1can(14-15 ounces) black beans, rinsed and drained
1can(14-15 ounces) pinto beans, rinsed and drained
1packet(1.25 ounces) chili seasoning mix (or 1-2 T. chili powder, 1-2 t. ground cumin, 1 t. garlic powder and 1 t. dried oregano)
1chopped 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). Or if you prefer, in a large skillet, cook turkey and onion over medium heat 8 to 10 minutes, stirring occasionally, until meat is brown.
Drain any fat and scrape into the slow cooker.
Add the remaining ingredients and stir to combine.
Cover and cook on LOW 6 to 8 hours.
Garnish with the optional toppings and enjoy!
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.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
different spices - substitute your favorite package of chili seasoning for the spices. Increase the spices and add cayenne pepper for more heat!