Kicked up Slow Cooker Chili

I realized this post is coming out a bit late today.  Between the company I’ve been hosting over the holiday and the nine hour drive up to Ocean City yesterday to visit the other half of the family tree, I just haven’t found the time to post like I thought I would.   I’m here now though and ready to cook up a little chili.  Who’s with me?

I realize everyone has their own recipe for this warm winter dish so I hesitated to share mine, but I did add a few ingredients in that might not normally be added to chili and it was a winning combination so I figured I’d post it up and pass on a few ideas for different ways to kick up your go-to chili recipe.

One of those winning ingredients was a jar of roasted red peppers.  These little red delights had been taking up a spot in my pantry for some time while I waited for the perfect recipe to use them in.  Chili night came around and I figured the sweetness of the peppers would be a nice compliment.  Having made this recipe twice now, I can say with confidence that they didn’t disappoint.

This recipe is great for all occasions; from a busy weeknight to a super bowl party to a holiday dish.  I cooked it up for our company over Christmas along with some sweet honey corn bread (recipe to come!) and it disappeared quicker than I could put it out on the table.

Ingredients Needed:

1 Pd of Ground Turkey
1 Onion, Chopped
3 Cloves of Garlic
1 Jar of Roasted Red Peppers, Chopped
1 Can of Diced Tomatoes
1/2 Cup of Chicken Broth
1 Can of Beans (I used black), Rinsed and Drained
1 Pepper (red, green or yellow), Chopped
2/3 Cup of Corn
1 Tbsp of Molasses
1 Tbsp of Worcestershire
1 tsp of Brown Sugar
1/4 Cup of Beer
1/2 Tbsp of Chile Pepper
1/2 Tbsp of Cumin
1 tsp of Oregano
1 tsp of Apple Cider Vinegar
Salt and Pepper to Taste

I realize this is quite a cast of characters.  I’m not sure why it happens, but whenever I cook chili, I tend to try a pinch of this and a spoonful of that until I get it just perfect.

Start out by cooking up your turkey, onion, and garlic in a pan on medium heat.

While your meat is cooking up, grab your slow cooker and add in the roasted peppers, diced tomatoes, broth, beans, pepper, corn, molasses, worcestershire, brown sugar, beer, chili pepper, cumin, oregano, and apple cider vinegar.

Now add in your cooked up meat and mix it all together.

Cook it on high for 3 hours or on low for 4 to 6 hours.  Salt and pepper it to taste before serving.

Time to serve it up and enjoy a hearty staple dish of winter.  I like to serve mine up with some shredded cheese, a dollop of sour cream and some green onions sprinkled on the top.  Bring on the kicked up chili!

If all goes as planned my next post will hopefully be a guest spot over at my good friend Maranda’s blog, Jolts and Jollies.  I’ll be cooking up a little honey sweet corn bread so be sure to stop by!

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Kicked Up Slow Cooker Chili

Ingredients:

1 Pd of Ground Turkey
1 Onion, Chopped
3 Cloves of Garlic
1 Jar of Roasted Red Peppers, Chopped
1 Can of Diced Tomatoes
1/2 Cup of Chicken Broth
1 Can of Beans (I used black), Rinsed and Drained
1 Pepper (red, green or yellow), Chopped
2/3 Cup of Corn
1 Tbsp of Molasses
1 Tbsp of Worcestershire
1 tsp of Brown Sugar
1/4 Cup of Beer
1/2 Tbsp of Chile Pepper
1/2 Tbsp of Cumin
1 tsp of Oregano
1 tsp of Apple Cider Vinegar
Salt and Pepper to Taste

Directions:

Start out by cooking up your turkey, onion, and garlic in a pan on medium heat.

While your meat is cooking up, grab your slow cooker and add in the roasted peppers, diced tomatoes, broth, beans, pepper, corn, molasses, worcestershire, brown sugar, beer, chili pepper, cumin, oregano, and apple cider vinegar.

Now add in your cooked up meat and mix it all together.

Cook it on high for 3 hours or on low for 4 to 6 hours. Salt and pepper it to taste before serving.

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18 Responses to “Kicked up Slow Cooker Chili”

  1. 1

    Pattyann — December 29, 2010 @ 2:59 pm

    Oh, this looks simple and amazing. I will give it a try as soon as the leftovers are gone from the fridge!!

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    Chaplain Donna — December 29, 2010 @ 3:55 pm

    I just pulled out the slow cooker 2 weeks ago and made bean soup. I think trying your chili will be perfect next weekend!

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    Tanvi@SinfullySpicy — December 29, 2010 @ 4:18 pm

    Finally..I have a chilli recipe which uses a meat other than pork & beef..yay!I m really wanting to try chilli for a long time coz my husband loves mexican food and your recipe suits my needs perfectly.The last picture is gorgeous..makes me hungry!

  4. 4

    5 Star Foodie — December 29, 2010 @ 6:37 pm

    A delicious looking chili! I love your addition of red peppers!

  5. 5

    rebecca — December 29, 2010 @ 10:26 pm

    looks great I need to cook Chilli more

    Happy New Year my friend

    Rebecca

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    Green Girl @ A little bit of everything — December 29, 2010 @ 11:00 pm

    the last photo is really amazing, Julie.
    I love chili dishes but meatless :)

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  7. 7

    Rita — December 30, 2010 @ 7:49 am

    What a great chili recipe; love that you made it with ground turkey. Wishing you and your family the best for 2011.
    Rita

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    Mari's Cakes — December 30, 2010 @ 10:35 am

    This is one of my favorite dishes. Your recipe looks great! Have a Happy New Year!

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    Faith — December 30, 2010 @ 11:14 am

    Your chilli bowl looks very healthy. Love the addition of red pepper. I can taste it right now in my mouth. Great recipe Julie.

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    Joey @ Big Teeth & Clouds — December 30, 2010 @ 4:52 pm

    My husband has been after me to make chili. It’s not my favorite thing so I’ve never done it. I suppose I could be extra nice for him in the New Year. Maybe.

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    Katerina — December 30, 2010 @ 5:05 pm

    I am throwing a party next week and I was thinking to cook Mexican and Tex-Mex. This recipe came just in time.

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    Monet — December 31, 2010 @ 12:46 am

    Oh I love the idea of adding a jar of roasted red pepper. I have never thought of doing that. You always are inspiring me to try new things. I love it! Thank you for sharing this recipe with me. I wish you and yours a blessed weekend and new year!

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    Kim @ Quit Eating Out {Recipes to Make Dining Out a Choice, Not a Chore} — December 31, 2010 @ 7:11 am

    Julie, I’m bookmarking this and will make it next week. I really wanted to find a good turkey chili recipe and this sounds perfect. Going to try to work hard to get rid of the excess from the holidays and using ground turkey is one way I plan to fight calories. Thanks for sharing!!! Wishing you a Happy New Year!!

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    Anna Johnston — December 31, 2010 @ 6:28 pm

    This is just what I feel like after all the rich foods of the holiday season… a good old bowl of chilli. Love your little touches with it, the photos are so colourful too. Excellent :) Happy New Year Julie…, hope its a fabulous one for you and yours.

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    Maranda — January 17, 2011 @ 3:18 pm

    This looks delicioso!!! I would love a bowl of that right now! And sweet honey corn bread??? Yes, please!!!

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