Jalapeno Turkey Burgers

I came up with this idea for turkey burgers while I was driving home from work. It’s simple and easy to put together. There’s no real measurements for any of the ingredients. That’s one of the things I do love about cooking. You can play around with ingredients and add a little bit of this or a little bit of that. Just eye it and try it.The burgers came out juicy and very tasty and had a little spice to them.

INGREDIENTS

1 pound ground turkey

1/2 of a medium-sized red bell pepper, chopped finely

2 medium-sized jalapenos (1 seeded, 1 with seeds), chopped finely

1 egg

3-4 dashes Worcestershire sauce

fresh ground black pepper and sea salt for seasoning

1/4 cup shredded Pepper Jack or Monterey Jack Cheese

DIRECTIONS

1. Combine all ingredients in a bowl until well blended. Shape into 4-5 patties.

2. Grill until done. About 8-10 minutes per side (depends on thickness of burgers and the heat of your grill)

 

30 Minute Turkey Chili

It’s officially getting colder  in the Bay Area. Soon the sun will be gone and we’ll get days of rain and windy weather (the temperature will remain at low 40s and 50s at the most). For Californians, that’s cold (and I grew up in Minnesota, so go figure…), but yes, these days it will be colder, which means I need warm comfort food. A few Saturdays ago I made my quick 30 minute Turkey Chili. This is one of my favorite meals to make during the fall/winter season. I make it 2-3 times during the year. Our favorite thing to eat with the chili is sprinkling some shredded cheddar cheese on top and using Fritos Scoops as our eating utensil. This recipe is quick and easy and has so much flavor. Enjoy and bon appetit!

INGREDIENTS

1 ½  teaspoons olive oil

1 pound ground turkey

1 medium or large onion, chopped

2 cups water

1 can (28 oz.) crushed tomatoes

1 can (16 oz.) black beans (or kidney beans) – up to you

1 tablespoon garlic, minced

2 tablespoons chili powder

½ teaspoon paprika

½ teaspoon oregano

½ teaspoon cayenne

½ teaspoon cumin

½ teaspoon salt

½ teaspoon black pepper

1. Heat oil in medium-large pot on medium heat. Cook turkey in pot until brown. (You won’t need to drain oil since turkey is very lean)

2. Add onions and cook until tender (about 4-5 minutes)

3. Pour water into pot. Mix in tomatoes, beans, and garlic. And all spices and herbs (I usually add all the spices into a small mixing bowl – see the picture below – aren’t the colors beautiful?)

4. Bring chili to a boil, reduce heat to low, cover and simmer for 30 minutes.

Feel free to make this chili for a football game or on a cold and dreary night. It is a winner. Enjoy it with your favorite chili condiments. It’s so easy to make and so good!