Three Quick Chili Recipes for Warming Weekend Meals

Servings: 6-8 serving(s)

Prep time: 15 minutes

Total time: 45 minutes

Cooking time: 30 minutes

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Three quick chili recipes

In the thick of winter, hearty, warming meals that stick to your ribs are just what the doctor called for.

Snowy weekends and slushy afternoons are best treated with a good dose of sweet and spicy chili.  This is hunker down food, and it also hits the spot after a day spent out in the cold.

Quick & easy meal ideas.

While I know that chili can benefit from a day spent simmering on the stove, a flavourful pot of chili can be made in less than an hour. And chili is one of those dishes that can be made with pantry staples so doesn’t require a load of planning.

  • Black bean turkey chili combines some sweet with heat.
    Black bean turkey chili, a hearty, healthy chili recipe that’s quick to prepare.

With these three chili recipes – a vegetarian black bean chili, chili on a bun (also known as Sloppy Joes) and black bean turkey chili – you’ll see that there is a chili recipe to please everyone at your table. I have also included a recipe for sweet potato wedges, a vegetable side dish that suits chili more than any other vegetable.

Three Chili Recipes:

Mom’s Black Bean Turkey Chili: Hearty and filling with a combination of beans & turkey. Also, turkey is a healthier substitute for ground beef. (If you prefer ground beef in your chili simply substitute it for the ground turkey.) Ground chicken works in this recipe too.

Vegetarian Black Bean Chili: A meatless dish that’s as satisfying as a traditional chili recipe. I prefer black beans in this recipe because they’re smaller than kidney beans. You can load this recipe up with vegetables too.

Turkey Sloppy Joes (Chili on a bun): A good change of pace when my kids are tired of eating supper out of a bowl. You can serve the mixture on baked sweet potatoes if the bun base doesn’t appeal to you.

Sweet Potato Wedges: Every bowl of chili could use an extra side of vegetables. This recipe for sweet potato wedges suits chili well, and is tasty on its own too.

 

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Mom’s Black Bean Turkey Chili Recipe a Warming Winter Meal

Servings: 4-6 serving(s)

Prep time: 15 minutes

Total time: 45 minutes

Cooking time: 30 minutes

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black bean turkey chili is substantial and satisfying

A hearty, healthy chili recipe that’s quick to prepare.

I spent my childhood winters up at our local ski hill. On weekend mornings Dad would pile us in the car with a big picnic lunch and away we’d go for the day.

My dad didn’t grow up skiing so he learned to ski alongside all of us kids and I think relished his days on the hill more than we did.

My mom would stay put at home and now I know why. There is something lovely about a quiet house on a winter’s day, especially after the early morning rush getting us all out the door.

  • Black bean turkey chili combines some sweet with heat.
    A hearty, healthy chili recipe that’s quick to prepare.

Not only did dad teach himself to ski when he was in his late 30s, he also somehow managed to get us all off the mountain, packed in the car and back home in time for Saturday suppertime mass.  We rarely had time to change out of our gear so half of us would still be in our snow pants and ski boots, clomping up the church aisle and into a pew.

This black bean turkey chili was the sort of supper we’d come home to after these days of skiing.  Hot, hearty and served with cornbread or oatmeal brown bread, it’s just the sort of supper that’s perfect after a winter day spent outside.

This recipe is great with chopped carrots added too (sauté them with the onions and peppers).

