My latest freezer cooking session was spent making Chili and cooking ground turkey. I had already plan to make Chili for our dinner than night. I figured I might as well make double the Chili and freeze it. I also then thought I should go ahead and cook up some extra batches of ground turkey.
You may recall I like to cook chicken in bulk and ground turkey in bulk and then freeze it. This is an example of how I make future dinner prep faster and easier. I like having the flexibility of having just the meat cooked. I have the option to make different meals. Having at least one part of the cooking process done makes it easier to throw a meal together.
Back to my cooking…
I first cooked four (4) 1-lb packs of ground turkey. I was able to cook 2 at a time using two pans. After the first two was done, I let it cool and went on to cook the remaining 2 packs of ground turkey.
I made a homemade chili seasoning mix at some point while the ground turkey was browning. The Chili Seasoning Mix is a recipe I found many years ago and don’t recall the source. Here’s the recipe.
Chili Seasoning Mix Recipe
- 1 tbsp flour
- 1-1/2 to 3 tbsp chili powder NOTE: Adjust to how spicy you want it. 3 tbsp is very spicy to me but my husband loves it this way. I recently made it using 2 tbsp. You may want to start out at 1-1/2 tbsp and adjust from there.
- 1/2 tsp crushed red pepper flakes
- 1/2 tsp sugar
- 2 tbsp dried minced onion or 1 tbsp onion powder
- 1 tsp salt
- 1/2 tsp dried minced garlic or 1/4 tsp garlic powder
- 1/2 tsp cumin
Mix all ingredients. Store in air tight container if not using right away.
After all 4 packs of ground turkey was cooked, I placed 2 of them into freezer bags and labeled them.
I then I got started on my Chili. I made two sets of Chili at the same time. Meaning, I had two pots of Chili cooking.
When all was done, I had the following ready to freeze:
- 1 container of cooked Chili
- 2 1-lb bags of cooked ground turkey
And don’t forget the other pot of Chili was that night’s dinner. Chili recipe below.
Turkey Chili Recipe
- 1-lb ground turkey
- Chili Seasoning Mix Recipe (see recipe above)
- 1 can of dark red kidney beans
- 1-1/2 cans of tomato sauce
Brown the ground turkey. Add in chili seasoning mix. Stir in dark red kidney beans. Pour in tomato sauce. (Note: At this point, you can add in anything else that you want to personalize the recipe such as peppers, diced tomatoes, etc.). Bring to a boil, then reduce heat to medium. Simmer for 20 minutes.
How about you? Do you make double of your recipe and freezer the rest?
I’m on a mission to make food ahead of time and freezing it. If you missed my previous Freezer Friday posts, then be sure to find them HERE. My goal is to make and freeze food in less than 2 hours every 1 to 2 weeks. I don’t necessarily mean whole meals but food items that we can get from the freezer. It provides us homemade food that is convenient while also saving us money.
(This is linked to Works for Me Wednesday.)