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Summer chili with Ontario Greenhouse Vegetables Dish

Summer Chili
With Vegetables

Chef Jonathan Collins is a well-known TV chef but he is also a Le Cordon Bleu graduate who has cooked for presidents, prime ministers, celebrities and even royalty. Enjoy his fresh recipe in your home!

Total Time: 60 min Serves 4-6


Yellow, Orange and Red Bell Peppers Cocktail Tomato Grape Tomato
2 tbsp (30 mL) - extra virgin olive or canola oil, separated


1 lb (450 g) - ground turkey


1 - yellow onion – trimmed, peeled, and medium dice


1 each - red, yellow and orange Ontario greenhouse bell peppers – trimmed, sliced, and medium dice


1 tbsp (15 mL) - tomato paste


1 tbsp (15 mL) - ground chili pepper – plus more to personal taste


1 tsp (5 mL) - ground cumin seed


1 tsp (5 mL) - red chili flakes – plus more for garnish


4 cups (1 L) - vegetable stock


3 cups (750 mL) - Ontario greenhouse on-the-vine tomatoes – stemmed, peeled and diced


1 cup (250 mL) - Ontario greenhouse cherry or grape tomatoes – sliced in half


2 cups (500 mL) - red kidney beans – soaked overnight to hydrate if dried, or drained and rinsed if canned


3 - fresh bay leaves
flaked sea salt and fresh ground black pepper to taste


Preheat a heavy-bottom or cast-iron pot over medium-high heat, add 1 tbsp olive oil. Add ground turkey to the pan, season with salt and pepper, sauté until nicely browned. Remove turkey from the pan, and set aside.
Return the pan to the heat, add 1 tbsp olive oil. Add onion and bell peppers, sauté until fragrant and browned, approximately 5-7 minutes.


Move vegetable mixture to one side of the pan, add tomato paste, sauté until fragrant and browned. Add chili pepper, cumin, and red pepper flakes, sauté until fragrant, stir to combine, deglaze pan with 1/2 cup of stock.


Add the rest of the stock as well as the tomatoes, beans, cooked turkey, and bay leaves; reduce temperature to medium. Cook uncovered, stirring occasionally until desired consistency for approximately 45 minutes. Disregard bay leaves, check seasoning and adjust. to suit your taste.