Taste-Kickin’ Chicken Chili



Isn’t it interesting how our food tastes change with the weather?  It’s been cool and rainy here the last few days, and that gives me a taste for cold weather foods. 

One of our favorites is chili.  So, inspired by Karen who gave a wonderful lasagna recipe using ground turkey, I revised our chili recipe a little and came up with something we love and is, hopefully, a little bit better for us.  I hope you like it too.

Taste-Kickin’ Chicken Chili

1 C. chopped onion

1 ½ Tablespoons minced garlic (from the jar), or 4 cloves of garlic, minced

Olive oil

20 oz. ground chicken or turkey (I use turkey)

½ lb. ground sirloin

3/4 of a Jar of Tomato and Basil Pasta Sauce (I use Bertelli’s)

15 oz. chicken broth, low sodium

15 oz. diced low-salt tomatoes, not drained

2 cans beans, drained  (I use dark red kidney beans)

4 T. chili powder

2 t. sugar

Hot sauce, to taste (I use about a tablespoon)

Salt and pepper to taste. (I use low sodium products where I can, so that I can control the salt.) 


Saute’ onion and garlic in olive oil, in a large pot.  When onion is translucent, add ground meats.  As the meats brown, chop with the spoon to eliminate large chunks.  Add rest of ingredients.  Salt and pepper to taste.


Can be eaten as soon as it is hot, but it just gets better the more it is cooked.  So, leftovers are wonderful!

 BTW, my favorite crackers to eat with it are the Cracked Pepper and Olive Oil Triscuits.

It definitely takes the chill out of your bones, especially if you add sliced hot peppers with a little of their juice!

9 Responses to Taste-Kickin’ Chicken Chili

  1. Beth says:

    Can I come over for dinner?

  2. Sandra says:

    Leave now. I leave the porch light on. 🙂

  3. Bakerious says:

    You should try adding some cashews and semi-sweet chocoalte to the chicken chili, it really adds a nice depth and texture.

  4. Miz Booshay says:

    This looks great!!! I may have to try this!!!

  5. Sandra says:

    Miz Booshay — We were really surprised at how much we liked it! I’m tempted to leave the 1/2 lb. of sirloin out of it next time, but I’m afraid the taste would suffer without SOME beef.

  6. i don’t know how it tastes, but it LOOKS delish! printing this one off!

  7. Sandra says:

    I hope you enjoy it, Ashley. We love it!

  8. Melothyryan says:

    I’ve been looking for some good recipes lately and this one makes the cut! Thanks!

  9. Sandra says:

    Melothyryan — I hope you like it as much as we do! 🙂

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: