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  • Writer's pictureRena Alseth

Winter weather calls for a healthy, hearty chili to heat things up!

Wow! It sure was an unpredictable January here in northern Minnesota! It started out relatively mild, we did acquire quite a bit of snow and as the days went on the temperature became colder and colder. That in its self is pretty typical.

Here is where the crazy part starts, as it continued to get colder and colder yet, my husband and I found ourselves talking about how we’d hit a record low by our house, when we saw -40 on the car thermometer a few days back. But as I sit here typing this post, I am flabbergasted to report that yesterday we hit the national news here in Cotton, Minnesota with temperatures reaching -56 below, not including the wind chill! Burr…

Since February tends to be the coldest month here, I think it’s a great month to continue the “hot dish” theme for meals that we had last month! Did you try the pot roast recipe? I hope you enjoyed it as much as we did.

This month I’d like to share my chili recipe! Let’s heat things up and keep it healthy! Happy dinning! Until next month, stay active, healthy, and warm!

Rena’s Chili Recipe

Prep Time: 15-20 minutes

Cook Time: 2-3 hours (low)

Yield: 4 servings (2 each week)


  • 1 tbs extra-virgin olive oil

  • 2 lbs. 93% lean ground turkey burger

  • 2 white onions, chopped

  • 1 large or 2 medium fresh jalapeno(s), seeded and chopped

  • 1 - 4 oz can diced green chilies

  • 1 lbs. fresh sliced button mushrooms

  • 1 3 cloves of fresh garlic, minced

  • 1 - 29 oz can of Italian stewed tomatoes

  • 1 - 29 oz can of whole tomatoes

  • 2 -16 oz cans of red kidney beans

  • 2 – 16 oz cans of black beans

  • 2 – 16 oz cans of chili beans

Chili Seasoning: (seasoning recipe adopted from mybakingaddiction)

  • 4 tbs of chili powder

  • 1 tsp garlic powder

  • 1 tsp onion powder

  • 1 tsp crushed red pepper flakes

  • 1/4 tsp cayenne pepper

  • 1 tsp dried oregano

  • 2 tsp paprika

  • 2 tbs ground cumin

  • 3 tsp sea salt

  • 4 tsp ground black pepper

(keep in an airtight container for up to a year)


Heat Olive Oil in a large pot. Add in turkey burger, onion, and peppers, cook until browned. Add in the mushrooms and minced garlic, cook 1 more minute. Add in tomatoes, beans, and seasoning (enough for your own flavor preference, I use 2 tsp). Simmer on low for 2-3 hours. Beans should be soft, and flavors well melded together.

Check back next month for more healthy recipes!

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