My Grandma Ruth loved me.She would tell me she loved me with a kiss on my cheek and a simple “I love you, dear”.
And she would show me she loved me….
By cutting the crust off my sandwiches at lunch (on white Wonder Bread of course)
And always making sure the candy dish was freshly filled when I came to visit.
And stocking the freezer with “Awful Waffles” (aka: Eggo Waffles).
And freshly baked coffee cake waiting on the counter as soon as I arrived.
She loved my family and me through food every time we came to visit her house. She would serve us and my Grandpa tirelessly and always served a beautiful dinner every night… complete with a homemade dessert.
She was a beautiful example of what true service is in every way.
She never seemed flustered or too busy for me… even when I was trying to “help” her cook dinner.
She never complained about the dirty dishes in the sink.
She awoke before everyone else so she could have coffee ready and all the breakfast options waiting for us on the counter.
She and my grandpa even slept on the pull out couch in their living room so my family could use their bedroom and have plenty of space.
I long to be like my Grandma Ruth and serve in the way she did.
One of our favorite meals she would make was called Chili Con Carne and her recipe has been passed down and made by everyone in the family.
The only problem is, like most of her cooking, it is not exactly all that good for you.
But oh so tasty!
So, a few years ago I revised her recipe to be a bit better for you but still achieve the same Grandma’s Chili taste.
I hope you enjoy it as much as our family does!
GRANDMA’S CHILI… almost
*Serves 8ish and freezes perfectly!
2 packages of ground turkey (about 2.75lbs)
1 medium onion – chopped
1 T minced garlic
2 cans black beans - drained and rinsed
2 cans kidney beans - drained and rinsed
1 box of Trader Joes Roasted Red Pepper Tomato Soup
4 T chili powder
1 T cumin
1 tsp sea salt
½ tsp pepper
1 T flour (I used oat flour but any kind of four works)
Splash of water
Heat a bit of olive oil in a large pan. Add ground turkey and let it begin to brown.
Once it has cooked for a bit, break it up in to small chunks and add chopped onion and garlic.
While the meat is finishing cooking, combine chili powder, cumin, sea salt, pepper and flour in a bowl and stir well. Add a few tablespoons of water and stir well. It should make a thick paste.
Once the meat is finished cooking, add the paste to the meat and stir.
Add black beans, kidney beans and tomato soup.
Bring everything to a boil, and then reduce to a simmer for about 15 minutes to allow the flavors to combine.
Give it a taste and add more spices if needed. If you would like it a bit spicy, add some cayenne pepper.
*This meal works great when made ahead of time and reheated for dinner. It also freezes really well. I usually freeze half and then use the other half for dinner and leftovers.
- My grandma ALWAYS served hers on bow-tie noodles. It may sound a bit strange to have chili with noodles… but it is AMAZING! I would recommend a good whole wheat noodle or brown rice noodle.
- It also works on quinoa, just by itself… or a little corn bread never hurt either.
- It can be topped with cheese, guacamole or sliced avocado, sour cream or plain Greek yogurt… or all of the above.
PS: she really did make the best Sour Cream Coffee Cake and Pineapple Upside Down Cake around and I plan to attempt a healthier version of those sometime soon as well!