Hello, Friends! Allow me to introduce you to this magic meal. Yep, it’s magical. It’s magical because it’s EASY, it tastes AMAZING, it’s HEALTHY, and it falls under many dietary categories such as clean eating, paleo, gluten free, etc. Pretty magical huh?
I’ve been making a version of this chili since Jonathan and I married, sans onions because you know he hates them ? (How? I don’t know… My MIL confirms it’s not their fault so we can’t figure it out.), however, this decadent dish, the very one in the pics, is swimming with them!
How can this be when Hubs is ????????♂️ when it comes to onions? Well, he was heading out of town, which is pretty much the only way I get to enjoy onions (and zucchini, and bell peppers, and leafy greens like bok choy and Brussels sprouts… okay Babe, I’ll get off your case, just seeing how often you read around here ????).
I started preparing this crockpot dish early Monday morning and cheerfully chopped my onions into perfect sized crunchy bliss and tossed them into the bowl along with the rest of the ingredients to simmer throughout the day.
Just as my kitchen was starting to fill with the homey aroma of chili goodness Jonathan calls to say he’s canceled his trip up north due to Snowpocalypse 2017 that was apparently going to rain down later that evening.
“Uh, now what do I do about dinner,” side of the brain. My peaceful and happy dinner with the kid’s image immediately popped (which I know was hardly reality anyway, and would get popped long before the table was even set, but a mom can dream). I’d literally just fist-bumped myself for finishing dinner at 10 am and was now at a meal loss.
I’d already gotten away with a recent dish loaded with onions by grating them up into mush, which is a miserable experience and you do NOT want to do it right after you’ve applied smoky eye makeup (yeah, learned that the hard way), and the onions in this recipe were sizable chunks. Crunchy, perfectly flavorful, onion chunks. In other words, there was NO way I was getting away with passing off this dish as onion-free.
Well, I served up the dinner that evening with a smile and per usual he did eat a good amount of it despite his distaste for onions. I did have to make him a separate dinner, though. The kids loved it so much so the asked for seconds and thirds!
So this chili has a sweet and spicy kick to it, which in my humble opinion is the perfect transitional winter to spring meal. The weather is still all over the place (hello it was 80 degrees here yesterday) and so it makes a great slow meal as we all adjust to those daylight savings times.
The little bit of spice helps with those springtime colds that annoyingly pop up and I’ve found it to be incredibly soul-soothing. In fact, I even gave a huge bowl to my neighbor who was dealing with said springtime colds.
Like I said this has also been one of my go-to recipes through the course of my marriage (sans onions) because it’s great for meal prep. You can make a huge crockpot of the chili at the beginning of the week and enjoy every night because you’ll have all that extra time from NOT having to cook dinner. And do me a favor and add some extra onions to enjoy for me.
- 4 Garlic Cloves minced
- 1 tablespoon Coconut Oil
- 1 medium Onion diced
- 2 lbs Ground Turkey
- 1 Sweet Potato peeled and chopped
- 28 ounces Crushed Tomatoes
- 2 cups Tomato Sauce
- 15 ounces Dark Red Kidney Beans
- 15 ounces Kidney Beans
- 3 tablespoons Brown Sugar
- 2 teaspoons Chili Powder divided
- 1 tablespoon Cumin
- Heat the coconut oil in a medium-sized skillet over medium-high heat. Add the minced garlic cloves cook until they are slightly brown and become fragrant for about 2 minutes.
- Place the ground turkey in the same skillet to brown the meat. Season with 1 teaspoon of chili powder and use a spatula to break the meat into small bits as it browns.
- Add the turkey mixture to the crockpot with the sweet potatoes, crushed tomatoes, tomato sauce, both beans, brown sugar, remaining chili powder, and cumin.
- Cover the crockpot and cook on low for 5 hours or on high for 3 hours. Stir occasionally (if you can).