When craving some comfort food but want a
healthier option make a Chili Dog with Turkey Chili. The flavor is all there in this rustic mouth-watering Chili Dog.
But I must confess today's Chili Dog wasn't made with Turkey Chili because it's healthier, but because I made too much Chili :)
Many people don't eat Chili Dogs because they tend to be messy, but in my opinion the best foods are.
FOR TURKEY CHILI
500 grams ground turkey
2 large onions, peeled, sliced
1 green bell pepper, cored, sliced
1 red bell pepper, cored, sliced
1 yellow bell pepper, cored, sliced
1 orange bell pepper, cored, sliced
1 jalapeño, sliced
4 cloves of garlic, peeled, sliced
1 stick of celery, sliced
10 Campari tomatoes, cut in four
10 cherry tomatoes, cut in half
1 large can of diced tomatoes (I used Italian spiced tomatoes)
1 tsp chipotle pepper flakes (use chili flakes if you don't have chipotle flakes)
1 tsp cumin
1 large table spoon of chili powder (use your favorite)
tbsp of good red paprika powder
1 can of corn, rinsed
2 cans of kidney beans, rinsed
1 small can of tomato paste
1 small can of tomato juice
2 tbsp of extra virgin olive oil (or chipotle oil)
1 tsp garlic Mrs. Dash (salt free seasoning mix)
about 3 tbsp of chopped cilantro
Place oil and ground turkey in a non-stick pot, brown for about 15-20 minutes. Add Everything "except" the chili powder, red paprika powder, tomato paste, tomato juice, canned diced tomatoes, beans and corn.
Stir well and sauté for about 15-20 minutes, then add the chili powder, red paprika powder, rinsed beans, rinsed corn, diced tomato (with liquid), tomato juice and tomato paste. Cook until almost all the liquid is gone.
FOR CHILI DOG (for 4)
4 large wieners (use your favorite hot dog) grilled or pan-fried
1 red onion, peeled, sliced
1/2 cup of pickled banana peppers
3 tbsp of chili per hot dog
4 large hot dog or sausage buns (use your favorite)
Place a little chili in the bottom of the bun, add grilled hot-dog, cover with chili, onion slices and 4-5 pickled banana peppers. You may also add some shredded cheddar or Monterrey Jack cheese.