Healthy Crockpot Chili

We celebrated the arrival of Hurricane Irene this lazy Sunday by cooking some healthy chili for Wen’s church community group.  This chili recipe requires chopping, and opening cans (pretty much).

Here we go!

Materials needed:

  • Crockpot
  • saucepan
  • spatula
  • knife
  • cutting board


Wen loves cumin, and loves to shop at Costco

Note: This chili serves A LOT of people (10-12 people)


  • 1-2 onions
  • 1-2 bell peppers
  • ~5 cloves of garlic
  • 1-2 cans of tomato/tomato puree/sauce
  • 1 can/bag of corn
  • 1-2 cans beans
  • 1-2 cans tomato paste


  • 1 lb sausage
  • 1-2 lbs ground turkey
I. Chop chop choppin

1. Chop bell peppers and place with love and care into crockpot 😀
2. Chop onions give lonely bell peppers some friends
3.  Chop up garlic and add tomatoes/tomato puree/sauce.  Lookin a little more colorful now!
4. Add beans!  Wen’s tip: white and black beans look the prettiest 😉
5. Add corn, and mix around a little bit (let em mingle).  Also add tomato paste.  (By the way, you can really add any of these things in any order)
6. Add seasonings: taco seasoning, cumin and pepper. Tip: you can make your own assortment of chili spices, but Wen finds taco seasoning is the easiest to use! (Less measuring, more smiling!)

7.  Peel the skin off of sausages so that they turn magically into “ground sausage” as opposed to…sausage.  (You may also admire Wen’s beautiful hands here)

8. TADA!  Ground sausage!  Nicely browned - no need to add any oil because sausages are so fatty!  For the health-conscious, this is the only fat in this chili...we promise :D


9. Add the ground turkey into the meat mix and bring to a nice brown as well.

10. Add meat to the chili mix and...

Leave in the Crockpot for 4-6 hours on high, 7-8 hours on low.  Add more seasoning as necessary.

If you are short on time, stir fry all veggies, brown meat, and leave on stove for 30 minutes.

About Wen and Carol Cook in Boston

Wen is an MD/PhD candidate at the Harvard Medical School. She is a monster tennis player and ran her first marathon in October 2011! Carol is a current student at the Harvard Graduate School of Education studying Education Policy and Management. She likes to cook anything that is easy, figuring out new ways to multitask when preparing meals, and then watching Arrested Development while enjoying the fruits of her cooking. Wen and Carol both know the words to every song in The Sound of Music.

2 responses to “Healthy Crockpot Chili

  1. irish

    looks so delicious!! wish i could enjoy it with you!

  2. It was super tasty! And for the record, it only took me two tries to get the blog address right. 😉

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