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Turkey Bean Chili *

1 lb. ground turkey (or beef)
1 medium onion, chopped
1 medium green bell pepper, chopped
1 (14.5-oz.) can diced tomatoes
1 (14.5-oz.) can crushed tomatoes
1 (14.5-oz.) can chili beans, undrained
1 (14.5-oz.) can black beans, rinsed and drained
1 (14.5-oz.) can white beans, rinsed and drained
1 (14.5-oz.) can whole kernel corn, drained
1 (2.5-oz.) can diced green chiles
1 tbs. chili powder
1 tsp. cumin
1 tsp. dried oregano
1/4 tsp. cayenne pepper

In a Dutch oven, cook the turkey, onion, and green pepper over medium heat until meat is no longer pink; drain and return to pot. Stir in the remaining ingredients. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 20 minutes. Serve with shredded cheese, sour cream, sliced green onions, tortilla chips, and/or cornbread.

Variations

  1. Use kidney and/or pinto beans in place of the black and/or white beans.
  2. Use condensed tomato soup, stewed tomatoes, or 8 oz. tomato sauce in place of the crushed tomatoes.
  3. Use 1 to 2 tbs. taco seasoning in place of the spices.
  4. Use chunks of chicken breast in place of the ground turkey OR omit turkey and add shrimp during the last 5 minutes of cooking time.