Saturday, April 11, 2009

Black Bean, Chipotle, Turkey Chili with Avocado Salsa

I got this recipe from a blog that I check often. It's Kalyn's blog. It's full of South Beach Friendly recipes. This black bean chili is hands down my favorite chili I have ever tasted. It's unique and spicy and with the avocado salsa, it's just amazing. The salsa helps to cool down the spicy flavor and makes the chili so creamy. You have to try this. I promise you will LOVE it! I did not use her exact recipe but here is my variation on it.

Black Bean, Chipotle and Turkey Chili

3 cans black beans
1 can (14.5 oz.) diced tomatoes
1 diced Chipotle chili pepper, from a can of Chipotles in Adobo Sauce
1 lb. very lean ground turkey
2 T Olive Oil
1/2 large onion, chopped (I use a yellow onion)
1 T or more Ancho chile powder
1 T New Mexico chili powder
Pinch ground Chipotle chile powder (optional)
2 tsps Cumin
2 cups chicken stock
1 T tomato paste

Avocado Salsa

1/4 cup fresh lime juice (about 2 limes)
1/2 red onion chopped
1 bunch cilantro, chopped
2 avocados, finely diced
Salt and Pepper to taste

Drain 2 cans black beans into colander and rinse until all the foam disappears. While beans drain, use a food processor to puree the third can of undrained beans, diced tomatoes, and chipotle chili pepper. Pulse the mixture until it's smooth. In bottom of heavy soup pot, heat 2 tsp. olive oil and brown turkey, using the back of the turner to break it into small pieces. Remove turkey and place on a paper towl to soak up excess grease. Then add a bit more olive oil and the onions. Lower heat a little and cook onions until they are tender. Add all the chile powders and cumin and saute about 30 seconds. Add stock, browned ground turkey, pureed bean mixture, drained beans from colander and tomato paste and simmer, uncovered, 30 minutes or longer.

While Chili simmers, mix together your salsa. Either keep the pit of the avocado in the bowl or sprinkle the lime juice over the avocado before placing in the fridge so as not to have the avocado brown.

Right before you serve your chili, be sure to taste and season with salt and black pepper if desired. Serve Chili hot, with a generous scoop of avocado salsa on top of each serving.


Joie de vivre said...

That avocado salsa looks YUMMY!

and_she_makes_four said...

DELISH! I must try for Bart!

Kalyn said...

I'm really glad you're enjoying my blog. If you're re-posting a recipe from Kalyn's Kitchen I'd appreciate it if you would provide the permalink for the recipe from my site so people can find the recipe on my blog. That's requested in my copyright policy which says "If you re-post a recipe, please give credit and link to recipe on this site." If also protects me when you copy the recipe exactly so google doesn't think it's duplicate content.


Jaime and Jen DISH said...
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and_she_makes_four said...

Ummm, the fact that she mentions she LOVES your blog, refers to who you are and added a direct link, I am pretty sure EVERYONE will know it's from you site, I certainly did.

Jaime, can't wait to try your chili.

The Inexperienced Foodie said...

i'm jealous I really wish I had a friend that was into recipes and different food like I am your chili looks great!

Jaime and Jen DISH said...

Hi Kalyn, thanks for visiting. I did do a direct link to your blog but I didn't do a direct link to the recipe because I changed a few things around. Yours calls for beef and I put turkey in mine. I also did not use some of your same ingredients.

Joie de vivre said...

Thanks for the comment! Came by to give some blog love. :)

Jaime and Jen DISH said...

Joie, did you see the magic in the middle cookie thread I created? Gave you props, my family LOVES this cookie, thanks!!

Barbara Bakes said...

This recipe sounds wonderful! Love the avocado salsa. Great idea to sub turkey for the beef.

unconfidential cook said...

Mmm, this looks like the perfect dinner! Thanks for stopping by, please let me know how the Tiny Treats go in your house...and do come back (as will I).

girlichef said...

hey...great blog! ( on the "charmane" link in my post to find some black truffle sea's killer!)

Christina Kim said...

Oooh, this one looks very tasty, right up my alley! And the avocado salsa, what a perfect accompaniment.