Sunday morning I woke up with a crisp chill in the air throughout the house. It was actually a little cold, Fall is definitely upon us! I still refuse to turn on the heater, I love it when you can turn all air conditioning and heating off and just crawl under a warm blanket. Not to mention I love the lower heating bills. I swear they love to rip you off in the winter months. Because of this crispness I had a craving for some homemade chili and corn bread… I mean is there a more perfect meal on a cold day? So I had it in my head that today I am going to make chili!
A few years ago my sister bought me a crock pot and I have only used it once I believe. My family never used a crock pot growing up so I have no recipes to follow or training on using it so it has sat on my kitchen counter just looking pretty. She really did buy me a pretty one! It sits right nice to my gorgeous Hot Rod Red Kitchen Aid mixer!… that I use all the time!! I decided if I am going to make chili than I am going to make Crock Pot Chili! I started researching online and found a few popular recipes online but none that looked good that were Crock Pot recipes, so I decided to invent my own and boy did it turn out delicious! It is the best chili I have ever eaten and my daughter boyfriend literally moaned when he took the first bite!
We stopped at our local farm stand at Isom’s Farms and purchased fresh picked green peppers, onions, and jalapeño peppers…. nothing better than fresh local grown produce! The rest of the ingredient we just picked up at the local grocery store.
Here is the best Crock Pot Chili Recipe EVER!!!
1 1/2 pound ground turkey
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 onion, diced (1 cup)
1 jalapeño, large finely diced
1 green bell pepper, diced (1 cup)
2 carrots, shredded (1/2 cup)
1 (28-ounce) can crushed tomatoes
3 1/2 cups water
3 teaspoons beef base
1 chipotle chile in adobo sauce, minced
2 teaspoons adobo sauce from the can of chipotles
1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
1 tablespoon chili powder
1 tablespoon garlic powder
1 teaspoon dried cilantro
2 teaspoons ground cumin
Salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste
1 (15.5-ounce) can black beans, drained and rinsed
1 (15.5-ounce) can kidney beans, drained and rinsed
1 (15.5-ounce) can pinto beans, drained and rinsed
Heat up Crock Pot on medium-low or low. Heat the oil in large pan and add the turkey, cook until browned. Add turkey to the Crock Pot. Add all remaining ingredients to the Crock Pot and stir completely. Leave cooking in Crock Pot on Low for 6 hours, Medium/Low for 4 hours, or on High for 3 hours.
** Remember to taste the broth as you go and see if it is seasoned to your liking. On the dry ingredients I just estimated what we put in there, We tasted the broth a few times till we got it perfect. We were trying to be a little healthier so we used turkey but you can definitely use ground beef instead. If you like your chili extra spicy you can add more adobo sauce or add cayenne. The next day leftovers taste really good on top of a burger… yum chili burger! Cooking is all about experimenting!
I promise you will not be disappointed with this recipe!