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Frugal Recipe: Chili to Warm Your Soul

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By Marissa Bognanno, The Frugal Diet contributing Chef, Zumba Instructor, & Author of "The Boot" Blog

Have you seen that epic episode of the Simpsons when Homer eats the atomic pepper and goes tripping literally and figuratively into the desert? You should if you haven’t, the animation is so awesome for the 90’s. Anyway, before eating the pepper he goes to the town’s chili cook off. While we were watching the scene (dubbed into Italian of course) Manu asked, “What’s chili?” And I couldn’t not make it right then and there. Plus we already had everything, even the beer. Homer would be proud.

[rainy day. perfect for chili]

[This recipe is a combination of ones I had in my little recipe folder] 

2 tablespoons olive oil
1 medium onion chopped
1  garlic clove, minced
1  pound  coarsely ground turkey breast
1  (12-ounce) can beer (such as Budweiser)
3  tablespoons  chili powder
1  teaspoon  Worcestershire sauce
1/2  teaspoon salt
1/4  teaspoon ground cumin
1  (14 1/2-ounce) can diced tomatoes, undrained
1  (8-ounce) can crushed tomatoes
1  (15-ounce) can pinto beans, rinsed and drained
1/2  cup  (2 ounces) reduced-fat shredded cheddar cheese and sour cream for garnish
- Heat oil in a large stock pot and add onion. Cook covered about 5 minutes until the onion is tender but not brown. Add the turkey breast and cook about 5 minutes. Add the beer and stir until liquid is almost absorbed, 5 minutes more. Stir in spices and both cans of tomatoes. 
- Cover, reduce heat, and simmer for 30 minutes or until mixture thickens. Stir in beans and cook 10 minutes or until thoroughly heated. Top each serving with cheese and a dollop of the sour cream.

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