Best Ever Low Fat Slow Cooker Turkey Chili
Guess who’s sleeping on the couch this week….. This girl right here. Now before you get any crazy ideas of what might have landed my butt on the couch, let me give you some back story:
This past week Mike and I were both admitted into the hospital at different times for different health reasons. I was in for a couple days because my asthma was bothering me, and I thought I was suffocating to death, and Mikes heart got out of rhythm from sleep apnea and he thought he was having a heart attack. Scary stuff. One question I do have after all that is – why do hospitals charge for parking? Don’t they rob you enough when you are in there? I’m pretty sure it wouldn’t hurt them to offer free parking to visitors who are checking in on sick family and friend. Just a thought.
Since Mike got out of the hospital we have been sleeping on the couch every night so that he can wedge himself in the corner of the sectional in an upright position. This keeps him from having sleep apnea which is when you basically choke on your tongue in your sleep. The whole irregular heart beat gave us both quite a scare, so camping out on the sofa it is. Whatever makes my baby feel safe.
After our health scares we decided its time to start eating a little better. I consider myself a pretty good cook. I love coming up with new recipes, so when mike said he wanted me to start cooking healthy meals every night for dinner I was up for the challenge. That being said I have put together a super healthy turkey chili recipe that is To Die For. This is my personal recipe, and loved by everyone who tries it. It is soooo EASY to make, and I will give you lazy girl cheats, and other options along with it. To top it all off, it is low fat and high protein! Without further ado, here’s the recipe:
BEST EVER LOW FAT TURKEY CHILI RECIPE
- 1 onion, chopped*
- 1 green pepper, chopped and seeded*
- 1 red pepper, chopped and seeded*
- 1 jalapeño, chopped and seeded
- 5 cloves garlic, minced
- 2LB lean ground turkey**
- 2TBS chili powder
- 2tsp red pepper flakes
- 2TBS smoked paprika
- 1TBS ground cumin
- 2tsp dried oregano
- 1tsp ground black pepper
- 3 packets of instant hot cocoa mix
- 2TBS adobo
- 1/2 cup Worcestershire sauce
- 2TBS liquid smoke
- 2 (14.5 ounce) cans diced tomatoes with green chili peppers, drained
- 1 (8oz ) can tomato sauce
- 1 (15oz) can black eyed peas, drained***
- 1tsp hot sauce
Directions are easy, just dump it all in the crock pot, stir, and set for 4 hours.
Tip: When cutting the jalapeno make sure to wear gloves. If your anything like me you will end up burning your eye out by rubbing them, or something way worse when going to the bathroom. You haven’t known true pain until you’ve gotten jalapeno on your hoo-ha. No matter how many times you wash your hands, the oils absorb into your skin and burn the living crap out of anything you touch. Just take it from me, and wear gloves!
Sometimes we add fat free shredded cheese to the chili for an extra treat!
*Lazy girl cheat* – my local grocery store sell little containers of fresh red pepper, green pepper and onion already chopped up in the produce aisle. I just get this and dump in in so I don’t have to really cut anything but the jalapeno.
**You can substitute with lean ground beef
*** You can substitute with kidney beans, we just don’t like them…
So there it is, low fat, low cal, high protein, yummy chili! Try it, I would love to hear what you think!
- calories- 264
- fat- 8g
- carb- 21g
- protein- 27g