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Basic Slow Cooker or Crockpot Chili

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This is a very basic slow cooker or crockpot chili recipe my family has been enjoying over the years. We use basic ingredients most of us have handy most of the time. For example, we use celery, beans, onion, and lean meat. Because we use real ingredients for this chili, it is a nutrient-dense meal. It is rich in iron, calcium, protein, fiber, Vitamin A, B, C, K, potassium, niacin, phosphorous, molybdenum, folate, copper, manganese, magnesium, folic acid, selenium, and phytonutrients.

Slow Cooker or Crockpot Chili Ingredients

Lean Meat

For this recipe, we use ground turkey as our choice of lean meat. You can, of course, substitute it with ground chicken, ground beef, or even ground pork depending on your taste. When you brown the meat over medium heat, you can opt to drain the liquid from the meat prior adding it to the slow cooker.

Vegetables

We use basic vegetables for this recipe, such as celery, bell pepper, onion, and garlic. You can add more vegetables such as carrots, or omit the onion family if you have allergies. I also have met many people who are celery averse. If you are one of those people, feel free to omit the celery from this recipe. Just note that the taste is not as prominent once combined with the rest of the ingredients.

Tomatoes

Many chili recipes call out for tomato sauce or tomato paste. In our crockpot chili recipe, we use marinara out of a glass jar which contains less harmful ingredients than its canned counterparts. If you read the ingredients of the Mezzetta marinara, you will notice all ingredients are real ingredients. They are tomatoes, fresh onion, olive oil, and spices. There are no chemicals, preservatives, additives, or unknown ingredients. In short, we love the jarred marinara and include it in many of our recipes.

Beans

We use kidney and cannellini beans in our chili. Feel free to substitute it with beans of your choice. We preserve the liquid from 2 out of the 3 cans. If you prefer more soup/watery type of chili, feel free to leave the bean liquid from all the cans. Respectively, if you like a thicker chili, drain the liquid from all the cans. You can also make your own beans from scratch for a healthier alternative.

Seasoning

We use dry spices for this recipe. We use the basic basil and oregano spices found in many tomato-based dishes. And of course, chili powder as the name suggests is used for chilies. Feel free to use fresh spices instead of the dried ones. Also, some marinara already have spices such as basil in them already.

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Serving Suggestions

We love serving this chili with some grated cheddar cheese on top along with some green onions. Feel free to top it with any of your favorite chili toppings. My husband likes to top it with spicy sauces and my children like to add tortilla chips.

Equipment

We use a slow cooker, also known as a crockpot, for this delicious chili recipe. Cooking this chili for about 8 hours blends the seasoning, veggies, and lean meat very well. Other than the slow cooker, the rest of the kitchen tools are basic, such as pan, knife, cutting board, measuring set, and utensil set.

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Basic Slow Cooker Chili Recipe

Slow Cooker or Crockpot Basic Chili Recipe
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time8 hrs
Active Time15 mins
Total Time8 hrs 15 mins
Course: Dinner, Kids, Lunch, Main Course, Main Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: basic chili, crock pot chili, slow cooker chili
Skill Level: Beginner
Gluten-Free: Gluten Free
Nut-Free: Nut Free
Dairy-Free: Dairy Free
Special Tools: Crock Pot
Active Time: 15 min
Total Time: 8h 15min
Servings: 8
Calories: 135kcal

Ingredients

  • 1 lb ground turkey
  • 3 ribs celery
  • 1 onion
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 20 oz marinara
  • 1 bell pepper
  • 2 cans kidney beans 15 oz
  • 1 can cannellini beans 15 oz
  • tsp chili powder
  • 1 tsp dried parsley
  • 1 tsp dried basil
  • ½ tsp dried oregano
  • ¼ tsp ground black pepper

Instructions

Prep

  • Wash hands with soap and water. Check out our article about how to wash hands properly
  • Gather all ingredients
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  • Gently rub produce under cold running water. Scrub firm produce with a clean vegetable brush under running water.
  • Peel and chop 2 cloves garlic and 1 onion.
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  • Dice 3 ribs celery
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  • Core and dice 1 bell pepper

Brown The Ground Turkey

  • Over medium heat, in a pan, brown 1 pound of ground turkey
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  • Drain excess liquid

Combine Ingredients Into Slow Cooker

  • In a slow cooker also known as crock pot, combine all ingredients: browned 1 pound ground turkey, 1 chopped bell pepper, 3 stalks diced celery, 2 cloves minced garlic, 1 chopped onion, 20 oz marinara, 1 can kidney beans with liquid, 1 can kidney beans without liquid (drained), and 1 can cannellini beans with liquid.
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  • Season with 1 tsp dried parsley, 1½ chili powder, 1 tsp dried basil, ¼ tsp ground black pepper, and ½ dried oregano.
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  • Stir well and cook on low for 8 hours.
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  • Enjoy!
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Notes

  • Chili Powder – Make sure it says gluten-free on the label if you have gluten allergies. Otherwise, the chili powder may contain trace of gluten.
  • Feel free to top your amazing chili with some grated cheese if you don’t have dairy allergies
  • We are extremely excited to announce we are now using the saferecipeguide.org guidelines to make our recipe safe-friendly. We will slowly be incorporating the safe recipe guidelines into our recipe instructions!

Nutrition

Calories: 135kcal | Carbohydrates: 16g | Protein: 18g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 31mg | Sodium: 538mg | Potassium: 500mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 529IU | Vitamin C: 34mg | Calcium: 61mg | Iron: 3mg

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