"I was collecting recipes for some of my favorite childhood meals from my mom when I found directions for a wonderful basic chili. My husband and I enjoy lots of vegetables and cooking with turkey, so we just modified the recipe according to our tastes. We also like a lot of spice, so we added chili powder. Other veggies may be substituted--cabbage and mushrooms are both very good." --CL Reader
Heat a large Dutch oven over medium heat. Add first 5 ingredients; cook 5 minutes or until turkey is browned, stirring to crumble. Stir in chili powder and the next 8 ingredients (chili powder through tomato sauce), and bring to a boil. Cover, reduce heat, and simmer for 1 hour, stirring occasionally. Sprinkle with cheese and chopped onion.
Good chili recipe, but not spicy as the name would have you believe. I don't like carrots so I skip them and add more zucchini. I also add some chipotle chili pepper and serve it topped with sliced jalapenos and some hot sauce for more heat. I always make a double batch because it freezes so well. Good served over white rice (TX style) and with corn bread.
Didn't miss the beef at all! Standout recipe that got raves from my young adult sons. Served with it a green salad w/onion, cucumber, olives, and dried cranberries, parmesan dressing, crusty bread WOW.