Game Day Turkey & Bean Chili

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While fresh-out-of-college and living in D.C., co-ed touch football games were a standard Sunday morning tradition. We would follow up the fresh air and exercise with couch football and a bowl of this piping hot chili. Super Bowl XLVI is upon us and it’s an East Coast match-up! Most people think it’s all about the quarterbacks (go Giants!)….but S&T and I believe it’s all about the indoor tailgate!

Whip up a hearty batch of this healthy turkey chili for the fans in your house. Chock-full of beans (5 types), vegetables and a dizzy array of complex spices — this recipe will make YOU the champ this year.

Recipe for “Game Day” Turkey & Bean Chili

3 tbsp extra-virgin olive oil

2 medium sized onions, chopped

1 medium carrot, diced

1 green pepper, chopped

1 red pepper, chopped

1 yellow pepper chopped

3 garlic cloves, minced

2 lbs ground turkey

2 tbsp tomato paste

1 bottle of amber beer (I use Stella Artois)

1 – 19oz can of dark red kidney beans, drained

1 – 14.5 oz can of cannelini beans, drained

1- 14.5 oz can of pinto beans, drained

1-29 oz can of black beans, drained

1 cup of dry lentils

1-28oz can of diced tomatoes with juice

3 cups good quality chicken broth

2 tbsp black pepper

1 tbsp Sel de guerande

2 bsp cumin

2 tbsp chili powder (ancho)

2 tbsp chipotle powder

2 tsp crushed red pepper flakes

1 tbsp thyme

1 tbsp oregano

2 tsp turmeric

2 tbsp Worchestershire sauce

3 dashes of tabasco sauce


Saute onion in olive oil in large pot until softened (3-5 minutes).
Add carrots and colored peppers and saute for 3 minutes.
Add ground turkey and cook until browned.
Add garlic and saute 1-2 minutes.
Add tomato paste and incorporate.
Add bottle of beer and deglaze the pan on high heat.
Add all the beans, diced tomatoes, chicken broth, spices, Worchestershire and tabasco sauce.
Stir to blend.
Bring to a rolling boil.
Then reduce heat and simmer for at least 40 minutes (or until lentils are fully cooked).
Garnish with sour cream, shredded cheddar cheese, diced tomatoes and chopped scallions


Lynn Cardin