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Tuesday, October 8, 2013

The BEST Chili...Ever

Hi everyone!  It's fall, and I love to use my crock pot  rock out with my crock out for quick and easy dinners.

I'm linking up for Taste of Tuesday, and I thought I'd share my FAVORITE chili recipe. I look forward to cool weather to make this chili on a cozy Sunday.  You make it in the crock pot, so it's super easy and makes your house smell amazing all day.

This recipe is adapted from Jimmy Fallon's crock pot chili recipe found here.  I've made some swaps to make it tastier, easier, and slightly "skinnier."

So here is what you need:


Once you've gathered your ingredients, you will need to do a little bit of prep work, but not much.  You will also need a larger crock pot.  I use a 6 quart crock pot, and it is nearly full.  My favorite crock pot is the Wolfgang Puck Versa Cooker (found here).  It has a ton of bells and whistles that I'm not really sure how to use, but the crock pot functions are great!

Ingredients:

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 1/2- 3 lbs ground turkey
  • Coarse salt and freshly ground pepper
  • 1 large white onion, chopped
  • 5 cloves garlic, finely chopped
  • 1 Serrano pepper, seeded and very finely chopped
  • 1/4 cup chili powder
  • 2 tablespoons dried oregano
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons ground cumin
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 2 (28-ounce) cans diced tomatoes, with their juices
  • 1 "bunch" fresh cilantro, plus more for serving
  • 1 (12-ounce) bottle amber beer
  • 2 (15-ounce) cans kidney beans, drained and rinsed
  • Shredded cheddar cheese, for serving
  • Greek yogurt, for serving (instead of sour cream)

Prep Work:

  • Chop cilantro, onion, pepper and garlic
  • In a large skillet, heat 1 tablespoon olive oil over medium-high heat. Working in batches if necessary, add turkey and cook until no longer pink.  Season with salt and pepper, and set aside.
  • Add remaining tablespoon olive oil to skillet and reduce heat to medium. Add onions, garlic, and serrano; season with salt. Cook until translucent.

Crock Pot:

  • In a 6-quart Crock-Pot, combine turkey, onion mixture, chili powder, oregano, cumin, and cayenne pepper; stir to combine. Add tomatoes, cilantro, and beer; cover and cook on high, stirring occasionally, for 5 hours.

Before Serving:

  • Add kidney beans and season with salt and pepper. Continue to cook, uncovered, until thickened, about 30 minutes. Garnish with cilantro and serve with shredded cheese and Greek yogurt.
So there you have it!  Super easy and delicious!

Linkup Hosts: Blissfully Miller and Let's Get Bananas

What are some of your favorite crock pot recipes?

10 comments :

  1. Mmm there's nothing I love more than chili! This recipe looks so yummy! I like that there's a bottle of beer in it!

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  2. I love how you pictured all of the ingredients. It's like mis en place... for a blog. :) This would be delicious right now on this cold, rainy day we're having. I'm going to miss my crock pot so much this fall and winter!

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  3. YUM!!! I am a lover of all things crockpot and I need this chili in my life!! Especially now that the cooler weather is settling in! :) Thanks so much for linking up!

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  4. Shredded chicken. Cover any chicken in water or broth and cook high for 4 or low for 8 hours, drain, and shred. Then we add it back to the crock and either make tacos or buffalo, add your seasoning or sauce stir and cook for another hour and its delist! Sometimes I just add my stuff and eat it! So easy and diverse!!!

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  5. I love a good chili recipe. You can't go wrong, especially in the fall. Love it!

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  6. First things first, I'm in LOVE with how you displayed the ingredients!! What program did you use to create that?! Second, I LOVE chili! I'm actually making chili tonight. I need to try your recipe next! So glad you linked up with us!! :)

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  7. This sounds super good. I think I will be trying it soon. Thanks for sharing.

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  8. I love a good chili recipe, we are always trying to mix ours up to find the perfect recipe so I will have to bookmark and remember this recipe for next time! Also I love the way you showed off the ingredients, so eye-catching!!

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  9. This looks so good and I really love the way you have the photos set up, super cute and enticing!

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