Basic Slow Cooker Turkey Chili

I can’t stop drinking wine! haha Every Sunday I tell myself “monday and tuesday I will NOT drink”.  Then Monday evening comes along. It is around 7:30, I just finished Stella’s bath and bedtime and nothing sounds better than a glass of wine. Not even dinner. The first thought in my mind is a nice glass of vino. The 1st night I don’t feel like doing it, I won’t. However that hasnt happened yet…so… I also promised my pregnant self I would never give wine up EVER again. So here we are. My abs are about 90% back so clearly wine is not inhibiting that area! Thus wineABS 😉 It can be done, I promise.

Most of my meals these days are in the crockpot. I can quickly throw something healthy together and BOOM- dinner is ready that night.  This chili is a classic I have been making for ages now. The key is the Italian sausage. It adds an extra kick.

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Slowcooker Turkey Chili

There is nothing that says winter like a big pot of chili on the stove! Even if I live in South Florida, the minute we have a cold front you can be sure I have this chili slowcooking in the crockpot. It is easy, cheap, and full of flavor. 

Course: Main Course
Servings: 6 people
Ingredients
  • 1 lb ground turkey (or chicken)
  • 1 lb spicy chicken sausage
  • 1 red bell pepper, diced
  • 1 green bell pepper, diced
  • 1 medium yellow onion, diced
  • 1 14oz can of diced tomatoes
  • 2 14oz cans of crushed tomatoes
  • 1 can of cannelloni beans
  • 2 tbsp cooking fat
Chili Spices
  • 1 tbsp chili powder
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp onion powder
  • 1/2 tsp ground cumin
  • sea salt
Instructions
  1. Heat a skillet on medium heat with tbsp of the cooking fat (olive oil, ghee). Take the sausage meat out of the casing and put in pan. Using a wooden spoon break up the sausage meat into pieces until cooked through. Put cooked sausage into the crock pot. 

  2. In the same skillet, add the ground turkey. (Add more oil if needed in the pan but I usually use the grease from the sausage) With a wooden spoon break up the turkey until cooked through. Put in crockpot.  

  3. Add the rest of the ingredients to the crockpot including the spices! 

    Mix it all together and set crockpot to low for 6-8 hours. 

    Top with your choice of add ons- sour cream, cheese, avocado etc. 

    Mangia <3 winabs 


Recipe Notes

*If you would rather do on the stovetop: 

  1. In a large dutch oven pot, saute onions and bell peppers in olive on medium heat for about 8 minutes, until translucent. Add in the chopped garlic until aromatic, about 1 minute. 
  2. In a separate skillet brown the meat and add to the dutch oven. 
  3. Throw in the rest of your ingredients to the dutch oven and bring to a boil. Let boil for about 5-10 minutes, stirring frequently. 
  4. Partially cover and let simmer for 1-2 hours on low heat. 

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