you are SUPER excited to receive a crockpot for Christmas. I had really really been wanting a crockpot with a timer so I can just throw a bunch of stuff in before work and have a delicious meal warming and ready when I get home. Previously, I had a mini crockpot but it didn’t have a timer, just high and low settings and plus it was small (obviously) so it just wasn’t cutting it.
Today was finally the day to try out my crockpot for the first time. So I made…chili! Not a very original crockpot experience I know, but I just wanted to get a feel for it and figured chili was such an easy dish to make. Plus, it has been so cold lately I knew chili would be nice to have for dinners this week.
I didn’t really follow a recipe, just threw random stuff in and I have to say I was really happy with the results! Give it a try and let me know what you think!
Here is the recipe:
Crockpot 3 bean turkey chili
1 t cumin
3-4 garlic cloves, minced or finely chopped
1 t chili powder
1 can kidney beans
1 can white beans
1 can black beans
1 can corn (or frozen corn would be good, you would use 2 cups)
ground turkey—1 package (you could use lean ground beef in place of the turkey if you wanted to)
oregano and salt to taste
1 28 ounce can diced tomatoes
1 small can of tomato paste
1 can of chicken or vegetable broth
optional: some sort of peppers to spice it up a bit. I had dried red peppers from an Asian supermarket so I used those. I think green chilies would be really good or just plain old red pepper flakes would work too. Also, if you are using peppers you might want to remove the seeds unless you really like spice.
First, sauté the onion and turkey until onions are translucent and turkey is cooked all the way through–it should be white in color. Drain any fat (if you want), then add all spices minus the salt. (sidenote: you could also add a little taco seasoning to the turkey mixture here which would be really good.)
Put this mixture into the crockpot and add all remaining ingredients. I waited until the end to salt mine just so I could see if I needed it or not (I added some but I am a salt fanatic, you might not need any). Stir everything a few times around and turn the crockpot on low for about 6-8 hours or high for 3-4. Thats it! Pretty easy stuff.
If you don’t have a crockpot you could easily make this recipe on the stovetop the exact same way. Just cook the meat and onion in your soup pot and then add all other ingredients and simmer away on the stove.
Since I made this on a Sunday, I was home most of the time it was cooking. Turns out, I’m not very good at being around the crockpot during the 6-8 hours it is cooking. I am not a very patient person, and while I understand the whole point of a crockpot is to throw stuff in and leave it alone, I kept going to check on it and try a few bites. I think it will work much better when I am actually out of my apartment during the cooking process so I can let the crockpot work it’s magic all on its own.
For a random throw-everything-in-the-pot recipe, it is quite tasty. I ate the chili with a dollop of greek yogurt on top and had some cornbread on the side. A fast and easy weeknight meal!