Chili when it’s Chilly

There is nothing more quintessentially fall than homemade chili. Fact. Now I know that National Chili Month (yes that’s a real thing!) is not until October, but with the chill in the air and the crisp of the fallen leaves this weekend, I couldn’t help but get a head start on celebrating fall’s favorite food.

As I’m sure you remember, I am a busy girl, I am taking 15 grad credits this semester, which those of you who are in grad school know is an insane amount. Plus I work 30 hours a week. Translation, little time to cook. So, for me, the absolute best part of chili is that is only requires 10 minutes of prep and then all you do is go about your day like normal and then presto! at dinner time, an amazing aroma and delicious meal awaits you. Another bonus to crock pot recipes is that they usually yield 6-8 servings, which means I get to check make food for the week off my to do list at the same time I check off make dinner = happy Ray.

If you follow me on instagram, you have probably seen some of these photos, but I wanted to include this recipe so that if you are a busy chica like myself you too can have an amazing and healthy dinner with very little work! I don’t eat red meat so this recipe uses ground turkey, but feel free to use ground hamburger meat or ground sirloin instead. The following recipe is nothing too special and was handed down from my mother, enjoy!


(4) 14.5 oz. can (or equivalent) diced tomatoes in basil & oregano
(2) 14.5 oz. can (or equivalent) chili beans (I used the ones can in a medium spice seasoning)
1 lb. ground turkey meat (can substitute ground sirloin or hamburger)
1 large sweet onion
1/2 tbsp. crushed red pepper
1 1/2 tbsp. chili powder
1 tbsp. minced garlic

1.) Brown ground turkey meat in pan. I season with ground black pepper.

2.) Dump all the tomatoes and beans into the crock pot.

3.) Add turkey meat, crushed red pepper, chili powder, and garlic to crock pot. Additional seasoning can be added for a step above mild hotness.

4.) Chop and add sweet onion to crock pot.

5.) Stir and cover.

6.) Heat on high for 4-6 hours or on low for 8-10 hours cook time.

{Stir occasionally if home}

7.) Add your favorite topping, we enjoy oyster crackers and a little shredded colby-jack cheese on ours!

What is your favorite fall food?
What are your go-to healthy meals when time is limited?

Thanks for stopping by and have a fabulous day!

xo, Ray

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