Many people see “slow cooker” in the title of a recipe and automatically think of cold weather. While it is definitely true that slow cookers are amazing in the wintertime for cooking up warm stews and hearty braised meat to keep you warm, I have my slow cooker on my counter year round. Why have such a bulky appliance taking up kitchen space every day?
Well, because I use it almost every day! The list of things you can make in a slow cooker is endless but today, I will share with you one of my favorites. Cold weather or warm weather, snow or sunshine, slow cooker chili is always in season.
Easy Chili Recipe with a Crockpot
My slow cooker chili recipe is a favorite of mine for a number of reasons but let’s start back at the fact that it is made in the crock pot. If you have never used a crock pot, go out and get one immediately! It honestly is my favorite kitchen appliance as it makes dinnertime a breeze. That continues to be true with this recipe as all the ingredients are thrown in the bowl of the slow cooker, you simply cover it, turn it on and come back a few hours later to a perfectly cooked bowl of chili! It really doesn’t get much simpler than that. Thanks for doing all the cooking slow cooker!
Healthy Ground Turkey Chili
Another reason to sing this recipes praises is because it is actually healthy. Chili? Healthy? Yup! You read that right! My chili is made with ground turkey which is a more heart healthy choice compared to most chilies which are made with ground beef. I also load up my dish with vegetables that you wouldn’t normally see in chili (once you have zucchini with your chili, you’ll never skip it again!).
Add a few spices and that’s all the ingredients you need. There’s no added fats like butter or oil, no sweeteners like corn syrup or sugar, just straightforward, real ingredients. Another win for the slow cooker chili recipe!
The final reason I love this recipe is that it is super versatile and you can serve it in a few different ways. I prefer to eat a big bowl of thick chili by scooping it up with a tortilla chip. My husband, on the other hand, likes his chili served on top of spaghetti noodles. Finally comes my daughter who just wants to eat the chili straight with a spoon. You could also dip a nice crusty bread into the chili, serve it over rice or even make it the bottom layer of a Sheppard’s pie. Any recipe with that kind of adaptability is one you have got to try.
Stress Free Cooking with my Slow Cooker
Now I have yet to mention the taste of this chili but I bet you can already guess…it’s amazing! The slow cooker perfectly tenderizes the meat so that it falls apart in your mouth. The flavors of the chili have 6 hours to mingle and grow together. You will even be able to smell the masterpiece brewing as the chili slowly cooks all day, filling your house with a mouthwatering fragrance. Are you drooling yet? I highly suggest making this recipe on a day when you will be away from the house as the amazing smell is almost too hard to resist all day.
I am sure you are now ready to go give this slow cooker chili recipe a try and you definitely should! But how will you choose to serve it?? With bread? Chips? Rice? That is one tough choice that I can’t make for you but no matter what you choose, you will love this slow cooker chili recipe for sure! Happy cooking!
Hope you Enjoy! =)
- 2 lbs. cooked ground turkey (or beef)
- 1 (28oz) can organic tomato sauce
- 1 (14oz) can fire roasted tomatoes, drained
- 2 small yellow onions (diced)
- 2 small zucchinis (peeled and diced)
- 2 cloves garlic or garlic powder
- 4 tablespoons chili powder
- sea salt + black pepper
- Heat olive oil in a non-stick skillet over medium-high heat. Sauté zucchini, onion, and garlic for about 10 minutes. Add tomatoes to skillet and let cook for another 10 minutes.
- Place cooked meat and vegetables in the bottom of slow cooker. Top with tomato sauce and chili powder. Mix everything evenly together and cook on low for 4-6 hours. Serve with whatever toppings you prefer.