Tonight’s dinner is a real crowd-pleaser. Jet has turned into something of a picky eater, but he begs for this chili. I thought maybe it would be too spicy for the kids, but even Songbird chows down! It comes together quickly and then does its own delicious thing in the slow cooker all afternoon. We love coming in the door from work, school, and cold, snowy weather to the smell of dinner ready to eat.
I have many, many fond memories of making chili with my Grandad Glenn. He used the Wick Fowler’s 2-Alarm Chili Kit. I recently realized that I could replicate the mix very easily and much more cheaply. Plus, the kit comes with packets of cayenne pepper and masa (a thickener) that I never used. It just seems wrong to buy something knowing I won’t use it.
I already have all of the spices in my pantry, and I can tweak it a little to fit our tastes. With things like chili, where some people (read: Knight) like it hot and the rest of us prefer to taste what we eat instead of having our tastebuds fried, I make a fairly mild version and then let others spice it up. (Knight adds cayenne pepper and/or cholula to his bowl.) Don’t be afraid of the amount of chili powder in this recipe. I’ve found chili powder to be a very warm, non-spicy flavor. It’s the cayenne that really heats things up.
This recipe can be doubled (or even tripled, depending on the size of your slow cooker) very easily, and leftovers freeze well.
2 tsp olive oil
2 lbs ground turkey
1-15 oz can tomato sauce
15 oz water
1 (16 ounce) can dark red kidney beans, drained and rinsed
1/3 cup chili powder
2 tsp ground cumin
2 tsp dried oregano
2 tsp paprika
1 tsp salt
2 tsp dried minced onions
1 tsp garlic powder
Heat olive oil in large skillet over medium-high heat. Brown ground turkey.
Meanwhile, add tomato sauce, beans, water and spices to the slow cooker.
When turkey has browned, add it to tomato sauce mixture and stir. The liquid in the slow cooker should just cover all the turkey and beans. If not, add more tomato sauce or water.
Cook on low 1-4 hours. (It’s very forgiving, but don’t go longer than 4 hours or it will taste overcooked.)
Serve with Fritos, shredded cheddar cheese, minced fresh onion, sour cream or whatever else you like.
Optional dessert: Tums.