Turkey Chili- requested by Mom

I love our slow cooker. Price and I are too busy to cook every night so we turn to our slow cooker to help us out. Price makes really good pulled pork/chicken and ribs in it. I generally stick to chili, but we have slow cooker cookbooks that help inspire us. My Mom was really interested in what we would make in our slow cooker so Pricer got  her one for Christmas one year. She really likes my turkey chili, which is great since it is a set it and forget it meal that yields a lot of food that screams comfort. A bowl of chili or chili over rice or a plain baked potato is so good. My Mom asked for my recipe again so, being fresh on my mind, I made it last weekend to serve during the scrapbooking meetup and I needed some comfort on a snowy, wet day- yes, snow in mid-October.

I make my chili differently every time since I want different levels of spice to it depending on my mood. There are times I want it really spicy so I throw some whole chili peppers in there to infuse the whole chili- luckily I remember to get them out before serving! Other times I want a lot of beans or veggies so that will change things up- either way you really can’t go wrong with chili.

Turkey Chili

16-20 oz of lean ground turkey
2 yellow onions, chopped
2 green peppers, chopped
1 lb 13 oz of black beans (I use canned goya beans)
15.5 oz of red beans  (I use canned goya beans)
6 oz can of  tomato paste
14-15 oz can of chopped tomatoes, or fresh chopped tomatoes
4 oz  can of green chilies
2 tablespoons chopped garlic
2 tablespoons chili powder
3 tablespoons cumin
2 tablespoons cayenne powder
1 tablespoon red pepper flakes
1 tablespoon black pepper
1 tablespoon salt
1 cup of water (you can also use broth)

1) Place ground turkey into slow cooker. (There is no need to break it up since it will naturally break up on its own. I broke it up this time since I wanted smaller pieces of turkey to go with the rice. And to be honest I like it chunkier so I would not break it up again)

2) Mix seasonings into the water.

3) Add in onions, peppers, beans,

4) Add the water to all the ingredients in the slow cooker. Cook away!

5) Serve as is or with rice, baked potato, cheese, sour cream, sliced pickled jalapeno peppers, or hot sauce.

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Adding the ingredients to the slow cooker- up next the water and seasonings.

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All set to serve.

I previously explained that I broke the ground turkey up when I added it to the slow cooker- that resulted in its ‘extra sloppy’ appearance and smaller pieces of turkey throughout the chili. Don’t break the turkey up if you want it to be chunky.

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