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October 9, 2020

Perfect healthy chili recipe to kick-off the cozy season!

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Perfect healthy chili recipe to kick-off the cozy season!

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Perfect healthy chili recipe to kick-off the cozy season!

Perfect healthy chili recipe to kick-off the cozy season!

Chili season is upon us! BLESS. I love chili for so many's freaking easy to make, it's healthy (this one is until you finish this sentence!), you can serve it with cheddar jalapeño cornbread and top it with goodies! ;) The ONE issue I have with chili is that you have to do all the work, THEN you have to let it SIT there and simmer for like 2 hours!!!?!??! I want to eat it now. If you're ahead of the game with a crockpot, then good for you. I'm usually not. SO the answer to this dilemma is my 30 minute healthy-ish chili recipe. BOOM.

I'm going to share the recipe with you, obvi, but there's one secret, and once you learn it, you'll never go back to your old ways. Ready? A JAR. OF. SALSA. omg yes. I add a jar a chunkyyy salsa to my chili to give it a little kick and add some extra flavor so I don't have to wait 5 years before I can eat it! K moving on.

The next secret is to serve with Cheddar Jalapeño Cornbread, because if you don't, then what are you doing with your life? Y'all know I love a good shortcut that saves me time but doesn't sacrifice taste. LOL if you think I made this cornbread from scratch- no ma'am. Hit that box mix from Central Market, and lounge around the house while you wait for it to bake (or do some laundry or something productive, whatever).

I'm ALL about a good fall party, fire pit night, game night....and a chili bar would be the MOVE to make your party an even bigger hit. So easy. Make the chili, leave the pot on the stove, set out the toppings, and done. I love when guests can serve themselves and I don't have to do anything. ;) Toppings. Are. Key. Repeat: TOPPINGS.

Unless you're actually trying to be healthy, then no toppings for you, sorry. Maybe some avocado, because #healthyfats. Right? 

Gosh. So good. OK OK enough chatting. Scrollll on down for the recipe.

Chili Ingredients:

  • ground turkey
  • chili seasoning packet
  • two 16oz jars of chunkyyy salsa
  • one can of kidney beans (drained)
  • one can of pinto beans (drained)
  • one can great northern (white) beans (drained)
  • 1 1/2 c beef broth
  • Optional garnishes for serving: cilantro, sour cream, cheese, avocado, jalapeños, chopped onion...don't forget the cornbread!

Let's not make it complicated here, friends...

  1. Cook ground turkey in your dutch oven on the stovetop.
  2. Add all ingredients to pot. Stirrrr.
  3. Let simmer for 20-30 minutes!
  4. Ready. To. Eat. Enjoy!

My favorite thing about this recipe is how easy it is. So simple! You can also add anything you want...if you want a few more veggies in there, I'm a fan of dicing up zucchini, carrots, and celery and sneaking it into soups and chilis. Add whatever you want! Enjoy!

Photos by Kaylynn Krieg for The Skinny Arm.

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