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Slow Cooker Paleo Turkey Apple Chili (+ 30-Minute Stovetop Option)

Sweet, spicy, and easy to throw together, Slow Cooker Paleo Turkey Apple Chili is perfect for fall or anytime of year. With a 30-Minute stovetop option you can make this one anytime. 

There is just something about the combo of sweet apples and spicy chipotle that just works.

Add those flavors to a warm pot of turkey chili and you’ve got yourself a winner of a dinner.

I actually shared originally shared this recipe a few years back, but am republishing it now with some fresh updates and a stovetop variation for quick weeknight cooking. 

There are no beans in this hearty chili, making it a great option for people following a paleo or whole30 diet, but if you love beans, go ahead and add ’em.

I love this chili on a cold fall or winter evening, with some homemade muffins on the side and a generous squeeze of lime juice.

I hope you’ll make this one soon. Now, let’s make some Slow Cooker Paleo Turkey Apple Chili


RECIPE & KID-FRIENDLY ADAPTATIONS


1 | Skip the chipotle if you prefer things less spicy.

2 | Serve with One-Bowl Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Muffins or One-Bowl Apple Cornmeal Muffins.

3 | Love beans? Add 2 cans of drained and rinsed white beans for an even heartier option.


THIS RECIPE IS . . .


Naturally Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free, Grain-Free, Nut-Free, Paleo and Whole30 Friendly


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Slow Cooker Paleo Turkey Apple Chili (+ 30-Minute Stovetop Option)

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Sweet, spicy, and easy to throw together, Slow Cooker Paleo Turkey Apple Chili is perfect for fall or anytime of year. With a 30-Minute stovetop option you can make this one anytime.


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Ingredients

1 tablespoon olive oil

1 small yellow onion, chopped

1 teaspoon kosher salt, divided

2 pounds dark meat ground turkey

2 cloves garlic, minced or finely grated

2 teaspoons ground cumin

1 teaspoon mild chili powder

1 teaspoon cinnamon

12 chipotle peppers in adobo sauce, chopped

1 (15-oz) can tomato sauce

8-oz chicken broth

1 cup apple cider

2 medium apples (any kind), cored and chopped

1 bay leaf

Juice of 1 lime

Chopped scallion and cilantro for serving (optional)


Instructions

Slow Cooker Instructions

  1. Heat the olive oil in a medium pan over medium heat. Add the onion and cook, stirring often until soft, about 8-10 minutes. Add the turkey, sprinkle with 1/4 teaspoon salt, and cook until browned, stirring often, about 5-8 minutes.
  2. Add the cooked onion and turkey, along with the, garlic, cumin, chili powder, cinnamon, chipotle peppers, remaining salt, tomato sauce, chicken broth, apple cider, apples, and bay leaf to a 6-quart slow cooker, stirring until well combined.
  3. Cover and cook on high for 4-5 hours or low for 6-7, or until the onions and apples are very soft.
  4. Uncover and add the lime juice. Taste and add additional salt or lime juice if desired. Serve with scallion and cilantro if you like.

Stovetop Instructions

  1. Heat the olive oil in a medium pan over medium heat. Add the onion and cook, stirring often until soft, about 8-10 minutes. Add the turkey, sprinkle with 1/4 teaspoon salt, and cook until browned, stirring often, about 5-8 minutes.
  2. Add the garlic, cumin, chili powder, cinnamon, and chipotle pepper, stirring to combine. Cook 1-2 minutes, stirring often.
  3. Add the tomato sauce, chicken broth, apple cider, apples, and bay leaf, stirring to combine.
  4. Cover and bring to a boil, then reduce to a simmer. Simmer, covered, for 20-25 minutes, or until the apples have softened. Remove the lid and simmer to thicken, if desired.
  5. Uncover and add the lime juice. Taste and add additional salt or lime juice if desired. Serve with scallion and cilantro if you like.

Notes


Skip the chipotle if you prefer things less spicy.

Serve with One-Bowl Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Muffins or One-Bowl Apple Cornmeal Muffins.

Love beans? Add 2 cans of drained and rinsed white beans for an even heartier option.

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  • Amy LeBouthillier

    Made this last week and it was delicious! I wasn’t sure how I would like the addition of sweet ingredients to chili but I am converted. It was a big hit with even the littlest family members (with a bit less chipotle than the original recipe calls for as suggested).
    Thanks for sharing!

  • Christine

    I have been scouring the internet for GOOD slow cooker recipes that are dairy free, since my wife is lactose intolerant. I recently came across your website and have tried 3 or 4 recipes now and every one has been a HIT. This one is my absolute favorite so far. I’ve made it twice: the first time exactly as directed, and the second, I swapped the apples for white sweet potatoes (which I didn’t even know was a thing, but they ended up being PERFECT for this recipe). The flavors, the texture, the smell…everything was absolutely perfect. I can’t wait to make this (and more of your recipes) again!

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