Sep 3, 2013

Crock Pot Kid-Friendly Turkey Chili



This one's just for the kiddos (or picky family members)! A mild, kid-friendly chili is made with ground turkey, corn, bell pepper, tomatoes and spices. Top it with your favorite toppings, and serve it with some chips on the side for the perfect, back to school lunch.

My youngest daughter is heading to school next week (Pre-K) and this year she'll be bringing lunch to class for the first time. She doesn't eat sandwiches (neither did my oldest), so I'm going to have to get pretty creative to make sure she's still eating healthy balanced meals. I just ordered this Foogo Stainless steal leak-proof thermos from Amazon, which I also did with my oldest daughter and I'll be filling it with some of her favorite warm meals.

Now I love me some chili, and I'm super excited for the colder weather to make some of my faves like Crock Pot Chicken Taco Chili, Turkey White Bean Pumpkin Chili, and Turkey Chili Taco Soup, but for my little one who doesn't like beans... or spicy food, this recipe is perfect (it's also gluten-free). It's super easy to make, I did it in the crock pot, but you can also simmer it on the stove. It makes 5 adult size servings, and you can easily double the recipes and freeze it for future freezer-friendly meals.



Crock Pot Kid-Friendly Turkey Chili
Skinnytaste.com
Servings: 5  • Size: 1 cup  • Old Points: 6 pts • Weight Watcher Points+: 6 pt
Calories: 226 • Fat: 3 g • Carb: 21 g • Fiber: 3.5 g • Protein: 31 g • Sugar: 5 g
Sodium: 688 mg • Cholest: 59 mg

Ingredients:

  • 1.3 lbs 99% lean ground turkey
  • 1 teaspoon oil
  • 1 medium onion, minced
  • 1 red bell pepper, diced fine
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1 1/2 cups frozen corn kernels
  • 10 oz can Rotel Mild Tomatoes 
  • 8 oz small can plain tomato sauce
  • 1/4 cup low sodium chicken broth
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt

Optional Toppings:

  • diced avocado
  • reduced fat sour cream
  • reduced fat shredded cheese
  • baked tortilla chips

Directions:


Heat a large skillet over medium-high heat, add the turkey, season with salt and cook, breaking up with a spoon until turkey browns and is no longer pink; place into the slow cooker. Add the oil to the skillet and sauté the onion, garlic and bell pepper over medium heat for about 4 to 5 minutes. Spoon over turkey into the slow cooker and stir in corn and tomatoes, tomato sauce, cumin, chili powder, paprika and salt, mix until well blended. Pour chicken broth into the crock pot and add the bay leaf.


Cover and cook on HIGH 4 hours or LOW 6 hours. Serve with desired toppings.

86 comments :

  1. This sounds delicious, and this recipe will be the perfect way help get me in the mood for all things FALL! Quick question - Do nutrition facts include the optional toppings?

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. No, since I am leaving it up to you to decide what to eat it with.

      Delete
  2. This sounds and looks wonderful. I also have a little one attending preK this year and I will look to you for lunch friendly ideas to pack.

    ReplyDelete
  3. How long would you simmer the Chili on the stove for?

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. I would simmer it low, until the meat is tender, maybe 30 to 40 minutes, it may need more liquid.

      Delete
  4. This recipe sounds delicious, I have to make it for my first grader. This is her first year in full day school and trying to get creative with her lunches. Sandwiches have not been a hit at all and they come back home. I have been sending spaghetti or mac n cheese with her. But they have to heat it up for her, going to get the Thermos you referenced above. I think it would be awesome if you start sharing Kid lunch friendly recipes. My daughter really loves your turkey meatballs with the green tomatillo sauce. Your recipes would be awesome for school lunches.

    ReplyDelete
  5. I concur with motivated mommy above; I love the kid-friendly/school lunch options--especially if they can be cooked in the crockpot and freeze well, so more are always welcome! I'm checking out the thermos now (my 1st grader isn't allowed to use the microwave and they won't heat the lunch for him), this may be the perfect solution to break up the sandwich routine. :-)

    ReplyDelete
  6. Un piatto bello e ricco di sapori!!!

    ReplyDelete
  7. This sounds amazing! :) We will be trying it this fall! Thanks for another healthy, scrumptious-looking recipe, Gina!

    ReplyDelete
  8. What kind of chips are pictured?

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Those are gluten-free rice works :)

      Delete
  9. This looks absolutely perfect! I'm making a bit pot this upcoming Sunday to have for lunches for the week :) Thanks Gina!

