Monday, December 3, 2012

Crockpot Turkey Chili

It’s the time of year when lots of things are happening — holiday decorating, baking and (maybe) some shopping too — perfect for crock pot meals. This is our first of the season . . .
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This (really) easy recipe uses ground turkey since we had a package in the freezer. But, you can make this chili with ground turkey, ground chicken or ground beef. When using ground turkey or chicken, you may have to notch up the seasonings a bit.
  • 1 lb. ground turkey
  • 1 small onion, coarsely chopped
  • 2-3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 green pepper, chopped
  • 2 cans (14.5 ounces each) diced tomatoes with juice
  • 1 can (16 ounces) black beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 can kidney beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1/2 C chunky salsa
  • 2 tsp chili powder
  • 1-1/2 tsp ground cumin
  • 1/4 tsp coriander
  • 1/2 tsp oregano
  • 1 tbsp dried cilantro
  • 1/2 tsp cayenne pepper (if you like it spicier)
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 1/2 C shredded cheddar or Mexican blend cheese
  • ½ C chopped scallions (optional)
  • 1 to 2 tbsp sliced black olives (optional)
NOTE: I added some frozen corn from Grenville’s veggie garden. Canned corn will also work, if you prefer. 
  1. Brown turkey In a large skillet over medium heat; remove and drain.
  2. Add olive oil to the pan and cook the onion, peppers, garlic  until softened.
  3. Transfer all to the crockpot; add tomatoes, beans, salsa, and seasonings. Stir gently to blend everything.
  4. Cook on LOW setting 5 to 6 hours (if you’re in a hurry cook on HIGH 3-4 hours). Taste and season with salt and pepper. 1212 turkey chili (4)
Serve with sour cream and shredded cheese. Garnish with optional black olives and chopped scallions (or not).
Leftovers are even better the second night — if you have any — you also can put leftover chili on nachos, add more cheese, and bake.


Anonymous said...

This looks so good and I have most of these ingredients. A friend just asked me for good crock pot recipes...I'll be sure to share yours. Have a good evening.

grammie g said...

Hi B...That looks so good , but there are some ingredients that I hate, cilantro, cumin, and "chill powder"..hahaha I wonder what I could call it with the rest of ingredients in it!!: }

Sandra said...

one of our favorite meals and one of the few that I cook, is turkey chili. i started using ground turkey 2 years ago and just made my regular chili and used the turkey not beef. it is much like yours but not some of the spices and no black beans, just kidney and chili beans

Eggs In My Pocket said...

Thank you for sharing.......this sounds wonderful!

Ginnie said...

Sounds great. I agree that chili is one of those meals that tastes better a day or two later.

Doris said...

I LOVE chili and this recipe looks like a good one! I have a simple black bean chili that I make in the crockpot too. So good this time of year!

Connie said...

Chili is one of our favorites around here. This sounds really good!