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Don’t you just love a big pot of chili beans on a chilly, fall day? It’s the ultimate comfort food in my books and oh, so easy to make. This hearty chili is my “go to” meal this time of year and is a family favorite every time! So I talked about how I just love to make pancakes on Sunday mornings, well I equally love to serve this hearty chili on Sundays after church. It’s so nice to come home knowing lunch is ready to go.

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Instead of the standard ground beef, I lighten it up by using lean, ground turkey. The base is actually a low-sodium salsa (yep, I said salsa) and I use three different beans (black, kidney, and pinto).

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So a big question is: are beans a carbohydrate or a protein? http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/08/16/beans-health-benefits_n_1792504.html

  • Beans are high in protein but are even higher in starch.
  • They are not a complete protein so it’s always good to add beans with a proper protein like the ground turkey in this chili recipe.
  • Beans are more of a complex carbohydrate that are low in calories and fat so they are perfect to add to your diet
  • High in fiber, so beans are very filling and will curb your appetite.

So next time you wake up and it’s going to be a chilly day, why not try my hearty, turkey chili beans!

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Hearty Turkey Chili Beans

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Serves: 8

Such an easy recipe to throw together! **I make this recipe the night before to marinate all ingredients**
Ingredients
  • 1 lb lean ground turkey
  • 2 jars mild Newman's own salsa
  • 1-15 ounce can no salt added diced tomatoes
  • 1-15 ounce can reduced sodium black beans
  • 1-15 ounce can reduced sodium kidney beans
  • 1-15 ounce can reduced sodium pinto beans
  • ⅓ cup chili beans
  • Pinch of cayenne pepper
  • salt and pepper to taste
Instructions
  1. Brown ground turkey
  2. Add remaining ingredients
  3. Stir ingredients all together
  4. Simmer on low 30 minutes until thick stirring frequently

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