Tex-Mex Turkey Chili

Turkey chili is another staple in our house.  We live in Florida and eat this year round.  I remember the very first time I made chili for That Guy.  The Philadelphia Phillies were having an awesome year and it was a late game where they were playing the LA Dodgers.  When he got home from work, he was surprised to see me in the living room watching the game and eating a bowl of turkey chili.  His response, “Did your mom come over?”  Thinking that she’d made the chili.  I know…how dare him, right?  That night the Phillies won and we both swore that it was because of my chili.  LOL  But it doesn’t matter what time of year it is or rather, what sport is in season…we always have the ingredients in house to make a pot of chili on the fly or we have a bowl in the freezer, waiting to be thawed.

When freezing my turkey chili or any other soup, I like to line my bowls with wax paper.  It serves two purposes in that when I’m ready to pull one out of the deep freezer, I don’t have to wait to thaw it unless I have the time.  If there’s something that we have planned after work and I know we’ll be getting home late, I can pull it right from the deep freezer and put it in a pot on low, still frozen, while I prep for the next day or give Suga Booga a bath.  Another reason is that it prevents the soup (especially turkey chili) from staining your bowl.

We like to have Honey Wheat Ritz crackers along with Mexican blend cheese but every now and then we’ll have Jiffy cornbread muffins too.  I remember eating chili as a kid and my mom always added angel hair pasta to it.  The first time i had chili without the pasta, I thought it was the weirdest thing.  LOL  I don’t add pasta to mine but if you wanted to stretch it or make it even heartier, feel free!


1 lb ground turkey (85/15 mix)
1 container trinity pepper mix (produce section)
1/4 medium white onion
1 can sweet corn
1 can kidney beans (rinsed)
2 28 oz can of petite diced tomatoes
Extra Virgin Olive Oil (enough to brown turkey)
Taco Seasoning:
1 tbsp cumin
1 tbsp chili powder
1 tbsp onion powder
1 tbsp garlic powder
1/2 tbsp red pepper flakes


Pour your olive oil in your skillet and set your burner to medium high. Once your oil is hot, put in your ground turkey and cover with half of your homemade taco seasoning.
As your meat is cooking, go ahead and start opening your cans of vegetables. I like to rinse my kidney beans to get the slimy goo off of them. It’s just really unappealing and personally I think it detracts from the tastiness of this recipe.
When your meat has browned, DO NOT DRAIN! You want those juices and spices to add flavor to the chili. Add that to your pot, along with your veggies then cover with the remaining taco seasoning.
Stir and cover then turn your burner down to low and let your chili simmer until is it hot and your house smells amazing.Tex-Mex Turkey Chili


Back To Reality

Just as the title says, we are back to reality after spending the holiday weekend at Walt Disney World. Didn’t I tell you all that we lurve Disney? It’s just something about parking your car and leaving your worries behind that appeals to me plus Suga Booga gets so excited about going.

We didn’t tell her what the plan was, I just snuck all of our things downstairs Friday night after she was in bed and Saturday morning I attempted to wake her up but was told “No mommy. My legs are too tired, my knees hurt, and I need to rest.” I told her, “I guess I’ll go to Disney World by myself.” Well those knees and legs were feeling much better when she kicked the comforter and sheet off then jumped up.

We told her that her daddy couldn’t come because of work and she said that work was closed plus his legs hurt so he needed to go to Disney with us. I played it up as a “Girls Only” trip so she went with it and even teased her daddy for not being a girl. Lol

After getting her showered and dressed, I received an invitation to try Be Our Guest for lunch on Sunday. That’s the equivalent of winning the lottery to Disney fans. You mean to tell me that I get to eat in what is supposed to be Beast’s Castle?! I couldn’t get to the iPad quick enough to confirm the reservation and cancel another! I was able to pre-order our meals and everything!

So once I came back down from my Be Our Guest high, we left the first time then I remembered that I forgot the batteries for her Innotab 2S so I went back then I remembered that I forgot sandals for the pool so I went back a second time, got gas then tried to take a picture of my sweet little girl and realized that my memory card was still in the computer so I went back a third time!  In a half hour I hadn’t even made it 3 miles from home!

Finally we were on the road and made it to Ellenton, FL before we hit the rain. Suga was concerned that it would be raining at Disney World and our girls trip would be ruined.  I assured her that everything would be fine and we were going to have the best “Girls Trip” ever!

We arrived and immediately dropped our bags then hopped on the bus to Magic Kingdom. I don’t know what she likes more, being at MK or riding the “school bus” there. We were able to utilize the new Fastpass+ for a few rides so it helped plan the day for me. Not that I have a Type A personality or nothing. (That pre-packed bin in our linen closet full of things for Disney trips only does not qualify as proof!!!) But it helped knowing we had set times that Suga Booga could enjoy her favorite rides without waiting in line for too long.

So after spending about 6 hours in the park, we were both worn out and went to our resort. When we got there we had dinner and went back to the room where we showered, got in our jammies and I turned on the Disney Junior channel for her then we snuggled in bed.  I know that one day she will not want to do this with me so I savor it.  There’s nothing quite like your baby wanting to curl up in your arms and go to sleep.  (No, I am not crying!)

Now keep in mind that Suga Booga didn’t know her daddy was driving up after work. He called at around 10 and told me that he was on his way but his phone was going to die. I didn’t show my panic while on the phone but I stayed up, as tired as I was, until he arrived at 1:15 in the morning. I’d never been so relieved to see him in my life. I couldn’t stop hugging him because I was so happy he was safe. Not that I worry about him or nothing but what would I do without him???

Suga Booga was super excited to see him when she woke up and saw him in the other bed.

We spent the next day at MK again and had lunch at Be Our Guest. That Guy thought the French Onion soup was just okay and Suga Booga didn’t like her macaroni pasta with marinara but That guy and I split the Carved Turkey Sandwich with Pommes Frites (because Be Our Guest is French and they don’t call their French fries, French fries…they have to get all fancy with it) then the three of us split both the strawberry cupcake and chocolate cupcake. All in all, the food was great but I don’t think I’d wait in line for an hour or more in the Florida heat and humidity for it.  Disney did provide those in line with iced lemon water and umbrellas so at least they care. The experience is what I was more excited about than the food.

That night we missed the fireworks because of That Guy’s Fantasy Football but its okay because we’ve watched all of them before, we’ll be going again next month for Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party (Suga Booga doesn’t know yet!), and he didn’t balk when I requested to take this trip at the last minute. He’s a good guy like that.

So after a short nap we headed back to MK around 10:30 since it closed to the general public at 1 am but stayed open until 3 am for those staying at Disney resorts. (We love this perk!)  We made it until 2 then headed in and called it a night, err, morning. Lol

On Monday we headed to Hollywood Studios for That Guy to get his required turkey leg and Suga Booga to see the Disney Junior show, meet Sophia the First, and Mr. Incredible then headed back to the resort, had lunch and hit the road home.

It was a quick trip with new experiences and contrary to popular belief, there are still things we haven’t done at all four parks.

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