The ubiquitous "they" says you should never start a sentence with a disclaimer, such as "I'm not a rocket scientist, but I have this new idea for sales." Or something. But this post sort of requires a disclaimer. This is not an earth-shattering recipe that will turn your gustatory world on its head. It's chili. But it was a high of 59 degrees yesterday, and it was a Monday, and therefore chili in the Crock Pot was about as good as it was going to get.
It's a pretty basic recipe: packet of chili seasoning, two cans of diced tomatoes, one can of red kidney beans, one can of white ones. The only things I did a little different were to use ground turkey instead of ground beef, and to add a generous amount of the Trader Joe's South African spice blend to give it a smoky kick.
And as usual, it turned out amazing. It may not be fancy, but it was awesome, and much-needed. Judge all you want - I never said I was trying to audition for Top Chef or anything ;)
3/4 pound ground turkey (I like less meat in my chili and more beans)
1 can red kidney beans, rinsed well
1 can white kidney beans, rinsed well
2 cans diced tomatoes
1 packet chili seasoning
Trader Joe's South African spice blend
Red pepper flakes
Brown ground turkey (or ground beef).
Put in Crock Pot with all other ingredients.
Cook on low for 6-8 hours. Stir, top with cheese, and serve.
Enjoy on a cold night!