Andrea's Killer Santa Cruz Turkey Chili

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My best friend did Weight Watchers a few years ago and turned me onto Turkey Chili as a great high-fiber, high-protein, low-fat meal that is easy to make, easy to store, and always a crowd-pleaser. Over the years I have been experimenting with the mix and I think I have a real winner here! I use organic and local ingredients when I can (for the canned stuff, Trader Joe's has inexpensive organic canned beans, tomato sauce, corn, etc). It is easy to do a veggie variation, too. Enjoy!



  • Avocado, Sour Cream, Cheese, Green Onions and fresh cornbread are great accompaniments! (For calorie counters, use light sour-cream, reduced calorie cheese...etc).


  1. Open your beer, pour yourself half into a glass to enjoy.
  2. In a large soup pot, heat oil over medium heat.
  3. Sautee onions and garlic until onions start to clarify.
  4. Add a tsp each of salt and pepper * add ground meat (or fresh veggies, if that is your choice) * mash the meat up with the onions, sprinkle with cumin, cayenne pepper, and oregano.
  5. Sautee 5 minutes or until meat begins to brown.
  6. Pour the other half of your beer into the pot and stir for another minute or so.
  7. Add in green chiles.
  8. Take 2 chipotle chiles from the can, and dice them up.
  9. Start by adding one chile plus about a teaspoon of the adobo sauce, and reserve the other to add later if extra spiciness is required. The rest of the can can be saved in a ziploc in the fridge. These keep well for future dishes.
  10. Add the corn, beans, and tomato sauce, and another tsp of salt.
  11. Stir in the molasses.
  12. Cover and simmer at medium-low for about 30 minutes.
  13. Add cornstarch to thicken, and then taste.
  14. If you want it spicier, add more of the chipotle chile.
  15. Salt to taste.
  16. Enjoy!