Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Jerk Turkey Chili

My friend Carrie posted this recipe on her blog and I was so excited. Every year we freeze left-over Thanksgiving turkey and every year I struggle to figure out how to use it. So without further ado - yum and spicy! It has been modified to be a little lower in PP values...

Jerk Turkey Chili

  • 1T Olive Oil
  • 1 Yellow Onion, chopped
  • 2T Chili Powder (you can use less for less kick)
  • 1t Dried Thyme
  • 1t Cinnamon
  • 1/2 t Ground Allspice
  • 18 oz shredded Turkey or cooked chicken
  • 2 Medium Zucchini, halved and sliced
  • 4 cups Chicken Broth
  • 1 can (14 oz.) Diced tomatoes
  • 1 can (15 oz) Black Beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 can (4 oz) Diced Green Chilies (or, if your brave, jalapenos!)
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/2 cup fresh cilantro
  1. Heat oil in a soup pot over medium-high heat and add onions, stirring until softened
  2. Add chili powder, thyme, cinnamon and allspice until fragrant (roughly 1 minute)
  3. Add turkey and zucchini - stir to blend them with the spices
  4. Add broth, tomatoes, beans, and chilies
  5. Bring to a boil
  6. Cover, reduce heat and simmer for about 20 minutes
  7. Turn off heat and stir in garlic and cilantro
  8. Let set for 5-10 minutes
  9. Serve with sour cream and additional chopped cilantro*

Weight Watcher Notes:
- If you prepare this recipe as listed above it is 6 PP for 6 servings (not including whatever toppings you choose to put on your soup). My soup made just over 12 ladles worth and Oliver was full after just one bowl (2 ladles).
- As listed, it is medium/mild - but you can make it spicier by adding more chili powder and/or using jalapenos instead of green chilies. The original recipe called for 3 T of chili powder but 3 T has a PP value and 2 T does not. I actually only put in 1 heaping T and it was plenty spicy for us.
- If you would like fewer than 6 PP per serving then you can decrease the amount of turkey. The chili with no turkey would be 3 PP per serving (if divided into 6 servings). Every ounce of turkey is 1 PP value. Adjust your meat according to your desired lowered PP value.
- I served this with Jiffy Cornbread (my ONE weakness :) ) Jiffy Cornbread is 4 PP for 1/6 of the box. So 6 servings or soup - six servings of cornbread - 10 PP values for the meal. This can easily be left out.
- Also, my husband hates tomatoes so I used my immersion blender to grind them up before adding them to the soup and you couldn't even tell they were there. The broth turns dark because of the black beans and spices so it isn't even a red chili! A major plus in our house!

1 comment:

Candace said...

This looks fantastic! I'm using it!