Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Winter Soup: Turkey Chocolate Chili

Lisa's here! Lisa's here! Lisa's here!

If you know Lisa Marotta or read her blog, you are as excited as I am that she came by our virtual potluck today. She's so much fun. She interjects happiness into everything.

Even chili.

She puts chocolate in her chili.

Dr. Lisa Marotta aka The Feelings Doctor
Turkey Chocolate Chili!  (Crockpot)
I adapted this Weight Watchers recipe to fit the tastes of my family and hope you will like its unusual combination of flavors--it smells and tastes so good!
Serves 6                                               5 points plus value (more if you like more cheddar on top)
15 minutes preparation                       Crockpot for 4 hours on high

Check out Lisa's flying pig!

Olive Oil
1 pound uncooked ground turkey breast
1 medium onion, chopped
2 cloves garlic, minced (or 1 teaspoon of pre-minced garlic)
1 teaspoon chili powder (or more to taste)
½ teaspoon ground cinnamon

28 oz original Rotelle with green chilis
¼ Cup water
½ teaspoon table salt
¼ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
12 oz semisweet chocolate, chopped (1 square of Ghiardelli’s semisweet chocolate bar)
Shredded Cheddar Cheese
Sliced green onions with tops

In a skillet heat the oil, add the turkey and cook, breaking up the meat until it browns.  Add the onion, garlic, chili powder, and cinnamon.  Cook, stirring occasionally until it smells so good you want to nibble (use your will power!) and the onions begin to soften. 

Transfer to your favorite Crockpot and add the Rotelle, water, salt, and black pepper.  Turn up to high for 4 hours and take a break.  Your Crockpot is going to finish the cooking for you while you choose your own adventure (read, nap, make snow angels, chat with friends/family . . . just get out of the kitchen).

In the last 15 minutes of cooking stir in the square of chocolate.  This smoothes the texture and adds another layer of flavoring.

Turkey Chocolate Chili
Magical Meal Suggestion: The Marottas serve Turkey Chocolate Chili in bowls topped with a sprinkling of cheddar cheese and green onions, with a fresh side salad and warm French bread.  We hope you like the combination of spicy and sweet.

P.S. Left-over chocolate squares make a tasty just right dessert!

If you like this recipe, check out the pasta salad Lisa brought to our last potluck.

Also, I have to include this photo...because I love it...

Those certificates behind her are winning writings of Lisa and her friends.
...and also because it reminds me of what Lisa is doing each Monday on her blog. I love reading her Mindfulness Mondays. It's always a short post and it always makes me feel good.


  1. PERFECT! I will make this when Michelle comes to visit. Yay!

  2. In my cupboard is a bar of semi-sweet chocolate we received for Christmas that is just screaming for me to stir it into a pot of chili!

  3. If it tastes as good as it looks, I'm in!

  4. Love it! I have a pork roast recipe that calls for cocoa powder & it's divine--this sounds even diviner! :)

  5. Thanks for featuring my go-to Chili recipe. Hope we have seen the end of the COLD weather tho!

  6. Thank you for visit, Lisa--and everyone else. It's March in Oklahoma, so I expect a warm teaser followed by another cold/snow/ice storm...probably long enough to thoroughly enjoy this bowl of spicy chocolate goodness.