Texas Two-Bean Turkey Chili

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There's nothing like a nice hot bowl of spicy chili to warm you up on a cold winter night. Or spring evening. Or lunch break at work. Chili is good for pretty much anytime actually.  

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.
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Step 1: Ingredients

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First, you'll need your list of 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
*Large pot

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.
Great Article.
jaybo25022 years ago
First thing in TEXAS Chili there is no turkey, pork, chicken or anything but 100% USA beef. Not to put you or anyone down about your chili, it sounds great. Sorry it's just a thing with us old time chili cooker off champs, please don't get me wrong, I love New Mexican white pork and green chili, chili. Kansas chili and kidney beans, cheese . But to called TEXAS chili, that is another thing. Just this old cooks idea about things. James J.
bigbeastxl3 years ago
how many oz is the tomato sauce can that you are using for the recipe?
soundinnovation (author)  bigbeastxl3 years ago
That can is a 15 oz. can but you could also use two smaller ones.
Mekasia3 years ago
At least you did note that pure Texas chili does NOT contain beans. So many people cannot understand that Texas chili is simply meat, tomato, and spices.

That aside, this does sound rather tasty! And I love it because its cheap (turkey can frequently be found for less than a dollar per pound!)
KentsOkay3 years ago
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kill-a-watt3 years ago
I've never seen the chocolate added before. Interesting. It reminds me of molé
soundinnovation (author)  kill-a-watt3 years ago
I got the idea from a suggestion I saw online to add a packet of hot cocoa mix to the chili. I tried that, but the sugar in the cocoa mix didn't work well with the chili, so I tried a good dark chocolate instead. I've been much happier with the dark chocolate than the cocoa mix.