EASY DINNER idea: Crock pot turkey chili with beer and kale, great for game day!
You read that correctly: Crock pot turkey chili with beer and kale. Before I lose you with the kale, I promise you it’s optional. Although, I throw everything in this chili and it’s freaking delicious. Seriously, everything. The ingredients may seem like a bizarre combination, but it’s one of the easiest and tastiest things I make for dinner. Serve with cornbread and/or rice.
If you’re not a kale fan, you may omit that. I just put kale in everything, especially when I’m too lazy to make a vegetable side dish. I’ve also added basil before, and it’s fantastic. This recipe is very versatile. A little more or less of this and that is fine.
I’m pretty sure I’m going to start tagging all the stuff I make for dinner with #ItsGoodToBeGreg. As in, it’s good to be my husband who gets to come home to dinners like this all ready for him. Especially when there is beer added to my recipes. In this recipe, I use a bit less than a bottle. (As in, I take a few swigs.) I should also note that my husband is a non-onion eater, so if onions are your thing, you can add some to this recipe. Also, for the beer, I suggest something in a lager or a light-ish ale, like an IPA. This Brooklyn ale I chose this time around was probably a bit too much.
Vegan? No problem. Omit the ground turkey and add additional beans.
how to make crock pot turkey chili with kale and beer
Spray crock pot with non-stick spray. Put all of this in the crock pot, stir together, and cook on low for 4 to 6 hours, or on high for about 2 to 3 hours:
1 to 1 1/2 pounds ground turkey, crumbled and cooked in a saute pan
3 cloves garlic, minced
2 14.5-ounce cans of no-salt-added diced tomatoes (juices included) OR 1 can of diced tomatoes and a cup of chopped fresh tomatoes (any preferred kind)
1 8-ounce can of tomato sauce
2 small apples, cored, peeled and chopped
1 can of red kidney beans, rinsed and drained
2 handfuls of kale, shredded (I use these shredding scissors)
2 to 3 tablespoons chili powder
2 tablespoons curry powder
2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 4-ounce can green chili peppers (optional)
1 12-ounce bottle of beer, minus a few swigs (IPA is a good choice)
good pinch of kosher salt and black pepper to taste