Crock Pot Turkey Chili – Paleo

Not only were the flannels and boots pulled out, but so was the crock pot. I mean, doesn’t the cooler weather make you crave crock pot recipes? Well it does for my husband, he woke up on Sunday and started talking about chili at like 8am. So obviously, we had to make  it – and to be honest I didn’t put up a fight.

We went to the local farmers market, stocked up on some fresh veggies and meat then went to work. Luckily, it wasn’t too much work. Just chop up the vegetables, cook the meat, then let it stew in a crock pot on high for 4 hours … wah-la you have a tasty paleo and gluten free chili for game day!! We even paired it with some paleo and gluten free cornbread recipe.

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But wait isn’t chili already paleo, well no. Most chilis are made with some type of flour to thicken it, and beans. So take that out, load it up with more veggies and meat and you’ve made an easy paleo dish. Because you know what they say about beans… they’re good for your heart, the more you eat the more you… well you know 😉

Crock Pot Turkey Chili – Paleo

Easy paleo and gluten free turkey chili that’s perfect for a game day! 

Ingredients

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  • 1 1/2 pounds ground turkey
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 large onion, diced
  • 1 stalk of celery, diced
  • 4 medium carrots, peeled and diced
  • 1 small jalapeño, deseeded and diced (to give it an extra kick, keep some of the seeds)
  • 2 tbsp chili powder
  • 1 tsp ground cumin
  • 1 tsp oregano
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp cayenne
  • (1) 15oz can of diced tomatoes
  • (2) 15oz can of tomato sauce or puree
  • 1 zucchini, diced
  • 1 tbsp olive oil

Directions

  1. In a medium skillet, cook the turkey meat over medium-high heat until its no longer pink.
  2. In a crock pot, throw in your garlic, onion, celery, carrots, jalapeño, spices, can of diced tomatoes, and 1 can of tomato sauce (or puree). Mix together, if you like your chili not as thick, add the second can of tomato sauce (or puree) until it’s at a consistency you like.
  3. Turn your crock pot on high for 4 hours (or low for 8).
  4. 10 minutes before the crockpot time is up, heat the olive oil in a medium skillet and cook the zucchini. (The reason I don’t add in the zucchini in the beginning is because it adds a lot of water to the chili, making it very soupy).
  5. Add the cooked zucchini to the crock pot, mix throughly and serve warm.

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