My husband and I recently hit the jackpot with apples. Last year we scored enough apples from generous friends to make just about a years worth of apple juice and a batch of apple butter. In addition to the apple juice this year, I also wanted to make another batch of apple butter (because I ran out) and also try apple sauce (which turned out AMAZING!!). After five days of canning in the kitchen we had enough. There was a small batch of apples left that I decided to use in various recipes and of course reserve some for one of our favorite snacks: apples and peanut butter. With the cooler weather, I’ve been craving chili and I had remembered hearing of apple chili sometime in years past. I found this recipe and knew it was exactly what I was looking for. The flavor is wonderful and the ingredient list is healthy. Win/win. Give it a try, I loved it!
Turkey Apple Chili
This Turkey Apple Chili has a new twist on chili - you'll love these unexpected fall flavors!
- 2 tsp. olive oil
- 1 large onion diced
- 2 tbsp. minced seeded jalapeños or 1 4 oz. can diced jalapeños
- 2 cloves garlic minced
- 1 lb. lean ground turkey
- 4 tsp. chili powder
- 1/2 tsp. salt
- 1/2 tsp. ground cumin
- 1/2 tsp. dried oregano
- 2 15 oz cans black beans, drained and rinsed
- 2 green apples unpeeled, cored and diced
- 1 14.5 oz can diced tomatoes, undrained
- 2/3 c. apple juice
Heat oil over medium heat in large skillet. Add ground turkey, onion, jalapeño and garlic; cook over medium heat 6 to 8 minutes; until onion is tender and turkey is no longer pink.
Stir in salt, chili powder, cumin and oregano; cook 30 seconds more. Stir in diced apple, black beans, tomatoes, and apple juice.
Bring to a boil; reduce heat. Gently simmer over low to medium-low heat, covered, about 15 minutes or until desired consistency. Ladle chili into bowls.
[My 2 Cents]
Adding in the jalapeños give the chili a nice kick. If you don't like spicy (which I'm not particularly a fan of) you can always decrease the amount you use or omit it all together. One 4-oz can was just about too much for my spice tolerance, in the future I will use less. But my husband was happy with it how it was. Just depends on what you like that will work for you!
Adapted from Relish