Chipotle Turkey Chili

* – Another simple yummy Trader Joe’s recipe

INGREDIENTS

1 tablespoon olive oil
1 medium onion chopped
1 (1.3-pound) package ground turkey
1 teaspoon ground cumin
1 (28-ounce) can diced tomatoes
1 (15-ounce) can black beans or kidney beans
3/4 cup refried black or pinto beans (use entire can for thicker chili)
1/2 cup chipotle salsa
2 tablespoons barbeque sauce
Sour cream and/or fancy shredded Mexican blend cheese (optional)

DIRECTIONS

1. Heat olive oil in a medium saucepan over medium heat. Cook onions 5 minutes. Add ground turkey and cook until brown, breaking it up as it cooks. Add ground cumin and cook 1 minute longer.

2. Add remaining ingredients. Stir refried beans into chili until dissolved. When chili comes to a boil, lower heat and simmer for 10 minutes.

3. Garnish with sour cream and/or cheese.

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