{Recipe} Slow Cooker Turkey, Sweet Potato & Quinoa Chili

OK, I know what you're thinking. It's summer, it's hot outside & I'm making chili. Well yes, yes I am & I'm not ashamed!  You know I love my slow cooker & when I found this recipe, I really wanted to try it now & not wait until a more typical chili time like the fall. Except, I live in LA & we're in the midst of some serious June Gloom, so with no shame I made this chili & IT WAS FANTASTIC.  It is SUPER healthy & tastes incredible. It was easy to make & the house smelled amazing as the chili cooked all day.  I'd be lying if I said I went the entire day without doing a little tasting.

Yes, this dish is quite filling, but it didn't feel too heavy for summer since it was full of veggies.  Plus, it uses ground turkey! Whatever,  I don't need to defend my actions against the haters. Save this dish for the fall if you must, but you're going to be kicking yourself when you do eventually make it.  Thank you Iowa Girl Eats for the recipe!

Serves: 6-8
Cook time: 6 hours
How difficult was this for me? EASY!

1 lb ground turkey
1 small onion, chopped
3 cloves garlic, minced
3 cups chicken broth, plus a little extra for re-heating (I used low-sodium)
28 oz can crushed tomatoes
15 oz baked beans (I used maple baked beans)
1 cup uncooked quinoa, rinsed
1 large sweet potato, peeled & chopped (hardest part for me)
2 tbsp chili powder
1 tsp cumin
1/2 tsp salt (plus some to taste)
1/2 tsp paprika
1/4 tsp red chili pepper flakes
Salt & pepper to taste
Optional Toppings: shredded cheese, avocado, sour cream (I used a pinch of cheese & avocado)

In a large skillet over medium heat, brown ground turkey & onion.  Season with salt & pepper

Meanwhile dump everything (except toppings) into a greased slow cooker.  Add ground turkey once browned. Mix thoroughly.

Cook on high for 3-4 hours or low for 5-6 hours. I did stir occasionally but you shouldn't need to.

Top with whatever toppings you prefer & enjoy!

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