Did you know that your crock pot is perfect for making chili? I had no idea until recently when I came across a slow cooker chili recipe online.
Make it was incredibly simple and I didn’t have to worry about it overcooking on the stove all day.
But then I got to thinking… could I make a something that’s super flavorful, yet loaded with veggies?
And that’s how my Turkey & Bacon Slow Cooker Chili Recipe came to be — and it’s perfect if you’re a lazy home cook just like me!
It’s incredibly hardy and definitely sticks to your bones all day! Paired with some brown or white rice and avocado, this is a delicious meal.
To be honest, my husband was REALLY skeptical of the spinach.
He hates spinach.
However, it cooks so long that you don’t even notice that it’s in there.
Instead, you get this incredibly veggie-dense meal that feels meaty (even though it’s really not). That makes it perfect for Superbowl Sunday (go Eagles!! — I’m from Philly) or just a super hectic week where you don’t have any time at all to cook.
We actually got 10 servings out of this recipe between the two of us (so some is frozen in our freezer for when I don’t have time to cook).
Either way, this is soon to become a household favorite that’s great for the cooler months or when you’re itching for some chili.
Turkey & Bacon Slow Cooker Chili Recipe (for Lazy People)
A couple of points to keep in mind when making Turkey & Bacon Slow Cooker Chili recipe —
1. Don’t overcook the turkey. Only cook it until it isn’t pink anymore. It will cook the rest of the way in the crockpot.
2. You can use either turkey breast or dark meat. I personally prefer dark meat for a variety of reasons, but I happened across a sale of ground turkey breast and so that’s what I used. It was not dry at all!
That said, I would highly encourage you to try dark meat (even if you think you don’t like it). I talk about the many reasons why dark turkey meat is the better option for cooking here.
3. The bacon should not be cooked until it’s crisp. I’m all about crispy bacon, but that’s not what will work here.
As you can tell, the theme here with the turkey and bacon is not to overcook it. And of course, you can use any type of bacon you want in this… I just used what I had in the freezer.
4. Though the recipe below calls for kidney beans, you can use any type of cooked or canned beans you want. (Or omit them all together if you don’t eat beans.)
Always rinse off your canned beans well before adding them to reduce that “fart factor.”
5. As I said, you will not notice the spinach at all. So don’t avoid using it because of people in your life afraid of green stuff in their food.
Don’t like spinach? You could certainly add other greens like kale, collard greens, or swiss chard. Just make sure that it’s chopped up (not in strips) so that no one chokes on long stringy pieces.
Yummy Sides to Make For the Turkey & Bacon Slow Cooker Chili Recipe
Aside from tortilla chips, you may not know what else to pair this with.
If you’re looking for a fun mix of Super Bowl ideas, I’ve got a bunch HERE that will make sure that no one feels left out.
You can also make my amazingly addictive Guacamole. Add a big tablespoon to each bowl just before eating… mmm!
Fried plantains would also be fun to add and could be used in lieu of rice if you’re looking to go grain-free. They would certainly add a sweetness to your bowl.
And lastly, to get in some additional greens, I’d make my Apple Cashew Crunch Salad that would be great as a starter.
Of course, you can have additional toppings on hand —
1. Siete Foods Grain Free Tortilla Chips – definitely worth trying!
2. Daiya pepper jack cheese shreds (if you can’t do dairy)
3. Freshly chopped cilantro – I’d definitely have this as an optional side since some people think that it tastes like soap.
4. Slices of jalapeño peppers (with the seeds removed) – Perfect for those who love an added kick!
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