Friday, November 20, 2009

Slow Cooker Chili

This chili has so much flavor your family will never guess you slipped in some healthier ingredients!  I use ground turkey and whole wheat noodles and no one noticed the change!  I prefer to make my chili in the slow cooker; however, you can make this on your stove top as well.  Instructions for both ways of cooking are listed below.


20 oz. ground turkey (If you use ground beef, you will need 1 1/2 lbs)
1 med. onion
1 (28 oz) can whole tomatoes
1 (6 oz) can tomato paste
1 cup water
1 beef bouillon cube
1 (16 oz) can red kidney beans in medium sauce
2 cloves garlic minced or 1 1/2 tsp garlic salt
1 tsp salt
1 tsp oregano
1 tsp chili powder
1/2 tsp cumin
1/2 tsp crushed red pepper (I tend to fill my measuring spoon overflowing so it may be more like 3/4 a tsp)
1 bay leaf
3/4 cup cooked, cooled whole wheat/whole grain elbow noodles
2 T. diced green onion if desired

Slow cooker prep:
Brown meat and drain off any fat.  Dice up about 3/4 of the onion.  Add onion, the meat, and the rest of ingredients (except pasta) to slow cooker.  Cook about 4 hours on low.  Remove bay leaf.  Add cooked pasta and cook 30 more minutes on low, then serve.

Stove top prep:
Brown meat and onion, drain off fat.  Add rest of ingredients (except pasta) to pot.  Cover and simmer for 1 1/2 hours.  Stir occasionally.  Remove bay leaf and add cooked pasta.  Let stand covered for 15 minutes. Sprinkle shredded cheese over each serving if desired.

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