Turkey Green Chili

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One of the ways we can eat more real food is by making it convenient for ourselves. There are different ways to do this, including preparing ingredients beforehand such as stocks or freezing cooked meats. You also could cook the entire meal and freeze it in portions, such as batch cooking. Not only is this more practical with our busy lifestyles, it would also be something that was done even in older periods of history because it’s more efficient. I’m constantly encouraging families to make the healthy food they enjoy eating more convenient so that when you’re hungry, you can reach for food that you prepared that will actually nourish your body instead of filling up with less nutrient dense choices. 

This was an easy meal from my freezer! I had frozen turkey stock and frozen turkey pieces that I combined with the other ingredients and added to the crockpot. 

This recipe can really be made to fit the ingredients you have on hand and the flavors and heat index you’re wanting. There’s a few things that make green chili green chili! You need tomatoes or tomatillos, peppers of some kind, onions, and oregano and cumin. Modify this recipe as you see fit! 

The amount of stock that you use for this recipe is up to you. If you want a thicker, more stew like consistency to eat on it’s own as a meal, use less stock. If you want a thinner soup like consistency or to smother on top of something else, use more stock! The consistency of the green chili did not change with cooking. 

Ingredients

  • 5-8 cups of Turkey Stock
  • 4-6 cups of Cooked Turkey Pieces
  • 2 lb Tomatillos
  • 1 Medium Onion
  • 2 tsp Salt
  • 4-5 Red and Orange Sweet Peppers
  • 2 tsp Dried Oregano
  • 2 tsp Cumin 
  • 5 Garlic Cloves
  • Green Chiles (I used canned hatch chiles)

Directions

Add the turkey stock to a crockpot. Turn the crockpot on.

Chop the meat up into small pieces. Add the turkey pieces to the crockpot.

Remove the peel and rinse the tomatillos. Cut into small pieces and add them to a pot. 

Cut the onion and add to the pot. Add ¼ tsp of salt to the pot to help the mixture cook down. Turn the stove to medium heat and cook the mixture down.

Slice the peppers and deseed them. If you have fresh green chiles, you could add them as well. Roast the peppers. I added them to a cast iron pan on medium high heat to roast and blister slightly on both sides. Once blistered, remove from heat and chop, then add into the pot with the tomatillo mixture.

Finely mince the garlic and add it, along with the spices and another 1 tsp of salt, to the pot of tomatillo mixture.

When cooked down, about 20 minutes, add the tomatillo mixture to the crockpot with the turkey and stock.

If using canned green chiles, add them in now. Stir the mixture together.

Let the mixture cook for several hours to let the flavors meld together.

Serve the green chili on its own, top with avocado and sour cream, or cheese.

Turkey Green Chili

Ingredients
  

  • 5-8 cups of Turkey Stock
  • 4-6 cups of Cooked Turkey Pieces
  • 2 lb Tomatillos
  • 1 Medium Onion
  • 2 tsp Salt
  • 4-5 Red and Orange Sweet Peppers
  • 2 tsp Dried Oregano
  • 2 tsp Cumin
  • 5 Garlic Cloves
  • Green Chiles I used canned hatch chiles

Instructions
 

  • Add the turkey stock to a crockpot. Turn the crockpot on.
  • Chop the meat up into small pieces. Add the turkey pieces to the crockpot.
  • Remove the peel and rinse the tomatillos. Cut into small pieces and add them to a pot.
  • Cut the onion and add to the pot. Add ¼ tsp of salt to the pot to help the mixture cook down. Turn the stove to medium heat and cook the mixture down.
  • Slice the peppers and deseed them. If you have fresh green chiles, you could add them as well. Roast the peppers. I added them to a cast iron pan on medium high heat to roast and blister slightly on both sides. Once blistered, remove from heat and chop, then add into the pot with the tomatillo mixture.
  • Finely mince the garlic and add it, along with the spices and another 1 tsp of salt, to the pot of tomatillo mixture.
  • When cooked down, about 20 minutes, add the tomatillo mixture to the crockpot with the turkey and stock.
  • If using canned green chiles, add them in now. Stir the mixture together.
  • Let the mixture cook for several hours to let the flavors meld together.
  • Serve the green chili on its own, top with avocado and sour cream, or cheese.
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