    ReplyDelete
  10. Always looking for more ground turkey recipes -- this looks delicious!

    ReplyDelete
  11. This looks amazing! With the avocado on top, yum!!

    Sofie x
    http://littlegreensofie.blogspot.be/

    ReplyDelete
  12. This looks sooo delicious)!)!) Love corn so much))
    aboutdrama.blogspot.ru

    ReplyDelete
  13. A quick question -- what type of crockpot do you use. I am in the market for a new one. The one I have has a timer that is supposed to switch to warm, but warm still cooks the food and, if I am at work all day long, whatever is in the crockpot is way overdone, even when cooked on low and switched to warm. I would love to know what you use and if you're happy with it. Thanks and thanks for all the great recipes!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. I have a Hamilton Beach Stay or Go (with the meat probe). It's great, no complaints!

      Delete
  14. Gina,
    Thank you so much for all your yummy recipes! I've loved every recipe of yours I've tried! Tonight we are having roasted spaghetti squash and crockpot pasta sauce with sausage. It is still 100 degrees here in Texas, so I laughed when I saw you talking about cooler weather and chili!
    That being said, I do not like beans so often substitute other veggies. I've never thought of adding corn though. This looks so yummy! Thank you for sharing your creativity with all of us!!!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. It's still warm here too, although mornings are nice and breezy.

      Delete
  15. I love your recipe ideas for both kids and adults! I'd like to let the other parents of children know of a FB page that gives wonderful ideas for kid's lunches...100 Days of Real Food. It's wonderful, b/c all the ideas are healthy and chemical-free.

    ReplyDelete
  16. Thanks for the recipe. Why do you sautee the veggies rather than just putting them into the crock pot raw? I know meet usually needs to be browned before it can go it, but not sure I understand why to pre-cook the veggies.

    Thanks!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. I do it because I personally think it tastes better. And why not, the pan is already out and dirty.

      Delete
  17. This sounds so nice and tasty and healthy!

    ReplyDelete
  18. Recipe looks yummy! My crew are bean eaters so I'll most likely add black beans and kidney beans, then adjust the points accordingly. Speaking of points, I don't have my points calculator with me, but at a glance I would have thought the "OLD POINTS" would have been 4, or at most 5. Just wondering? THANKS!

    ReplyDelete
  19. This chili looks sensational, Gina! Chili is one of my favorite meals to make for (and with) friends and family, and I know we all, including my friends' kiddos, would love this recipe. Thanks for sharing!

    ReplyDelete
  20. I like the idea of using turkey!

    http://kateparkeronline.com

    ReplyDelete
  21. I'm starving right now. I can latterly go throw the computer and get me some. Looks delicious and simple!!!

    ReplyDelete
  22. Mmmm... i truly need a crockpot to save my life! Love this chili. So healthy and comforting, Gina :)

    ReplyDelete
  23. Delicious as usual Gina! I added a can of drained kidney beans for extra fiber, and used just under a pound of turkey.

    I do find however that most chilis don't incorporate enough spices for my liking. They just taste too tomato-y. So, I doubled the spices, and honestly could have used more! But regardless, your recipes are always amazing. :-)

    ReplyDelete
  24. Made it tonight for dinner - Loved it!!! Added some yellow & orange peppers, cannellini & black beans as well.

    ReplyDelete
  25. We just finished eating this for dinner and no one could believe it was turkey!!! Really delicious!. My family likes spicey so I kicked it up a bit, and added a can of pinto beans. Also added a chopped zucchini in with the onions! I made a double batch to have leftovers to make the Loaded Turkey Chili Baked Potato another day! Great recipe Gina!!!

    ReplyDelete
  26. I made this for dinner last night, and we loved it! So much flavor, and so easy! However, ours didn't have much juice at all. Like hardly any. We still ate it and loved the flavor, but I will have to double the tomato juice or add some low sodium V8 next time. I left out the corn. Could that have been the cause?

    ReplyDelete
  27. Thank you so much for this recipe, I have to write to tell you it was a big HUGE hit with my girls who loved it, I was a bit dubious the eldest wasn't going to like it, I knew my youngest would as she's an eating machine, but the eldest at 6 is still a little picky, both girls gobbled it down.

    The only thing I did different was to add some whole wheat macaroni to it in the last 30 mins in the slow cooker with some extra water/stock and we served it with cheese and sour cream

    Delicious as a family we all totally loved it, I can see so many potential recipes coming out of it too

    Thank you so much for a delicious healthy recipe

    ReplyDelete
  28. Looks yummy!! I have a bunch of tomatoes from my garden that I would like to substitute for the canned ones. How would you suggest doing this?

