Smoked Turkey Black Bean Chili

The problem with three-ingredient recipes is one of them almost always includes something maintainers can’t eat — for some it’s carbs, for others it’s saturated fat. Though Rozanne Gold proved this concept wrong with the masterful “Low Carb 1-2-3,” bear in mind Rozanne Gold’s a culinary genius — her recipes could be three ingredients due to the plethora of advanced preparation techniques.

You don’t need to be One of the Chosen Few to make healthful eating interesting. The tradeoff for three-ingredient simplicity is the depth from multi-ingredients. Learning to embrace juggling many ingredients allows for tremendous flavor with little nutritional impact — the sum is greater than the parts. This chili recipe is an excellent starting point for overcoming any reservations for long recipes.

Serves 6-8

2 tablespoons olive oil
2 cups chopped red onion
2 tablespoons roasted or fresh garlic
1 teaspoon cumin
1 tablespoon chili powder
1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
2 tablespoons Chili-Cocoa Mix
1 red bell pepper, diced
1 chipotle pepper and 1 teaspoon abobo sauce, or 1/8 teaspoon chipotle mix
2 pounds ground turkey
2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar, more to taste
1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
3 cups low-sodium chicken broth
1/2 cup dried cranberries
2 1/2 cans black beans, rinsed
approx. 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
approx. 1/8 teaspoon black pepper
honey or agave nectar, to taste
Red Grape and Avocado Salad, for garnish

Heat stock pot with olive oil; saute onions, garlic, spices and pepper until onions are soft, about 2-4 minutes.  Add chipotle pepper and sauce.  Mash chipotle pepper with the back of a spoon and add to pot.  Add turkey and heat until cooked through, stirring occasionally.
Deglaze pot with apple cider vinegar and Worcestershire and add chicken broth, dried cranberries and beans and bring to a boil and reduce heat to a simmer.  Stir occasionally for 45 minutes.  Add salt and pepper to taste.  Because dried cranberries’ sweetness may vary, add a small amount of honey to balance the dish’s flavors if cranberries don’t supply enough sweetness.  Garnish with a dollop of Red Grape and Avocado Salad.

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