Slow Cooker Turkey Vegetable Chili, 5 points+

by DanicasDaily on October 2, 2012

As the weather changes and the days get shorter, I tend to crave comfort foods that warm me up and require very little “cooking” to get them on the table.  Make up a batch of this incredibly easy Slow Cooker Turkey and Vegetable Chili by filling your slow cooker with turkey, peppers, onions,tomatoes, green chilies and a few spices before you head out in the morning.   When you walk in the door, dinner is ready and waiting for you to serve up this chunky turkey and vegetable chili topped with your favorite toppings and corn bread on the side.

Feel free to get creative with your ingredients by using whatever beans you have on hand, adding in additional veggies or boosting the “fire” ratio with some hot sauce or chipotle peppers.

SLOW COOKER TURKEY VEGETABLE CHILI (print it!)

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INGREDIENTS:

  • 1.25 lbs lean ground turkey
  • 1/4 cup Taco Seasoning (make your own here!)
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 2 bell peppers, chopped (mix & match any color)
  • 2 celery stalks, chopped
  • 2 cup corn, fresh or frozen
  • Three 15 oz cans kidney or pinto beans, drained and rinsed
  • 15 oz fire roasted, diced tomatoes with green chilies
  • 1/4 cup pickled jalapenos or 1 fresh jalapeno, seeded and chopped
  • 2 cups water

INSTRUCTIONS:

1.  In a large pan sprayed with nonstick spray, brown the ground turkey.  Drain off any water and pour the ground turkey into your slow cooker.

2.  Add remaining ingredients to the slow cooker, stir, cover and cook on low heat for 8-10 hours or high heat for 4-6 hours.

3.  Ladle into soup bowls and add your favorite toppings ~ 0% Greek Yogurt for sour cream, jalapenos, cheese, tortilla chips, hot sauce, pico de gallo ~ whatever sounds good!

Makes twelve, heaping 1 cup servings, 100% Simply Filling, 5 points+ each

Nutritional information per serving calculated at caloriecount.com

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STEP – BY – STEP:

Chop all your veggies and prepare the remaining ingredients while the ground turkey browns over medium heat, cooking about 10-12 minutes.

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Drain the meat and sprinkle with the taco seasoning.

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Add in some color ~ peppers, onion, celery and garlic.

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Then, layer on the remaining ingredients.  Fire Roasted Diced Tomatoes with Green Chilies for a little smoky heat.   You could kick it up a notch by adding a chipotle pepper in adobo too.

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Plus your beans times….I added one more can of pinto after these.

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Then, finish with the corn, jalapeno and water.

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Stir to combine, cover and slow cook all day long.

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Scoop into chili bowls, add your toppings and dig in.  This recipes make a lot of chili so be sure to save a few in single serving containers to freeze for a quick meal or lunch another day.

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Thanks everyone for sharing all your Active Birthday Ideas!  I think we have a few to add to our list…including biking all around France (so fun!)  I will catch up with you all tomorrow.

Night all!

{ 13 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Julie October 3, 2012 at 7:23 am

I bought everything yesterday to make your Spicy Sweet Potato Corn Chowder with Bacon. I am planning on making it tomorrow! I’m going to leave out the onion for my kids’ sake, but also, I couldn’t find the chipotle in adobo sauce at my local grocery store…I will probably just leave it out, as well, to keep it less spicy for their sake, but I wondered, where do you buy these? Another question…I have to eat gluten free, so I was just planning on leaving out the flour…do you think this will turn out ok?

2 Emily October 3, 2012 at 7:57 am

Your pictures…mmm. Everything always looks so delicious. I’m fairly new to WW and so appreciate the time that you put into your blog. Thanks for keeping the dinner table interesting.

3 Life's a Bowl October 3, 2012 at 8:09 am

Awesome! I am looking for more crock pot meals this season- I love just throwing everything in first thing in the morning and having a meal ready when I get home from work :)

4 Lori October 3, 2012 at 8:40 am

Now THIS is my kind of chili! Love all the veggies! Will make this weekend for sure!

5 mary @ what's cookin with mary October 3, 2012 at 9:10 am

This sounds super tasty! I love a good crockpot chili. My version is very much like this except I use beer instead of water & def toss in a couple chipotle chilies in adobo. We like it hot, hot hot. I actually recently bought more throw away ziploc containers to freeze a bunch for later. So much better than eating chili for 5 days straight.

Actually testing a new crockpot recipe today also! Love crockpot Wednesdays. :0) If it turns out as good as I’m hoping it will, I’ll totally be sharing the recipe.

6 Connie October 3, 2012 at 9:59 am

Looks great! I made your split pea soup in my crockpot this week. Awesome!!

7 DanicasDaily October 3, 2012 at 7:42 pm

Hi Julie,

I was able to find the chipotle’s in adobo sauce in the Mexican food section of my local grocery store. They come in a red, white and green can. You can omit them and just add hot sauce as desired. You definitely do not need the flour – it will be just as tasty without it. If you want it thicker/creamier, you could use 1 tsp corn starch instead (I believe that is gluten free?)

Danica

8 DanicasDaily October 3, 2012 at 7:43 pm

HI Mary,

I LOVE the idea of using beer instead of water. Must try! Can’t wait to hear what you whipped up in your slow cooker today.

Danica

9 Julie October 4, 2012 at 4:39 am

Thank you, Danica! By the way, I have a four-year-old niece named Danica, and we are celebrating her birthday this weekend! I will try the corn startch (definitely gluten free), and the hot sauce idea is perfect…my hubby and I can put the house sauce in ours, while the kids can pass on it if they like it as-is.

10 mary @ what's cookin with mary October 4, 2012 at 8:10 am

Oh my gosh, it turned out so yummy ! Hoping to snap a few pictures today and get it posted.

11 Amy Hart October 4, 2012 at 2:33 pm

I made this today! I wanted to give ground turkey a try again. I really don’t care for it, but there are so many clean eating recipes out there using ground turkey. And the results…I LOVED IT in this dish. Thanks for helping me incorporate turkey back into my diet!

12 mary @ what's cookin with mary October 4, 2012 at 4:13 pm
13 Weight Watcher Wannabe October 7, 2012 at 5:18 am

I will for sure try that Chili.. Looks very hearty..

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