Turkey Chili

I’m trying to be a tough Canadian.
I grew up in the Snow-belt of Ontario (ie:  15 min south of Owen Sound), I should be able to handle the snow…the cold…the shovelling…
GAH!  It’s enough!

February 2, 2014 snow
Who needs a WOD? This took an hour to dig out!

Probably doesn’t help that I’m 14 days away from driving down to Daytona Beach with my sister.  Hope it’s at least double digits there!

Cold weather means chilli.  It’s just a winter staple.
I know what you’re thinking.  Chilli requires meat, beans, and cheddar cheese on top.  But you’re wrong!
Chilli can be Paleo-fied (I am trademarking that ;)) and still be awesome.
Just try it. This one’s full of veggies, spices and turkey.
You could certainly use ground beef instead.

Turkey Chilli

2 lbs. of ground beef or turkey
1 onion, diced
3 cloves of garlic, minced
1 red and 1 green bell pepper, both diced
1 cup of carrots,  sliced (food processor!)
1 cup of celery, sliced (food processor!)
(1) 28-ounce can of crushed or stewed tomatoes
(1) 14-ounce can of diced tomatoes
(1) 15-ounce can of tomato sauce

3 tbs. of chili powder
1 tbs. of oregano
1 tbs. of basil
2 tsp. of cumin
1 tsp. of salt
1 tsp. pepper
1 tsp. onion powder
1/2 tsp. of cayenne

Turkey Chili Ingredients

Turkey Chili browning tukey
Having a helper is awesome

Saute onions and garlic together in a large saucepan over medium heat
Add ground meat to the saucepan, and brown
Drain excess fat
Transfer the cooked onions, garlic and meat to your crockpot

Oooh....action shot!
Oooh….action shot! Look at those carrots fly!
Turkey Chili tomatoes and spices
I like to put spices in piles to ensure I don’t forget one or put too much in

Turkey Chili sliced carrots and celery

Add all vegetables and spices  to the crock-pot

I like to see everything in the pot before I mix it
So pretty before the mix

Give it all a good stir
Set crock-pot to low and allow to slow cook for about 6 hours
Turkey Chili set it and forget it
Serve hot and enjoy!
After it cools, you can put it in air-tight containers and store in the freezer.