Buffalo Turkey Chili - The Surznick Common Room

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Buffalo Turkey Chili

 Buffalo. Turkey. Chili. This is a recipe that you are going to want to keep on your meal rotation because it is the bomb dot com. And I'm not just saying that because you melt blue cheese on tortilla chips and use them in place of spoons (but that might have something to do with it).

At my previous job, we were in a constant state of having dessert days, pot luck lunches, soup & salad days, etc., so this resulted in a lot of exchanging recipes around the office. One day my coworker told me, "I like to make buffalo turkey chili and eat it with tortilla chips melted with blue cheese" and my heart skipped a beat at hearing the words "blue cheese" because I am a blue cheese addict. I ended up making the chili for dinner that night.

Blue cheese aside, this meal is delicious. It's one of our favorite things to make when we have company because chances are, they've never heard of it but are sure to like it.

Here's what you need!
- 1 tbsp. olive oil
- 2 tbsp. butter
- 1-1.5 lbs. ground turkey (the package we purchased is 1.2 lbs.)
- 1 cup chopped carrots
- 1/2 onion, chopped
- 2-3 cloves pressed garlic
- 1 tbsp. paprika
- 1-2 crushed bay leaves
- salt and pepper to taste
- 2 cups chicken stock
- 1/3 cup hot sauce
- 15 oz. tomato sauce
- 15 oz. diced tomatoes

Optional (...for some, mandatory for me):
- tortilla chips
- blue cheese

Here's what you do!
- Add olive oil and butter to a large pot over medium heat. Once melted, add turkey and brown.
- Stir in carrots, onion, garlic, paprika, bay leaves, salt, and pepper. Cook 3-4 minutes.
- Add chicken stock, hot sauce, tomato sauce, and diced tomatoes. Simmer 15-20 minutes, stirring occasionally.
- While chili is simmering, spread tortilla chips flat on a cookie sheet and sprinkle with blue cheese. Warm in oven until cheese is melted.

Like any other chili, this meal is completely customizable. You could add or substitute other veggies and vegetable stock in place of the turkey and chicken stock for a great vegetarian option. Or ramp up your hot sauce for an extra kick! Be sure to try this easy meal and let us know what you think!

Sarah & Nick
Sorry, we're not food photographers.


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