Slow Cooker Turkey Chili

Slow Cooker Turkey Chili

I have to start out by saying how my sister is a huge inspiration to me.  She is always there to encourage me to keep going.  So, when I gained a lot of weight during my pregnancy with my second child, and I couldn’t loose the weight, she helped me come up with a good meal plan.  She introduced me to ground turkey, replacing ground beef.  Now when she told me how she uses that in her dishes instead, I was thinking “that sounds gross” whilst saying to her “oh… cool.”  Well, I decided to try it out in my chili recipe, and it actually turned out to be delicious!  How can you go wrong with a slow cooked meal, that’s delicious, super easy to do and low calories?!

Here’s what you need:

1 lb of ground turkey (usually comes in a standard size from lilydale), or shredded chicken

1 yellow onion diced

1 zucchini diced

1 cup sliced celery

1 cup diced sweet bell pepper, any color

1 small can kernel corn, drained and washed

1 can black beans, drained and washed

1 large can diced tomatoes with juice, or 2-3 cup of fresh diced tomatoes

1 medium can of tomato sauce

1-2 finely diced jalapenos (optional)  The more seeds you put in, the hotter it will be

1 TBS Garlic salt

1 TBS onion powder

1 TBS red chili peppers (add more for a spicier chili)

2 TBS thyme

3 TBS chili powder

3 TBS ground cumin

1 TBS salt (to taste)

1 TBS pepper (to taste)

1/4 cup water

chopped cilantro (optional)

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BASICALLY, this is super easy.  Throw everything in a slow cooker EXCEPT the cilantro.  Salt and Pepper can also wait, so you can taste how you want to add extra seasoning.  For 5 hours, cook on high, 8 hours and more, low.  If you run out of time, you can put it in a pot and cook to burn the water off.  NOTE:  Turkey has alot of water in it, so there is no need to add alot of water.  I put 1/4 cup of water on here just to get it started, you may want to add more if you like it more saucier than thicker, and that’s fine.  But don’t add the water in until the turkey is cooked, so you know how much water comes out of it.

Add the cilantro to the top of bowls, with some grated cheese, and

ENJOY!Slow Cooker Turkey Chili

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