Crock Pot Chili: Perfect for Game Day {Low Sodium Recipe}

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Crock Pot Chili. Quite possibly the perfect game day food. Perfect for so many reasons. Easy to make. Perfect for fall. Delicious to eat. Lasts all day long. And hello, bring on the heat, just like the games (that I don’t care to watch). My oldest daughter says I make the best.chili.ever! OK, I’m sure that’s not true, but I take that compliment and run with it. Since I made game day chili (low sodium style of course) on Sunday, I decided to share my recipe here.

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As always, the perfect recipe always starts with the freshest ingredients. Canned tomatoes are SO overrated. Fresh is best and getting those fresh veggies into your babies’ bodies is a bonus point for this recipe.

Crock Pot Chili Ingredients:

  • 12 Roma tomatoes
  • 2 sweet peppers (you can use jalapenos if you want to heat things up)
  • 1/2 medium onion
  • 3 cloves garlic
  • 1 lb turkey burger
  • 2 tbsp cumin
  • 1 tbsp chili powder
  • 1/2 tbsp red ground pepper
  • 5 shots hot sauce
  • 1 tbsp red pepper flakes
  • 1 can low sodium organic beans (or if you really want to go all out, buy dried beans and soak overnight)

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Crock Pot Chili Instructions:

  • Brown your turkey burger.
  • Chop your onion, sweet peppers (deseeded), and garlic cloves and place in frying pan with burger. Cook until vegetables are tender. Set aside.
  • Quarter 11 of the tomatoes and blend in the blender to sauce consistency. Place in Crock Pot.
  • Dice remaining tomato to add to tomato blend (hey, just like Rotel only no sodium).
  • Add spices and stir.
  • Place meat mixture in Crock Pot, stir.
  • Add beans, stir.
  • Simmer on low for 4-6 hours (again, the longer this simmers, the more flavorful it will become).
  • Serve with tortilla chips (gluten free) or crackers.

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So simple, so delicious (according to them, I don’t eat it so I can’t say), and this full Crock Pot feeds an army. OK, not an army, but a lot of people. It’s one of my favorite go-to fall or football party meals. All the prep is done in the morning and you don’t have to worry about a thing all day long!

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This hearty meal, packed with veggies and protein, is a family favorite and a huge hit at parties. I like it because there’s minimal mess and prep time. It’s a SCORE (ha, get the irony?) for everyone.

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This recipe is sure to be a hit at your next game day party. It’s low in sodium, delicious, and you can customize it to your heat preference. Doesn’t get much better than that! What’s your favorite game time food? Care to share? I’d love to hear it in the comments below. But to be honest, it better be low sodium or we can’t try it! Happy fall y’all!


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  1. YUM And simple thank you for sharing it :)

  2. I think you just planted a dinner craving in my brain! Only I don’t have the ingredients needed for chili. -_-
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