Turkey chili and cornbread muffins

Updated: Jul 13, 2019

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During the cold winter months, my favorite thing to cook for a warm meal is turkey chili and cornbread. This is a simple to make meal that looks good on camera, and tastes quite good.

The recipe I used for the chili has turned out to be the best, although without making my own changes. I double the amount of meat, as I’ve found the normally the recipe is too thin and lacks some real substance. I also use ground turkey instead of beef, as I would like to keep the meal light and healthy, without sacrificing taste or consistency. I also double the portions, as the chili keeps perfectly well in Mason Jars for a while when put in the fridge after cooking, which turns out to be a quick and delicious meal while skiing.

As for the cornbread, I prefer to make them in muffin pans instead of the classic loaf style, for ease of cooking. I usually cook two different batches- one normal cornbread muffins, and another spicy, with chunks of jalapeno in them and 1-2 slices of jalapeno on top. Keeping the batches separate makes sure everyone in my family gets what they want, as my daughter wouldn’t dare eat the spicy cornbread. Preparing it is simple and quick, and is just a matter of mixing the ingredients in a glass bowl, pouring into the muffin pan, and cooking for ___ minutes.

I have found that my huge selection of props has intersected with my everyday cookware- for the chili, I use a large dutch oven that I bought for a shoot, but I now have multiple due to their versatility. The Dutch Oven is good for the chili, as it ensures proper heat distribution, so the chili doesn't stay cold near the top while burning at the bottom.

As for the shoot, I like to make sure that everything I serve also looks good. Serving the chili with radishes, chives, sour cream, and cheese looks amazing on the camera and enhances the meal.

Turkey chili recipe
Cornbread muffins recipe

Kitchenware for this recipe

Enameled Cast Iron Covered Round Dutch Oven, 5.5-Quart

Non-Stick Bakeware Muffin and Cupcake Pan, 12-Cup

10" Silicone Spatulas

10 Pc Glass Bowl Set

3 Stainless Steel Whisk 8"+10"+12"

Stainless Steel Measuring Cups and Spoons Set

KitchenAid Gourmet Cookie Dough Scoop

Food photography props used in this photoshoot

Some of the props might no longer be available in stores. I selected props as close as possible to match those items.

Black bowls

One burner stove


Pinch black bowls

White spatulas

Small wood bowls


Glass mixing bowls

A complete list of my equipment

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