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Who doesn’t love a great slow cooker chili recipe? This healthy, protein-packed Slow Cooker Turkey Kale Chili will warm your family up in the colder months and makes the perfect game day meal. 

Who doesn't love a great slow cooker chili recipe? This Slow Cooker Turkey Kale Chili will warm your family up in the colder months and makes the perfect game day meal.

SLOW COOKER TURKEY KALE CHILI

I love my slow cooker and I love a good, hearty chili recipes. With a newborn on the way I know I will be using my crockpot a lot throughout the fall and winter.

Today we are tackling both of those with this Slow Cooker Turkey Kale Chili. Some of you might be thinking, kale in chili…no way! But I promise you that the kale is subtle and blends right into the chili. You can feel good feeding your family a big bowl of this chili that is healthy and packed with protein. My kids didn’t even notice the kale in the chili!

Slow Cooker Turkey Kale Chili is also great for game day. Throw a batch of this in your crockpot and have a warm pot of hearty chili on the table in time for the game. I like to lay out a nice spread of garnishes, so everyone can load up their chili with their favorite toppings like fresh cilantro, sour cream or Greek yogurt, tortilla chips, cheese and diced red onion. I love having a variety of chili recipes in my back pocket to use throughout fall. Not only is chili super easy to throw together, it is also great for leftovers. I always have a few containers left to throw into my freezer for later!

Who doesn't love a great slow cooker chili recipe? This Slow Cooker Turkey Kale Chili will warm your family up in the colder months and makes the perfect game day meal.

Today I am excited to be partnering with Produce for Kids and Meijer to bring you this Hearty Turkey Kale Chili.  The annual Produce for Kids campaign is taking place at all Meijer stores now to October 1 to raise funds for Jump with Jill.

It runs from September 4th to October 1st and raise funds for Jump with Jill and offers Meijer shoppers healthy meal solutions, recipes and tips.  Since 2013, Produce for Kids has donated $378,508 to Jump with Jill. More than 75 schools in the Meijer footprint have been supported through the campaign since fall 2014.

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During the campaign, residents of Indiana, Illinois, Kentucky, Michigan, Ohio, and Wisconsin, who are at least 18 years old or the parents or guardians on behalf of minors, can post pictures of their family shopping, preparing, or cooking a meal with the hashtag #FamilyFoodRockstar for a chance to win a $100 Meijer gift card.

The campaign is supported by nine participating fresh fruit and vegetable suppliers, representing most major categories of fresh produce. Sponsors include:

  • Dole® Packaged Salads
  • Earthbound Farm® Organic Mixed Baby Kale
  • Highline Mushrooms®
  • SUNSET® Campari® Brand Cocktail Tomatoes
  • Michigan Apples
  • Pero Family Farms® Steamy Cut Vegetables
  • Green Giant™ Fresh Klondike Rose® & Red Potatoes
  • Lil Snappers® Bartlett Pears from Stemilt Growers
  • Marzetti® Caramel Dip

Visit www.produceforkids.com/Meijer for more information on how to support the campaign. If you’re looking for more recipes that are great for kids and families, visit ProduceForKids.com for more than 200 registered dietitian-approved and family-tested recipes. Follow Produce for Kids on TwitterInstagramPinterest and Snapchat (ProduceforKids) for more recipe ideas and healthy eating tips all year long. Find out how to participate here!  

To follow along with the program and get recipe tips and more information you can follow the hashtag #produceforkids.

Who doesn't love a great slow cooker chili recipe? This Slow Cooker Turkey Kale Chili will warm your family up in the colder months and makes the perfect game day meal.

Who doesn't love a great slow cooker chili recipe? This Slow Cooker Turkey Kale Chili will warm your family up in the colder months and makes the perfect game day meal.

Slow Cooker Turkey Kale Chili

Yield: 8
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 6 minutes
Total Time: 21 minutes

Who doesn't love a great slow cooker chili recipe? This healthy, protein-packed Slow Cooker Turkey Kale Chili will warm your family up in the colder months and makes the perfect game day meal.

Ingredients

  • 1 lb. lean ground turkey
  • 1 small sweet onion, diced
  • 1 bell pepper, seeded, diced
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 jalapeño, seeds removed, chopped {optional for spice}
  • 1 1/2 Tablespoons chili powder
  • 1 1/2 Tablespoons cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper {optional for spice}
  • 2 teaspoons dried oregano
  • 2 Tablespoons tomato paste
  • 2 - 14.5 oz. cans diced tomatoes, drained
  • 1 - 15 oz. can low-sodium black beans, drained, rinsed
  • 1 - 15 oz. can no salt added corn, drained
  • 1 cup low-sodium chicken broth
  • 4 cups Earthbound Farm® organic mixed baby kale

Garnish:

  • 2% plain Greek yogurt
  • Unsalted tortilla chips, crushed
  • Cilantro
  • Diced red onion
  • Cheese

Instructions

  1. Brown the turkey in a skillet and then add the turkey along with the onion, pepper, garlic, jalapeño, chili powder, cumin, paprika, cayenne pepper, oregano, tomato paste, tomatoes, black beans, corn, broth to slow cooker, and cook on low for 5 hours.
  2. At 4 1/2 hours add the kale to the slow cooker, stir and continue to cook for 30 more minutes.
  3. Garnish with Greek yogurt, chips, cilantro, red onion and cheese.

Notes

Feel free to use whatever meat you want or even try this as a vegetarian chili. You can substitute whatever greens you want--spinach would work well.
You can also use a different bean, like kidney beans or white beans.
You can freeze the leftovers in an airtight container.

Recipe from Produce for Kids used with their permission

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Thanks to Meijer and Produce for Kids for sponsoring this post. As always, all opinions are 100% my own.

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Judy

Monday 31st of October 2016

Can you brown the turkey 1st for more flavor? Would I need to reduce the cook time?

Julia

Tuesday 1st of November 2016

After looking back over the recipe I actually would cook the turkey first before adding it to the slow cooker. I have done it both ways but I like cooking my ground turkey first. I am going to adjust the recipe. The cook time is the same.

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