Category Archives: Southwest

Slow Cooker Turkey Chili

I fully accept that this recipe is just dumping cans in a pot. It probably covers the entire adult RDA of sodium. But it’s sooo good and sooo easy! I’m planning to experiment with switching some of the ingredients to low-sodium versions… but here’s the original.

Yield: About 8 x 1 cup servings.

Ingredients:

  • 1 pound ground turkey breast
  • 3 tablespoons taco seasoning (½ of a 1.25 ounce packet… I use Ortega)
  • 1 x 15 ounce can Mexican-style stewed tomatoes*
  • 1 x 15 ounce can black beans
  • 1 x 15 ounce can whole kernel corn
  • 1 x 5.5 ounce can V8 (or tomato juice)

* I hate the texture of chunky tomatoes, so I blend them in a food processor before adding to the slow cooker.

Directions:

  1. Brown the turkey in a large skillet and drain off any extra fat.
  2. Place the turkey in a 3½ – 4 quart slow cooker.
  3. Add all the other ingredients (do not drain the beans, tomatoes, or corn) and stir.
  4. Cook for 2-3 hours on high or 4-6 hours on low.

We like to have it with tortilla chips, shredded cheese, and just a bit of sour cream. Sometimes, if I’m on my game, I make cornbread to go with it as well.

(Adapted from SparkRecipes.)

Crispy Southwest Chicken Wraps

I love wraps and burritos with rice in them. This recipe is very simple (after removing everything we don’t like), but it tastes amazing. The sour cream can not be left out, it’s the star of the dish! Plan ahead and make some shredded chicken in the crockpot during the day, or keep some on hand in the freezer.

Yield: 4-5 wraps.

Ingredients:

  • 1-2 cups cooked rice
  • 1 cup cooked, shredded chicken
  • 1 can black beans, rinsed and drained
  • juice of 1 lime
  • ½ tablespoon chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • ½ teaspoon garlic salt
  • 2 cups shredded cheese (cheddar, Mexican blend, etc.)
  • sour cream
  • 6 burrito-sized flour tortillas

Directions:

  1. Mix rice together with lime juice, chili powder, cumin, and garlic salt. Add in chicken, black beans, and whatever else sounds good (corn? tomatoes? bell peppers? green chiles? jalapeños?).
  2. Sprinkle cheese on tortilla, then dollop on sour cream and spread chicken and rice mixture down center. Roll up the wraps and flatten slightly. Don’t be stingy with the sour cream… think sauce, not accent!
  3. Spray the seam side with cooking spray, then place seam side down on a hot skillet for about 2-3 minutes, until golden brown and crisp. Spray the top side with cooking spray, flip, and cook for another 2-3 minutes.

(Adapted from Mel’s Kitchen Cafe.)