Chili for a chilly day

Chili for Chilly Days 

When chilly nights and days are here, it makes me want a warm bowl of chili.  Chili with beans or without is a personal preference.  Try these recipes to bring your family back to the table on a cool winter's evening.

White Turkey Chili
  • 1 Tbsp. oil
  • ¼ c. onion, chopped
  • 1 c. celery, chopped
  • 4 c. cooked turkey, chopped
  • 2 cans (15.5 oz.) Great Northern beans, drained
  • 2 cans (11 oz.) corn, undrained
  • 1 can (4 oz.) chopped green chilies
  • 4 c. turkey or chicken broth
  • 1 tsp. ground cumin

Heat oil in a skillet over medium heat.  Add onion and celery, cook and stir 2-3 minutes.  Place all ingredients in a large saucepan (at least 4 quarts).  Stir well.  Cover and cook about 15 minutes over medium heat stirring occasionally until heated thoroughly.

Sprinkle mozzarella cheese on top if desired.

Chili-Spicy or Mild
  • 2 lb. ground beef
  • ½ c. onion, chopped
  • 3 Tbsp. chili powder
  • 1 ½ tsp. cominos
  • 1 tsp. paprika
  • 2 tsp. garlic salt
  • 2 tsp. salt
  • 32 oz. V-8 juice or 100% vegetable juice
  • ½ jalapeno pepper

Brown ground beef and drain off all fat by pouring into a colander lined with paper towels.  Put all ingredients in a pot, cover and simmer for 2 hours.  If it thickens too much, add more V-8 juice.

Variation:  For spicier taste, add more chili powder, cominos, jalapeno.

Southwestern Chicken Chili
  • 1 lb. chicken breast, boneless, skinless, medium diced
  • 1 can of mild green chilies, chopped
  • ½ c. yellow onion, diced
  • ½ c. red onion diced
  • 3 whole green onion, diced
  • 1 ½ c. water
  • ½ pkg. of taco seasoning
  • ½ pkg. of chili seasoning
  • 1 can of Ranch style beans
  • 1 can of black beans
  • 1 c. corn
  • 2 Tbsp. sugar
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • ¼ tsp. pepper

Cook chicken in a large skillet over medium heat until done.  Add the chilies, onions, water and seasonings; cook until the vegetables are tender.  Add beans, corn, and sugar.  Simmer for 10 minutes, then reduce to low heat for 5 minutes.  Season the chili with salt and pepper.

For more information, contact:

Nancy A. Freeman, County Director
Harrison County Extension Service  
(228) 865-4227