Slow Cooker Turkey Chilli

  • Preparation Time5 mins
  • Cooking Time490 mins
  • Serves8
  • DifficultyEasy
2 tablespoons vegetable oil
3 tablespoons tomato paste
3 tablespoons chilli powder
1 tablespoon ground cumin
1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
3/4 pound ground turkey (preferably dark meat)
One 28-ounce can fire-roasted diced tomatoes
2 3/4 cups low-sodium chicken broth, plus more for thinning the chili if needed
1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
2 tablespoons red wine vinegar
1 tablespoon dried oregano
Two 15-ounce cans pinto beans, strained and rinsed
1 medium onion, chopped
2 cups crushed corn tortilla chips, plus whole for serving
3 cloves garlic, chopped
Sliced scallions, shredded Cheddar, sour cream and chopped pickled jalapeno, for serving

Heat the oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add the tomato paste, chili powder, cumin and cayenne and cook, stirring, until the oil is brick-red and the mixture is dry, about 2 minutes. Add the ground turkey and 1 teaspoon salt and cook, stirring and breaking up into smaller pieces, until the mixture is combined (the turkey doesn't need to be cooked all the way through at this point). Transfer the mixture to the insert of a 6-quart slow cooker.

Add the tomatoes, chicken broth, cocoa powder, vinegar, oregano and 1 teaspoon salt to the skillet over medium-high heat and bring to a simmer, whisking. Cook for about 2 minutes. Add the tomato mixture, beans, onions, crushed tortilla chips and garlic to the insert and give the mixture a good stir. Cover and cook on low for 6 to 8 hours.

Add chicken broth to thin the chilli, if necessary. Season with salt. Serve with scallions, Cheddar, sour cream, pickled jalapeno and tortilla chips.

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