Weight Watchers Recipe of the Day: 3 Bean Turkey Sausage Chili
Here’s a super simple, very basic recipe for slow cooker chili made with turkey sausage and 3 different kinds of beans I think you are going to love. We all did!
Last night as we were digging into the remaining portion I had tucked away in the freezer from a few weeks back, it dawned on me that I had yet to post it.
This chili had just enough heat for our tastes without being overly spicy. Like most chilis it is even thicker and more flavorful the next day.
A great candidate to make-ahead as a freezer meal, I was reminded just how wonderful it is to have yummy foods like this in the freezer, ready and waiting for those nights I’m too tired, or unmotivated, to cook.
I pulled it out first thing in the morning and by dinnertime it was defrosted and ready to heat and eat.
Rod said it reminded him of being in a ski lodge. And Mom called it delicious, saying it needed nothing except a sprinkling of cheese to make a satisfying lunch.
Slow Cooker 3 Bean Turkey Chili Recipe Notes
This is a really easy recipe that requires very little chopping. Ground turkey can be pretty bland, so to make this Crock Pot Turkey Chili more flavorful, I used hot Italian-style Turkey sausage. Adjust the spices to suit your tastes. Chili powder is one of those spices that can intensify a lot during long slow cooking.
I like to cook my ground meat and onion in the microwave before adding it to the slow cooker, but you could always use your stovetop and a skillet instead.
Slow Cooker 3-Bean Turkey Chili Recipe Variations
different meats – substitute whatever lean ground meat or combination you like best, turkey, chicken, lean beaf, bison, pork, sausage, etc.
different beans – use whatever combination of beans you like best
vegetarian/vegan – skip the meat and add 1 to 2 extra cans of beans or your favorite meatless crumbles
more veg – bell pepper and/or corn would be good
According to my calculations, each serving has 213 calories, *5 Weight Watchers PointsPlus and *2 Weight Watchers FreeStyle SmartPoints.
I used the following kitchen tools to make this recipe:
If you like this simple recipe for 3-bean turkey sausage chili, be sure to check out my other easy, healthy Weight Watchers friendly chili recipes including: Vegetarian Chili, Skinny Pepperoni Pizza Chili, Easy Slow Cooker BBQ Chili, Weight Watchers Chuck Wagon Chili and Slow Cooker Turkey Green Chile Chowder
A super-simple, basic, no frills recipe, this slow cooker 3-bean turkey chili is a winner at our house.
- 1 pound uncooked hot Italian style turkey sausage
- 1 cup chopped onion
- 1 can (28 ounces) diced tomatoes
- 1 can (14-15 ounces) tomato sauce
- 1 can (4-6 ounces) chopped green chiles, drained
- 1 can (14-15 ounces) chickpeas, rinsed and drained
- 1 can (14-15 ounces) black beans, rinsed and drained
- 1 can (14-15 ounces) pinto beans, rinsed and drained
- 1-2 tablespoons chili powder (to taste)
- 1-2 teaspoons ground cumin (to taste)
- 1 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1 teaspoon dried oregano
- 1 chopped red onion
- Chopped fresh cilantro
- Reduced-fat shredded cheddar cheese
Ideal slow cooker size: 5- to 6-Quart.
Place the turkey and onion in a microwave safe bowl and cook until it's no longer pink and the onions are soft (5 to 8 minutes).
Drain any fat and transfer to the slow cooker.
Add the tomatoes, tomato sauce, chiles, beans, chili powder, cumin, garlic powder and oregano. Stir to combine.
Cover and cook on LOW 6 to 8 hours.
Garnish with the optional toppings and enjoy!
Weight Watchers PointsPlus: *5
Weight Watchers SmartPoints: *2
Source: adapted from Skinnytaste
*PointsPlus® and SmartPoints® calculated by Simple Nourished Living; Not endorsed by Weight Watchers International, Inc. All recipe ingredients except optional items included in determining nutritional estimates. SmartPoints® values calculated WITHOUT Weight Watchers Zero Points fruits and vegetables using the WW Recipe Builder.
Watch how to make another version of Three Bean Turkey Chili:
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Originally published 12/2014; Updated 12/2016
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