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The Healthy Tailgate: Turkey and Buffalo Chili


  • 1 pound lean ground buffalo meat
  • 1 pound lean ground turkey
  • 2 onions, chopped
  • 3 stalks celery, chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 14-oz can fire-roasted tomatoes
  • 2 cups strained tomatoes
  • 5 cups low-sodium chicken broth
  • 3 medium zucchini, chopped
  • 1 red bell pepper, chopped
  • 2 cups red quinoa
  • 1 tablespoon smoked sweet paprika
  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 1/2 cup cheddar cheese, grated


  1. Melt butter over medium-high heat in a large stockpot and fry the onion and garlic until soft (about 3 minutes). Add the carrots and celery and cook additionally until softened.
  2. Add the buffalo and turkey meat to the stockpot and cook for about 4 to 5 minutes over medium-high heat.
  3. Add the fire-roasted and strained tomatoes; season with paprika, cinnamon, sea salt and pepper. Slowly add the chicken broth and bring to a simmer; cover the pot and cook over low heat for approximately 60 to 75 minutes.
  4. Prepare the 2 cups of quinoa according to manufacturer's directions, while the turkey and buffalo mixture is cooking. Set aside in a serving bowl when finished.
  5. Season zucchini with sea salt and pepper and grill over medium-high heat until cooked (about 5 minutes). Place the zucchini in a serving bowl and set aside.
  6. Place red bell pepper in a serving bowl and the cheddar cheese in another bowl.
  7. Serve in medium to large bowls, when the chili is done cooking. Top with quinoa, bell peppers, zucchini and cheese.


  • Additionally, you can cook the chili in a slow cooker or oven.
  • Nutritional Data (1 serving)
  • Serving size: 1 bowl
  • Total servings: 8


  • Calories: 330
  • Total fat: 8.5g
  • Saturated fat: 3.3g
  • Cholesterol: 66.3mg
  • Sodium: 380.0mg
  • Total carbohydrate: 31.6g
  • Dietary fiber: 6.0g
  • Sugars: 7.8g
  • Protein: 32.6g
  • Nutritional percentages:
  • Fat: 11%
  • Carbohydrate: 38%
  • Protein: 39%


Posted By Nick on September 11, 2013



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