Easy Turkey Chili

Although I try to cook more often, I still find it difficult to make dinner during the week. After spending 9 hours at work and over an hour at the gym, I come home feeling drained and all I want to do is just relax. These are the times a slow cooker comes in handy!

One dish I often make is turkey chili, which I base off of Hungry Girl’s Turkey Chili. It’s very easy to make, surprisingly healthy, and tastes wonderfully savory and spicy.

Spicy Turkey Chili
Spicy Turkey Chili

3 cloves garlic
1 orange bell pepper
1 yellow bell pepper
1 large onion
1 (7 oz) can chipotle peppers in adobo sauce
1.25 lb lean ground turkey
1 (29 oz) can tomato sauce
1 (14.5 oz) can diced tomatoes
1 (15 oz) can chili beans (pinto beans in chili sauce)
1 (15 oz) can red kidney beans, drained and rinsed
1 (14.5 oz) can sliced carrots, drained
1 (15.25 oz) can corn kernels, drained
2 tsp chili powder
1 Tbs ground cumin
1 Tbs brown sugar
salt and pepper, as needed

Chop the vegetables: Mince the garlic. Chop up the bell peppers, onion, and chipotle peppers (reserve the sauce to add to the chili).

Combine ground turkey with ingredients: Place the ground turkey in the slow cooker; break up the meat into small chunks. Add the chopped ingredients, canned ingredients, chili powder, cumin, and brown sugar to the slow cooker. Stir to evenly distribute all ingredients.

Cook the chili: Cover the slow cooker and cook on low for 8 hours. Add salt and pepper to taste.

Makes: 12-15 servings

Assuming you don’t get tired of eating the same thing everyday, this batch of turkey chili will last you the entire week! The main difference from the original recipe is the addition of the brown sugar, which gives the chili an extra depth of flavor. Brown sugar can also be useful if the chili ends up tasting too spicy.

9 thoughts on “Easy Turkey Chili

  1. Slow cookers are a dream, yes 🙂 Your chili looks delish. All that lean protein is just what you need after a great gym workout 🙂

  2. ohh yumm, chili looks fabulous…can understand the pleasure of having this bowl full of goodness not worrying about calories & spending hours in the kitchen, really delicious 🙂

  3. I love it that you go to the gym. I tried it and failed miserably. The turkey chilli looks delicious. I bet it goes well with rice? I would it with steamed white rice. Thanks for sharing!

    1. It’s not easy keeping up the gym routine! I’d much rather stay home, but I try to work out hard so I can eat a lot 😀
      Thanks for your comment Liz! It most certainly goes well with steamed rice! 😀

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