Chili with Turkey
Chipotle in Adobo Sauce
Chipotle is a dried jalapeno chile that has a slightly sweet, smoky flavor and is available canned in adobo sauce. Goya brand has a 7 oz can that used to be less than $1. Now it's $1.69 for the same size can. There are other brands out there also. Just check to make sure stems etc have been removed. I do think that Goya is the best for quality.
Adobo sauce is a spicy dark-red Mexican paste made from ground chilis, herbs and vinegar. Adobo sauce is rather potent, and the level of spiciness can be changed according to quantity of chipotle pepper and adobo sauce used. To reduce their "heat" remove the veins and seeds from the chilis but be careful not to touch your nose, eyes or mouth after touching the chilis.
This is chili to my taste. Your taste may vary. The amount of heat in this recipe just starts my lips tingling without burning or making my nose run. I don't like food that is hot just for the sake of it without being able to savor the flavor. Increase the heat to your own preference. I puree the entire can (without removing seeds or veins) and freeze puree in one tablespoon quantities in a silicone ice cube tray. Remove from tray and bag for freezer storage.
Method1. Heat oil in pan, add onions and cook over a medium heat until browning.
2. Add garlic and peppers and cook until peppers are softening.
3. Add cumin, cinnamon, paprika, salt and pepper, stir in well and cook for 1-2 minutes.
4. Add cubes of turkey, turn well in spices and cook for 1-2 minutes so meat absorbs spices.
5. Add mustard and pureed chipotles, stir, add tomato sauce, tomato ketchup, water, chicken concentrate, corn, beans and bay leaf.
6. Bring to a boil, turn down to a simmer and simmer, covered, for 30 minutes or until chili is cooked and tasty and turkey is safely reheated. You can also cook the sauce without the turkey for 30 minutes, cool, then add turkey, refrigerate overnight for flavor to develop and then reheat to safe temperature.
7. Taste and adjust seasoning and remove bayleaf.
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