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Turkey Chili That’ll Keep You Going, On and Off the Aspen Slopes

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Keystone, CO - Whether you’re on a ski vacation or you call these mountains your home, after a long day of skiing we all need a, “stick to your ribs” kind of meal that warms you up and reenergizes your body. Winter activities can be physically taxing. The average person burns around 400 calories per hour skiing, making it extremely important to eat well when you’re shredding the slopes. Here’s one of my favorite healthy, hardy winter recipes that is quick to prepare and sure to satisfy.

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White Bean Turkey Chili
Serves: 8

1 onion, chopped
3 cloves garlic, minced
1 1/2 pounds ground turkey
2 (4 ounce) cans canned green chile peppers, chopped
1 tablespoon ground cumin
1 tablespoon dried oregano
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
ground cayenne pepper to taste
ground white pepper to taste
3 (15 ounce) cans cannellini beans
5 cups chicken broth
2 cups shredded Monterey Jack cheese

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Directions: Combine onion garlic and ground turkey in a pot over medium heat and sauté for 10 minutes, making sure the turkey is browned. Next, add in your chiles, cumin, oregano, cinnamon, cayenne and white pepper.

Add your chicken broth and cans of beans. While this is coming to heat, puree your third can of beans and then add them to the pot accompanied by the Monterey Jack cheese. Let simmer for at least 10 minutes. Serve the chili up and put left-overs in the crock pot on low. Leave it on over night for when you get off the hill the next day.

The chili always taste better the next day so if you have the time, make it all that morning and let simmer to perfection all day while you hit the slopes.