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POM Turkey Chili

POM Turkey Chili

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Prepare fresh pomegranate arils, if necessary.* Wrap 1/3 cup of arils in cheesecloth and tie into a bag with kitchen string. (Refrigerate or freeze remaining arils for another use.) Prepare fresh pomegranate juice, if necessary.** Place oil in a Dutch oven or soup pot and heat until hot. Saut onion, bell pepper, chilies and garlic for 3 minutes.

Stir in broth and pomegranate juice; immerse cheesecloth bag in mixture. Stir in beans, tomato paste and seasonings. Bring mixture to a boil; reduce heat. Cover and simmer over low heat, uncovered, for 1 hour. Remove bay leaf and discard. Stir in turkey; simmer 3 minutes more. Remove cheesecloth bag and discard. Check seasoning. Sprinkle cheese over each serving. Refrigerate or freeze any leftovers in tightly sealed containers. Serve this pomegranate recipe.

*To prepare fresh arils, score 1 large POM Wonderful Pomegranate and place in a bowl of water. Break open the pomegranate under water to free the arils (seed sacs). The arils will sink to the bottom of the bowl and the membrane will float to the top. Sieve and put the arils in a separate bowl. Reserve 1/2 cup of the arils from fruit and set aside. (Refrigerate or freeze remaining arils for another use.)

**To prepare fresh pomegranate juice, cut 2–3 large POM Wonderful Pomegranates in half and juice them with a citrus reamer or juicer. Pour the mixture through a cheesecloth-lined strainer or sieve. Set the juice aside.

***Tip: Chipotle chilies in adobo sauce are smoked jalapeño chilies with a sweet-hot smoky flavor. They come in small (usually 4-oz.) cans in the Hispanic food section of larger supermarkets. Freeze any remaining chilies and sauce from the can in a tightly sealed freezer container for future use.


  • Juice from 2-3 large POM Wonderful Pomegranates, or 1 cup POM Wonderful 100% Pomegranate Juice
  • 1/3 cup arils from 1 large POM Wonderful Pomegranate or Pom Pomegranate Arils
  • 1 4 x 4-inch double-thick piece of cheesecloth and kitchen string
  • 2 tablespoons oil
  • 1 1/2 cups chopped onion
  • 1 cup chopped red, yellow or green bell pepper
  • 1-2 chipotle chilies in adobo sauce,*** finely chopped
  • 2 cloves minced garlic, or 1 teaspoon pre-minced garlic
  • 2 cans beef or vegetable broth (add more if needed)
  • 1 15-oz. can black beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 15-oz. can red kidney beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 6-oz. can tomato paste
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground allspice
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 2 1/2 cups shredded cooked turkey or diced cooked steak or beef

Garnish (Optional):

  • Shredded sharp cheddar or Monterey Jack cheese

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POM Wonderful Pomegranate Juice

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POM Wonderful Arils
POM Arils
POM Wonderful Pomegranate Juice

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