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Swamp Thing Chili with Dead Fingers

Recipe Courtesy Diane Henderiks

New ideas for fun Halloween meals for the family.
Difficulty: Easy
Cook Time: min


  • For the Chili:
  • 1/2C olive oil
  • 1/4 C minced garlic
  • 1 1/2C diced yellow onion
  • 2 jalapeño peppers, seeded and minced
  • 1T freshly ground black pepper
  • 1T cumin
  • 2T oregano
  • 1T DITK™ FIERY SPICE or your favorite hot spice blend
  • 1/4C chili powder
  • 1lb. ground turkey
  • 1C tomato paste
  • 1C diced red bell pepper
  • 1C diced celery
  • 3C cooked kidney beans
  • 1/4C balsamic vinegar
  • 1/2C natural peanut butter
  • 1/4C cocoa powder
  • 3 C canned diced or chopped peeled tomatoes with liquid
  • 1/2C low sodium chicken broth
  • 1C fresh cilantro, chopped
  • Salt and freshly ground pepper to taste
  • 2C baby arugula or spinach
  • For the "Fingers":
  • 4 slices of whole wheat or white wheat bread
  • 3 teaspoons butter; softened to room temperature
  • 2 grape tomatoes
  • Cooking Directions

    For the Chili:

    Heat oil in a large stock pot over high heat.

    Add garlic, onion, jalapeño and all dried seasonings. Sauté until onions are translucent.

    Add ground turkey and cook for about 5 minutes; breaking up with spoon while cooking.

    Add tomato paste and mix it evenly through the onion mixture.

    Add the peppers and celery. Cook for about 5 minutes.

    Add next 5 ingredients (celery through tomatoes) and bring mixture to a boil.

    Reduce the heat and let simmer for about 30 minutes. Stirring occasionally adding chicken broth as needed for desired consistency.

    Stir in the cilantro and season with salt and pepper to taste.

    Place 1 cup of arugula on bottom of bowl filling up the sides.

    Top with 1 1/2 cups of chili

    Place 2 DEAD FINGERS, fingernail side up, in chili


    For the "Fingers":

    Stack slices of bread and cut off crusts

    Spread 1/2 teaspoon of butter on each slice of bread

    Roll bread into a log shape and squeeze gently into finger form leaving seam side down

    To form the nails: Cut 1/2 inch off of top of grape tomato and slice in half. Gently scoop out center.

    Dot inside of "nail" with butter and press on top of finger to simulate a fingernail. Repeat for other 3 nails.

    Gently make lines with knife to create look of finger.


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