2.16.2015

{easy} crock pot turkey chili

There's nothing I enjoy more than a delicious bowl of chili but there are so few days you can really enjoy chili when living in Florida. When the average temperature in February is 77, chili is not on the menu. However, for the last few days we've had a cold front (hello low 50's) and all I kept thinking about is a warm bowl of chili!

Typically chili tends to be a bit greasy...but this recipe isn't. I try to substitute turkey meat instead of ground beef whenever possible (and I don't think you can tell the difference but my brother begs to differ). An added bonus: you don't even have to drain the meat when cooking. This chili recipe is great for those working professionals. Set it and forget it!



This chili recipe was made in my crock pot (5 quart) and took about 8 hours from start to finish.

Cook time: 8 hours
Serves: 6 large servings

Ingredients:

1 pound lean ground turkey
1 sweet onion (chopped)
1 bell pepper
2 cloves minced garlic
1 bag frozen corn
2 (12oz) cans kidney beans (rinsed)
1 (12oz) can diced tomatoes
1 (28oz) can crushed tomatoes (you can use tomato sauce if you prefer)
1 tsp cumin
2 tbsp chili powder (add more/less depending on your taste)
1/8 tsp cayenne pepper
1/2 tsp oregano
2 tsp olive oil
Sour cream (optional)
Cheddar cheese (optional)

Directions:

     Step 1 //  Add tomatoes and kidney beans to clean crock pot. 
     Step 2 //  Get frying pan and add onion and garlic to olive oil and cook until translucent. Add          
                   ground turkey and cook until cooked through and no longer pink. (If you're unsure if it's  
                     cooked all the way through, don't worry since it will cook when in the crock pot.)  
     Step 3 //  Transfer ground beef mixture to crock pot. Stir ingredients together and carefully   
                     combine bell pepper, frozen corn, and remaining spices. Stir thoroughly.
     Step 4 //  Set your timer and stir every once and a while. 
Everything combined.


     Notes //   I tend to like my chili spicy so tame down the amount of chili powder (or add more)    
                    depending on your preferences.  This chili recipe is so good on it's own you don't need 
                    anything else additional but I can't resist a dollop of sour cream and some cheddar 
                    cheese. It wouldn't be chili without a slice of corn bread! 



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