One of the biggest food dilemmas that I face is when I have a major craving for two different foods and can’t decide which to make. If you have read and seen some of my other recipes, you know I like to shake things up and combine foods you wouldn’t think would be good together… Such as Jalapeno Popper Chicken Chili, Falafel Tacos, and Strawberry Banana Pudding. My Stove Top Turkey Chili & Shells is the perfect blend of chili and pasta. Spicy ground turkey, roasted peppers, pasta shells, and topped with cheese. Made on the stove top in less than an hour for a great weeknight meal! This is a Weight Watcher friendly recipe and two cups is 8 SmartPoints.
You’re probably thinking chili with pasta shells… are you serious?? Yes, totally. I pretty sure when I made this dish the first time my husband said “That sounds weird”. I just shrugged at him and told him to take a bite. He loved it! Delicious seasoned lean ground turkey mixed with roasted peppers, roasted diced tomatoes, Mexican spices, BEANS, corn, and pasta shells. I know it doesn’t sound like it goes together, but it totally does! This dish is so delicious, super filling, and made in one-pot on the stove. I like to make this dish when I’m in a time crunch for dinner because it takes about 50 minutes or so to make.
What really takes this dish up a notch is the roasted peppers. You could totally just sauté peppers, but trust me… roasting peppers adds such a delicious, deep flavor to any dish that you wouldn’t be able to get just sautéing peppers. To roast peppers, place the peppers on a baking sheet lined with foil and bake for 25 minutes or until all sides of the peppers are charred. Once they are charred, remove from the oven and wrap the peppers in foil to let the peppers sweat for about 25 minutes. Sweating the peppers helps the skin to come off. Once the peppers are cooled enough to touch, gently remove the skin and seeds, then dice.
In a large skillet, over medium heat, add oil, and sauté onion, bell pepper, and garlic. Next add ground turkey, Mexican spices, and sauté until the meat is cooked, breaking the meat up into small pieces. Add roasted diced tomatoes, tomato sauce, liquid from canned chipotles in adobo sauce, more Mexican spices, vegetable broth, water, corn, pinto beans, and the roasted peppers. Bring to a boil, reduced to simmer, cover, and cook for 20 minutes.
The last step is to add the pasta shells! Just add pasta shells and cook for another 7 minutes or so. After the pasta is cooked, it’s ready! If you need to, add a half cup of water or so. Sometimes the pasta absorbs too much of the liquid and becomes a little dry. Just add as much water as you want and mix well to combine.
Stovetop Turkey Chili & Shells is the perfect blend of chili and pasta. Spicy ground turkey, roasted peppers, pasta shells, and topped with cheese. Made on the stove top in less than an hour for a great weeknight meal! This dish isn’t too spicy so it’s probably kid friendly (PSA I don’t have kids YET, so I have no idea if kids would eat this!). Husband friendly AND Weight Watcher friendly for sure though! Low fat but packed with tons of flavor nobody would know that it’s healthy! I like to serve my turkey & shells with fresh cilantro and shredded Colby jack cheese.
I hope you enjoy these chili bites of flavor!