Healthy Game Day Chili
Some traditions are meant to stick around forever. Consider chili on Super Bowl Sunday. We can’t imagine game day without it.
What makes this turkey chili different from all others?
Consider four cups of kale that front loads this healthy bowl without screaming, “we’ve added greens!” to the chili purists. And if you have enthusiastic guests in your crew who are likely to spill something in a joyful (or agonizing) moment, you’ll be glad this chili recipe omits the usual canned tomatoes.
Here are some toppings we love with this chili:
dairy-free sour cream
shredded vegan cheese
sliced black olives
thinly sliced jalapeno
chopped fresh cilantro or parsley
avocado slices or guacamole
crushed tortilla chips
salsa of any kind
crushed red pepper flakes
Turkey and Kale Chili
This chili is a super healthy choice for game day. It’s hearty and filling and includes 4 cups of chopped kale. The kale naysayers will hardly notice, promise.
4 tsp olive oil, divided
1lb ground turkey
2 tsp chile powder
1 tsp toasted fennel seeds
1 tsp each ground cumin
1/2 tsp kosher salt
1 medium sweet onion, chopped
4 cups chopped kale, stems removed
6 scallions, chopped
1 small jalapeño chile pepper, seeded and minced
4 cloves garlic, minced
3 cups low-sodium chicken broth
1 15-oz can cannellini beans, drained and rinsed
In a Dutch oven on medium-high, heat 2 tsp oil.
Add turkey, sprinkle with chile powder, fennel, cumin and salt. Cook, breaking up turkey with a spoon, until cooked through, about 7-8 minutes.
Stir in the flour and mix till incorporated. Transfer turkey mixture to a bowl and set aside.
In the same pot heat add remaining 2 tsp oil.
Add onion, kale, scallions, jalapeño and garlic and cook, stirring, until softened, 5-7 minutes.
Stir in turkey mixture, broth and beans. Bring to a simmer and cook, stirring, until heated through and slightly thickened, scraping up the browned bits that stick to the bottom of the pan, using a wooden spoon.
Simmer for 30 minutes until the liquid has reduced by about half and the chili has thickened.
Serve with any or all of these toppings on your chili bar:
dairy-free sour cream, shredded vegan cheese, sliced black olives, chopped tomatoes, thinly sliced jalapeno, chopped fresh cilantro or parsley, avocado slices or guacamole, crushed tortilla chips, salsa, crushed red pepper flakes