Try traditional favorites with ground turkey

Ground turkey is a tasty and healthy alternative to ground beef, and perfect for flavorful recipes like chili and meatloaf.

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Simple Turkey Chili

1 teaspoon olive oil
1 pound ground turkey
1 onion, chopped
2 cups water
1 28-ounce can canned crushed tomatoes
1 16-ounce can canned kidney beans, drained and rinsed
1 tablespoon garlic, minced
2 tablespoons chili powder
1/2 teaspoon paprika
1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
1/2 teaspoon ground cayenne pepper
1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
1/4 teaspoon salt

In a large pot over medium heat, heat the oil. Place turkey in the pot; cook until evenly brown. Stir in onion; cook until tender. Pour water into the pot. Mix in tomatoes, kidney beans, and garlic. Add chili powder, paprika, oregano, cayenne pepper, cumin, pepper, and salt. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat to low, cover, and simmer 30 minutes. Makes 8 servings.

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Turkey Cheeseburger Meatloaf

1 teaspoon canola oil
6 to 8 slices turkey bacon
1 pound extra lean ground turkey
1 cup shredded Cheddar cheese
1 egg
1/2 small onion, diced
1 slice French bread, crumbled, or 1/4 cup bread crumbs
2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
2 teaspoons garlic powder
1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
1/4 cup ketchup
2 tablespoons prepared yellow mustard
1-1/2 tablespoons lightly packed brown sugar

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Lightly grease a 9×13-inch baking dish; set aside. In a large skillet over medium heat, heat oil. Add turkey bacon and cook until browned and crisp, about 5 minutes per side. Drain bacon on paper towels; crumble when cool. Mix cooked bacon with ground turkey, Cheddar cheese, egg, onion, crumbled French bread, Worcestershire sauce, garlic powder, and black pepper; turn the turkey meatloaf mixture into prepared baking dish and form into a loaf shape in the middle of the dish.
In a medium bowl, mix ketchup, yellow mustard, and brown sugar, stirring to dissolve brown sugar. Spread the mixture over the turkey loaf. Bake the turkey loaf in the preheated oven until the juices run clear, loaf is no longer pink in the middle, and an instant-read meat thermometer inserted into the thickest part of the loaf reads at least 160 degrees, about 45 minutes to 1 hour. Makes 6 servings.

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Pantry Pointers

To make ground turkey crumbles, place a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add ground turkey and separate into crumbles. Cook until no longer pink, about 5 to 8 minutes.

Published the week of February 25, 2013

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