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Cozy Slow Cooker Chili Recipe

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We have the perfect dinner recipe for busy winter weeknights! This delicious turkey chili has been a go-to for us lately. It’s warming, comforting, and cozy — plus it’s packed with protein and veggies so it’s super satisfying. 

Make it in the slow cooker, so you can set it and forget it! You can also make a big batch on Sunday to enjoy all week. It’s really the easiest way to cook! 

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Cozy Chili Recipe

Makes 2 servings

INGREDIENTS

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Spice mix: 

  • 1 ½ tsp. ground cumin
  • 1 tsp. ground cinnamon 
  • 1 ½  tsp. chili powder
  • 1 tsp. dried oregano 
  • ¼ tsp. chipotle powder
  • 1 tsp. sea salt + more as needed 

Chili

  • 1 Tbsp. coconut oil
  • 1 large onion, finely chopped
  • 4 – 5 garlic cloves, minced 
  • 1 jalapeño pepper, seeded and minced (optional, to taste)
  • 1 lb. lean ground turkey
  • 1 red bell pepper, diced
  • 3 cups diced butternut squash (about ½ large butternut squash)
  • 1 cup dry beluga lentils (or lentils of your choice)
  • 1 28 oz. can diced tomatoes (try fire roasted for a smoky flavor!)
  • 1 Tbsp. tomato paste
  • 2 cups vegetable stock
  • 2 Tbsp. pure maple syrup
  • 4 – 5 leaves lacinato kale, stems removed and finely chopped 

DIRECTIONS 

  1. Mix all the spices together in a small bowl and set aside.
  2. Heat coconut oil in a large pot over medium heat. Add the onions and cook until soft and translucent, about 3 minutes. Add the garlic, jalapeño, and spice mix. Mix to coat and then add the ground turkey. Cook turkey until it is no longer pink. Add turkey mixture to a slow cooker.
  3. Add the bell pepper, butternut squash, lentils, diced tomatoes, tomato paste, vegetable stock, and maple syrup, and stir well.
  4. Cook on low for approximately 7 hours or on high for about 4 hours.
  5. Once chili is done, add finely chopped lacinato kale. Stir to combine and enjoy!

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