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Chili Contest Winner Announced!

Back in August, when I was all sorts of excited for college football, I am so glad the idea of a chili challenge came to mind. What a blast! Mr. Prevention and I re-sampled each entry which we had stored away in the freezer, and determined the winner.

Thank you to all who submitted chili recipes, they were truly all wonderful!

However, there can only be one winner!

And the winner of the best chili is…Stacey of The Art of Living!

Turkey and Black Bean Chili from The Art of Living

1 Tbsp olive oil
1 large onion, chopped
1 green bell pepper, seeded and chopped
1 red bell pepper, seeded and chopped
4 garlic cloves, minced
1 lb ground skinless turkey
2 (15 oz) can black beans, rinsed and drained*
1 (14 ½ oz) can low-sodium diced tomatoes
1 can tomato sauce
2-3 Tbsp regular chili powder
Ancho chili powder, to taste (about 1 tsp)
Chipotle chili powder, to taste (about 1 tsp)
1-1 ½ Tbsp ground cumin
1 tsp dried oregano
1-2 tsp salt
2% shredded sharp cheddar cheese (2 Tbsp per serving)
fat free low-fat sour cream (1 Tbsp per serving)
sliced scallions, if desired


Heat the oil in a large nonstick saucepan over medium-high heat.  Add the onion, bell pepper, and garlic; cook, stirring occasionally, until softened, about 5 minutes.  Add the turkey and cook, breaking it apart with a wooden spoon, until no longer pink, about 3 minutes.  Stir in the beans, tomatoes, tomato sauce, chili powder, cumin, oregano, and salt; bring to a boil.  Reduce the heat and simmer, covered, until the vegetables are very tender, about 45 minutes.  Taste and adjust seasonings.  Serve with the cheese, sour cream, and scallions. Serves 6 with cheese, sour cream, and scallions.

Nutrition Information (per serving): 406 calories; 13.8 g. fat; 79 mg. cholesterol; 1056 mg. sodium*; 43 g. carbohydrate; 10 g. sugar; 14.5 g. fiber; 32.8 g. protein

*Rinsing and draining canned beans eliminates ~41% of the sodium

In week 5 of the college football season, I made Stacey’s chili. Two girlfriends of mine were in town that weekend and they both gobbled it up. One of those friends happens to be the poster child for the anti-vegetable movement ;), so I think that is quite the compliment to this recipe. I also love that the chili meat was ground turkey because it is exceptionally low in calories and fat. The fiber content was also higher than most other chili recipes at nearly 15 grams per serving! 😀

In a close second was a most unique chili that blended chili and Italian soup called Six Pack Pepper Chili from Our Italian Kitchen. Delicious!

I recommend both of these recipes to wow a chili-loving crowd!

Thank you to all who participated! I hope to do this again next year, and hopefully my Fighting Illini can pull out a winning season…!

Chili love,

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  1. December 5, 2010 / 9:11 am

    Congrats to the winner, and fantastic work on making all of those chili entries.

  2. December 5, 2010 / 9:32 am

    It was so much fun to follow along and see all the different bowls of chili you tried! I think the winning recipe sounds fabulous–can’t wait to try it sometime!

  3. December 5, 2010 / 12:40 pm

    You’ve certainly eaten a lot of chili over the past few weeks. Not a bad food to do a contest with!! Congrats to the winner!

  4. December 5, 2010 / 2:02 pm

    Yes, really Nicole I can’t believe how much work you put into that contest, and I really enjoyed following it! Applause to you for you labor!

    And congrats to the winner! I was lookign at the recipe to see what might make it extra special, and I think maybe the ancho and chipotle powder…. I will look for those. I have a turkey and black bean chili recipe but have been wanting to make a vegetarian black bean one. Especially with my new Meatless Monday month coming up!


  5. December 5, 2010 / 4:18 pm

    HURRAY!!! I WON!!! I’m very very glad you enjoyed the recipe so much–I love it! There’s so much you can do with it too. :0) Thank you, Nicole, for taking my recipe (and giving me the nutrition stats–saves me the time). To me, it is the ancho chili powder that really makes it something special.

  6. December 5, 2010 / 5:15 pm

    Wow….that chili looks SOOO good! Congrats to the winner!

  7. December 5, 2010 / 6:59 pm

    Ok just got back from the store(s) and I am now in the posession of both ancho and chipotle powder after some hunting! Fire up the black beans and get me some Beano!


  8. December 5, 2010 / 7:05 pm

    Congrats to the winner! This chili looks delicious. I also love that turkey was included in this recipe..such a great alternative to beef.

  9. Sara
    October 22, 2011 / 7:34 am

    Hi, I can’t wait to try the Turkey and Black Bean Chili! The recipe calls for 1 can tomato sauce… is this 8-oz or 15-oz can?

    • Nicole
      October 22, 2011 / 7:41 am

      8 ounce, sorry! I’ve been meaning to fix that…thanks for the reminder ๐Ÿ™‚

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