My friend Andrea was telling me the other day that she had won a turkey chili contest at her office. I asked for the recipe, but forgot to follow up. Ever since then, I have been craving turkey chili. As luck would have it, I had tons of ground turkey, so I just decided to make up my own recipe. Guess what, it was fantastic and I am sure would have given Andrea’s a run for her money (ha, ha).
So, one thing to note on this recipe, I took the extra step to finely chop the veggies in the food processor. Believe me, it was not so that I could make sure the food processor wasn’t gathering dust, but rather that Noah often complains that the veggies are too “big” in whatever I made for dinner. So I pretty much pureed them!
The only thing that makes this recipe not totally perfect is that you do have to brown the meat before you put it in the crockpot. A small sacrifice …
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 6 hours
Servings: 8 or so, 5 dinner, 3 lunch
4 organic carrots
- 4 celery stalks
- 4 scallions (green part only)
- 2 red peppers
- 2 pounds ground turkey
- 6 slices of turkey bacon (optional, but worth it)
- 2 tbsp. garlic infused olive oil or EVOO with 1 tbsp. minced garlic
- 1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
- 1/4 cup maple syrup (optional, but it makes it really good)
- 1 large can crushed tomatoes
- 2 15 oz. cans of diced tomatoes (I used fire roasted)
- 1 can tomato paste
- 1/4 cup chopped cilantro
- 2 tbsp. each of cumin, chili powder and oregano
- 1 tsp. allspice
- Salt and pepper to taste (add at the end)
- Either finely chop or puree veggies in a food processor, excluding scallions and cilantro.
- Take out a large dutch oven and warm 1 tbsp. garlic olive oil in the pan over medium high heat.
- Add the ground turkey and scallions and cook until just a little bit pink inside.
- Add the other tbsp. olive oil to the crock pot.
- Layer the browned meat first, followed by the veggies.
- Then add all the liquids (tomatoes, vinegar, syrup).
- Finally add the spices including the cilantro and stir well.
- Cook on low for 6 hours and wait until you smell your house when you come home!
I was going to make a paleo cornbread to go along with this, but the kids vetoed that idea. Good for me, less work. I had some greens and they had some broccoli.
We also played guess that ingredient game at dinner. I start the kids off with the protein and the kids need to guess what else is in the dish. They are getting really good at it, especially Zach.