Monday, November 22, 2010

Holly's Recipe: Crockpot Chili...Yummy and Comforting!

I think I would say that there is nothing quite like a bowl of tasty chili.  And to top that, not only is there nothing quite like a bowl of chili, but there is nothing better than a bowl of chili out of the crockpot.  Being able to throw some things in the crockpot in the morning and smell the wonderful aromas all day as it bubbles and cooks is great in and of itself.  But to finally make it to dinner and take off the lid to find a complete meal ready to enjoy with minimal effort, totally rocks my world. 

So as the weather has turned cold, and the snow is making its debut, I couldn't wait to make some chili.  Crockpot chili to boot.  Simple ingredients, quick assembly...delicious.  I do cook the meat before putting it in the crockpot, and some people avoid recipes that call for stove use prior to filling the crockpot with ingredients (kind of like that step defeats the purpose of the crock pot for them), but for me, it's totally worth it and not a big deal at all!  Please enjoy!

Crockpot Turkey Chili

1 lb. (or mine usually comes in 1 1/4 lb.) package ground turkey breast 
1 sweet yellow onion...chopped/diced
1 32 oz. can crushed tomato in rich puree
2 14.5 oz. can fire roasted tomatoes
*Sometimes I add a small can of tomato paste.
2 can kidney beans (rinsed)
2 cans pinto beans (rinsed)
Chili powder
Garlic powder
Onion powder

Cook turkey as a crumble sprinkled with about 2-3 tablespoons (roughly) of chili powder, a dusting (over the entirety of your pan) of garlic powder, and a dusting (over the entirety of your pan) of onion powder.  Dump in crockpot.  Cook onion in the same pan, and once softened, combine with the turkey in the crockpot.  

Rinse all the beans in a colander.  Dump into the meat mixture.  Then add the tomatoes.  Give it a good stir. 

Sprinkle entirety of the crockpot generously with chili powder and again a little bit of garlic and onion powder.

Around here, the chili usually cooks on high for most of the day.  I often throw it in between 8 and 10am, and it is perfect around dinner.  Just as long as it gets a good while to cook, you are good to go!

I like to serve this chili with sour cream, cheddar cheese, and tortilla chips.  Corn bread is delish too!

Hope your crockpot comes in handy for you this winter!


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