Healthy Cincinnati Chili
Rich, Red and Robust Healthy Cincinnati Chili!
When you start on the path to a healthy lifestyle, you often think the food you will be eating is going to be bland and tasteless. The truth is, learning to cook with herbs and spices instead of fats and sugars, is going to surprise you at how delicious your food tastes.
- Cincinnati Chili is a recipe that was created to be used as a topping for spaghetti or hot dogs, but this recipe has a little bit of added kidney beans and should be eaten like a soup or regular bowl of chili.
- You can ladle a little Cincinnati Chili over whole wheat pasta if you like and it will still be a clean and healthy meal. Or if you love brown rice or quinoa, ladle the chili over one of those.
- Always try to serve chili with a tossed salad filled with vegetables. This makes a great well-rounded meal at any dinner table.
We love this recipe because it has all the healthy benefits of cinnamon and delicious dark chocolate, along with nutrient-rich garlic, onions and tomatoes.
When you brown ground turkey, use the flat bottomed edge of your spatula to break up the meat. Break up the meat continuously during the browning process and this will give you the best results. Unlike ground beef, ground turkey takes a little more patience.
We love this healthy Cincinnati Chili and are sure you will too!
- 1 lb. package 94% lean ground turkey
- 1/2 tablespoon coconut oil
- 1 medium onion, chopped
- 3-4 cloves garlic, minced
- 2 tablespoons chili powder
- 1-1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1 teaspoon paprika
- 1/2 teaspoon ground allspice
- 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
- 1/2 teaspoon of salt
- 3 teaspoons honey
- 2 small squares unsweetened dark chocolate
- 2 cups tomato sauce
- 1 (15 oz.) can diced tomatoes
- 1 (15 oz.) can kidney beans, drained
- 1/2 (6 oz.) can tomato paste
- 2 cups water
- 2 tablespoons cider vinegar
Using a large deep skillet, gently cook the onions in coconut oil until they start to get tender.
Add the garlic and cook another 2 minutes.
Add the turkey to the pan with onions & garlic.
Cook the turkey using a spatula to break up pieces as you brown. Season the turkey with salt & pepper as you brown.
Add all the seasonings to the meat and stir through until well combined.
Stir in the tomato sauce and water.
Add the diced tomatoes, vinegar and chocolate.
Let simmer on low for about 15 minutes.
Healthy Cincinnati Chili is part of a well-balanced healthy meal plan. This chili recipe is easy enough to make for a weekday meal!