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Slow Cooker (or not) Indian Chili with Ground Turkey
and tortilla chips

Active: 30 min Total: 5 hr 30 min

For a creative twist on chili, we use an Indian flavor profile with garam masala, curry powder, and fresh ginger. Served with chips and a dollop of yogurt, you'll love this cozy meal whether you choose to make it with the slow cooker, Instant Pot, or stove top!

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Ingredients

Servings:
4
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Indian Curry Spice Mix:
  • Garam masala - 2 tsp
  • Curry powder, mild - 2 tsp
  • Cumin, ground - 1 tsp
  • Coriander, ground - 1 tsp
  • Red pepper flakes - 1/2 tsp
  • Salt - 1/2 tsp
Indian Chili with Ground Turkey:
  • Onions, medium - 1, chopped
  • Sweet potatoes - 1 lb, diced
  • Garlic - 3 cloves, chopped
  • Ginger, fresh - 2 tsp, grated
  • Oil, cooking - 1 Tbsp
  • Turkey, ground - 1 lb
  • Indian Curry Spice Mix (ingredients listed separately) - 5 tsp
  • Tomatoes, crushed (14 oz / 397 g) - 1 can
  • Stock, any type - 2 cups
  • Green onions - 2 stalks, chopped, green and white parts combined
  • Beans, garbanzo (14 oz / 387 g) - 1 can, drained and rinsed
  • Yogurt, plain or Greek - for serving
  • Tortilla chips, gluten-free - for serving

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Prep

  1. Make spice mix - Combine garam masala, curry powder, cumin, ground coriander, red pepper flakes, and salt. (Can be done up to 5 days ahead)
  2. Onions / Sweet potatoes / Garlic / Ginger - Prep as directed. Store onions and sweet potatoes in their own containers. Combine garlic and ginger in a third container. (Can be done up to 5 days ahead)
  3. If making chili in the slow cooker: Heat a skillet over medium-high heat. Add oil and then onions to heated oil. Saute until softened, ~3 minutes. Add turkey and spice mix. Cook turkey, breaking it apart as it cooks, until browned, 5 to 7 minutes. Transfer to the bowl of a slow cooker. Add crushed tomatoes, sweet potatoes, garlic, ginger, and stock. Cook on low for 5 to 6 hours or high for 2 to 3 hours. (Can be done up to 3 days ahead)
  4. Green onions - Chop green onions and combine green and white parts. (Can be done up to 2 days ahead)
  5. Beans - Drain and rinse.

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Make

  1. If cooking chili on the stovetop: Heat a Dutch oven over medium-high heat. Add oil and then onions to heated oil. Saute until softened, ~3 minutes. Add turkey and spice mix. Cook turkey, breaking apart as it cooks, until browned, 5 to 7 minutes. Add crushed tomatoes, sweet potatoes, garlic, ginger, and stock. Bring to a boil. Cover with a lid and reduce heat to maintain a low simmer. Simmer chili until sweet potatoes are tender, ~20 minutes.
  2. Stir beans into chili and continue cooking (in slow cooker or on stovetop) until beans are heated through, 4 to 5 minutes.
  3. Taste chili and season with some salt and pepper.
  4. Serve chili with yogurt and green onions on top. Enjoy chips on the side.

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Reviews

Ratings

Original (56)
Gluten-free (2)
Paleo (8)
Vegetarian (16)

40 reviews

I used peas instead of green peppers because that's what I had and loved it!

By: Shana
Posted: May 13, 2020
Diet: Vegetarian
0 Helpful

I doubled the spices in the chili and it was delicious! Very filling!

By: Judy
Posted: May 02, 2020
Diet: Original
0 Helpful

Hubby and I really enjoyed it. Wasn’t my daughter’s favorite. I’d make it again!

By: Christine
Posted: Dec 10, 2019
Diet: Original
0 Helpful

It was more soupy than chili-ish, and I think my spices need a refresh, but this was pretty good.

By: Emily
Posted: Apr 02, 2019
Diet: Vegetarian
0 Helpful

Made the original recipe but substituted veggie crumbles for ground turkey, used the slow cooker. It was really good, we hosted friends for dinner and they liked it, too. There were no leftovers because we ate every last bite! The toasted naan chips really were a nice addition, don't skip those.

By: Scott
Posted: Jan 30, 2019
Diet: Original
0 Helpful

Yum! We loved this. We added more of the spices, as we usually do for these recipes, and subbed tofu for paneer. A tasty, flavorful, hearty meal that we'll definitely make again.

By: Angela
Posted: Jan 18, 2019
Diet: Vegetarian
0 Helpful