Once the weather turns cooler, I love making a good, hearty chili. Not only does this freeze amazingly, but this hearty chipotle turkey chili is a filling and delicious dish that keeps you satisfied. I love having this in my freezer for an easy dinner.
Easy Turkey Chili
This turkey chili is so easy to make. It requires very minimal chopping. In fact, you can actually find frozen pepper and onion blends in most grocery stores. If using frozen peppers and onions, you'll want to cook them a little longer before adding turkey. Once peppers are soft and onions are translucent, continue as written.
Now, there are "dump chili" recipes where you open up a few cans, dump them all together, and cook in a slow cooker. This isn't that easy, but the few extra steps and fresh ingredients really make this chili shine. It is a fresh and yearty chipotle turkey chili that is sure to be your go-to recipe.
Slow Cooker Turkey Chili Crock Pot Recipe
One question I always get is "can this be cooked in the slow cooker?" Yes and no. Every slow cooker turkey chili recipe I have found still requires cooking on the stove first. To me, any slow cooker recipe should begin and end in the slow cooker.
If you want to cook this hearty chipotle turkey chili in the slow cooker, season and brown the ground turkey first then add all the ingredients into the slow cooker. Cook on high for 4 hours or low for 6 hours. Personally, I prefer the stove top method because turkey can dry out. Alternatively, you can Add all of the ingredients besides the turkey in your slow cooker and cook all day then brown the turkey and add at the end.
What toppings go with chili?
My perfect chili toppings are cheese, hot sauce, jalapeno, cilantro, red onions, extra lime juice, sour cream, and sliced avocado. That being said, other favorite chili toppings include:
- Chopped Tomatoes
- Tortilla Chips
- Greek Yogurt
- Pico de Gallo
- Queso Fresco
- Toasted Corn Bread
- Tater Tots
- Goldfish Crackers
Weight Watchers Chili Zero Points
For those that follow Weight Watchers, you'll recognize that this recipe utilizes a lot of the zero point ingredients including black beans, corn, and ground turkey. In fact, this whole recipe only has 3 WW points for the entire pot for blue and purple. Do I recommend eating the entire pot of this hearty chipotle turkey chili? No--haha, but you may want to because it is so good.
For purple and blue, 1/8 of this (which is about 2 cups) is zero points. 2-3 servings will be 1 point. On green, 1/8 will be 6 points and 2 servings 12. Keep in mind, this is because corn, black beans, refried beans, and ground turkey all have points on the green plan.
For those that count calories or macros, each serving is 252 calories, 4g Fat, 32g Carbs, 4g Sugar, and 23g of Protein.
- 1 tablespoon Kosher Salt
- 1 tablespoon Smoked paprika
- 1 tablespoon Cumin
- 1 tablespoon Oregano
- 2 teaspoon Chili powder (I use ancho chili powder)
- ½ teaspoon cinnamon
- 1 lb 99% lean ground turkey or chicken
- 1 teaspoon olive oil (or use cooking spray)
- 2 medium onions, diced
- 2 bell peppers, diced
- 3 Garlic cloves minced
- 2 28-ounce cans of crushed tomatoes
- 2 cups beef stock
- 2 cans of black beans, drained and rinsed
- 2 cups of frozen corn (I love the Trader Joe's roasted corn)
- 1 can fat free refried beans I love the Trader Joe's brand
- 2 bay leaves
- 1-2 tbsp chipotle in adobo chopped finely (see step 4 about heat preference)
- Combine the spices (first six ingredients) in a bowl. Season ground turkey with 1 tablespoon of seasoning blend and reserve the rest.
- Heat pot on medium heat (this recipe makes 16 cups) and add olive oil. Once oil is shimmering, add onions, peppers, and a pinch of salt and cook until peppers are tender and onions are translucent (about 5 minutes).
- Add minced garlic and seasoned ground turkey. Cook until turkey is browned (it is okay if it is a little undercooked).
- Add all remaining ingredients. If you are sensitive to heat, hold off in the chipotle chili peppers. Bring to a boil and reduce to a simmer, stirring occasionally. If sensitive to heat, wait until chili is simmering to taste before adding chipotle peppers.
- Simmer chili for one hour, stirring occasionally.
- Before serving, remove bay leaves and enjoy.
Slow Cooker instructions: After step three, transfer all ingredients to a slow cooker and cook for 4 hours on high or low for 6 hours.
Serving Size:2 cups
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 252Total Fat: 4gSaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 30mgSodium: 1053mgCarbohydrates: 32gNet Carbohydrates: 28gFiber: 4gSugar: 4gProtein: 23g
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