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Author Notes: Tomatillo turkey chili with smoky chipotle, poblano and jalapeno peppers has deep flavor and subtle spice. Make it in less than 2 hours. —garlic and zest
for the chili:
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 1 large onion, diced
- 2 stalks celery, diced
- 3 cloves garlic, minced
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 2 tablespoons ground cumin
- 1 teaspoon ground adobo seasoning
- 1 teaspoon ancho chili powder
- 2 pounds ground turkey
- 2 bay leaves
- 2 teaspoons dried oregano
- 1 pound tomatillos
- 1 chipotle pepper in adobo sauce
- 1 1/2 cups low-sodium chicken broth
- 1/2 green bell pepper, seeded and diced
- 1 poblano pepper, seeded and diced
- 1 jalapeño pepper, seeded and diced
- 1 4 ounce can green chilis
- 1 15 ounce can great northern beans, rinsed and drained
- 1 cup chopped cilantro + more for garnish
- 1 tablespoon cornmeal
- salt and pepper to taste
- monterey jack or cheddar cheese, shredded
- diced avocado
- sour cream
- thinly sliced green onions
- tortilla chips or fritos
- hot sauce
- sliced jalapeños
- In a large dutch oven heat olive oil over medium high heat. Add onions, celery, garlic and salt. Stir and cook for 3-4 minutes until vegetables are softened and fragrant. Stir in cumin, adobo, chili powder and cook for an additional minute.
- Add ground turkey, breaking up lumps with the back of a wooden spoon. Brown the turkey while incorporating it into the vegetables. Add oregano and bay leaves, continue to simmer for 5 minutes.
- While turkey is simmering, place tomatillos, chipotle pepper (and a teaspoon of sauce from the canned peppers if desired) into the bowl of a blender or food processor. Add chicken broth and blend to the consistency of a salsa.
- Pour tomatillo mixture into the turkey and stir. Add bell pepper, poblano, jalapeño and can of green chilies and stir. Bring mixture to a boil. Place lid on the pot so that it's mostly covered but steam can still escape. Reduce heat to a simmer and cook for one hour, stirring occasionally.
- Stir in beans and cornmeal. Simmer 5 minutes. Stir in cilantro. Check for seasoning, adding salt, pepper or more spice if desired.
- Ladle chili into bowls and serve with optional accompaniments.