Slow Cooker Jalapeño Popper Chili


One thing I love about working in an office is being able to bring food in for my team to enjoy.  Maybe it’s because I’m single and live alone, but I tend to bake for office celebrations a little more often than others.  Whether it’s a potluck or someone’s birthday, I always bring something fun to share.

A few weeks back, my office held a Chili Cookoff to welcome the fall season, and I made this chili and a yummy cornbread.

Slow Cooker Jalapeño Popper Chili
I’m never afraid to try a new recipe on these guys… they’re always willing guinea pigs when it comes to my dishes.  Most times, they’re a winner… but guys, there was this one chili that was SO GOOD, and there is no way I could beat it.  It was loaded with bacon and had meatballs in it too.  So freakin good.  

This slow cooker chili was, however, a finalist in the cookoff… I think the yummy garnishes helped it along to be honest.  I mean, who doesn’t love avocado??

I will tell you, this is the EASIEST chili I’ve ever made.  You put the meat in the crockpot RAW.  Yep, raw.  It looked a little like meatloaf (as you’ll see below), but the end product was REALLY delicious.  My advice:  Don’t skip the avocado.  It’s a total crowd pleaser.

Slow Cooker Jalapeño Popper Chili

Serves 8

Adapted from Skinnytaste and PaleOMG


Slow Cooker Jalapeño Popper Chili

1 medium white onion, diced

3 cloves minced garlic

1 red bell pepper, diced

3 jalapeños, seeds removed

1 large sweet potato, 14 oz.

1 lb. 93% lean ground turkey

1 lb. 95% lean ground beef

2 tsp. smoked paprika

1 1/2 Tbsp. chili powder

2 tsp. dried oregano

2 tsp. kosher salt

1 tsp. ground cumin

1/2 tsp. red pepper flakes

1 (14 oz.) can petite diced tomatoes

1 cup reduced sodium vegetable broth

chopped scallions, for garnish

8 oz. diced avocado (from 2 small haas)


1.  Combine tomatoes, broth, and spices in the crockpot.  Optional:  Add 2 oz. of goat cheese.
Slow Cooker Jalapeño Popper Chili
2.  Add chopped peppers and onions.  Note:  I couldn’t live with out my veggie chopper when it comes to recipes like this. (See Similar Product here
Slow Cooker Jalapeño Popper Chili
Slow Cooker Jalapeño Popper Chili
3.  Add meats raw.  Yes, Do not brown ahead of time.  Save yourself some time.  It will look a little like meatloaf.  Don’t worry…  Stir to combine.
Slow Cooker Jalapeño Popper Chili
Slow Cooker Jalapeño Popper Chili
4.  Add sweet potato and give it one final stir.  Cook on low for 8 hours.
Slow Cooker Jalapeño Popper Chili
5.  8 hours later, you will have beautiful, beautiful chili like this… break up the meat with a large spoon if clumped together.  Optional:  Add remaining 2 oz. goat cheese and stir to combine.
Slow Cooker Jalapeño Popper Chili
6.  Serve garnished with scallions and avocado on top.
Slow Cooker Jalapeño Popper Chili

Per 1 Cup Serving + 1 oz. Avocado:

CAL 285; FAT 12g; SAT FAT 0g; CARBS 20g; PROT 25g; FIB 5g; SUG 1g

WW Points+: 7 ; WW Smart Points: 6