some in a bowl add a little cheese and eat like a thick chili or use it as a burrito/taco filling, I chose the burrito tonight


General Zod (author)2013-11-01

It's starting to get a little cool outside.....might be making this stuff this weekend.

susanchen2011 (author)2012-07-12

Wow. so cool.

l8nite (author)susanchen20112012-07-12

Thank you for leaving a comment

dorotheabrown37 (author)2010-08-19

u an also use ground hot sausage with the turkey it keep the turkey from drying out and having that tongue taste

l8nite (author)dorotheabrown372010-08-19

yes you definately can add sausage to the turkey and I usually do when making chili but this ible was more about the cheap protein. Thank you for the comment

VanillaXtiffy (author)2010-07-12

Haha, we buy that processed turkey sometimes too. The only things I'll eat it as are burritos or shepherd's pie. Good recipe!

Foaly7 (author)2010-04-22

Some people prefer to chop everything themselves when making a recipe. Could you even can this chilli?

l8nite (author)Foaly72010-04-22

I almost always use freshly chopped peppers and onions etc and Im not sure where that comment comes from... I suppose you could can or jar the finished product but theres really only a couple of meals worth with the recipe the way it is, I have occasionally frozen indivdual portions for a couple of weeks

l8nite (author)2009-06-16

oops... I should have spell checked! >= I

lemonie (author)2009-06-16

I'm sure this is enjoyable but I have never seen processed turkey before and hope I never do again.
I am interested in the hot sauce - what are you using?
(I like hot)


l8nite (author)lemonie2009-06-16

LOL, I did say its kinda of strange!! But at a buck a pound for meat protein I had to try it, it actually comes in several "flavors" regular or orihinal turley, taco and at least one other I forget. Of course you could subsitute any regular ground protein, beef, pork, chicken or turkey with a little more expense, Ive also used differnt kinds of beans, black and pinto being my favorites.

I have a whole door shelf full of hotsauces and a shelve in the pantry with backups and yet to be tried's, I even have a bottle of PURECAP which is so potient it comes with an bad the rubber bulb melted!!! I had to rebottle it!
For this I used a garlic hot sauce (the big red bottle) justin wilsons jalapeno sauce, tequila sunrise by el paso chile co,(a blend of cayenne, jalapeno and carrot sauce) and my favorite fall back on, put on everything El Yucateco habenaro sauce. You can get a couple of different el yuceteco sauces at walmart superstore but they are in a smaller bottle, I found the larger bottle at a small locall mexican store for almost the same price. I also used 2 fresh jalapenos chopped up and a splash of redwine vinager.
My daughters boyfriend manned up and ate a whole buritto last night, she ate 2 with tears streaming down her cheeks = )

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