Turkey & Cilantro Chili

check out that bit of pepper, making a break for it

check out that bit of pepper, making a break for it

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.

cilantro is a great natural detoxifier, it can even help purge heavy metals from your system

cilantro is a great natural detoxifier, it can even help purge heavy metals from your system

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 feel better already

I feel better already

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
  1. Melt the butter in a large saucepan. Add the onion, garlic and peppers. Saute over a medium heat for five minutes.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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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10 thoughts on “Turkey & Cilantro Chili

  1. It’s stormy here today and this sounds like a great idea for tonight’s dinner. If the hubs doesn’t de-rail me with something else when I get home. lol

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