Basics Fuirst Spice Blends and a little Turkey Chili


Snow makes me hungry.  Then again everything makes me hungry. I like to cook when it snows.   It’s really cold outside; winter is still very much here with us and won’t be going away anytime soon… So, enjoy – hunker down and warm up with some delicious home cooking.

What can be more welcoming, warming and help you feel more comfy than soup and stew?! Does the word “stew” sound too complicated (too much preparation, cutting and just way too many ingredients)? Well, I can help with that so that you can cut your cooking time way down… My name is Sue and I just launched a line of all-natural artisanal Spice Blends that I call Basics Fuirst Spice Blends. When combined with meat, beans, veggies or anything else – Basics Fuirst is all it takes to make a complete and absolutely delicious meal.


So what are Basics Fuirst Spice Blends?   





Originally, I created these flavor blends and easy-to-follow recipes for my own family and friends and then, expanded my creations to the people in my hometown who were looking for ideas on how to make nutritious and delicious weekday dinners for their families. Now, they know how simple it really is to create a home-cooked meal when you have fresh ingredients and combine them with just the right blends of spices and herbs.

So, how much time do you have today? About 15 minutes for prepping it all? Perfect! How about a Cassoulet with chicken and white beans? Or a bone-warming Chili? And when the weather changes, so do my recipes. I’ll help you make dinner all year long.

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Basics Fuirst Turkey Chili

• 1 tablespoon olive oil
• 2 lbs ground turkey
• 1 large onion, diced
• 1 green pepper, diced
• 4 cloves garlic, diced
• 32 oz can of chopped tomatoes
• 2-19 oz cans of black beans, rinsed and drained
• 4 tablespoons Basics Fuirst Chili Seasoning
• Kosher salt and ground black pepper, optional
Heat olive oil over medium heat in a large pot. Brown turkey until cooked through. Transfer turkey to a plate.

Add onions, peppers and garlic to the pot and cook over medium heat until vegetables are soft.

Return turkey to pot with the vegetables. Add chopped tomatoes, black beans and Basics Fuirst Chili Seasoning. Partially cover pot and lower heat. Simmer for 1½ – 2 hours, stirring occasionally. Season with salt and pepper if desired.
Ladle into bowls and garnish with shredded Monterey Jack cheese, diced green chilies and sour cream. Serves 6-8.