More than two posts ago, I promised you all that I would write about a healthy recipe I made for my dieting mother when she came to visit me. Years ago, when I was on my diet, I made a turkey chili for her in my slow cooker that was so good that I didn’t miss the fatty food! Somehow, I’d lost that recipe and tried many times to recreate the recipe but to no avail.
So, before my mother came to visit this time around, I asked her what she wanted me to cook for her. She immediately replied, “I want that turkey chili you made for me a long time ago.” (Yes, it was that good.) I told her for the umpteenth time that I had lost that recipe, and she told me that I needed to try to find it again before she came to visit. She is demanding! haha
So, I turned to one of my favorite sites for recipes, allrecipes.com. I found a recipe called “Laura’s Quick Slow Cooker Turkey Chili“. It is considered to be quick because of the use of canned beans as opposed to soaking dry beans and slow because of the use of the slow cooker (duh). I added a few extra spices to ensure success because I didn’t want my mother to complain. I now think the chili was the real reason she came to visit me hmmm.
Since I knew she was leaving Sunday afternoon, I started preparing the chili Saturday night so that she could have something to eat at home (my mom doesn’t like to and doesn’t know how to cook very well. Sorry, mom!) Anyway, I asked her to chop the veggies for the chili. Then, I put together everything else while I made her flour tortillas and the cheesecake for my Chocolate Mousse Cheesecake. I was busy in the kitchen, and this was all happening late at night! I set the slow cooker to low for 8 hours, and at 10am the next morning, the chili was ready.
I prepared a bowl of chili for my mom and sat across the table opposite her all while waiting intently for her response. She loved it! She absolutely loved it! I asked her if it was comparable to the other chili I’d made for her many years ago, and she said that it was very close. She also said that I was missing her favorite cornbread (because I didn’t make enough for her already haha).
This chili is very good; it really is. Also, if you add enough cheese to it, it could be a good dip for nacho chips. You can make this dish extremely healthy and flavorful or very unhealthy and flavorful. What a win-win situation that is! Don’t forget to make the cornbread!
very loosely adapted from allrecipes
1/2 medium onion, chopped
2-3 stalks of celery, chopped
2 carrots, chopped
1 pound ground turkey
cumin to taste
Lawry’s Seasoning Salt to taste
pepper to taste
Hot sauce (optional)
Small block of favorite type of cheese, grated (optional) (I used cheddar and monterey jack)
Heat the oil in a skillet or dutch oven over medium heat. Season ground turkey with cumin, Lawry’s Seasoning Salt and pepper (all to taste). Place the veggies in the skillet, and add all the seasonings (from the chili powder to the salt to taste). Next, place the seasoned, ground turkey in the skillet over the veggies, and cook until evenly brown; drain.
Coat the inside of a slow cooker with cooking spray, and mix in turkey, cooked veggies, tomato soup, kidney beans, and black beans. Season with additional chili powder, red pepper flakes, garlic powder, cumin, black pepper, allspice and salt ONLY if you feel something’s missing. You could also add Worcestershire or hot sauce for an added boost of flavor and heat.
Cover, and cook 8 hours on Low or 4 hours on High.