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Here is the super easy and satisfying chili recipe that my children love. It is the perfect meal to through together in the morning and let the flavors come together in the crock-pot during the day. It only gets better with time. This hearty meal is easy, quick to assemble, inexpensive, and gluten-free.

This recipe uses ground turkey, to keep it a bit lighter and cheaper! Feel free to use beef if you prefer.  The chili has a nice, rich flavor but is not too spicy, since it is aimed at my son Ethan who is not a big fan of spicy food. However, you can serve it with hot sauce or just add more chipotle peppers if you like things a bit spicier.

It only takes about 10 minutes to brown the meat and soften the onion. The rest is just dumped into the crock-pot. A great hack is to keep some browned meat in your freezer and then all you would have to do is combine all your ingredients in the crock-pot in the morning and go. This is also a great candidate for freezing with my ‘save half’ rule. My tiny children will eat an enormous amount of chili, they love it so much, so I don’t usually end up with very many leftovers.


Easy Crock-Pot Chili


Ethan’s Easy Crock-pot Chili

Serves 6 hungry people

1 lb. ground turkey
3 Tbsp cumin
1 Tbsp oregano
3 Tbsp chili powder
1 chipotle chili roughly chopped
2 14oz. cans diced tom
4 14 oz. cans beans (any mix between pinto, kidney, and black beans)
1 onion diced
2 cloves garlic diced
Olive oil
Salt and Pepper

1. Brown your turkey in a skillet with a small amount of oil. Season it with salt and pepper. Add the diced onion, garlic, and chipotle chili to the pan and allow everything to soften.
2. Rinse and drain your beans and add them along with the tomatoes, the turkey mix, and all of your spices to the crockpot. Give everything a stir and set on low for at least 4 hours. It can be left at the keep warm setting for several hours.
3. Before you are ready to serve, taste your chili and season liberally with salt and pepper. Adjust your seasonings if needed.
4. Serve with your favorite toppings, like shredded cheese, avocado, tortilla chips, onions, sour cream, or cornbread.