Tuesday, 14 October 2008

Turkey blackbean chilli

In Sydney many years ago there was a chain of Tex-Mex places called Arizona's. That's right. Tex-Mex = Arizona. They made superb margaritas and let you shell peanuts right onto the floor and it was the first place I ever had a turkey chilli in a taco bowl.

Recently Joe at My Cooking Quest (the one I got those evil choux paste gnocchi from) has been working on some chilli variations which have looked so good that I got a craving. But instead of the careful spicing he has been doing - I took the easy way out.

Turkey Blackbean Chilli

Soak half a bag of black turtle beans in a lot of water overnight. I am a huge fan of the canned pulse, but this is not the time.

Sautee a diced onion and quite a lot of garlic in a little olive oil (we use a Le Creuset dutch oven for this), then add 500g turkey breast mince and brown well. When the meat is well browned, add a sachet of chilli seasoning, a good shake of Tabasco Chipotle sauce, a tablespoonful of sweet paprika, a can of chopped tomatoes and a can of water. Add the drained, rinsed beans. Cook for about an hour, covered, stirring occasionally until the beans are tender.

Serve with a lot of grated cheese, sour cream and salsa.

21 comments:

Sarah said...

That chili gets a thumbs up from this native Texan! I love the fact that you used turkey instead of ground beef--much healthier! The black beans are a nice addition, too (although beans are a controversial topic in the chili universe--some people insist that true chili does not contain beans, but most recipes call for beans. I personally like the beans).

kat said...

ah there is nothing like a good chili!

Foodycat said...

Thanks Sarah! Good to know. It was low-fat sour cream too.

Kat - it was very tasty!

Sam said...

I've been looking for a good chili recipe, this looks perfect!

Joe Horn said...

It looks great. Did you like it?

Foodycat said...

Sam - it's not much of a recipe, but feel free. I used the Discovery chilli seasoning. And that chipotle tabasco is fantastic!

Joe - loved it!

Joie de vivre said...

That looks so easy and yummy! I've been craving soup now that the weather is turning cold. That looks hearty enough to fit the bill!

Darius T. Williams said...

Looks great - and tis the season fir chilli!

Esi said...

Chili is on my fall list if the weather didn't keep creeping up to 90 degrees I would make this immediately if not sooner!

Teresa Cordero Cordell said...

Hey there foodycat. What's cooking? We love chili in our house, especially at this time of the year. Great recipe, as always.

Natasha said...

This looks delicious! I have been looking for a great non-red meat chilli recipe for a long time. Thanks!

Brittany said...

Mmmmm...it's chili season!! I love any excuse to pile sour cream and cheese on top of my food.

mscrankypants said...

Black turtle beans, hey? Never heard of them and I'm off to hunt some down. Looks lovely, and I can adapt it easily to meatless and pop a little avocado and tomato salsa on top.

PS: gorgeous photo

Peter M said...

Second time I've seen black beans enter chilli and this is a must try for this fall.

The Cat's Mother said...

Are black beans a Delia thing? I have never seen them canned - but at health food stores dried.

What memories of Arizonas...

Dee said...

Ooh, yummy! We had a place here that let you throw peanut shells on the floor. It was such a cheap thrill, but I loved it. So did my five year old, which tells you how mature I am.

HH said...

I love black beans,(and chilli) there is a new-ish mexican place back home called Flying Fajita Sisters which uses black beans everywhere, and they are great! I haven't seen them canned in Australia either, though I have heard you can get them, perhaps from good fruit & veg shops.

noobcook said...

lovely way to spice up the turkey ... it sounds perfect ^^

Kitchen Flavours said...

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hot garlic said...

Joe has a great blog and I saw his chilli creations too! It was hilarious reading about his family not being able to take one more bowl! Looks great!

Foodycat said...

Thanks everyone - I still feel slack that I used packet seasoning! As my mother says - the black turtle beans (as distinct from fermented black soy beans) are something I found out about from Delia Smith. Great colour - a really dark purple - they make everything else glow!

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