Chili Sunday

Chili Title
Nothing says good bye weekend like some Chili… We started our culinary journey the night before by soaking our beans in water. Then when Sunday morning rolled around we got up with the sun and got started on our little chili project.
We cooked the ground turkey bit and then added the minced garlic cloves
We cooked the ground turkey bit and then added the minced garlic cloves
Time to add the diced onions
Time to add the diced onions
Celery time!
Celery time!
We were all out of tomato paste, so we added some sun-dried tomato pasta sauce...
We were all out of tomato paste, so we added some sun-dried tomato pasta sauce…
Add the beans to the slow cooker
Add the beans to the slow cooker
Next the can of diced tomatoes
Next the can of diced tomatoes
Mix it all up...
Mix it all up…

And now the waiting game begins… It was a pretty uneventful Sunday… I wrote a blog post about the knife skills class we went to yesterday, created the foodie pantry page and worked on my other blog theavidpen.

With more time to kill I flipped on the Cooking Channel, and watched shows that took me from beautiful Monaco, learned what foods can help improve your health, and then watched a show all about food trucks… I know a total 180 right?

Okay… back to the chili…

All cooked up and smelling oh so delicious...
All cooked up and smelling oh so delicious…
Cornbread... you can't have chili without it.
Cornbread… you can’t have chili without it.
All dished up...
All dished up…

Awesome Slow Cooker Chili

Ingredients:
1 1/3 cup dried pinto beans or dried kidney beans (we used both, half and half)
2 Tbsp tomato paste
4 celery stalks, diced
2 cups diced onion
2 Tbsp chili powder
6 garlic cloves
1 tsp cumin
1 Tbsp oil
1 Tbsp brown sugar
2 tsp salt
1 (14 oz) can diced tomatoes
1/2 cup water
1 lb ground turkey or chicken
Directions: 
1.  The night before you want the chili, soak the beans in plenty of water overnight.  The next morning, drain the water and rinse off the beans.
2.  Combine tomato paste, celery onion, chili powder, garlic, cumin and oil into a skillet.  Cook on medium heat until the onions soften.  Transfer to slow cooker.
3.  Place beans, brown sugar, salt, tomatoes, water and ground turkey in the slow cooker and stir to combine.
4.  Cover and cook on LOW for 8-10 hours, until beans are soft and flavors blended.  Add salt and pepper to taste and more spices, if needed.
5.  Serve with sour cream and cheddar cheese.
Enjoy!
~thefoodie
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