Cold January, Hot Chili.

We love food.  But I’ll admit that most of the time our love for food manifests into eating out or ordering in.  NYC provides endless food options that we rarely take the time to cook for ourselves.  However, when we do, it’s great. It’s a wonderful feeling to eat a meal you made yourself and even better to do it with the one you love.

Last night Luke and I made an amazing chili. It started from a recipe online and then we added our own improvised touches. It turned out so well and amazingly delicious that I decided to share our special recipe!


  • 1 lb ground chuck
  • 1 lb ground turkey
  • 1 can cherry tomatoes
  • 1 can tomato sauce
  • 1 can tomato juice
  • 1 can kidney beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 can borlotti beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 can sweet corn, drained and rinsed
  • 1 large chopped onion
  • 1 chopped green bell pepper
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground cayenne pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon white sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground oregano
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons ground cumin
  • 1/4 cup chili powder
  • 2 chipotle peppers in adobo sauce (from a can) chopped


  1. Place ground chuck and turkey in a large, deep skillet. Cook over medium-high heat until evenly brown. Drain, and crumble.
  2. In a large pot combine the beef and turkey, cherry tomatoes, tomato sauce, kidney beans, bortolli beans, corn, onions, bell pepper, chipotle peppers, cayenne pepper, sugar, oregano, ground black pepper, salt, cumin and chili powder.  Then add tomato juice till the chili is at the consistency you desire (note that some liquid will evaporate).  Bring to a boil, then reduce heat to low. Simmer for 1 1/2 hours.

When its ready, serve in your favorite bowl and top with sour cream and cheddar cheese (if you want).  Eat with a spoon or scoop it up with some blue corn chips like we did!

This recipe makes a lot of chili so be prepared to freeze it, share it, or eat it every night.

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