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Turkey and Pinto Bean Chili
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Turkey-and-Pinto-Bean Chili

  • ACTIVE: 20 MIN
  • TOTAL TIME: 1 HR 15 MIN
  • SERVINGS: 6 to 8
  • MAKE-AHEAD

“The turkey chili is a big favorite of Oprah’s,” says Art Smith. “It’s got some spice, which I think kids love just as much as adults do.”

  1. 1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  2. 3 pounds ground turkey
  3. 1 medium onion, cut into 1/2-inch dice
  4. 3 garlic cloves, minced
  5. 1 1/2 tablespoons chile powder
  6. 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  7. 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  8. 3/4 teaspoon chipotle powder
  9. 1 large carrot, cut into 1/4-inch dice
  10. 1 red bell pepper, cut into 1/2-inch dice
  11. One 28-ounce can tomato puree
  12. Three 15-ounce cans pinto beans, drained
  13. 3/4 cup lager
  14. 1 cup chicken stock or low-sodium broth
  15. 1 tablespoon cider vinegar
  16. 1 teaspoon chopped thyme
  17. Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  18. Chopped chives, for garnish
  1. In a large Dutch oven, heat 1 tablespoon of the oil until shimmering. Add half of the turkey and cook over high heat, undisturbed, until browned on the bottom, about 3 minutes. Stir the turkey and cook until no pink remains, about 2 minutes longer. Transfer the cooked turkey to a bowl and repeat with 1 more tablespoon of oil and the remaining turkey.
  2. Add the remaining 2 tablespoons of oil and the onion to the pot. Cook over moderate heat until softened, about 5 minutes. Add the garlic, chile powder, cumin, oregano and chipotle powder and cook, stirring, until fragrant, about 2 minutes. Return the turkey to the pot. Stir in the carrot, bell pepper, tomato puree, beans and lager and bring to a boil. Stir in the stock and vinegar, cover and simmer over low heat for 45 minutes. Add the thyme, season with salt and pepper and serve, garnished with chives.

Suggested Pairing

Crisp, malty lager: Blue Point Brewing Company Toasted Lager.

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