tasty tuesday ~ california chili w/turkey

This chili will warm your tummy on a cool Fall evening...perfect football food!

My boys a red big chili fans. They like Texas Chili with the big chunks of beef roast without beans. They like my mothers version with the red kidney beans and the ground beef. When I suggested this recipe they both raised their eyebrows questioning my sanity. Chili from California? With turkey meat? "That's not man chili." said the 22 year old. "Turkey is not even meat Mom. It's poultry." 

Well I smell a challenge and this gal has never backed down form a challenge unless it involved jumping out of a perfectly good airplane. In that case I say good luck and have a nice free fall without me. I'll be in the kitchen making some California Chili with turkey making my meat lover mens mouth's water with the aromas of poblano peppers, garlic, tomatoes, cumin and cloves.

Yes, you read correctly cloves. They had a lovely warm back note to this dish that made the dish more sophisticated than just a bowl of chili. For those of you looking to use leftover Thanksgiving turkey just skip the "brown the meat" part and add in the leftovers. You can serve it on top of the quinoa which is quite scrumptious I must say!

Guess what...the carnivores I live with...LOVED it! Take that! Poultry my sweet patootie!
This gal has a new favorite chili recipe...YeeHaw!

Celebrate the Feast!

This recipe will win over the most ardent beef fans...

California Turkey Chili
Recipe courtesy Giada De Laurentiis

1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
4 large cloves garlic, smashed, peeled and chopped
2 large poblano chiles, stemmed, seeded and diced
1 celery stalk, chopped
1 large onion, chopped
1 1/2 pounds ground turkey (dark meat)
1 tablespoon all-purpose flour
4 tablespoons tomato paste
3 tablespoons chili powder
1 tablespoon ground cumin
2 teaspoons (packed) dark brown sugar
1 teaspoon dried Mexican oregano, crushed
Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/8 teaspoon ground cloves
3 cups low-salt chicken broth (preferably organic)
One 15 to 16-ounce can cannellini (white kidney beans), rinsed and drained
Simplest Quinoa and Pine Nut Pilaf, recipe follows
Assorted garnishes, such as chopped onion, shredded white Cheddar, chopped tomatoes and/or sour cream

Heat the oil in a heavy, large pot over medium-high heat. Add the garlic, poblanos, celery and onions. Saute until the vegetables soften, 5 to 6 minutes. Add the turkey and saute until no longer pink, breaking up the turkey with the back of a spoon, about 7 minutes. Sprinkle the flour over and stir to blend. Add the tomato paste, chili powder, cumin, sugar, oregano, 1 teaspoon salt, 1/2 teaspoon pepper, cinnamon and cloves. Cook 1 to 2 minutes, stirring to blend. Add the broth and beans. Bring to a simmer. Reduce the heat to medium-low and simmer until the flavors blend and the chili thickens to desired consistency, stirring often, 20 to 30 minutes. Season with more salt and pepper.

To serve, spoon Simplest Quinoa and Pine Nut Pilaf into deep bowls. Ladle chili over. Serve with garnishes.

Cook's Note: Other garnishes that you could offer: chopped radishes, pickled jalapenos, crumbled cotija cheese, tortilla chips and/or pico de gallo.

Simplest Quinoa and Pine Nut Pilaf:

1 1/4 cups whole grain quinoa (about 7 ounces)
1 3/4 cups low-salt chicken broth (preferably organic)
1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1/3 cup chopped fresh cilantro or Italian parsley
1/3 cup pine nuts
Place the quinoa in a fine sieve. Rinse under cold running water 1 full minute. Set aside to drain.

Bring the broth, salt and pepper to a boil in heavy, medium saucepan over medium-high heat. Stir in the quinoa. Cover, reduce the heat to medium-low and simmer until the quinoa is tender and all the broth is absorbed, about 15 minutes. Turn off the heat. Let the quinoa stand, still covered, for 10 minutes.

Meanwhile, preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Scatter pine nuts on a small rimmed baking sheet. Toast the nuts until golden, stirring occasionally, about 5 minutes. Cool on the baking sheet.

Mix the cilantro and pine nuts into the quinoa.
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