Busy Mom Slow Cooker Turkey Chili

"Chili recipe for the slow cooker swap... tweeked the directions and ingredient list. This was the first recipe I had posted in a contest! Thanks for your comments."
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Ready In:
6hrs 15mins




  • Cook bacon in skillet, drain on paper towel, allow to cool and break in pieces. Crumble and brown turkey in the skillet and stir to break apart. Place cooked turkey and bacon in slow cooker. Season with taco seasoning mix, oregano, garlic powder and salt,and pepper. Mix until meat is evenly coated. Pour in beef broth, Rotel salsa, kidney beans, tomatoes, tomato paste. Add onion, green pepper, bay leaf, celery, salt, and pepper. Mix well. You may need to adjust for the thickness by adding water.
  • Simmer on low, stirring occasionally. Cook for approximately 6 to 7 hours.
  • Garnish with green onions, sour cream and/or cheddar cheese.

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  1. 5 Stars for taste but I had to give 4 because the directions would benefit from some modifications. (SEE BELOW)This is the recipe my family keeps reminding me to make again. A hands-down favorite of all 7 that we tried. We really enjoyed the combination of ingredients, from the ground turkey & fresh green peppers, to the kick of the Rotel tomatoes. I didn't want to have to open two packages of ground turkey to make the 1 2/3 lbs so I only used one pound. I also didn't follow the instructions perfectly as IMO the best thing about crock pot cooking is not having a bunch of dishes to wash. I chopped & fried the bacon, drained most of the grease, then skipped the added oil & browned the turkey in the bacon pan. I then added the rest of the ingredients. I was extremely happy I used a large dutch oven pan for all this when I realized that the amount this recipe made was nearly overflowing it. The hardest part of this recipe was transferring the already made chili to the crock pot. It was a very heavy pan filled with extremely hot food that stains when it splashes on your clothes. ;) I will most definitely make this recipe again but probably stop with the stove-top cooking after browning the meats. I'll just dump everything else right into the crock & let it slow cook. This recipe would be perfect for OAMC & the leftovers were just as delicious as it was fresh. Good luck! Made for Category Craze-E #1 - Crockpot Challenge. UPDATE: Have made this 3 times now & it's only been a month since the contest! The last batch I doubled & vacuum packed into 6 meal-sized portions for freezing. We thawed & ate one while my mom was in town for TG holiday & she liked it too. P.S. The directions are much easier since you tweaked them. Now I can upgrade my rating to the 5 stars it deserves! ;)
  2. We enjoyed the flavors of this dish quite a lot, though I tend to agree that is was somewhat heavy on the tomatoes. I think next time I will skip the tomato paste, as this put it over the top for me. I must confess, after browning the turkey, everything else went directly into the crock - for me that's one of the main benefits, one-pot cooking!! So I would definitely make an adjustment to the recipe for that. Sequence of ingredients could use adjustment/grouping to make it easier to read. Overall, a very tasty dish. Made for CRAZE-E Cooking Contest finalist, October 2008.
  3. The directions here could have used some tweeking. This chili seemed pretty heavy on the tomatoes as well. The flavor was pretty good but not outstanding for us. I may be a harder judge in that area since I am a Texan. Best of luck in the contest!
  4. This recipe ended up being one of our contest favorites. =) The negatives were: The ingredients were for an odd amount for me, trying to reduce the recipe to use 1# of meat I ended up putting in SERVES 4 1/8. The ingredient list is also out of order. The recipe would be much easier to follow if it were in order. I also didn't see the need for the simmer after sauteing the meat. Now to the positives. LOL Both of us enjoyed this recipe alot. My hubby told me to SAVE this recipe!!! The chili is full bodied without being heavy or greasy. Well seasoned without being spicy hot. I used elk, chili seasoning & a lg can of tomato sauce instead of the paste. Browned the meat, garlic. Added seasoning & tomato sauce, cooked down, poured into crockpot with everything except beans, added beans at the end. It was easy to make & *delicious!*. Thank you for creating a recipe I will be using again!
  5. Tasty chili with just the right amount of spice! This had plenty of liquid so no need to add water-maybe even reduce to half a can of broth since the liquids don't cook off much in the crockpot. While the taste and final result was amazing, the process on this recipe could be improved. New to crockpot cooking, my favorite part is having fewer pots to clean. I agree that the turkey should be browned first, but why not just saute the onion and turkey in the same skillet used to cook the bacon? Then, stir in the tomato paste afterwards; otherwise you can't really tell when the turkey is browned and it can get overdone. Step #2 of simmering everything in a large pot on the stove first is unnecessary, and creates work to transfer such a large amount of food from pot to pot, and then there's three pots to wash! Small points: the ingredients or directions should call for chopping the green pepper, onions and celery, and garlic powder is listed twice. Delicious and got even *better* sitting in the fridge a couple days!


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