I have been waiting for fall to hit so I can make chili. I feel like in the summer you can get away with making soup, there’s gazpacho, cool cucumber soup and clean broth soups, but chili is the star for cooler weather, it just says fall and winter is amongst us, let’s eat comfort food. I usually make enough chili for my family to have leftovers the next day. However, it hit me a few days ago, what else could I do with my leftover chili? I wanted something easy, delicious and my whole family would enjoy. I came up with three simple and family friendly recipes that I believe will put a smile on everyone’s face, but first my Turkey Chili recipe.
- 1 ½ teaspoons olive oil
- 1 onion, chopped
- 1 garlic clove, minced
- 1 pound ground turkey
- 1 cup vegetable broth
- 1 (28 ounce) can canned crushed tomatoes
- 4 (15 ounce) can canned dark kidney beans – drained and rinsed
- 2 tablespoons chili powder
- 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
- 1 teaspoon ground cumin
- 1 teaspoon ground cayenne pepper
- 1 teaspoon salt
- ½ teaspoon ground black pepper
- Heat the oil in a large pot over low medium heat. Add onions sauté until onions are soft and tender. Add in garlic and sauté for 1-2 minutes. Do not brown. Turn up the heat to medium. Add the ground turkey in the pot, season with a pinch of each seasoning, and also a pinch of salt and black pepper, and cook until evenly brown.
- Pour vegetable broth into the pot. Mix in tomatoes and the kidney beans. Season with the remaining chili powder, smoked paprika, cayenne pepper, cumin, salt, and pepper. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat to low, cover, and simmer for 30 minutes.
Here’s how you can use any leftover chili:
- Baked Chili Mac and Cheese. Follow the instruction on your https://www.kraftmacandcheese.com box. Set the Mac and cheese the side. In a large casserole dish, add you chili and then the Mac and cheese on top. Stir everything together, until all ingredients are well incorporated. Next, top with shredded cheddar cheese, a few jalapeños and but in a 400 degree oven until the cheese bubbly and golden brown. Remove from the oven, plate and serve with a salad or your family’s favorite veggies.
- Chili Cheese Nachos. The kids will love this one. Just place tortilla chips in a big bowl. Pour the chili on top of the tortilla chip. Next, slice up a bit of avocado, then chop up yellow, orange and red peppers, place on top. Finally top everything off with a shredded cheddar, jalapeños, cilantro and dollop of sour cream.
- Finally, Baked Stuffed Sweet Potato with Chili. Bake a sweet potato, slice it down the middle to open it up. Pour the chili in the center of the potato and garnish with peppers, shredded cheddar, cilantro or parsley.
I hope these ideas will get your creative juices flowing. The possibilities are endless and always remember to Set the Table with Love.