Happy Fat Tuesday!
Have you been to Mardi Gras or New Orleans?
I went to New Orleans in college when the Illini played in the Sugar Bowl. Now remember, I was a sophomore in college, took a bus down with all of my friends to watch the game, and then celebrated New Years Eve. Needless to say, there was a lot of time spent on Bourbon Street drinking hurricanes.
If I went today we would be talking about a whole different trip. I am sure I would still end up on Bourbon Street at some point, but there would be a lot more time spent listening to live music (I want to go to Jazz Fest so bad) and eating all of that awesome Cajun & Creole Food. I am a big fan of the spice and flavors used in their cooking.
Cajun Green Chili is hearty and has wonderful Cajun flavors mixed in. It is a perfect chili to whip up on Fat Tuesday to accompany a good beer and even better company.
This chili mixes tomatillos, ground turkey, vegetables, a bottle of beer and a little Cajun spice. Great combo, right?
Grab a bowl of this chili, put on your colorful beads and celebrate the Cajun flavor of New Orleans.
- 1 onion, diced
- 7 garlic cloves, minced
- 2 celery stalks, diced
- 1 Tbsp. Herbs de Provence
- 1 tsp. cumin
- 3 tsp. cajun spice
- 1 lb. ground turkey
- 1 16oz can of white beans, canned and drained (great northern is what I use)
- 6 tomatillos, husked, rinsed and chopped
- ½ green pepper, chopped
- ½ red pepper, chopped
- 8oz canned tomatoes (diced or stewed work)
- 1 4oz can green chilies with juice
- ½ cup chicken stock
- ¼ of a lime, squeezed into chili for flavor
- ¼ cup of cilantro, chopped (more for garnish)
- 1 Jalapeno, seeds removed and chopped
- 1 Mexican style beer (I used Corona)
- Shredded cheese for garnish
- Heat large dutch oven or pot to medium high heat.
- Add onion, celery, garlic and olive oil and saute until lightly browned.
- Add Herbs de Provence, Cajun spice and cumin with ground turkey and cook, while stirring over high heat and make sure turkey is cooked through (about 10 minutes).
- Add remaining ingredients and simmer for 20 minutes to blend flavors.
- Taste and add salt and pepper as needed and additional spice as need.
- Serve in a big bowl topped with shredded cheese, cilantro and green onion (optional).
Inspired by Dave from Dave’s Specialty Foods
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