    ReplyDelete
  29. This comment has been removed by the author.

    ReplyDelete
  30. this was CRAZY good! i loved it. leftovers tasted yummy, too. i followed the recipe exactly and loved every bite! everyone in the family was smiling about this one!

    ReplyDelete
  31. Gina!! Your blog is an inspiration! I bought rabbit recently, as I've been told it's quite lean meat as well - to my great disappointment I didn't find any rabbit recipes on your site (especially looking for crock pot rabbit recipes) :( is there anything you could recommend for a skinny rabbit dish? I found some but they required frying the rabbit first in oil, which I would have preferred to avoid, or at least minimize. And the recipe was good but not as delicious as the ones you provide here... Thanks in advance!

    ReplyDelete
  32. There’s no word to describe such a great masterpiece Cosmetic Dentist

    ReplyDelete
  33. Hey Gina - as usual yummy recipe!! I may have overlooked it but I didn't see a bay leaf in the ingredients.

    ReplyDelete
  34. Yeah, the nay leaf was a surprise to me as well. ;) Still yummy!

    ReplyDelete
  35. Absolutely delicious! Even my husband loved it and he's not a fan of ground turkey.

    ReplyDelete
  36. Big hit with us...my grandsons loved it, so I made a second batch to freeze for them..

    ReplyDelete
  37. Big hit with us...my grandsons loved it, so I made a second batch to freeze for them..

    ReplyDelete
  38. How many bay leaves do you put in it? I didn't see bay leaf listed in the ingredients. Thanks!

    ReplyDelete
  39. do you need to cook the turkey before adding it to the crock pot?

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Yes. the turkey and the vegetables get cooked before adding to crock pot.

      Delete
  40. This turned out great! The added a bit of taco seasoning and served it with Kraft 3 cheese pizza! yummmm

    ReplyDelete
  41. If you simmer on the stove, how long would you do it?

    ReplyDelete
  42. Made this on Sunday for the family and it was a HUGE HIT! this is by far the best chili recipe ever. I added some mushrooms and mild chili beans as well as 1 3/4 more chicken broth to add more liquid:) My picky 9 year old ate THIRDS!:) Thanks GIna! As always - you are amazing:)

    ReplyDelete
  43. I just put this in my crockpot. I work at home two days a week and I am always looking for new crockpot recipes so that I can have dinner ready when my 16 year old comes home 'starving'! We do not eat red meat and she is a very picky teen, but loves corn :) I did a 1 can of chili beans, and will serve with avocado slices. Thanks for the great recipe! It already smells good!

    ReplyDelete
  44. I meant to say 'I did add 1 can of chili beans'

    ReplyDelete
  45. I just had to report that my super duper picky eater son gobbled this down! And the rest of the family loved it too.

    ReplyDelete
  46. This definitely had a kick to it, and my non-spicy food little wouldn't touch it. But with blue chips and avocado (to tone down the spicy-ness, as I'm a spicy sissy too), this was delicious. I'm thinking it was the Ro-Tel that did it. I might have to think of something else instead for that next time.

    ReplyDelete
  47. This recipe is fantastic!!! All five of my children loved it! It is very tasty and full of flavor! It comes together so quickly! Thanks for another great recipe!!

    ReplyDelete
  48. This was great! Do you think I coudl double/triple the recipe in my crockpot?

    ReplyDelete
  49. I just put all the ingredients in the crock pot and turned it on low. It looks so delicious. Thanks for this great recipe. The only difference I made was roasted red bell peppers bc I happened to have those instead. Yum!

    ReplyDelete
  50. What can I use to substitute Rotel Mild tomatoes?

    ReplyDelete
  51. would it work to triple or quadruple the recipe to feed a crowd in the crockpot?
    -

    ReplyDelete
  52. Appearance of this theme is one of the highest
    quality of vacation leads in house so you dont have enough money
    to really enjoy your time vida vacations on the go there.

    ReplyDelete
  53. Gina I love your recipes! Have this one in the crockpot as we speak can't wait to try it!!!

    ReplyDelete
  54. I made this last night. It was DELICIOUS. I don't usually comment on anything but I have made three recipes from this website and none of them have been anything other than scrumptious!

    ReplyDelete
  55. This is one of my favorite recipes from your website - and I have many! I have a batch in my crockpot right now. Now that my son (the picky eater) is away at college, I also add a can of black beans. Making some pumpkin cornbread to go with this tonight - we can't wait to have dinner!

