Slow Cooker Tequila Lime Turkey Chili

September 11, 2012

in Main Dishes, Recipes, slow cooker

It’s fall right? It’s like still 80 degrees here. Either way I am heading the direction of fall…and this chili is perfect since it has the summer flare of lime and tequila. Seriously I can’t believe I just had the chance to cook with tequila.

This chili will not disappoint even those beef chili men. My hubby really enjoyed this meal. He really did. It has such a wonderful taste to it.

I adapted my recipe slighly from Pink Parsley I don’t like bell peppers so I opted out of those. And I forgot to buy the chipotle en adobo so those were out – unfortuantly since I was excited to try. bummer. I also used heavy whipping cream to mash my bread only because I ran out of milk. I put milk in the recipe since I don’t want you to have to go out and buy whipping cream for only 2 tablespoons. Isn’t that weird that I had whipping cream but no milk. LOL

Some tips: While the turkey is cooking. Chop up the onion and jalepeno. Next open up your cans so that is done.

Slow Cooker Tequilla Lime Turkey Chili


  • 1 slice sandwich bread (torn into pieces)
  • 2 tablespoons milk
  • 1lb ground turkey
  • salt and pepper
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 Large onion (finely chopped)
  • 1 jalepeno (finely chopped)
  • 2 tablespoons chili powder
  • 2 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 4 cloves garlic (minced)
  • 2 teaspoons ground cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 15-oz can tomato sauce
  • 1 14.5-oz can diced tomatoes
  • 1 15-oz can pinto beans (drained and rinsed)
  • 1/4 cup tequila
  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 1 lime (zested)
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lime juice
  • 1/4 cup fresh cilantro (chopped)


Mash the bread and milk togeher in a large bowl using a fork. Mix in the ground turkey, salt & pepper.
Heat the oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat.

Cook the onion and jalapeno until softened. Add the chili powder, tomato paste, garlic, cumin, and oregano and cook an additional 3-5 minutes.
Stir in the turkey mixture into skillet and cook until no longer pink, about 3-5 minutes. Stir in the tomato sauce, scraping up any browned bits. Transfer the mixture to the slow cooker.
To the slow cooker, add the diced tomatoes with their juices, pinto beans, tequila, soy sauce, honey, lime zest and lime juice.

Cover and cook on low until the turkey is tender, 4 to 6 hours.

Garnish with cilantro. Eat and Enjoy!

I served with slices of buttered bread. YUM! Enjoy!



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{ 6 comments… read them below or add one }

Cathy September 30, 2012 at 10:45 am

I made this for the Badger game. Started before I went shopping, came home to the chili with some bread. It was very good! Perfect for the 7 o’clock game. To bad the Badger’s lost. The chili made it better.


anotherbiteplease September 30, 2012 at 8:48 pm

Glad you liked…I should have came over for some!!!


Cassie Laemmli (@BakeYourDay) September 12, 2012 at 6:05 pm

Ah, I am so ready for a big bowl of chili and a Sunday night football game. This is my kind of chili!


anotherbiteplease September 12, 2012 at 11:28 pm

perfect game day chili – do a tequila shot on the side with touchdown 😉


amy donovan (@amy_donovan) September 11, 2012 at 6:11 pm

yum! love the addition of lime + tequila in here. so tasty! i’m obsessed with my new slow cooker so i will *definitely* be trying this!


anotherbiteplease September 11, 2012 at 6:25 pm

Hope you enjoy as much we did!


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