If you have a slow cooker, you want to put it to good use, right? Well, I have the perfect crowd-pleasing recipe for doing just that! It’s the kind of recipe where you do a bit of prep, then toss it in the slow cooker and pretty much forget about it for the next few hours. (Easier said than done when it smells this good!)
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The chili is made with black beans and turkey thighs (you could also use chicken thighs instead of turkey). Some seriously flavorful ingredients — garlic, onion, Serrano chiles, chipotle chiles, and chili powder — give it bold flavor, while pureed tomatoes add moisture. Watch the video to see the secret ingredient that brightens up nearly any slow-cooker dish. (Hint: you probably already have it in your pantry!) I like my chili served with sliced jalapenos, cilantro, and a dollop of sour cream. This would also be delicious with cornbread! [LINK: ]
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Prep Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 3 hours 45 minutes
Serves 6
1 1/2 pounds boneless skinless turkey thighs, cut into 1-inch pieces
3 cloves garlic, minced
1 medium yellow onion, diced small
2 serrano chiles, seeded and minced
1 chipotle chile in adobo, seeded and minced
1 can (28 ounces) whole peeled tomatoes, pureed
2 tablespoons chili powder
Coarse salt
2 cans ( ounces each) black beans, drained and rinsed
1 tablespoon white vinegar
In a 5- to 6-quart slow cooker, combine turkey, garlic, onion, serrano chiles, chipotle chile, tomato puree, chili powder, and 1 teaspoon salt. Cover and cook on high until turkey is fork-tender, 3 hours (or 6 hours on low).
Add beans and cook until warmed through, about 30 minutes more. Stir in vinegar and season with salt.
Cook’s Note
Top It Off
Serve this chili with sliced jalapenos for heat, cilantro for fresh flavor, and a dollop of sour cream to cool things off.
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Nutritional Info: per serv (makes 6): 337 cal; 10 g fat; 31 g protein; 28 g carb; 10 g fiber
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Sarah Carey is the editor of Everyday Food magazine and her job is to come up with the best ways to make fast, delicious food at home. But she’s also a mom to two hungry kids, so the question “What’s for dinner?” is never far from her mind — or theirs, it seems! Her days can get crazy busy (whose don’t?), so these videos are all about her favorite fast, fresh meals — and the tricks she uses to make it all SO much easier.
Chili Recipe – Spicy Turkey and Beans – Everyday Food with Sarah Carey

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