I made this turkey chili for dinner this past week and loved the way it turned out so much that I decided to share it all with you!
I called it Rainbow Turkey Chili because of the colorful ingredients in it – when I put everything in the crockpot, I thought it looked so pretty.
I’ve always loved chili and normally I make it with ground beef, but I had some ground turkey in the freezer so I pulled that out to use. It’s a bit healthier and leaner than beef.
You’ll notice the secret ingredient in the recipe – strong black coffee. It adds a deep dimension and such a great flavor to the chili! I love deep flavorful chilis and this one fits the bill perfectly. (I actually just finished up a bowl of the leftovers for lunch today – this time I added some avocado and shredded cheese to it).
When you cook your ground turkey (note – you could replace it with beef), season it as much as you like. Like I said, I love strong and deep flavors so I tend to really season it with chili powder and cumin!
Dump everything in the crockpot, give it a big old stir, and let it cook for a good long while. I started mine around 8:30/9 in the morning and we ate around 6 so it had about 8-9ish hours to cook. I love when the whole house smells like chili 🙂
- 1 pound ground turkey - cooked, drained, and seasoned with chili powder, cumin, salt, and pepper
- 2 cans mild chili beans
- 1 can great white northern beans, drained
- 1 large can chopped tomatoes, drained
- 1 medium onion, chopped
- 2 green bell peppers, chopped
- 1 ten-ounce bag frozen cubed butternut squash
- 1/2 cup strong black coffee
- 1/4 cup chili powder
- 2 tablespoons cumin
- 1 teaspoon chipotle chili powder
- salt and pepper
- toppings such as shredded cheese, sour cream, green onion, avocado
- Combine all ingredients in a slow cooker.
- Cook on low for 6-8 hours or on high for 2-3 hours.
- Optional - serve with sour cream, green onions, avocado, shredded cheese.
Ground turkey can be replaced with ground beef or cut out all together if you want a vegetarian chili
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