We originally planned to head to La Push this weekend, but Jim got word that the Methow River was open for Steelhead fishing so guess where we headed to ? We left Seattle on Friday,it was 7 o'clock am and it was grey,cold and raining. Once we got to Cle Elum it was sunny and beautiful. We ran into some brief showers while heading out Highway 97,but the showers were very short lived . You can see the beautiful rainbow that appeared in front of us. I always think the appearance of a rainbow is magical and a good omen.
The drive to the Methow Valley area was beautiful. The trees are all changing to the gorgeous reds and golds of the Pacific Northwest.
The campground was just what we were looking for,on the river, quiet and surrounded by fruit trees and beautiful cottonwood trees. The campground is in an old fruit orchard-with some of the apple trees still filled with fruit. (my next post will show you what I did with those apples-Brown Butter Apple Hand Pies-yummy)
Jim didn't have much luck fishing late Friday evening, after we got into camp so he took off early Saturday morning to try his luck again. He's a catch and release fisherman so I don't plan on having trout for dinner ! Instead, I decided this is perfect weather for some slow cooker chili.
I discovered this recipe years ago on Allrecipes.com. I read many of the reviews and came up with my own adaptation. This is the only chili I make now-it's so easy and so delicious ! I serve it with a little sharp cheese on top and sides of flour tortillas with Mexican Sour Cream.
Adapted from Laura's Slow Cooker Chili at Allrecipes.com
Makes 6 1/2 quarts and freezes well.
2 lbs lean ground turkey
2 large sweet onions (chopped)
5 cans Ro*tel Original with Diced Tomatoes and Green Chilies
2 cans Black Beans
2 cans Pinto Beans
1 can Kidney Beans
2 can Mexican Corn
4 Tablespoons Chili Powder
2 teaspoons Red Pepper Flakes
1 Tablespoon Cumin
1 Tablespoon Garlic Powder
Large pinch of Allspice
Large pinch of Black Pepper
Salt to Taste
3 Tablespoons Olive Oil
Heat the oil in a skillet over medium heat. Place turkey and onions in the skillet, and cook until evenly brown. Add the cooked turkey and onion to your slow cooker. Add in the Rotel,all the beans and spices.Mix well .Cover, and cook 8 hours on Low or 4 hours on High
This chili will warm you from the top of your head to the tip of your toes on a chilly Autumn Day. And it easily adapts to cooking on your stove top if you don't have a slow cooker ! We are both feeling warm and toasty and going outside to enjoy the sunset.