In My Kitchen

This chili is my secret weapon. Every cook has their most special dish. You know the one they would cook if they went on Masterchef? I would knock Gordon Ramsey’s socks off. So I’m going to share this recipe with all of you lovely mothers. Did I mention it’s cooked in the slow cooker? It takes some prep (about 30 minutes or so), but it’s worth it.

If you look closely, you’ll probably be able to pick out the secret ingredient. Yes, I put cinnamon in my chili. Doesn’t everyone? It’s true that I’ve never made any other chili before, so I’m not positive that cinnamon isn’t a staple in chili. My veggies of choice are red and yellow peppers. I have added corn, but I prefer to have cornbread with my chili. I would like to try beans sometime, but I never have. Let me know what you think if you do.

Start by browning the turkey. I do this is two batches because two pounds of ground meat is a lot to work with. I don’t use a specific amount of olive oil to brown the meat in, but surely we’ve all browned ground meat around here. When you’re finished with the browning of the meat, just add it slowcooker.

Next heat about a tablespoon (give or take) of olive oil in the pan that you just cooked the meat in. Add the diced garlic. This is when things start to smell divine. Cook the garlic on low for about 5 minutes, until it starts to brown. You can add an onion here to cook with the garlic, but I hate onions.

While that is cooking I start measuring out the spices (recipe at end of blog post). I am notorious for making enough of these spice mixtures and giving them to family members as a homemade chili powder. It beats anything you get off the store shelves.

This next part is my favorite part. This is the part that starts the smell you will be smelling all day throughout your house. It’s better than any candle you can buy. I wish I could post smells on my blog. ANYWAYS, add the spices along with another approximate tablespoon of olive oil to the garlic. Continue to cook on low for about 5 minutes. If you’re anything like me you won’t have any problem stirring this while it cooks BECAUSE THE SMELL IS AMAZING.

After the mixture is done cooking, add it to the slow cooker with the meat and mix. Now you can add whatever veggies you choose along with the chicken stock. Cook on low for 8 hours or high for 4 hours. I usually top with something: sometimes avocado, sometimes sour cream, always cheese. Best served on a cold evening with a glass of white (or red if you dare prefer) wine.