A bowl of chili is one of the heartiest, flavorful and most delicious Mexican dishes on the health minded menu. It packs lots of protein, is filling and so long as you are not on a first date, a great dinner option. By taking the core ingredients and substituting them with equally flavorful foods, you can have your cake and eat it too.
The main ingredients in traditional chili are ground beef and the plethora of toppings that garnish it. Using whole skinless turkey breast, healthier black soybeans and toppings that equal their counterparts in taste, you double the protein for one quarter of the fat and sodium without sacrificing an ounce of taste for a healthy turkey chile recipe.
1. Chop turkey breast to a ground meat consistency
2. Chop all vegetables to a uniform size (to ensure equal cook-through time)
3. Heat a deep pan on medium flame and sauté vegetables for 5-7 min until browned & cooked in a light drizzle of olive oil or cooking spray
4. Add beans and turkey meat and let cook covered for a few minutes then add chili and seasoning. This will allow the moisture that comes out of the vegetables, turkey, and beans to be retained in to pot, making it east to mix the seasoning.
5. Season and mix by taste and sight for 7-10 minutes but remember to keep the time with the top off to a minimum (it will turn into dry taco meat if the moisture evaporates)
Here’s a comparison of the Turkey Chile Recipe vs. Beef Chile:
This one is simple – just plate it and garnish to taste. The recipe uses a healthy dollop of fat free Greek yogurt and a serving of shredded 75% reduced fat cheddar cheese. These additions are included in the nutritional data as a comparison to sour cream and shredded cheese toppings but this healthy turkey chile recipe is delicious on its own.