Thursday, April 22, 2010

Mary's Slow Cooker Chili

My turkey chili is made up of vegetables, beans and tomatoes with a smoky, spicy punch from the adobo chilies. It’s low in fat and high in protein and fiber, making it filling, but not heavy. For days when you want to have a savory warm supper with minimal effort, this chili hits the spot. By prepping the onions and peppers the night before, all that’s left for the morning is browning the meat and you’re good to go. We’re using canned chilies here, and you will have several chilies left over after you make this recipe (I had 8). I recommend putting 2-3 per Ziploc snack bag and sticking them in the freezer so you can use them in future creations. This dish freezes extremely well and can be reheated on a chilly day, when you don’t have time for cooking.

What You Need:

1 ½ lbs ground turkey
3 sweet peppers, diced
1 sm-med brown onion, diced
6 cloves garlic, minced
1 - 15 oz can pinto beans, drained
1 - 20 oz can kidney beans, drained
1 - 6oz can tomato paste
1 - 28 oz can diced tomatoes, undrained
1 - 14.5 oz can diced tomatoes with chipotle seasonings, undrained
12 oz beer at room tempurature (Sam Adam’s)
2 adobo chilies, minced
2 cups frozen corn
½ tsp salt and pepper to taste
3 Tbs chili powder
2 Tbs cumin
1 Tbs oil (any kind will work)

Optional Toppings: hot sauce, shredded cheese, sour cream or Greek yogurt and minced onion

What To Do:
Heat 1 Tbs oil (any kind will work) in a large skillet over medium heat. Once hot, brown turkey for about 8 minutes and season with salt and pepper. Set aside.

Combine all ingredients, except corn, in a slow cooker.

Stir well and cook on low setting for 8 hours, adding corn during last hour of cooking.

Serves A Crowd

Bon Appétit!



Mama Pea said...

Yum, I'm making chili tomorrow...without the crock pot...and the turkey. Details, details.

Anonymous said...

I have always wanted to do a slow cooker recipe (but never have). Does it work the same with soy crumbles?
somehow soy and beer doesn't sound like it'd be as good to me...

What's Cookin' with Mary? said...

Hi Katherine,
I've never tried soy crumbles, but I'm thinking that they would work. Just make sure that you like the flavor of the beer you use, because everything in the chili is going to take on that flavor. If you don't really like beer (or think that you may not like the way the soy crumbles taste with beer), I reccomend using 12oz veggie broth instead.
Happy Friday!

Katie said...

Hi Mary,
I'm digging your blog!
This sounds alot like the chili I make, minus the adobo chilies (will have to try them, though). I also add a couple tablespoons of real maple syrup...sounds weird, but it's delish!!

Lauren said...

Mary, this looks incredible! I will definitely be making this next time we have visitors in town for the weekend. Thank you for sharing!

What's Cookin' with Mary? said...

@ Lauren: Thank you! Hope you like it if you try it.