Rainbow Chili Recipe
Recipe type: Entree
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A deliciously colorful chili recipe--sophisticated for adults but appealing to kids!
  • 1.5 lb ground turkey/beef
  • 1 Tablespoon olive oil
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 small onion, chopped
  • 2 carrots, chopped
  • 2 celery stalks, chopped
  • 1 orange pepper, finely chopped
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • ½ teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • ½ teaspoon basil
  • salt & pepper
  • 1 regular can petite diced tomatoes
  • 1 green pepper, chopped
  • 1 cup yellow corn
  • 1 teaspoon dark chocolate chips
  • 1 large can tomato juice
  • 1 cup red cabbage, chopped
  • pinch of baking soda
  • 1 can black beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 can navy beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 can red kidney beans, drained and rinsed
  • ½ cup purple salad savoy, chopped
  • Ditalini noodles, cooked (optional)
  • Shredded cheese (optional)
  • Tabasco sauce (optional)
  1. Prepare the ground turkey/beef and remove excess grease.
  2. Heat the olive oil in a large pot and add in the garlic and onion. Saute 3 minutes.
  3. Stir in the carrots, celery, and orange peppers and saute an additional 5 minutes until tender.
  4. Mix in the seasonings.
  5. Pour in the diced tomatoes, green pepper, corn, chocolate chips, and tomato juice. Bring to a boil then reduce heat and simmer 15 minutes.
  6. In the meantime, boil the red cabbage in a small pot of water until the desired texture. Remove from the heat and sprinkle in a tiny bit of baking soda until everything turns blue. Be careful not to add too much or it will turn green. Once it's blue, remove the cabbage from the liquid and set aside. If desired, continue reducing the liquid in the pan to make food coloring for a later recipe.
  7. Back to the soup. Mix in the beans, salad savoy, and ground turkey. Continue cooking about 10 minutes until the peppers are tender.
  8. Remove the soup from the heat and stir in the cabbage. The cabbage will gradually change colors, since the soup is acidic, so don't be surprised if it doesn't stay the bright blue color.
  9. If desired, top the soup with cooked noodles, some cheese, or extra red pepper sauce.
Recipe by Arts and Crackers at https://artscrackers.com/2016/03/16/colorful-vegetable-chili-soup/