Lunchtime Chili

May 5, 2017

quick chili recipe, lunctime chilie

Nursing makes me hangry. HANGRY. No joke. I know some of you can relate. And it can be sometimes frustrating because half the time, I’m craving granola or something slightly sweet and the other half, I need a heavy dose of protein. It makes for interesting meal and snack planning. Anyway, this past week, I was trying to figure out what I was going to have for lunch. The meal needed to be quick but hearty. I needed to be able to make it between feedings and scarf it down before baby Grace had a meltdown. Soooooo simple (as I say that with a thick layer of sarcasm).

As this was my primary meal for the day, I started going through the pantry, freezer and fridge. I knew what would work and that I could make it in no time. (And with the weather being so rainy/chilly, it made perfect sense.) Thirty minutes to pull together, but in fairness, the ground turkey was already cooked – meal time saver! And it was so good.

Lunchtime Chili

16 oz pinto beans, undrained
16 oz tomato sauce
16 oz diced tomatoes
1/2 cup ground turkey, browned
1 yellow pepper, chopped (any color will do)
4 tablespoons chili powder
2 teaspoons cumin
2 teaspoons onion powder
2 teaspoons garlic powder
salt and pepper to taste

  1. Add the pinto beans, tomato sauce, diced tomatoes, chili powder, cumin, onion powder and garlic powder to a pot. Heat on the stove on medium heat.
  2. Add in chopped pepper and simmer for twenty minutes.
  3. Add in ground turkey and continue to simmer for another ten minutes.
  4. Serve. Add salt and pepper if needed. Top with cheese if you’d like.

And that’s it. It was extremely quick and totally satisfied the craving. I added quite a bit of chili powder, but that is personal preference. The amount could easily be reduced to 2 tablespoons. That’s the thing that I just love about chili – it can be made a million and ten ways. Completely customizable to your taste buds and cravings. Let me know what you put in your chili. Enjoy!

By Ann

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