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11 July, 2018

Slow Cooker Summer Chili

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Chili? In summer?? Oh yeah, I went there.

Even if you live somewhere hot, in my opinion, there’s never a wrong time of year for chili. This one even features a fresh summer vegetable — zucchini! The best thing about this recipe is that it’s another slow cooker feature, so you can set it and forget it, and you can feed a crowd when it’s done! Plus, the addition of sausage to the meat combo adds a unique flavor not common to chili, so even though this is, like, the third chili recipe on this blog, it’s still different and exciting!
Want to try mixing things up and making your own chili recipe? Try adding new beans, vegetables, meats, or toppings to things! Try making a vegetarian version with some marinated jackfruit (if you know where to get some, I hear it makes a really great substitute for pulled pork) or, for those of us who don’t have access to jackfruit, with different beans, squash, and rice. Mix up your spices and try hotter or milder flavors. Make a sweet chili or a more savory one. Try a salsa base versus a tomato base, or get creative and use something completely different! Some day, I’ll come up with my own ultimate chili recipe that I’ll take to a state fair contest or something, but until that day comes, we’re going to keep trying new things, and, who knows, maybe among those trials, you’ll find a favorite of your own!

Ingredients
1 lb Ground turkey
1/2 lb Spicy ground sausage
1 packet Chili seasoning mix
1 tsp Cayenne
2 cloves Garlic, minced
2 , 15 oz cans Black beans
7 oz Green chiles, diced
8 oz Tomato sauce
14 oz can Tomatoes and green chiles
3 cups Zucchini, cut into bite-sized chunks
1 small White onion, diced
1 cup Minute brown rice

In a large skillet, brown the turkey and sausage, seasoning it with the chili seasoning, cayenne, and garlic. Once it’s browned, drain the meat and add it to the crock pot. Add in the rest of the ingredients and mix well with a wooden spoon before covering the pot and cooking on low for 4-6 hours. Serve sprinkled with sharp cheddar cheese, sour cream, and/or fresh avocado chunks.

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