A hearty, nutritious pot of chili – great to put together before you go shopping!

chili  FAST AND EASY CROCKPOT THREE BEAN CHILI  (thank you google images – looks just like mine did)!

I made this yesterday at the studio – it served about 10 people.  It was gone by the end of the day!  I started preparing shortly before noon and served it at 1:30.  Then people just kept coming back for more throughout the afternoon!  It definitely was a hit!

Benefits:  This dish is filled with Iron, Vitamin C, Tryptophan, fiber and protein

Preparation time:  Less than 15 minutes – then slow cook for 1.5  to 6 hours – can cook on high until heated through – but the longer it cooks, the better it is!

Ingredients:

3 pounds ground turkey

3 15 oz cans of diced tomatoes – the fire roasted with garlic are the ones I love

1 15 oz can of white beans – drained

1 15 oz can of cannoli beans – drained

1 15 oz can of garbanzo beans – drained

1-1/2 cups fresh pico de gallo (I get mine at Smart & Final)

Approximately 1 tablespoon butter, margarine or oil

1 tablespoon Worchestshire sauce

At least 1 – 2 teaspoons each of garlic powder, pepper, onion powder and your favorite packaged chili seasoning to taste.  I use Carol Shelby’s Chili seasoning or even Lawry’s Chili seasoning.  If I don’t have on hand, try using bottled taco sauce  to add a kick. I always have a bottle of Taco Bell Taco sauce on hand. 

Paprika

Garnish with shredded cheese.

I also used about two teaspoons of my son’s Beef rub (which will be available for sale in 1 week)!

The mixture felt a little to thick for my taste so I added less than a cup of V-8 juice.  It cooked away but it was very juicy when I first served it – like a thick soup. 

Note:   Pico de gallo is a combination of diced tomatoes, onions, jalepenos and cilantro.  I used it in a lot of things – even in scrambled eggs!  And it sure saves time – everything is chopped!

Over medium heat – melt butter or heat oil – add Worchestshire sauce, pico de gallo, and ground turkey and seasonings.  Saute until browned.

While turkey is browning, put all of the canned ingredients into large crock pot – mix well. 

Add browned turkey – fold in.  Turn on your crock pot – and go shopping!  When you come home you will have a hearty, yummy dish, ready to eat.  Serve with a salad and your favorite dressing. 

Here is a little handy hint:  For a salad dressing and even to put on chili – I used the rest of the container of pico de gallo mixed with about a cup and a half of sour cream.  I added a little salt, and about ½ teaspoon of each of the seasonings listed above, with the exception of my beef rub.  Just mix and season to taste. 

Also, I discovered Doritos Avocado chips – caution – they are totally addictive – so be careful!  The sour cream mixture made a great dip too!

So easy – so tasty!  Enjoy!

 

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