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

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Description

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.