Saturday, February 9, 2013

Turkey & Black Bean Crock Pot Chili

This was my first attempt at making turkey chili. When I make traditional chili I sometimes use a shortcut and buy a packet of chili seasoning mix.  Today I was visiting my brother and sister in law. They had all the necessary ingredients for me to try making the chili from scratch.

Gadgets used: Lodge cast iron skillet, Crock Pot, Kitchenaid hand grater.

Ingredients:
One pound of ground turkey; cooked and drained.
three 15 oz. cans of black beans (they prefer black beans to kidney);
 two 6 oz. cans of tomato paste
1/4 tsp. cumin
1/4 tsp. ground celery seed
1/4 tsp. oregano
1/4 tsp. black pepper
1 tsp. kosher salt
1/4 cup chili powder
Four cups of water

Add all the above to the crock pot, stir until the paste is dissolved. Cover and set on low for at least two hours to get all the flavors to incorporate into the meat and beans.  Serve with shredded jack or cheddar cheese; dollop of sour cream and tortilla chips.   Feel free to experiment with other ingredients such as hot sauce; cut carrots, kidney beans, lean hamburg - make it how you think your taste buds might like it.

If you have any leftover, it'll taste even better the next day!








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