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5 steps to easy, homemade chili

Follow these five steps to easy, homemade chili.

FARGO -- As a busy working mom, it can be a challenge to come up with dinner ideas that are both tasty and healthy.

This chili recipe covers both and it's easy too.

Here are five steps for easy, homemade chili:

Sauté garlic

First, sauté about one tablespoon of minced garlic in olive oil in the bottom of a soup pot. You can also add chopped onions if your kids will eat them. (Mine won't.)

Brown ground turkey

Next, add a pound of ground turkey to the garlic (and onions) and brown with salt, pepper and chili powder. I usually add about 1 to 2 teaspoons of chili powder, but we don't like our chili overly spicy. Use more if you like hotter chili. You can also add onion powder if you did not sauté onions with your garlic.

Open some cans

Once the turkey is browned, add two 15-ounce cans of tomato sauce. Then add two 15-ounce cans of kidney beans thoroughly rinsed. I like to use one can of dark red beans and one can of light red beans for variety.

The secret ingredient

Add 8 to 12 ounces of your favorite salsa. I typically use homemade salsa we can in the fall. It's a good way to use up the salsa and add some pizazz to the chili. I've also used store-bought salsa and it tastes good that way too. I purée the salsa before adding it to the chili so my daughter can't find chunks of onions and tomatoes to pick out.


Bring to a boil, reduce heat and simmer on medium low for at least 20 minutes, stirring occasionally. If you have time, let it simmer up to an hour. The longer it simmers, the better it will taste.