Saturday, May 8, 2010

What's Cooking?: Crock Pot Turkey Chili

For some reason, I've been craving a good bowl of chili. Maybe it's the chilly nights we're still having in the Pacific NW. This chili recipe is a little spicy but tastes fantastic! It was also very easy to make in the crock pot! If you don't want to make it in the crock pot, just cook it on the stove. I would simmer the chili for at least 2 hours before serving. It tastes so much better slow cooked!

Also, I love to add Portuguese sausage to my chili. It's a sausage we have in Hawaii. Locally in Portland, I get mine from Uwajimaya. If you can't find it, any sausage will do (but nothing beats the taste of Portuguese sausage!).

If you're making the chili it for little ones or those that don't do spicy, omit the jalapenos, cayenne pepper and Tabasco sauce. Also, I would recommend only adding 1/2 to 1 Tbsp. chili powder then add more to taste later.
Crock Pot Turkey Chili

1 lb. ground turkey
1 whole Portuguese sausage, cut into cubes
oil for cooking
salt & pepper to taste
1/2 sweet white onion, diced
3 cloves garlic, minced
2-3 stalks celery, diced
1 green bell pepper, seeded & diced
1 can black beans, drained & rinsed
1 can kidney beans, drained & rinsed
1 (28 oz) plus 1 (14.5 oz) can diced tomatoes with juice
1/2 (6 oz) can tomato paste
1 (4 oz) can diced jalapenos (or 1 diced fresh jalapeno pepper)
2 cubes beef bouillon
1 c. beer
2 Tbsp. chili powder
1 1/2 tsp. Worcestershire sauce
1 1/2 tsp. dried oregano
1 tsp. ground cumin
1/2 tsp. dried basil
1/4 tsp. cayenne pepper
1/2 tsp. paprika
1 Tbsp. brown sugar
1 tsp. Tabasco sauce (optional)

1) Prep by chopping and dicing up all your ingredients.
**This is the Portuguese sausage diced up**
2) Heat a pot over medium-high heat. Add about 1-2 Tbsp. oil to cook with. Crumble the ground turkey into the hot pot and cook until evenly browned. Season with salt and pepper. If there is a lot of fat, drain off.
3) Add onions and garlic to the pot and cook for a few minutes. Add Portuguese sausage, bell peppers and celery to the pot and continue to cook for another few minutes. When done, turn off heat.
4) Add cooked turkey mix to a large crock pot. Add drained beans, diced tomatoes, tomato paste, jalapenos, beef bouillon, beer, chili powder, Worcestershire sauce, oregano, cumin, basil, cayenne pepper, paprika and brown sugar to the crock pot. Stir well to blend. Cover and slow cook for 6-10 hours.
5) After slow cooking is done, taste chili and adjust with salt, pepper, chili powder and add Tabasco if needed for an extra kick.

I usually serve my chili over white rice. To spice things up, try serving it over plain quinoa or Fritos corn chips. Yummy!!