Who knew 1/2 tablespoon would make such a huge difference?
I am a huge fan of spicy edibles. The spicier, the better. If it can make me sweat bullets, all the better. But, I do have limits, as I discovered last night, when half a tablespoon more nearly did me in.
My turkey chili recipe calls for 1-2 Tbsp of chili powder. But what the hey, why not 2-1/2 Tbsp? Can handle!
After all was said an done, the result was flaming fireballs emitting from my mouth and beads of sweat pouring down my face. It was so good, I took seconds. Hubby’s entire head was soaked by the time he was done with his bowl of chili. But a few minutes later, I felt simply awful — like I had eaten a handful of habaneros. Fiery embers burned in the pit of my stomach, my face was flushed and I was still sweating 15 minutes later. Surely, I thought, that second helping did me in and I was going to suffer a sleepless night of heartburn and agony.
After I emerged from the bathroom, Hubby looked at me and asked with genuine concern, “do you need to go to the emergency room?”
“No,” I muttered, feeling absolutely miserable as I flopped myself on a chair. Can you imagine? Showing up at the ER and telling them my reason for being there? “I ate a batch of chili that was too spicy. Now I think I’m dying.”
After dousing the flames in my tummy with generous amounts of water, I felt substantially better. I even managed to make it through the rest of the night without so much of a tummy ache or slight heartburn. Can handle!
The question being, will I ever make that recipe with a half a teaspoon more? Probably not. 2 Tbsp is good enough for me.
Here’s the recipe for my healthy turkey chili recipe, if you want to try it out. Will you make it with half a teaspoon more?
Easy & Tasty Turkey Chili (Champuru style)
2 T. shortening
1 medium onion, chopped
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 lb. ground turkey
1-2 T. chili powder
1/4 t. cayenne pepper
1/2 t. salt
1/8 t. pepper
2 cans tomato soup
1/2 cup shelled edamame (soybeans)*
1 can corn
1 chopped green bell pepper
Melt shortening. Add onions, garlic, and turkey; brown slightly. Add remaining ingredients. Cover, cook on low heat for 30 minutes. Stir occasionally.
*NOTE: I use edamame instead of kidney beans. If you prefer kidney beans, substitute with 1 can of kidney beans.
Who is Champuru?Aloha, I'm Donna, known everywhere on the Internet as "Champuru." I was born and raised in Hawaii. I'm a Christian. I'm married to my best friend of 18 years, we struggled with infertility and successfully conceived via IVF (and by the grace of God!) in 2008. I resigned from my coveted "secure" government job to be a work-at-home mom to my 3-year-old daughter. Using my degree in Information Technology and the skills obtained in the marketplace, I started my own business. Now, I work from home, taking clients on a part-time basis, working in my PJ's while the little one sleeps. Life isn't always easy, but it's all good.