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Slow Cooker Turkey Chili
over baked sweet potato

Active: 25 min Total: 8 hr 25 min
Whether or not you'll be serving dinner to someone snacking on Halloween candy tonight, a protein-packed chili always seems like a good idea. We like to serve this one with a toppings "bar" so that everyone can load up their chili any way they like.
Smarts: Spices tend to mellow in the slow cooker. If you make this using stove-top instructions below, reduce the spice amounts listed by about 1/3.


Slow Cooker Turkey Chili:
  • Sweet potatoes, medium - 4
  • Onions, red and medium - 1/2 + 1/2 , chopped
  • Bell peppers, red - 1 , diced
  • Carrots - 8 oz , diced
  • Garlic - 3 cloves , chopped
  • Oil, cooking - 1 1/2 Tbsp
  • Turkey, ground and lean - 1 lb
  • Chili powder - 2 tsp
  • Cumin - 2 tsp
  • Coriander - 2 tsp
  • Salt - 1 tsp
  • Oregano, dried - 1/2 tsp
  • Paprika - 1/2 tsp
  • Black pepper - 1/2 tsp
  • Tomatoes, crushed (28 oz / 794 g) - 1 can
  • Green chilies, diced (4 oz / 113 g) (opt) - 1 can , drained (mild or spicy)
  • Tomato paste - 3 Tbsp
  • Stock, any type - 1/2 cup
  • Chives - 1 Tbsp , chopped
  • Avocados - 1 , cubed
  • Butter - 2 Tbsp
  • Pepitas / pumpkin seeds - 1/4 cup


  1. Potatoes - (Skip if potatoes were cooked ahead on Monday.) Wash and scrub potatoes. Pierce holes in potatoes using a fork. Place in a baking dish and pour 2 Tbsp / 30 mL of water in the dish. Cover with a damp paper towel and cook in microwave until tender, ~10 minutes, turning once in the middle. (Can be done up to 4 days ahead)
  2. Onions (both portions) / Bell peppers / Carrots / Garlic - Prep as directed. Store first part of onions, bell peppers, carrots and garlic in one container. Keep second part of onions separate. (Can be done up to 5 days ahead)
  3. Slow cook chili - Heat a skillet over medium-high heat. Add cooking oil and then turkey with chili powder, cumin, coriander, salt, oregano, paprika and black pepper. Break up with a wooden spoon and cook until browned, ~6 to 8 minutes. Drain out any grease and transfer to slow cooker. Add first part of onions, bell peppers, carrots, garlic, tomatoes, chilies, tomato paste and stock. Stir. Cook on low for 8 hours or high for 4. (Note: If you prefer to use the stovetop, heat oil in a Dutch oven over medium heat. Add onions, bell peppers and carrots and saute until soft. Stir in turkey, dried spices and garlic and saute for 3 minutes. Add tomatoes, chilies, tomato paste and stock. Simmer for 20 minutes, stirring occasionally.) (Can be done up to 3 days ahead)

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  1. Season chili to taste with some salt, pepper, hot sauce or any of the spices. Keep warm until ready to serve - the flavors will continue to develop.
  2. Chop chives and cube avocados.
  3. Slice potatoes in half (reheat in the microwave if they were made ahead).
  4. Lightly mash potato halves. Top with butter and then chili. Set out toppings so that everyone can add chives, avocados, second portion of onions and pepitas as they’d like. Enjoy!



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