Roasted Poblano Turkey Chili

This chile pepper is often mislabeled ‘Pasilla’, which is a different pepper entirely.It is one of the most popular chiles in Mexico and has won the appreciation of many a chef worldwide because of the superior flavor it has over regular bell peppers.

They have a tough outer skin that usually requires roasting and peeling before use. These very large chile peppers are most popular in chiles rellenos recipes, but cooking with these as a substitute for bell peppers in any recipe will enhance the flavor.

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3 poblano chiles
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 pound ground turkey
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 yellow onion, finely diced
1 jalapeno, minced (optional for spicy chili)
1 beer (I used gluten Free)
2 cans pinto beans, rinsed and drained
4 cups chicken broth
3 tablespoons cumin
kosher salt
5 green onions, thinly sliced
1 cup cilantro, thinly sliced

Over a stove top open flame turned up to high, add the poblanos. Turn the poblanos as they start to blister and char, ensuring that they are equally charred. Flip them with tongs. When they are done, place them in a bowl and cover the top of the bowl with a sheet of plastic wrap, trapping the heat. Set aside.

In a large pot, heat the olive oil over medium high heat. Add the turkey and cook it while breaking up the turkey with a wooden spoon. Cook for 2-3 minutes and then add the remaining tablespoon of olive oil and the onions. Cook for 5 minutes further. If you want it to be spicy, add the jalapeno.
Meanwhile, pull the plastic wrap from the bowl and rub the skin off of the peppers. The char and the steam should make that relatively easy. Dice the roasted poblanos and add them to the chili.

Add the beer to the chili and mix well. Then add the rinsed and drained pinto beans and the chicken broth and cumin. Place a lid on the chili and simmer on low for 45 minutes.
Season to taste with kosher salt and add the fresh green onions and cilantro and serve hot.

Preparation time: 15 minute(s)

Cooking time: 1 hour(s)

Number of servings (yield): 6