Turkey and Bacon Bean-less Chili

Chili. It’s the best. From a crisp autumn evening to a warm summer cookout, chili is one of the most versatile one-pot crowd pleasers on the planet!

For those of us who have taken our foot off the carb petal, here’s a fantastic bean-less recipe. 

I followed a paleo recipe I found at LauraFuentes.com, but made some essential tweaks of my own, using ground turkey and adding bacon, butternut squash and bell peppers. I also added directions for the slow cooker if you want to “set it and forget it” for a few hours!

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 pounds ground turkey
  • 6 strips of bacon 
  • 2 tsp minced garlic
  • 1 1/2 cups onion, diced, about 1 large onion
  • 1 cup chopped celery
  • 2 cups chopped carrots
  • 1 cup diced butternut squash 
  • 1 bell pepper (red, orange, or yellow)
  • 1 1/2tablespoons chili powder
  • 2 teaspoons ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon oregano
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 4 cups diced zucchinis (3)
  • 1 15-ounce can tomato puree
  • 1 15-ounce can diced tomatoes

Stove top directions 

Directions

  1. Cook the 6 strips of bacon. 
  2. Season the ground turkey with salt and pepper before cooking and cook in the bacon fat. 
  3. Drain off the ground turkey and set aside. 
  4. Sauté onions until translucent (about 8-10 minutes). *Onions will continue to brown as other veggies are added. 
  5. Add carrots, squash and celery and cook until slightly soft (8-10 minutes). 
  6. Add cumin, oregano, and chili powder to veggie. Mix well. 
  7. Add zucchini, bell pepper and garlic and cook until slightly soft (4-5 minutes). 
  8. Continuously stir to coat veggies in seasoning and to keep them from sticking. 
  9. Transfer veggies, ground turkey and bacon into pot. 
  10. Stir in diced tomatoes and purée. 
  11. Bring to boil, then simmer for 20-25 minutes, stirring occasionally. 

Serve hot with shredded cheddar, full fat sour cream or Greek yogurt, and chives! 

Slow cooker directions 

Directions

  1. Cook the 6 strips of bacon. 
  2. Season the ground turkey with salt and pepper before cooking and cook in the bacon fat. 
  3. Drain off the ground turkey and set aside. 
  4. Sauté onions until translucent (about 8-10 minutes). 
  5. Transfer all cooked ingredients to slow cooker. 
  6. Add the rest of the chopped veggies, seasonings and diced tomatoes / tomato purée. 
  7. Cook on high for 3-4 hours or low for 6-8, stirring occasionally. 

 

 

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