Turkey Chili: Easy Crock Pot Chili Recipe with Pictures
Turkey Chili in a crock pot makes a warm meal on a cool night
Easy slow cooker meal - can be put together in less than 15 minutes!
This turkey chili recipe is so easy to make and so delicious to eat. Made in a Crock-Pot (the brand name for a slow cooker), the smell of a home cooked meal will fill your home throughout the day. If you're out, it is a comforting aroma to welcome you at the end of a long day from work or running around with the kids.
Turkey chili is a wonderful alternative for people who are trying to reduce red meat in their diets and cut cholesterol. But, let's be honest. I doubt turkey chili will ever win a blue ribbon, or any ribbon for that matter, at a chili cook-off, yet it is a flavorful way to cook this white meat.
Turkey & slow cooker temperatures
- The U.S. Department of Agriculture recommends that turkey be cooked to 165°F (74°C).
- Typical slow cookers on the low setting heat to a temperature of 170 °F (77 °C ).
- Typical slow cookers on the high setting heat to a temperature of 190-200 °F (88-93 °C).
- 1 lb. extra lean ground turkey
- 2 or 3 (15 oz.) cans pinto or cannellini beans
- 2 (15 oz.) cans crushed tomatoes
- 1 (6 oz.) can tomato paste
- 1 large onion, chopped
- 3 large cloves of garlic, minced
- 1 jalapeno pepper, diced (or can of chopped chili peppers)
- 2 tsp. salt
- 1 tsp. dried oregano
- 1 tsp. cumin
- 1/4 tsp. black pepper
Turkey Chili slow cooker recipe instructions
- Crumble uncooked ground turkey into crock pot
- Pour in drained beans and crushed tomatoes. Stir
- Next, add tomato paste, onion, garlic, jalapeno pepper, salt, oregano, cumin, and black pepper. Stir everything together
- Cook on high for about 4 hours, making sure to stir periodically if possible. Optionally, cook on low 6-8 hours
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Slow Cooker Turkey Chili
Garnish your turkey chili with:
- Cheddar or any Mexican blend of cheese
- Sour cream
On the side, serve the turkey chili with:
- Corn bread
- Tortilla chips (blue corn tortilla chips add a nice dash of color)
- Assorted crackers
Comparison of ground beef and ground turkey
Ground Beef 85/15
Ground Beef 90/10
Ground Beef 95/5
Ground Turkey 93/7
Ground Turkey 99/1
History of the slow cooker
The slow cooker is alternatively called a Crock-Pot in the U.S. and a Slo-Cooker in the U.K. Over the years, both of these brand names have become synonymous with a slow cooker, similar to the way people refer to tape as Scotch tape, tissues as Kleenex, or bandages as Band-Aids.
Slow cookers, which use a moist method of heating foods over long time durations, were first introduced in 1970 by Naxon, and then in 1971 Rival reintroduced the slow cooker under the Crock-Pot brand name. Sunbeam now owns the Crock-Pot brand.
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