This Instructable will show you how to make a big batch of chili with turkey, white beans, and black beans.
One of my favorite things about chili is the fact that with a few simple substitutions, you can create a totally different flavor. On the last page I'll go over some alterations that you can make to change it up a bit and develop your own secret recipe.
This recipe will take about an hour and a half or 2 hours to cook from beginning to end.
Step 1: Ingredients
* 1 lb ground turkey meat
* 2 cans white beans (I use Great Northern)
* 1 can black beans
* 1 can tomato sauce
* 1/3 cup red wine
*1 square dark chocolate
*2 tablespoons Chili powder
*1 tablespoon Garlic
*1 tablespoon Paprika
*1 and 1/2 teaspoon Cumin
*3-4 berries Allspice
*1-3 whole Cloves
*3/4 teaspoon Cayenne pepper
*1 teaspoon Smoked Hot Paprika
*1/2 teaspoon Smoked Sweet Paprika
*1 teaspoon Black Pepper
*1/2 teaspoon Coriander
*1/4 teaspoon Cardamom
*1/2 teaspoon Oregano
*Spatula or large spoon
For really good chili I recommend grinding your own spices, when available. I bought an inexpensive coffee grinder which I use only for grinding spices. For this recipe I usually fresh grind my own Cumin, Black Pepper, Allspice, Coriander, and Cloves.
Another thing to keep in mind when making chili is the spice level. Since spiciness is such a subjective thing, if you are sensitive to spicy foods I recommend you use just a little bit of the Hot Paprika and Cayenne and taste as go until it seems right to you. If really like spicy foods, then add extra. I consider this level of spice to be a medium level for me, but my boyfriend who really likes spicy food says this is just barely warm to him.
Step 2: Step One: Brown the Meat
I tend to use a fattier grade of turkey meat, 85/15, because I like the flavor better. If you want a slightly healthier option you can pick a leaner meat but you may need to add some cooking oil to help keep it from sticking to the pan.
Step 3: Step 2: Add the Liquids and Spices.
Cut the chocolate into small pieces, or shave it with a knife and let it melt and dissolve into the mix.
You'll want to let it simmer for about 10 or 15 minutes.
Step 4: Step 3: Add the Beans & Finish It Off.
The white beans are a bit softer and tend to fall apart, so I usually let the chili simmer for another 10-15 minutes and then drain and rinse the white beans and add them as well.
After all the beans have been added, let it simmer a final 10 minutes, then, once it's reached a nice level of thickness, it's done.
Eat it with some Fritos, a nice piece of cornbread, or both! Top it off with cheese, sour cream, or onions.
Step 5: Other Variations & Notes
*adding fresh peppers such as jalapeños or habaneros.
*sauteing onions with the meat.
*adding canned or fresh tomatoes.
*using beer instead of wine.
*adding cinnamon (use sparingly, it adds a strong flavor, similar to curry).
*use other meats, such as beef, bison, chicken, venison, or goat.
*using different types of beans.
Chili is a very flexible dish, so if there is an ingredient that I include that you're not partial to, you could quite easily remove it and likely not suffer any ill consequences.
If you want to speed up the cooking, mix a teaspoon of cornstarch or masa with enough water to make a thick paste, then mix that into the chili. It will help it thicken faster. If you want it to cook longer, cover it with a lid or add more liquid to slow the evaporation.
Factors that will affect the spiciness of the chili:
*adding fresh peppers to make it hotter.
*using more or less cayenne pepper.
*using less or removing the chocolate and wine. These items tend to mellow out the chili and slow the burn so removing them makes it spicier.
I know some Texas chili purists say that adding beans to your chili is a mortal sin. I enjoy bean-less chili just as much as the next person, however as a starving artist I've found that adding the beans is an inexpensive way to to make your chili last much longer. For two people, you can get at least 4 meals each from this recipe, if not more. It's excellent if you have a group over and want something simple that doesn't involve a lot of dishes.
I hope if you've tried this recipe out that you liked it. If you changed it up a bit, let me know what you changed and how it turned out!