Description: A thick, saucy, smoky chili that's the best with cheddar cheese and crusty bread.

Preparation: Chop onion. Chop or puree chipotles (should be about 1.5 tablespoons - I puree the can and freeze in portions). Soak/cook dried beans if using; if not, open cans.

Difficulty: medium

  • pound ground turkey or other meat
  • onion
  • few cloves garlic
  • olive oil
  • large can tomatoes (I like chunky crushed type)
  • can tomato sauce
  • 2 cans EACH black and pinto beans OR 1.5 pounds dried beans
  • 1-2 chipotles in adobo OR chipotle powder to taste
  • salt
  • pepper
  • Liquid Smoke
  • Brown lean ground turkey (or other meat) in olive oil. (Can be made veg but I prefer with meat.) Brown chopped onion and a couple cloves pressed garlic. Add can of tomatoes, tomato sauce, prepared beans, salt, pepper, dash Liquid Smoke if using, and chipotle.
  • Simmer, simmer, simmer - the longer the better. Adjust seasonings.