Paleo Crockpot Turkey Chili (Easy)
What’s that tantalizing smell wafting from your kitchen? Oh, doll, that’s paleo crockpot turkey chili. No longer a closeted meat-eater (learn more about why I no longer am vegan after 8 years #sorrynotsorry), this recipe is a staple for myself and Aaron. Hearty, protein-rich, and bursting with vegetables, it is a great entree to make before a busy week, or simply to feed your growing family.
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First of all, thank you, God, for crockpots and Instapots. Other busy folks out there are singing the same praise. You can prepare this recipe in 15-20 minutes, put it on high for 3-4 hours, or low for 6-8 hours, and your food will be guaranteed cooked and incredibly tasty. To make this recipe…
- Start off by cooking off 1 lb of ground turkey
- Add the chopped vegetables
- Open 1 can of fire-roasted tomatoes and empty into the crockpot
- Add seasonings and spices
- Set on Low or High, and set a time for when to check back in
VARIATIONS TO YOUR CHILI RECIPE:
As with all chili recipes, you can vary the veggies and spices to your preferences. I love adding some chopped sweet potatoes, but regular chopped potatoes would also work. You are starting to move away from a traditional chili recipe and more towards a stew, but I really like to try new things. I have also made a variation of this completely meatless, with the potatoes and it was amazing!
LOW FODMAP VERSION:
- Use garlic or onion-infused oil instead of garlic and onions. Saute garlic and onion, large enough pieces to remove, in olive oil for a few minutes. Remove the garlic and onion and use the oil.
- Sliced or diced avocado
- Dairy-free sour cream
- Shredded lettuce
- Grain-free tortilla chips
- Chopped onions
- Chopped tomatoes
- Fresh chopped cilantro
- Chopped olives
- Chopped green onions
- Jalapeno slices
- Sliced radishes
TIPS AND TECHNIQUES:
- Use a 6-quart slow cooker (crockpot).
- Add some chopped sweet potatoes.
- Can I substitute the turkey for another meat? Yes, ground beef or ground chicken would work perfectly.
- Can I cook the turkey in the slow cooker? Yes, but I recommend cooking on the stove in a saute pan first.
Paleo Crockpot Turkey Chili (Easy)
This hearty and nourishing chili can be left in the crockpot so it’s warm for dinner when you return home.
- Prep Time: 20
- Cook Time: 3 hours
- Total Time: 3 hours 20 minutes
- Yield: 8 1x
- Category: Entree
- Cuisine: Paleo
- Diet: Gluten Free
- 1 lb ground turkey
- 1 tablespoon olive or coconut oil
- l large garlic clove, minced
- 1/2 inch onion chopped (yellow or red will work)
- 2 cups chopped diced peppers (about 1/2 of a red and 1/2 of a green) pepper (could use yellow also). Shortcut: use frozen sliced peppers and chop them.
- 1 cup celery, chopped and diced (about 5 large stalks)
- 1 cup carrots, chopped and diced (about 5 large carrots) Shortcut: use frozen sliced carrots.
- 28 ounce can crushed tomatoes
- 28 ounce can fire-roasted petite diced tomatoes
- 1 tablespoon chili powder
- 1 tablespoon basil
- 1 teaspoon cumin
- 1 tablespoon oregano
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 teaspoon pepper
- In a skillet, saute onion and garlic until translucent in 1 tablespoon olive oil, about 5 minutes. Keep a close watch to make sure onion and garlic don’t burn.
- Add ground turkey to skillet and brown and cook turkey until no longer pink.
- Add turkey mixture and all other ingredients into your slow cooker. Stir the ingredients to combine. Then put on the lid and set the temperature.
- I cook this two ways – on high for 3-4 hours if I want/need it sooner, or 6-8 hours on low if I have the time to wait. Both ways are great.
Source: Life In Bloom