Warm, hearty and super flavorful, Slow Cooker Chipotle Turkey Chili with Apples is simple to make and full of all the good stuff!
We're on week five of living with my parents (nearly halfway through our kitchen renovation!) and living together has kept me on my toes when it comes to dinner inspiration.
Because it's one thing to think about dinner for just me, Elle and Andrew, and quite another to add two other adults to the mix.
Luckily my parents are pretty adaptable and generally grateful to have someone else cooking for them, but still, thinking of recipes that everyone will like has it's challenges.
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One of my fall-back dinners has always been chili (see Slow Cooker Paleo Pumpkin Chili and 20-Minute Reset Turkey Chili), especially when feeding a crowd. It's one of those things that's easy to throw together and that everyone seems to like. Plus, if you add a toppings bar, everyone can create their own perfect bowl.
This particular chili is inspired by the flavors of fall, and incorporates apples and apple cider for a subtly sweet and savory meal. The addition of chipotle peppers adds a little kick, but you can leave them out if you or your family is particularly sensitive to heat.
I've left the beans out of this recipe, as a few family members have a trouble digesting them. Since this chili is bean-free, it's also paleo friendly, which is a bonus if you follow that particular way of eating.
If you like beans, however, feel free to add a can or two of drained and rinsed white beans. They will stretch this recipe and add another hit of fiber, too. If you go this route simply add the beans along with everything else and cook away.
This hearty chili would be perfect for game day, a lazy Saturday at home, or a busy weeknight. There's just nothing better than coming home to a warm, delicious meal at the end of a long day.
I love serving chili with muffins (I'm working on a cornbread muffin to share with you soon!), and in the meantime One-Bowl Apple Cornmeal Muffins would be fantastic alongside. I hope you'll make this one soon. Now, let's make some Slow Cooker Turkey Chili with Apples!
RECIPE & KID-FRIENDLY ADAPTATIONS
1 | Omit the chipotle chili if you or your family is sensitive to heat. Or, stir some into the chili at the end, after serving people who prefer milder flavors. You can, of course, double the amount of chili called for if you like things really spicy.
2 | Add two cans of drained and rinsed white beans along with the other ingredients to stretch this recipe and add extra fiber.
3 | Serve with any toppings you like. Sliced scallion, fresh chopped apple, cilantro, fresh lime wedges, white cheddar cheese, sour cream, avocado, guacamole, chips or plantain chips would all make lovely additions to this chili.
THIS RECIPE IS . . .
Naturally Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free, Grain-Free, Nut-Free, and Paleo Friendly
Slow Cooker Chipotle Turkey Chili with Apples
2 medium apples (any kind), cored and chopped
1 small yellow onion, chopped
2 cloves garlic, minced or finely grated
1-2 chipotle peppers in adobo sauce, chopped (these are spicy, start with 1 if you're unsure)
2 teaspoons ground cumin
1 teaspoon kosher salt
1 (15-oz) can tomato sauce
8-oz chicken broth
1 cup apple cider
1 bay leaf
2 pounds dark meat ground turkey
Juice of 1 lime
Chopped scallion and cilantro for serving (optional)
1. Add the apples, onion, garlic, chipotle peppers, cumin, salt, tomato sauce, chicken broth, apple cider and bay leaf to a 6-quart slow cooker, stirring well. Add the turkey and stir to break the meat apart slightly and to incorporate it into the sauce.
2. Cover and cook on high for 4-6 hours or low for 6-8, or until the onions are very soft and the meat is cooked through.
3. Uncover and add the lime juice. Taste and add additional salt or lime juice if desired. Serve with scallion, cilantro, and any other toppings you like.
Makes 4-6 servings.
Inspired by Iowa Girl Eats Chipotle Turkey Chili with Apples