Slow Cooker Caramelized Onion & Chipotle Turkey Chili

This is a recipe I made up the other day. It was part out of ingredients I needed to use up and part out of just what I was in the mood for. I had an opened can of chipotles to use up. I also had to use up some ground turkey. And I was just in the mood for caramelized onions. I decided to try to combine them and see where it took me.

The good thing about made up recipes, is that you sometimes end up with something great. The bad thing is that I don’t really have exact measurements. But that’s really not a problem. You know your tastes. I know mine. Just use whatever you think is going to make you happy; regardless, it’s going be delicious.

This recipe is probably a little more labor intensive than most other slow cooker recipes, but I really think it’s worth it. I diced up two onions very finely and caramelized them. When they were nice and brown and caramelized, I threw half in the crockpot and left half in the pan. Then I added in the garlic and ground turkey to brown. The turkey and the caramelized onions got all nice and friendly in the pan and I think this really added to the flavor of the chili. While the chili was cooking away, I caramelized a third onion because I’m a bit crazy. When the third onion was almost done caramelizing, I added in some of the adobo sauce from the can of chipotles. Oh my. I could have  eaten the entire pan of onions by themselves, right then and there. They were amazing and definitely made a great topping to the chili.

Slow Cooker Caramelized Onion & Chipotle Turkey Chili

  • 3 large onions, 2 finely diced, 1 finely sliced
  • Olive oil
  • 5 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 1/4 pounds ground turkey
  • 2 cans black beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 can white beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 can corn, drained and rinsed (or a 1 can measure of frozen corn)
  • 2-14.5 ounce cans of diced tomatoes with jalapenos
  • 2-14.5 ounce cans fire-roasted diced tomatoes with garlic
  • 1-14 ounce can tomato sauce
  • 1-3 chipotles in adobo sauce, diced
  • Taco seasoning
  • Chipotle Chili Powder
  • Garlic & Herb Powder
  • Shredded cheese (for serving)
  • Sour cream (for serving)
  • Chopped green onions (for serving)
  1. Heat olive oil in large pan over medium-high heat. When oil is heated, add two diced onions and caramelize. When onions are caramelized, put half of the onions in the crockpot, then add in garlic and turkey. Cook until turkey is no longer pink.
  2. While the onions and turkey are cooking, add the cans of tomatoes, beans, corn, chipotles and tomato sauce. When the turkey is browned add that to the crockpot. Take taco seasoning, chipotle powder and garlic powder and sprinkle up and down the length of the crockpot. Add in turkey.
  3. Cover crockpot and cook on low for 6-8 hours or on high for 3-4 hours.
  4. While chili is in crockpot, add third sliced onion to pan and caramelize. When onions are nearly done, add a couple spoonfuls of the adobo sauce from chipotles and finish caramelizing.
  5. Serve and enjoy.

2 thoughts on “Slow Cooker Caramelized Onion & Chipotle Turkey Chili

  1. Pingback: Sunday Summary: November 6, 2011 | Clare Cooks!

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