Every clean eater should have a tried-and-true chili recipe in his or her culinary arsenal. We’ve added chipotle peppers and tomatillos for a fresh take on the old family favorite. With just 15 minutes of advance prep, you can leave the kitchen for the afternoon and return to a delicious home-cooked meal. This chili can be made ahead and stored in a resealable container in the freezer for up to 1 month.
1½ lb fresh tomatillos, husk discarded and skin rinsed
1 bay leaf
1 tsp ground cumin
1 cup fresh cilantro leaves, roughly chopped
4 cups cooked or BPA-free-canned cannellini beans
1 cup fresh or frozen corn kernels
Sea salt and ground black pepper, to taste
1 cup cheddar cheese, grated, or 1 cup sour cream, for garnish, optional
Soak chipotle peppers in 1/2 cup boiling water until softened, about 15 minutes. Cut chipotle peppers in half and remove and discard seeds and stems. Reserve soaking liquid, roughly chop chipotle peppers and set aside.
Meanwhile, in a nonstick pan, heat oil on medium-high. Add turkey and onion and cook, stirring with a wooden spoon, until all meat is broken into small pieces and cooked through, about 5 minutes. Drain and discard fat and transfer turkey mixture to slow cooker.
Blend garlic, chopped chipotle peppers and 1/4 cup reserved soaking water in a blender until finely chopped. Add tomatillos and remaining soaking water and blend until smooth. Pour into slow cooker, add bay leaf and cumin and stir until thoroughly combined. Cover slow cooker and cook on low heat for 4 hours.
Fifteen minutes before serving, place cilantro and 1/2 cup cold water in blender and purée until finely chopped. Stir into chili mixture. Add beans and corn, cover slow cooker and continue to cook for another 15 minutes. Season with salt and black pepper. Serve chili garnished with grated cheese or sour cream (if using).
The rich, deep flavor of braised beef is a perfect match for the subtle, sweet smokiness of ancho chiles. These melt- in-your-mouth tacos serve a crowd and can be made ahead – they’re tailor-made for a taco party!