BBQ Turkey Chili a la Crockpot

This one is family sized. Allow 20 minutes or so for prep, and then it should sit in the crock pot for about 6 hours.

Step One: In a medium sauce pan, put 16 oz dried beans (your choice) and 6 cups water. Bring to healthy simmer / low boil. Ignore for awhile as you do the other steps. (Note: if you prefer, you can use canned beans instead and skip this step. Just drain & rinse 3 cans of beans and add to crock pot. But I prefer the flavor and texture of cooked beans…)

Step Two: Brown 2-3 pounds of ground turkey in a frying pan. drain fat. Dump turkey into large crock pot, set on Medium.

Step Three: to crockpot, add

1 large chopped onion

6 cloves minced garlic

3 stalks chopped celery

1 regular bottle of dark beer (I used an Apricot Amber today) The alcohol cooks out but the flavor is nice.

1 small can of tomato paste

1 cup brown long grain rice

1 cup corn kernels

2 cups water

1 regular can of chopped tomatoes, in your preferred flavor. I used garlic.

1 chopped bell pepper

1/2 cup BBQ sauce

1 Tbsp chili powder

1 tsp cilantro

2 tsp cumin

1 Tbsp pepper

dash of cayenne pepper

Step Four: mix all that stuff together in the crock pot. Check the beans – they should be swollen and slightly wrinkled. Carefully add them to the crock pot (beans and cooking water). Mix well. (NOTE: if you wimped out and used canned beans, you will need to add several cups of water at this point.) The chili should be thin and soupy with a good inch or two of liquid above the chili — the rice and beans will absorb the water so let it be for now.

Step Five: Set crock pot on Medium if you have it; High if you don’t. Allow to simmer for at least 4 hours, stirring occasionally. If towards the end of this time it looks too dry, feel free to add some chicken stock or water.

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