Slow Cooker Southwest Quinoa Chili

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This Slow Cooker Southwestern Quinoa Chili is full of fiber, lean protein and hearty seasonings! A variety of beans, lean ground turkey and nutty quinoa make this a healthy weeknight meal you’ll want again and again.

This Slow Cooker Southwestern Quinoa Chili is full of fiber, lean protein and hearty seasonings! A variety of beans, lean ground turkey and nutty quinoa make this an easy weeknight meal you'll want again and again.

Are we actually in June already?! Where has the time gone?! I have been spending all week trying to put a cohesive plan together for Stella’s first birthday party. Have you ever gone on Pinterest and looked at kids birthday ideas? Some kids have bigger parties than my wedding! The themes are crazy extravagant! I mean, when I was a kid they just threw us into a blow up pool half naked and popped some hot dogs on the grill. Someone would bring a cooler full of beer and call it a day.

This Slow Cooker Southwestern Quinoa Chili is full of fiber, lean protein and hearty seasonings! A variety of beans, lean ground turkey and nutty quinoa make this an easy weeknight meal you'll want again and again.

Obviously the trends have changed. The pressure is on to make this the best first birthday party everrrrrrr. But now I have a million ideas picked out and am in complete analysis paralysis. Jumper or no jumper? Do I hire entertainers for the kids? If so, not a reptile man…I hate snakes. And no clowns for that matter either. I have heard that you can hire princesses now to come and play with the kids and take pictures but would that leave all the boys out? Clearly, I need help. Have you planned a birthday party recently? Please send me your ideas!

This Slow Cooker Southwestern Quinoa Chili is full of fiber, lean protein and hearty seasonings! A variety of beans, lean ground turkey and nutty quinoa make this an easy weeknight meal you'll want again and again.

I can tell you one thing! There is going to be a ton of desserts! And a doughnut table. Yup, you heard me right. Doughnuts are officially the family favorite food and so they have to make an appearance. I am sure all the parents will thank me for giving their children the ultimate sugar high.

Okay, on to this slow cooker southwest quinoa chili. This is one of my signature dishes and I am so happy to share it with you! Coming from a big family, we were all about simple meals growing up. Now that I have Baby Stella, I have grown quite fond of simplicity too. There is something so comforting about coming home at the end of the day to a home cooked meal that practically made itself. Add in the fact that it is a healthy meal and I am the happiest girl around. Nick, Stella and I all agree that this is one of our favorite meals.

This Slow Cooker Southwestern Quinoa Chili is full of fiber, lean protein and hearty seasonings! A variety of beans, lean ground turkey and nutty quinoa make this an easy weeknight meal you'll want again and again.

It is very lean and full of protein. I use 99% fat free ground turkey and honestly we don’t even miss the fat. I use hearty seasonings and chipotle peppers to enhance the flavor without packing in the calories. Not to mention this chili is packed with beans which are high in fiber and keep you feeling full for hours….hopefully keeping you from sneaking into the fridge with late night munchies.

So pull out your slow cooker and whip up this southwest quinoa chili! I promise it doesn’t disappoint!


5.0 from 3 reviews
Slow Cooker Southwest Quinoa Chili
 
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Serves: 8 Servings
Ingredients
  • Slow Cooker Southwest Quinoa Chili
  • 2 lbs Lean Ground Turkey
  • 1 Small Yellow Onion, chopped
  • 2 Bell Peppers, diced (I used red and yellow)
  • 2 (14.5 oz.) Cans Mexican-Style Diced Tomatoes
  • 1 (30 oz.) Can Chili Beans, undrained
  • 1 (26 oz.) Can Ranch Style Beans, undrained
  • 1 (15 oz.) Can Kidney Beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 (15 oz.) Can Pinto Beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 (14.5 oz) Can Chicken Broth
  • 2 Cups Uncooked Quinoa
  • 2 packets McCormick Chili Seasoning ( I used Smokey BBQ flavor)
  • 1 Tablespoon Chipotle Peppers in Adobo Sauce
  • Salt and Pepper to Taste
  • Optional Toppings
  • Shredded Cheddar Cheese
  • Green Onions
Instructions
  1. In a skillet, brown the onion and bell pepper for 10 minutes on medium heat or until the onions are translucent. Add in the ground turkey. Cook for 10 minutes or until the meat is fully cooked.
  2. Transfer the onions, peppers, and ground turkey into a slow cooker. Add in the remaining ingredients. Stir. Cook on low for 5-6 hours. Serve with optional toppings.
Notes
If you prefer a more brothy chili add in 1 cup of water.
This make a big pot of chili so feel free to halve the recipe or freeze the half for a later time.

 

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  1. says

    Can’t believe Stella is almost 1! I’m no help at planning parties. My idea of a birthday celebration is just going out out to dinner. But I’m sure whatever you do will be great! Loving this chili. So healthy and full of flavor : )

  2. says

    I love making chili in my slow cooker, but have never tried adding quinoa, it sounds delicious! Good luck with the birthday party planning, my girls’ favorite thing at their 1st birthday party was the balloons 🙂

  3. says

    In Hawaii the custom was massive 1st birthday parties. I could never understand, since at that age it’s clearly not something the kid will stay awake for or remember. However, the food for the grownups was awesome.
    Just remember to start as you mean to go on, so if you’re getting all that stuff this year . . . and you’ll feel compelled to do more next year . . . well you could be ending up with Destination Birthdays in 10 years!
    The chili looks like a terrific recipe for the grownups at a party–thanks!

    • Mariah Mercurio says

      Hahaha Kristen my husband already thinks I am crazy with my planning thus far. I can only imagine what he would say if I suggested destination birthdays! lol

  4. Ginny McMeans says

    No kidding! Quinoa in chili! This sounds really wonderful. I have to leave the turkey out but it sounds like a new family favorite.

  5. says

    I gotta say, that I am VERY incensed by the idea of a doughnut table! That would definitely be my idea of a perfect birthday party. 😉 And this chili? Holy yum, I’m swooning over how hearty and comforting it looks! Perfect for summer slow-cookin’!

  6. says

    We’re celebrating my lil’ ones 3rd birthday today and she wants like all the things… and I’m like, was I supposed to get you a cake, too?!? God knows what she’ll want for her party! 😉

    The chili sounds sooooo good!! Comfort in a bowl!

  7. says

    birthday parties can be stressful, but the kids always have fun no matter what you do 🙂 This chili looks amazing and I love how healthy it is! Your photos are gorgeous!

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