Since Harper was born there are many nights where 6 o’clock rolls around and I have not even thought about whats for dinner. I’m sure all of you stay at home parents out there can relate. With the weather as frigid as it’s been, all I’ve wanted are soups and stews and anything else that will warm my insides. Out of this need came this super easy chili, which can be adapted in so many ways to make it exactly what your family likes.
It is your basic chili, meat of choice, onion, garlic, diced tomatoes, kidney beans, and spices. But the secret ingredient, if you want to call it that, is refried beans. Now don’t knock it till you’ve tried it. The refried beans thicken the chili, tame the acidic tomatoes, and add an overall texture boost that makes this chili seem like it’s been simmering for a lot longer than 15 minutes.
This time I used ground turkey but you could easily use ground beef, ground chicken, or even leave the meat out. I actually think by adding the refried beans this chili would be great vegetarian, add more veg and your ready to go. Also, I used diced avocado for garnish but you could use cheese, sliced jalapeno, sour cream, tortilla strips, chopped red onion, the options are endless.
Now don’t get me wrong I am all for taking the time to cook a great healthy meal for your family. “Cooking is caring,” as one of my chef instructors used to say, but let’s be honest some nights call for quick, and I think this recipes delivers.
30 Minute Chili
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 pound ground turkey
1 small onion, chopped
2 cloves garlic, chopped
1 teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon cumin
2 tablespoons chili powder
1/4 teaspoon ground chipolte chili peppers
1 teaspoon smoked paprika
2 cans of diced tomatoes (32 oz ea.)
2 cans kidney beans, rinsed and drained (15 oz ea.)
1/4 cup refried beans
salt and pepper
diced avocado for garnish
Heat a large heavy bottomed pot on medium/high, add olive oil. Add ground turkey and salt, cook till browned. Add onions, and garlic, cook till onions are tender. Add spices and cook until fragrant, about 30 seconds. Then add diced tomatoes, beans, and refried beans. Stir and season with salt and pepper. Bring to a boil then reduce heat and simmer for 15 minutes.
Taste and adjust seasoning to your liking, garnish and serve.
Note: I don’t ever measure my spices, so these are all estimates. Feel free to add
more or less, or change whatever suits you and your families tastes.
Try it out and let me know what you think. What quick and easy meals do you make for your family? Leave me a comment so we can exchange recipes!