Crock-pot Turkey Quinoa Chili
Crock-pot Chili (I also call it Can-Can Chili since it’s basically a dump and go recipe) is one of our go-to meals, our fall-back when we want something warm and filling or when we want something cooking away while we go out and play. Well, sometimes you want a little variety to the old standards, don’t you? And we know quinoa makes us all feel better about ourselves since it’s so stinkin’ healthy!
Back in November and December we had a few Turkey feasts that left us a plethora of shredded turkey. I love having shredded meat around because there are soooo many recipes you can throw it in (in fact, there are 12 different shredded meat ideas right here). Anyway, I found a meatless quinoa chili recipe that sounded amazing and thought shredded turkey would be a great addition. So you know me by now, if you’ve been following this blog for any length of time. I’m gonna find a way to cook it in the crock-pot. Somehow. Well, this recipe adapted fabulously to the good old slow cooker.
And if you’ve read most of my other crock-pot chili or soup recipes (here are those soup recipes), you know I’m gonna suggest sautéeing the carrot, onions, and celery in a cast iron skillet until the onions are translucent or have a little brown (translating to LOTS of additional flavor). And then throw that garlic in for just a minute or less so it doesn’t burn, but just until you can smell that wonderful garlicky aroma filling the air. Oh yes, that’s it, and not a moment more or the garlic will burn, burn, burn, baby. Having said that, you can just throw all of those veggies in raw, but the chili might not have that WOW factor, if you know what I mean. Plus, you’ll have to cook the chili all day to soften those carrots (which is what you might just want to do).
Honestly, this chili can be made sans meat or with shredded chicken. I’ve even made it with pulled pork once when we had an abundance (thank you Hunts!). But if you have that shredded meat in here, along with the beans and quinoa, get ready for a triple protein-packed punch. You’ll be satiated for longer and the protein will build those muscles you need to run that marathon you’ve always wanted to do:).
Inspired by Chungah.