Sometimes we get bad weather in the Caribbean. It happens. I’m not asking for sympathy don’t worry, I know you northerners have been through a lot this winter/spring.
I’m just putting this chili in context. Let me paint the scene for you:
It was a blustery night. The light was fading, the wind was picking up and heavy clouds began spilling the first drops of what would become a torrential deluge. Those who could ran home, shut the doors, drew the curtains and held their loved ones close.
Sounds like the dramatic intro to a horror film, but it was my Monday night. Faced with that kind of gloomy atmosphere I resolved to make something warm, comforting and good for the body as well as the soul.
This chili was the result.
I’m not a big fan of beans so instead the carbs are provided by big, satisfying, chunks of sweet potato.
Rather than adding the cilantro at the start (and therefore boiling it to a squishy, sodden mess), I tossed it in right at the end of cooking. You still get the flavour and it’s fresh enough to have a bit of a bite that way.
I served it with a side of guacamole, sour cream and some cheese on top….because I serve everything with cheese on top.
Turkey & Cilantro Chili (serves 4)
- 12 oz ground turkey
- 1 sweet potato, peeled and diced into large chunks
- 1 white onion, finely chopped
- 2 cloves garlic, minced
- 1 tbsp butter
- 1 tsp cumin
- 2 tsps paprika
- 1 jalapeno, finely chopped
- 1 poblano pepper, finely chopped
- 1 bunch (3 oz) fresh cilantro, finely chopped
- 3 large tomatoes, roughly chopped
- 8 oz tomato paste
- 1 1/2 cups chicken broth
- Melt the butter in a large saucepan. Add the onion, garlic and peppers. Saute over a medium heat for five minutes.
- Add the turkey, breaking it up with a wooden spoon, and sprinkle in the cumin and paprika. Let fry until the turkey colours then stir in the tomato paste.
- Toss the tomatoes into the pot, followed by the potatoes. Pour in the broth. Bring to a boil then reduce the heat. Let it simmer for 25 minutes, stirring occasionally.
- Add 3/4 of the cilantro and simmer for a further five minutes. Sprinkle in the rest of the cilantro immediately before serving.
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