With the changes in leaves, I get a hankering for many seasonal treats. Autumn candles, pumpkin spice lattes, tall boots and scarves are just a few. And when the weather starts to cool down, I also get serious cravings for crockpot chili.
3 years ago when we were living in Alabama I remember seeking out a chili recipe from my social media friends. A high school girlfriend, Danusia, sent over her favorite recipe and I gave it a whirl. YUM. I printed it out for my cookbook and ever since then, it’s been my go-to for these perfect fall days. So since it’s seasonally appropriate, I thought I’d share the recipe with you!
1 1/2 lbs ground turkey
1 medium onion, chopped
1-2 peppers (I like orange/ red/ yellow), chopped
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 can (14 oz) petite diced tomatoes
1 can (14 oz) tomato sauce
1 tbsp oregano flakes
1 tbsp cumin
4 tbsp chili powder
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp pepper
1 tbsp beef boullion
1/2 can beer (your choice!)
2-3 cans (14 oz) beans of your choice, drained and rinsed
Brown the ground turkey on the stove, then place in crockpot. Toss all the above ingredients (EXCEPT the beans) into the crockpot and set on low for 7 hours or high for 4 hours. Add the beans in for the last half hour.
Fry meat with onions, peppers, and garlic until meat is browned. Add remaining ingredients, except beans, to meat mixture. Bring to boil; reduce heat and simmer for 2 hours, stirring regularly. Add beans to the mixture for the last half hour and serve when warm.
The awesome thing about this recipe is that not only is it easy to make, it’s so easy to change. I like to add jalapeños and hot chili beans to give it more of a kick. I also change the peppers and the bean combinations often just to keep things interesting. Often times I double up the recipe and throw some in the freezer for another day.
Another bonus? It’s [fairly] easy to prepare with a lil one. Last time I made it, E and I rode like this,,,
And today went a little something like this,,
Gotta love those post-errand carseat naps!!
& there ya have it! Let me know if you give this recipe a try! I’d do it soon if I were you :-p