    ReplyDelete
  56. Would it be okay to have this in the slow cooker while I'm at work for 10 hours (or so) or would it dry out? And would ground chicken be okay to use instead? I'm sure it would be fine since turkey and chicken are cousins, but am curious to hear what others think. Thanks!

    ReplyDelete
  57. This comment has been removed by the author.

    ReplyDelete
  58. if you make it on the stove, do you still brown the turkey and saute the veggies first? also how long do you cook for - dying to make this but don't have a crock pot

    ReplyDelete
  59. Making is for the second time tonight! It is so good and my kids love it!

    ReplyDelete
  60. OK..... I have two teenage boys, 13 & 15 that are VERY PICKY! It is so hard to find recipes that they like and I"M TIRED of the same old things! This sounds so yummy I'm going to give it a try! I'le let you know the results! Wish me LUCK!! :)

    ReplyDelete
  61. Thanks for this one. We don't have kids yet but my husband can be very picky and we have just started using our crock pot. He LOVED IT! he even loved it reheated and he usually hates leftovers. I can't wait to try some of the other recipes here.

    ReplyDelete
  62. Gina, I love this recipe. I make a batch a week, for my 9 year old daughter's lunch. Instead of Rotel, she does not like spice at all, I add 1 can of diced tomatoes. Thanks Gina.

    ReplyDelete
  63. Can I substitue diced tomatoes for the rotel?

    ReplyDelete
  64. This just finished in the crock pot and I just got my first taste. It's delicious! I substituted lean ground beef for the turkey and I used our own home grown canned diced tomatoes with some diced green chili's added intstead of Rotel and some homegrown diced frozen bell peppers instead of fresh ones because that is what I had. I may add some cooked elbow macaroni to bulk this up for my boys(14 &10) as well. It was super easy to throw together. I'm not a fan of having to precook things that go in the crock pot so if it's a hit with my boys, I may try just throwing it all in the crock pot at once and see how it turns out. It's definitely kid friendly with a very mild taste. My hubby will have to add a lot of hot sauce to make it to his liking but that's a OK with me. My kids like beans too and this would taste great with a can of black beans added as well. Really yummy and easy reciep. :)

    ReplyDelete
  65. Have made this recipe MANY times, and again today! I ALWAYS make a DOUBLE batch since my hubby & sons always want seconds, and they love the leftovers during the week either over baked sweet potato or used over Nachos!! I add pinto beans, diced zucchini, and bump up the heat! WE LOVE IT!

    ReplyDelete
  66. I fixed this simple dish yesterday and it was good. I didn't have any tomato sauce so I used salsa. Not sure if anyone would have known the difference.
    Thanks for all the great easy recipes.

    ReplyDelete
  67. Had this tonight and it was super delicious. Thanks for this recipe; its a new favorite for sure!

    ReplyDelete
  68. If you are going to freeze it, how far into the process do you cook this before freezing it?

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Im wondering this same thing. Anybody have feedback on the best way to freeze this for later?

      Delete
  69. This is very yummy! My kids love it, however I had to alter it for my husband to enjoy since he LOVES spice and LOTS of flavor. I took his bowl and added garlic flavored Pepper Plant and swirled in some sour cream, melted cheddar cheese over some blue corn tortilla chips and poured the chili over the chips for some delicious nachos. He and I liked the extra kick and the kids loved the original (so do I)!!! Thank you for a new family staple.

    ReplyDelete
  70. PS... my girls are spicy adverse so I substituted rotel with plain diced tomatoes, which is also why I had to kick it up a notch with pepper plant and sour cream as stated in above comment. Just an fyi...

    ReplyDelete
  71. As a college student it can be hard to find time to cook healthy meals so I make a batch of this every Sunday as my "back up" meal so I'll always have one of my favorite meals on standby :)

    ReplyDelete
  72. Totally not just for kids!
    Whats the serving size for this in oz?


    ReplyDelete
  73. i love it

    ReplyDelete
  74. My kids don't like bell peppers :( what could I substitute it with? If I left it out, would it still be good?

    ReplyDelete
  75. Great Recipe. My kids really love it. Have made it a few times.

    ReplyDelete

If you really like a post please share, like on FB, Stumble and give it a THUMBS UP or Pin It on Pinterest!

Comments are welcome but please keep it positive and helpful. No hyperlinks, no spam, no ads, no keywords and no personal attacks.