Turkey Chili in a Slow Cooker

I've just recently discovered the convenience and beauty of the slow cooker.  We had gotten one as a gift for our wedding (that was five years ago) and had only used it once.  That was until September of this year, and now I use it at least once a week.

My favorite recipe thus far:  turkey chili.

{ turkey chili cooked in a slow cooker }
This is the best chili I've had (Hubby and neighbor both agree), and it's such an easy and economic meal!  Give it a try and let me know what you think.

(from Rival Crock-Pot Slow Cooker Recipe Cookbook)

{ ingredients from trader joe's. 
super affordable & good for you! }
  • 1 pound ground turkey
  • 1 small onion, chopped
  • 1 can (15 ounces) diced tomatoes, undrained
  • 1 can (15 ounces) garbanzo beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 can (15 ounces) kidney beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 can (15 ounces) black beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 can (8 ounces) tomato sauce
  • 1 can (about 4 ounces) chopped mild green chilies, optional
  • 1 to 2 tablespoons chili powder (I use taco mix powder)

{ sautee turkey & onions, and then throw everything
into the pot.  easy as that. }
1.  Cook turkey and onion in medium skillet over medium-high heat, stirring to break up meat until turkey is no longer pink.  Drain, place turkey mixture into the Crock-Pot slow cooker.

2.  Add tomatoes with juice, beans, tomato sauce, chilies and chili powder; mix well.  Cover; cook on HIGH for 6 to 8 hours or until done.

[Makes 6 to 8 servings.  Prep time: 10 to 15 minutes.  Cook time: 6 to 8 hours.]

Complete the meal with sour cream, shredded cheese, and cornbread or nachos.  I also modify the recipe for the kids.  I don't include green chilies and will rinse the turkey chili before serving it to the boys because the chili powder does have a little kick to it.  The boys love and enjoy it!

The convenience with the slow cooker is that I can whip up the meal in the morning or while the boys are taking their mid-afternoon nap, and by early evening, dinner is ready!

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