Yakityak's Low-fat Crockpot Chili

NB: this recipe just barely fits in my large 6 quart crockpot. You will need to cut it down considerably if you have a smaller crockpot.


The nice thing about this recipe is that you can make it all at once, or in 2 or 3 stages, depending on your timeframe. I do all this stuff in the morning, and it's nice to just get it started before I get my daughter out the door and do the other two parts later. Other folks might want to get stage 2 done the night before or something. Regardless, it's not a lot of work - it just looks like a lot because I broke it up into stages.

Stage 1: start the beans going

The thing that takes the longest to cook are the beans, so it's important to get those going first. Put at least the beans, mole paste, beer and 4 cups of water into the crockpot and turn it on low. If you have the time, go ahead and add the chopped onion and jalapenos at this stage, but it isn't necessary. Heck, if you've got the time, combine stages 1 and 3. I just never have that kind of time that early in the morning. :-)

Stage 2: prepare the ground turkey

Brown the ground turkey, garlic, additional jalapeno, salt and mole paste on medium heat until it's entirely brown. It only takes a few minutes.

Stage 3: adding in the rest of the ingredients

Add to the crockpot the tomatoes, raisins, seasonings and cilantro as well as the browned turkey. Check the water level - you should be able to see water no more than an inch below the top layer of beans, not, add water until you do.

Cook until the cows come home, checking the liquid level periodically. Remember that every time you lift the lid, you let heat and water escape, though... so don't be compulsive about it. I like to garnish with more chopped fresh cilantro.

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