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Slow Cooker Meals: Chili with Ground Turkey

I just had to make a batch of chili using the Set ‘N Forget 6 Quart Slow Cooker from Hamilton Beach. Chili is the perfect dish to make in a slow cooker. You know how there are some dishes that taste that much better the next day. For me, chili is one of them. When I cook chili on the stove in a big pot, the seasonings do not settle in until the next day. But when I make a batch of chili in the slow cooker, the herbs and spices make themselves right at home; making my chili bowl ready the same day it is made.

With the temperature steady dropping in Chicago and football Season is in high gear, you can never go wrong with chili. Chili is a versatile comfort food for me. I can eat it in a bowl by itself. I can use it to replace the meat topping for my nachos. I can also use it as a topping when I have a taste for a turkey dog. It is a hit at potlucks and casual family fun gatherings.

How woul you like your own Set ‘N Forget 6 Quart Programmable Slow Cooker from Hamilton Beach. If you want a chance to win a free fresh out of the box Set ‘N Forget 6 Quart Slow Cooker of your very own, shipped to you from Hamilton Beach, check out my October 9th post on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/dishdestination for your chance to win or see details after the recipe below.

Turkey Chili

Chili with Ground Turkey

Chili with Ground Turkey

4 pounds ground turkey
1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
3 tablespoons chili powder
1/2 teaspoon black pepper
1 tablespoon ground cumin
1 teaspoon garlic powder
1 jalapeño pepper, chopped (discard seeds if you wish. I use 3 seeds to give the chili a kick)
1/2 tablespoon roasted garlic (can substitute with regular garlic)
1 small onion, chopped
1 green pepper, chopped
1 can reduced sodium stewed tomatoes
1 6 ounce can tomatoe paste
1 15 ounce can black beans, rinsed (I didn’t have kidney beans in my pantry.)
15 ounces water
1/4 teaspoon salt, optional (I typically do not add salt. The canned goods have enough sodium for my taste.)

ONEHeat a large pot or skillet on medium heat and add the oil to prevent the meet from sticking.
TWOAdd ground turkey, 2 tablespoons chili, ground cumin, black pepper, and garlic powder to pot. Stir to ensure seasonings are evenly distributed.
THREEStir seasoned ground turkey to prevent the meat from sticking.
FOURCook seasoned ground turkey for about 20 to 30 minute, or until meat is brown.
FIVEProgram your slow cooker for 1 hour on the LOW.
SIXAdd browned seasoned ground turkey to the slow cooker. Do not drain meat before adding it to the slow cooker.
SEVENAdd the remaining ingredients (including the 1 tablespoon of chili powder) to the slow cooker.
EIGHTStir mixture until all ingredients are thoroughly combined.
NINECook the chili for 2 hours on LOW.
TENAllow to cool.
ELEVENServe with your favorite items. In the picture, I topped my chili with plain Greek yogurt and fresh chives.

NOTE: Remember to check out Dish Destination on Facebook to see how you can win a free Set ‘N Forget 6 Quart Programmable Slow Cooker or simply:

1. Follow my blog

2. In the comment section, tell me your 3 favorite restaurants along with their city and state.

3. Also, only residents of the 50 states and D.C. are eligible.

Submit your entries, Monday, October 20th at 9am CST. From the blog and Facebook entries, I will randomly select one winner.

Dish Destination does not supply your information to third parties without your permission. Your physical address will be given to Hamilton Beach in order for the slow cooker to be shipped from their distribution center directly to you.

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