Feelin’ Chili

Two things keep you warm during a polar vortex. Chili and dogs (chili dogs are good too – technically that's three).

I didn't get a great picture of this week's ez prep turkey and bean chili, so I'm attaching a picture of two of the dogs.

I will also include the recipe full of pantry staples. It is low fat, high protein and gluten free. I will also say watching this pot is a waste of time. I went out for a meeting, had a teen stir it once or twice and kill the heat after an hour. Assembly took about 15 minutes. Chop your veg in the food processor to save time. Ingredient measurements are benchmarks.


1 lb lean ground turkey

1 onion, chopped

3 cloves garlic chopped

14 oz can black beans, rinsed & drained

14 oz can chopped tomatoes, puréed to shield them from tomato hating teen eyes

2-ish tablespoons cornmeal

2 tablespoons chili powder

1 tablespoon cumin

1/2 tablespoon coriander

1/4 tablespoon cayenne

Salt, pepper

Veg oil

2-ish cups chicken stock or water (I used water)

Add about a tablespoon of oil to large skillet over medium flame. Add turkey, season with salt and pepper and cook thru, breaking up chunks (5-10 min). Remove. Return pan to flame. Add 1-2 teaspoons oil and the chopped onion & garlic. Cook until soft. Add cornmeal and spices, plus salt & pepper, stirring to cook a minute or two. Add tomatoes, beans and turkey, plus up to 2 cups of water or stock. Bring to a boil, reduce to simmer and cook uncovered for 45 minutes to an hour. Plates to adjust seasonings. Stir occasionally. Cooking band aids: Add liquid if it dries, turn up heat if too soupy.

Eat – B


Chili…Inside & Out

For my baby boy – not the dogs who I call baby boy, but the real one. He loves chili and so do I. Plus it's just spicy stew so it takes little effort from me. This one is based on a recipe from the mom of my oldest friend. She's from Brazil although I don't think that's why she adds a bottle of beer. I think she just likes beer.


1 lb ground beef or small cubes of beef

1 can or jar of beans, your choice, rinsed. I used cannelini.

1 onion, chopped

3 cloves garlic, chopped

2 tablespoons tomato paste

Bottle of lager

2 tablespoons red chili powder

1 tablespoon cumin

1 tablespoon cornmeal

1/2 tablespoon coriander

1/4 teaspoon cayenne

Bay leaf

Salt & pepper

Veg or olive oil

Drizzle oil in tall sided pot (stock or otherwise) over medium heat. Brown beef (5-10 minutes). Remove beef. Soften onion & garlic with several pinches of salt. Add tomato paste, cook a minute or two. Add beef, beans, beer & spices. Bring to a boil – simmer at least 45 minutes to an hour. Longer is better.

Good with rice, tortillas, sour cream & avocado. Really good on pasta my Cincinnati friends 🙂 minus the cinnamon.

Eat – B