Even though it’s not “chili weather”, chili seemed to be a good idea the other night.  A great meal to make ahead of time, throw into the crock pot to simmer all afternoon, and be ready for dinner after work with the addition of a salad-in-a-bag and crusty french rolls.

Chili is SO forgiving as to what ingredients you put into it.  I deviated a little from my normal way of making it, and it turned out so good—it may just be the way I always make it from now on.

Easy Chili Recipe:

  • 1 large can of crushed tomatoes
  • 1 large can of tomato sauce
  • 1 can of black beans, drained a little
  • 1 pound ground turkey
  • 2 slices of bacon, cut in little pieces
  • 1 chopped onion
  • 1/4 cup chopped sweet red pepper
  • 1 zucchini, sliced and quartered
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 1 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder

Brown ground turkey and add to crock pot.  Saute in a little olive oil the onion, bacon, and red pepper till soft.  Add it to the crock pot.  Put some tomato sauce in the skillet to get all the browned leftovers mixed with it, then add that to the crock pot.  Add everything else to the crock pot.  Stir, put on the lid, and let it simmer for as long as you want. Add more salt to taste.  Add more chili powder if you prefer. AND if it is a little too “tart” add up to a teaspoon of sugar.  (My grandma Edna’s tip.)

But as I said, don’t you love chili because you can put anything in it that you have, and magically, it’s always good! ? Mmmmmmm . . . and even better with a little shredded cheddar on top of each serving!