Hearty Chili

The other day I posted a blog on making your own beans to use for a variety of recipes. Today I want to share with you a recipe for a very hearty chili to warm up your cold fall/winter nights. (Thank you Nenna for the basis of this recipe!)

Hearty Chili

Makes 12, 1 cup servings


*1 lb dried Red Kidney Beans

*1/3 cup dried Black Beans

*1 lb ground Turkey Sausage

*2 28 oz cans of Tomatoes (I use crushed because we don’t like chunks but you can substitute diced or stewed. You may just have to adjust the liquid content.)

*1 cup Salsa (I prefer Pace Picante.)

*1 large Onion, diced

*1 tablespoon of minced Garlic

*Black Pepper, Chili Pepper, Garlic Powder, Onion Powder, Cumin (to taste)

*Grated Cheddar Cheese

1. Start the night before by preparing your beans. Follow this tutorial for an easy method. In the morning, drain beans and return to the crock pot.

2. Spray a large skillet with a non-stick spray. Saute the garlic and onion for a few minutes.

3. Add the ground turkey to the skillet and heat until cooked through. Drain grease.

4. Combine the beans, tomatoes, turkey, salsa, and seasoning in the crock pot.

5. Cover and cook on low for 8 hours or on high for 4 hours.

6. Scoop into a bowl, sprinkle with cheese and enjoy!

This recipe makes a lot of chili! Once your family has enjoyed it, divide the rest into small containers and freeze for quick, easy, and healthy meals anytime.

If you try the recipe, let me know how it works for you and what additions or changes you find work for your family.

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