Monday, March 2, 2009

Turkey Chili & Cornbread w/butter & honey sauce

This dinner is so simple and yummy!
Kids love it!
For the cornbread, we use Trader Joe's cornbread mix, and it takes a 35-40 minutes to bake, so we started there. Preheat your oven to 350.
Cornbread ingredients
Trader Joe's Cornbread Mix
1 egg
1/2 cup milk
1/3 cup vegetable oil
(we prefer olive oil)
Mix the egg, milk & oil together
pour in the mix

blend just until moistened ..... be sure not to over mix...
Pour into buttered 8x8 pan & bake @ 350 for 35-40 minutes
Once you have the cornbread in the oven, start with the chili

Turkey Chili Ingredients
1 lb. extra lean ground turkey breast
1 onion, chopped
2 cups peppers, sliced or chopped
(we like to use Trader Joe's Melange a Trois frozen peppers)
2 cloves garlic, minced
2 - 15oz cans beans, rinsed & drained
(1 red kidney and 1 whole pinto make it really delicious)
1 - 16oz can recipe-style stewed tomatoes (with juices)
1 cup salsa
1 Tablespoon ground cumin
2 teaspoons chili powder
Lightly coat bottom of soup kettle with olive oil (or use non-stick spray). Add onions, peppers & garlic. Over medium-high heat, saute until onions are translucent.
Add turkey. Cook until turkey is no longer pink....stirring frequently.
Add remaining ingredients. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat, cover & simmer for 20-30 minutes to blend flavors.

While the easy chili is simmering & blending flavors, you can put together the garnishments for the cornbread & chili toppings.

Butter & Honey Sauce
For enough sauce for the entire pan of cornbread
1/2 cup butter (1 stick)
1/2-3/4 cup honey
melt butter in microwave for 60-90 seconds
add honey & whisk together
Toppings for the chili
shredded cheddar cheese
(we use low-fat)
plain whole yogurt
(substitute sour cream, if you prefer)

Drizzle the butter/honey sauce over a slice of the cornbread.
Top the chili with garnishments.


  1. Uh YUM!!! That cornbread looks DIVINE!!! We are huge chili fanatics in this house. I am going to try this one out for sure. I just made a fantastic chili recipe I found on this lady's has chipotle peppers in it. I LOVES me some have to try's amazing!

  2. sure....I'll try it! I love chipotle too....where's the blog?

  3. I love this!! I have some ground turkey right now too! I will have to try it!

  4. let me know what you think of it when you taste it, Shauna, k?

  5. I'm not much a chili girl, but I love cornbread!! Mmmm with butter and honey.

  6. Goodness, that looks so good. Going to write it down so I can try it next week....YUMMERS!


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