Turkey Chili with Kidney and Black Beans

A freak October blizzard left me stranded at home today. What was supposed to be flurries overnight turned into a full blown snow storm. What to do? What to do? Laundry? Vacuum? Clean out the closets? NO!! It's time to make some Turkey Chili with Kidney and Black Beans.

The kids will have fun playing in the snow after school to be followed by a bowl of piping hot chili. The weatherman says it will be 60 degrees by Friday. He better be right.

Turkey Chili with Kidney and Black Beans

serves 8 - 10
3 tablespoons olive oil
2 cups of chopped onions
1 cup carrots, diced small
4 garlic cloves, chopped
2 (28-ounce) cans chunky crushed tomatoes
2 teaspoons chili powder
2 teaspoons cumin
1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes
1 teaspoon salt
2 cups beef stock
3 corn tortillas, cut in small pieces
1 1/2 pounds ground turkey, cooked and drained of any fat, or shredded cooked turkey leftover from thansgiving - about 3 cups
1 (15-ounce) can of kidney beans, drained and rinsed
1 (15-ounce) can of black beans, drained and rinsed

for serving:
grated sharp cheddar cheese
sour cream
chopped onions

In a large stockpot, saute the onions and carrots in the olive oil over medium high heat for about 10 minutes. Add the garlic and saute for an additional 2 minutes. Add the remaining ingredients to the pot. Bring to a boil, then reduce the heat and simmer, uncovered for 30 minutes, stirring occasionally.

Serve in large bowls topped with grated sharp cheddar cheese, sour cream, chopped onions and a slice of cornbread.

Note: this chili gets better with age. Refrigerate overnight and reheat over low heat before serving.

A couple more photos of my winter wonderland in October. My mums look so sad.


Jersey Girl Cooks said...

This chili is perfect for today's weather. We only had cold rain in the south part of the state but it is very yucky out.

Michele said...

My goodness....how far north are you?! We got about 6 snowflakes and a ton of rain here at the Shore. We made soup tonight as well. It was potato soup for us. I bet your kids loved coming inside to a hot bowl of chili. There is nothing better after playing in the snow. :-)

Patsyk said...

I couldn't believe it when I saw snow flurries at lunch time today! Looks like you got quite a bit more than us... ours melted almost immediately. Chili was a great idea for today.

Patsyk said...

I couldn't believe it when I saw snow flurries at lunch time today! Looks like you got quite a bit more than us... ours melted almost immediately. Chili was a great idea for today.

That Girl said...

I'm hoping the snow keeps up. I want Thatboy to have a white trip to NY in 2 months!

kat said...

OMG look at that snow! I was complaining about flurries this Sunday & look at you!

Colleen said...

This looks delicious! I am always looking for a new chili recipe - perfect for our OCTOBER snowfall!

grace said...

your chili is a sight for sore eyes and frozen toes. :)

Pam said...

Perfect meal for a cold snowy day. I love making chili when it's cold outside. It looks fantastic.

Robin Sue said...

YOU HAVE GOT TO BE KIDDING ME!! All that snow in Oct in NJ. Wow! I would make chili too. I love the second picture so colorful and warm looking- perfect for snow. Hope it warms up before you have to trick or treat in snow boots!

Cathy - wheresmydamnanswer said...

I love the idea of turkey chili - I love the thought of cool weather... Today in my world it was 95 too DAMN hot for fall. When it cools down I am so looking forward to making this wonderful looking comfort food chili!!

Veronica said...

I know it's kind of early and I hate to say it, but...that snow sure does look pretty! (So does the chili)

Maria said...

I hope this chili warms you up! Looks great!

Mike of Mike's Table said...

I remember (and miss) snow! lol, here in FL, everyone gets all excited if it dips below 50. That most definitely looks like chili-making weather. Speaking of which, it looks delicious

Unknown said...

Yeah, I'm impressed with that snow too! Oh, and thanks for the comment on my page. Yes, it's quite a process, but the cookbook's selling at a slow, steady pace at least...

Olga said...

oh wow, snow already?
That looks like a great pot of chili...I'm thinking of coming up with my own version this weekend. It's pretty chilly in DC

Anonymous said...

Despite our 84 degree weather here in Texas, I made this chili tonight and it was wonderful (and so easy)! Deer season started today and my husband can't wait to try this with venison. What do you think about using venison in this recipe?

amycaseycooks said...

angela - I am glad you liked the recipe. soups, stews and chilis are so great to have on hand - we love the leftovers at our house. I have not cooked with venison much, but I think it would still be great in the recipe. I have also used all beef and a combination of both beef and turkey with great results. thanks for reading!!