after (inadvertently) taking a year and half off from posting, i’ve apparently decided that i will return with a recipe for a turkey tomatillo chili that serves a good size crowd at a time when many of us are cooking for smaller numbers. oh, and did i mention that it looks a bit like dog food? yes, that sounds about right. all i can say is we know this must be some really good soup, because it’s not going to win any beauty or seo (search engine optimization, aka giving the people what they want) contests.
sure, you could cut the recipe down, but i recommend you don’t, because once you’ve tasted this tomatillo turkey chili, you’re going to be looking forward to eating all of the leftovers and not just because it means you don’t have to cook on a busy weeknight (though that’s undoubtedly a bonus).
i came across the original version of this turkey chili with white beans and tomatillos listening to the audio version of ruth reichl’s save me the plums: my gourmet memoir (affiliate link). while listening to reichl read the recipe aloud while out on a walk in the dark on a cold november night was not the most inspiring moment of my life, something about it caught my attention because i decided i wanted to try the recipe.
all set to sit down and transcribe the recipe from the audio book, i remembered something. the internet. i remembered the internet AND, more specifically, that it probably already contained this recipe in written form.
6 seconds later, i was set to go, adding ingredients to the grocery list. thank you, internet.
when i set about to make the recipe and actually read it carefully (hey, i never said i excelled at reading the whole recipe through before diving in), i noticed that it was a bit, um, fussy.
if i may be so bold as to say, it read like a recipe written by someone not entirely transitioned back into washing all of her own dishes. i mean no disrespect, but why are we getting out a skillet to toast cumin seeds when the heavy bottom stock pot we’re about to use can do that ably? because washing pans is fun? even by standards of fun lowered by 2020, getting extra dishes dirty is nowhere on the fun spectrum. i won’t belabor the point but know that i’ve saved us washing several different pots and pans as well as a few bowls.
with that, let’s leave the skillet in the cabinet and get on with making turkey tomatillo chili!
other turkey chili recipes
ps – if you’re looking for a more traditional turkey chili, i have a slow cooker turkey chili for you. i also have a salsa verde turkey chili, but really, make this turkey tomatillo chili – it’s my new favorite!
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