It’s almost winter, and I absolutely need to get some more slow cooker recipes on the blog! Especially one as important as my old go-to. My set it and forget it. My original crock pot classic. And probably the first thing I ever meal prepped. My slow cooker saw many pots of chili before I was bold enough to try new things in there. While my culinary experiences have expanded, I’ll never forget my slow cooker’s first love. I’m calling it Easy Slow Cooker 4-Bean Turkey Chili (jump to recipe!).
Spotted at Trader Joe’s very recently: More of the South African Smoke Seasoning Grinders. I’ve talked about it before, but if you’ve never had this stuff, you absolutely must try it on everything, pronto. I truly don’t think I could count the number of different things I’ve put it in on both hands (maybe… if I include toes). But it’s ultimate destiny was my slow cooker, with the rest of the chili ingredients.
If you don’t have any of the seasoning or can’t find it at your local TJ’s, don’t fret. What I can tell you is it’s a seasonal product. I’ve had it disappear right when I needed some (okay, I JUST saw it two days ago!), only to be surprised by it’s reappearance 5 months later. Seriously. Just keep checking – I’m crossing my fingers it will appear for you.
Let’s talk meal prep: I wasn’t joking when I said this was my first “meal prep” recipe. I would make this chili on Sunday and let it brew for 8 hours on low. I’d eat some for dinner, then package the rest up for lunches. I was even so lazy that there were days when this chili would consist of 2/3 meals of the day. I’m so glad the days of my tiny kitchen are behind me.
If you’re making this recipe for you and only you, be sure to eat some for dinner on Sunday night! I would not technically recommend eating the chili on day 5, however I have done it and been just fine. For a safe alternative, freeze a couple servings of the chili and thaw one out for day 5 lunch.
Alternatively, my dinner suggestion for later in the week is to incorporate it into some kind of taco salad – lettuce, cheese, tortilla chips, the works. Or – find a friend to share dinner on Sunday night. Overall, this chili is a super filling and ultimately low-calorie (for how much you’re eating!) meal that you can dress up any way you want. I’d also suggest trying out different spice combinations, including Hidden Valley Ranch Seasoning, taco seasoning, or kicking the garlic up a notch, just to name a few. Enjoy!
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