Black Bean Turkey Chili Recipe

  • 2 cups dried black turtle beans, soaked and cooked (or about 4 cups cooked)
  • ¼ cup oil, divided
  • 1 lb. ground turkey
  • 2 onions, diced
  • 3 jalapenos
  • 1 large red pepper, diced
  • 4 cloves garlic, pressed
  • 1 Tbsp. tomato paste
  • ¼ cup chili powder
  • ¼ tsp. dried chipotle (optional)
  • 2 cans diced tomatoes
  • 1 ½ cups broth
  • 2 tsp. dried oregano
  • 1-2 Tbsp. Crosby’s Fancy Molasses
  • Salt to taste
  1. Heat 2 Tbsp. of the oil in a large, heavy pot over medium heat and brown the ground turkey until it is no longer pink. Remove to a bowl.
  2. In the same pot, heat the remaining 2 Tbsp. of oil and sauté the onions, jalapenos and red pepper.
  3. When they’re soft, add garlic, tomato paste and chili powder and stir to combine.
  4. Add tomatoes, turkey (with juices), beans and broth.
  5. Bring to a simmer, add oregano, molasses and salt to taste.

Serve with nachos or cornbread and sliced avocado.

What kind of food warms you up on a cold winter’s day?

You might also like our Vegetarian Black Bean Chili with corn

Black bean chili with a touch of molasses, fast and healthy.family food

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Vegetarian Black Bean Chili that Sticks to Your Ribs

Servings: 4-6 serving(s)

Prep time: 15 minutes

Total time: 45 minutes

Cooking time: 30 minutes

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Vegetarian Black Bean Chili is hearty and warming and reminds you that a substantial meal does more than just fill the belly.

Vegetarian Black Bean Chili is hearty and warming and reminds you that a substantial meal does more than just fill the belly.

There is nothing that I like better on a cold January night than a big bowl of vegetarian black bean chili. It’s hearty and warming and reminds you that a substantial meal does more than just fill the belly.

I was given the idea to add molasses to my chili from one of our Facebook friends who balances the extreme heat and spice of her chili recipe with molasses. I also have a family friend who makes his chili with molasses baked beans so there is a good dose of sweet with the heat in his recipe too.

  • Black Bean Chili is hearty and warming and reminds you that a substantial meal does more than just fill the belly.
    Vegetarian black bean chili is hearty, warming and quick to prepare.

You’ll see that the tangy sweetness of molasses pairs beautifully with tomatoes. It softens their tart acidity and adds flavour with just the right substance.

This recipe is vegetarian but works with ground beef or ground turkey as well. Just add a bit more broth or even another can of tomatoes if you find yours too thick. As well, feel free to mix up the beans. Kidney beans or a blend of beans makes for a great variation.

Serve it with this cornbread for a delicious, filling meal.

Vegetarian Black Bean Chili Recipe

Ingredients:

  • 2 onions, diced
  • 2 Tbsp olive oil
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 4 tsp cumin seeds (or 2 tsp ground cumin)
  • 1 Tbsp chili powder
  • 2 carrots, diced
  • Cayanne pepper to taste
  • 4 tsp oregano
  • 1 28 oz can or 24 oz bottle of tomatoes (prepared tomato sauce will do)
  • 1 cup broth or water
  • 2 cups cooked black beans (about 1 ½ cans)
  • 1 cup corn kernels
  • ½ Tbsp cider vinegar
  • 1-2 Tbsp Crosby’s Fancy Molasses (or more, to taste)
  • 1/2 cup chopped cilantro
  • Juice and zest of ½ a lime
  1. In a big pot over medium heat saute the onions in oil until soft.
  2. Add the garlic, spices, oregano and bay leaf and stir for a minute then add the carrots.
  3. Cover for 10 minutes, stirring a few times. (Add some of the broth if it seems too dry).
  4. Add corn, tomatoes, beans, broth and chipotle (if using) and let simmer, uncovered for about 20 minutes.
  5. Stir in the vinegar and molasses. Thin with more broth if it’s too thick for your liking.
  6. Season with salt and decide if it needs more heat (cayenne) or sweet (molasses)
  7. Add the lime zest and juice and cilantro.

Serve with grated cheese and cornbread. Don’t forget to fish out the chipotle chili so nobody eats it whole.

Chili is adaptable so feel free to add any kind of beans or vegetables. Cubed sweet potato or squash are delicious too.

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