I disappeared. Mostly to have an insane amount of fun (Kanye concert + weekend at Penn State with the crew + my BIRTHDAY + an INSANE Beyonce concert + an amazing surprise birthday party) and spend a lot of hours in the office covering the debacle that is the 2016 presidential election. It’s been a crazy busy few weeks, and I was lucky enough to have had the foresight to make a big pot of this three-bean and turkey chili beforehand.
Seriously, chili is a godsend for busy weeks. You make a big batch and it reheats like a dream (and even tastes better on the second or third day), travels easily and is a full, well-rounded meal in a bowl. This version, with kidney beans, pinto beans and black beans, plus ground turkey, is hearty without being overly heavy. It’s a pretty standard recipe, and could be kicked up in a million ways: a bit of beer thrown in, a different blend of beans or my all-time favorite chili move, a tablespoon of unsweetened cocoa powder.**
Fall is always insanely busy for me, and unfortunately shows no sign of slowing down, at least until Election Day (T-minus 29 days!), so I’m on the hunt for big-batch recipes that I can keep in the fridge all week and pull out as needed. Any favorites you have? Leave ’em in the comments!
*It’s been 16 years since that video came out. SIXTEEN. I feel so old and also kind of sad that youths of today never got to grow up obsessing over Britney Spears in a red plastic/leather bodysuit.
**I know, it sounds weird, but the cocoa really adds some depth to the chili. …