I just recently discovered just how wonderfully nourishing a bowl of chili can be. There are many different ways to make chili – I choose to use organic whole beans, which I soak the night before. I vary the combination of beans that I use which the red kidney beans always being most used and then a combination of cannellini, black eyed and so on.

You can choose to add meat to the chili or keep it vegetarian. I usually make it with ground turkey. This recipe is based on Giada De Laurentiis’s California Turkey Chili recipe.





 4 servingsPrint This Recipe


1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil

4 large cloves garlic, smashed, peeled and chopped

1 celery stalk, chopped

1 large onion, chopped

1 1/2 pounds ground turkey (optional)

1 tablespoon all-purpose flour

4 tablespoons tomato paste

3 tablespoons chili powder

1 tablespoon ground cumin

2 teaspoons (packed) dark brown sugar

1 teaspoon dried Mexican oregano, crushed ( or regular)

Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper

1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon

1/8 teaspoon ground cloves

3 cups low-salt chicken broth (preferably organic)



 1 cup soaked red kidney beans or one can beans, rinsed and drained

½ cup soaked cannellini beans or one can, rinsed and drained

  •  If using whole beans then combine beans and boil with enough water until softened ( approx 25 minutes)



  • Heat the oil in a heavy, large pot over medium-high heat.
  • Add the garlic, celery and onions.
  • Sauté until the vegetables soften, 5 to 6 minutes.
  • Add the turkey and sauté until no longer pink, breaking up the turkey with the back of a spoon, about 7 minutes.
  • Sprinkle the flour over and stir to blend.
  • Add the tomato paste, chili powder, cumin, sugar, oregano, 1 teaspoon salt, 1/2 teaspoon pepper, cinnamon and cloves.
  • Cook 1 to 2 minutes, stirring to blend.
  • Add the broth and beans.
  • Bring to a simmer.
  • Reduce the heat to medium-low and simmer until the flavors blend and the chili thickens to desired consistency, stirring often, 20 to 30 minutes.
  • Season with more salt and pepper.




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