Slow Cooker Turkey Chili


Slow Cooker Turkey Chili

Slow Cooker Turkey Chili

Recipe provided courtesy of Taste of Home magazine.  Find more great recipes at


I love this chili recipe because it’s a quick meal to prepare in the morning and a delicious wholesome dinner to return to in the evening.

               Terri Crandall                                                                    Gardnerville, Nevada


Slow Cooker Turkey Chili Recipe

Slow Cooker Turkey Chili

2 Tbsp. olive oil

1 ½ lb. ground turkey

1 medium onion, chopped

2 Tbsp. ground ancho chili pepper

1 Tbsp. chili powder

1 ½ tsp. salt

1 ½ tsp. ground cumin

1 ½ tsp. paprika

2 cans (14 ½ oz. each) fire-roasted diced tomatoes, undrained

1 medium sweet yellow pepper, chopped

1 medium sweet red pepper, chopped

1 can (4 oz.) chopped green chilies

1 garlic clove, minced

1 cup brewed coffee

3/4/ cup dry red wine or chicken broth

1 can (16 oz.) kidney beans, rinsed and drained

1 can (15 oz.) white kidney or cannellini beans, rinsed and drained

Sliced avocado and chopped green onions


In a large skillet, heat oil over medium heat.  Add turkey and onions; cook 8-10 minutes or until meat is no longer pink, breaking up turkey into crumbles.

Transfer to a 5 quart slow cooker; stir in seasonings.  Add tomatoes, sweet peppers, chilies and garlic; stir in coffee and wine.

Cook, covered, on low 7-9 hours.  Stir in beans; cook 15-20 minutes longer or until heated through.  Top servings with avocado and green onions.       8 servings

Freezer option:  Freeze cooled chili in freezer containers.  To use, partially thaw in refrigerator overnight.  Heat through in a saucepan, stirring occasionally and adding broth or water if necessary.


(Recipe for Slow Cooker Turkey Chili was on, 2014)


Black Bean Burgers with Mango Salsa

Black Bean Burger with Mango Salsa

Black Bean Burger with Mango Salsa

My niece Alison made these Black Bean Burgers with Mango Salsa which were VERY GOOD.   They must have been really good, because her mother, my sister-in-law Cheryl, ate them more than once, and Cheryl is one of the PICKIEST eaters I know!  Good job Ali…way to go!

Black Bean Burgers with Mango Salsa Recipe

Black Bean Burgers with Mango Salsa

2 (15 oz.) cans black beans, rinsed and drained

¾ cup finely chopped cilantro, divided

¾ cup (3 oz.) shredded Monterey Jack cheese

¼ cup panko (Japanese breadcrumbs)

2 tsp. ground cumin

1 tsp. dried oregano

½ tsp. sea salt

½ medium jalapeno pepper, finely chopped

2 large egg whites

Cooking spray

1 ¼ cups chopped peeled mango (about 1 medium)

3 Tbsp. chopped shallots

1 ½ Tbsp. fresh lime juice

1 avocado, peeled and chopped

1 garlic clove, minced

6 (2 oz.) whole-wheat hamburger buns, lightly toasted

6 green leaf lettuce leaves

1 garlic clove, minced

6 (2 oz.) whole-wheat buns, lightly toasted

6 green leaf lettuce leaves


Preheat oven to 350 F.

Place black beans in a medium bowl; mash with a fork.  Stir in ½ cup finely chopped cilantro and next 7 ingredients.  Shape bean mixture into 6 (1/2 inch thick) patties.  Arrange patties on a baking sheet coated with cooking spray.  Bake at 350 F. for 20 minutes, carefully turning once.

Combine remaining ¼ cup cilantro, mango and next 4 ingredients in a medium bowl.  Place a patty on bottom half of each hamburger buns, top each with 1 lettuce leaf, cup of salsa and top half of bun.

6 servings

(Recipe for Black Bean Burgers with Mango Salsa)





Aeleen Frisch shares, “The filling freezes well.  You can also add the meat to the beans before freezing or before serving to simplify building burritos.”

Burritos Recipe


2 tsp. olive oil (or cooking spray)

1 medium onion, diced

1 medium red bell pepper, diced

1   10 oz. can vegetarian refried beans

4 scallions (green part), snipped into small pieces





¼ tsp. (scant) CAYENNE PEPPER


2 Tbsp. milk

½-1 tsp. salt, optional (Aeleen doesn’t use any)

8   10 inch flour tortillas

Optional fillings:

1-2 lbs. cooked meat (diced steak, browned ground beef, cooked chicken, etc.)

½-1 lb. shredded cheese

½ head lettuce, chopped

2 tomatoes, diced

1 avocado, diced

In a large frying pan, heat the olive oil or cooking spray over medium heat.  Add the onion and red pepper and cook until softened, 3-4 minutes.  Add the beans, scallions, SPICES, milk and salt (if using).  Cook until heated through, stirring often, about 8 minutes.

While the filling is cooking, heat the tortillas.  You can steam them, microwave them for 10 seconds or flip them every few seconds in a non-oiled hot frying pan.  Fill burritos with some of the bean mixture, some meat, some cheese, lettuce, tomato and avocado.  For a 10 inch tortilla, use about 1/3-1/2 cup bean mix, ½ cup cooked chicken or steak, 2 Tbsp. shredded ultra sharp cheddar, ½ cup chopped lettuce, 3 Tbsp. diced tomato and 1/8 of an avocado.  Roll up and eat.

(Recipe for Burritos came from Penzeys Spices, May 2013)