Cooking with Less Kilowatts: Ground Turkey and Black Bean Chili

By Stacie Morgan, November 17, 2016, Recipes

Welcome to Cooking with Less Kilowatts! There is nothing better than sitting down in the evening to enjoy a delicious home-cooked meal. But did you know that changing what you do in the kitchen can make an impact on your monthly electricity bill? Each week, I will help you find ways to cook using less energy while still getting a satisfying, flavorful meal. Trust me – I won’t just tell you to do everything in the microwave. I’ll help you cut down on your energy consumption.

One of my favorite comfort foods to make for cool November nights is homemade chili. From traditional beef to brisket, ground pork, and more, I have quite a few chili recipes up my sleeve.

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This week’s low energy use recipe makes great use of turkey, a classic fall protein, in a way that will satisfy your comfort food craving without breaking the caloric intake bank. With the energy-saving cooking technique used for this recipe, I’ve reduced the hours usually spent simmering a chili on the stovetop. And though I love a good slow cooker chili recipe – like last year’s Slow Cooker Pale Ale Chili – I opted to quicken the pace by not making this dish in the slow cooker.

This dish takes just 30 minutes to create, so you can decide to eat it immediately or let it simmer on low as long as you want. And while chili often tastes better the next day, this recipe is delicious right from the start in case you want to dig in immediately!

Make sure to use masa instead of flour for the thickening agent because the hearty corn flavor complements the roasted garlic, lime, black beans, green hot sauce, and red onions. I like to use the canned tomatoes that have garlic and oregano already added, but feel free to use your favorite brand of canned tomatoes since ground oregano is in today’s custom spice blend.

Speaking of – I really recommend you create the special seasoning mix below and NOT something from the store. It’s taken me a while to perfect this mix, but I’ve developed a well-balanced blend of seasonings and spices that complement the ground turkey flavor and black beans.

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Enjoy this winning chili dish on its own, as a Frito pie, over hot dogs, on burgers, stuffed in baked potatoes, over French fries or tater tots, or with chili nachos. The options are endless!

Ground Turkey and Bean Chili

Ingredients:

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  • 1 lb. Ground turkey meat (93/7 blend)
  • 1 c. Diced red onions
  • 1 tbsp. Roasted minced garlic (from jar)
  • 3 tbsp. Butter
  • 1 Small fresh lime’s juice
  • 2 tbsp. Ground masa
  • Custom spice mix from below
  • 5 oz. Can of black beans (drained)
  • 5 oz. Can of tomato puree
  • 5 oz. Can of diced tomatoes (garlic and oregano variety used in this recipe)
  • 1 c. Chicken stock
  • 2 tbsp. Green hot sauce

Spice Mix Ingredients:

  • 2 tbsp. Chili powder
  • ½ tbsp. Cumin
  • ½ tbsp. Paprika
  • 2 tsp. Sea salt
  • 1 tsp. White sugar
  • ½ tsp. Ground oregano
  • ½ tsp. Onion powder
  • ½ tsp. Garlic powder
  • ¼ tsp. Cayenne Pepper
  • ¼ tsp. Ground all spice

Directions:

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1) Measure out the spice mix ingredients. Combine and set aside.

2) Measure out masa and set aside.

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3) Dice the onions, cut lime in half, measure butter, and measure garlic.

4) In a large enameled cast iron Dutch oven (or large nonstick stock pot), melt butter over medium heat.

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5) Add the onions and roasted garlic. Sweat the ingredients until they are translucent (which takes approximately 3 minutes).

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6) Add the ground turkey to the dish. Brown it thoroughly while mixing in the butter, onions, and garlic.

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7) Once the turkey is cooked through, add the masa. Cook the ingredients for 3 minutes, stirring in the masa to prevent it from having a raw corn flavor.

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8) Add the spice mix and stir it into the turkey. Let the ingredients cook together for 2-3 minutes.

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9) Add the beans, tomato puree, diced tomatoes, chicken stock, hot sauce, and lime juice.

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10) Stir everything together thoroughly. If you plan to eat this chili the day it’s made, let it cook over medium heat for a minimum of 10 minutes until you’re ready to serve.

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11) Garnish with finely diced red onion, shredded cheese, a dollop of sour cream, or a dash of more hot sauce if needed.

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If you plan to save this chili for another day, we recommend turning the pot down to very low heat and letting it simmer for at least 4 hours before placing it in to the refrigerator to cool.

Check in next week for another Cooking with Less Kilowatts series entry ready to help you create delicious, homemade recipes while keeping energy use and effort to a minimum!

Recipe and Images by Stacie Morgan

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Stacie is a Texas A&M graduate using her animal science education and passion for food to get creative in the kitchen. She previously worked in business before becoming a mom to a special little boy. She's excited to share recipes her family enjoys at home - and they may even help you save energy and be more green in the kitchen.

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