Kid-Friendly Turkey Chili

One of my favorite things about colder weather is the ease and comfort of one-pot meals. At least once a month during the winter, I make this family-friendly turkey chili. I came up with it years ago when my daughter was in preschool, so it’s definitely mild. But you can always add more chili powder and adjust the spice level to your liking. I’ve added more veggies to boost the nutrition and the flavor, which no one seems to mind.

Note: I usually make it on the stove since it cooks in less than an hour, but you can also simmer in your slow cooker (just be sure to cook the turkey, onions, peppers and garlic before you add it to the slow cooker).

Kid-Friendly Turkey Chili💕
Serves 6

1.3 lbs ground turkey thighs
1 tsp ghee
1 onion, minced or small diced
2 large carrots, small diced
2 celery stalks, small diced
1 red bell pepper, small diced
3 garlic cloves, minced
1-1/2 cups frozen organic white corn kernels
28 oz. diced fire-roasted tomatoes, undrained
1 cup of your favorite marinara sauce
1 tsp cumin (add 1/2 tsp more if needed)
1/2 tsp chili powder
1/2 tsp paprika
1 tsp sea salt
1 can organic black beans, rinsed, drained
1 can pinto beans, rinsed, drained
1 cup organic chicken broth or stock
1 bay leaf
Optional: 1-2 cups chopped spinach
Toppings: diced avocado, mico greens, 1-2 TBSP chopped parsley or cilantro

– Brown ground turkey in a dutch oven or large pot over medium heat, breaking up the turkey as it browns. Season it with some sea salt and fresh cracked black pepper as it cooks. Set aside or place in slow cooker if using.
– Add ghee to the pot and sauté the onion, carrot, celery, red bell pepper, garlic over medium heat for about 5 minutes.
– If you’re using the slow cooker, you can add the sautéed veggies to the browned turkey OR if cooking on stove, just add the turkey back to the pot.
– Add corn, tomatoes with juice, marinara sauce, cumin, chili powder, paprika, sea salt, beans, chicken broth and bay leaf.
– Simmer for 30-60 minutes or in the slow cooker on high for 4 hrs or on low for 6 hrs.
– For added nutrition, you can also add some chopped spinach at the end of cooking time and serve topped with avocado, micro greens and a little parsley.

Enjoy! xo

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