Chili John’s chili is a very well known place in the Green Bay area and also the nearby surrounding communities. It has been around for as long as I can remember.
I recall my mom being so excited when I finally got my driver’s license because then she could send me to Chili John’s and get her chili in the middle of winter.
I used to love this chili, but always found the orange grease floating on top to be not the most appealing thing to consume. I know what your all thinking, “that is what makes Chili John’s chili so good.” Well maybe so, although, I was determined to find a solution and continue to be able to eat this chili without causing my arteries to harden.
My boys have asked for this healthier version every deer hunting season after they spend all day sitting in the woods freezing waiting for that big buck. I have also froze this recipe for a quick meal when life is just to busy.
It is so very easy, and does not call for many ingredients at all. Of course, you could make this with all ground turkey or all ground beef, but I have found it’s best with half of each.
Chili John’s Chili (only healthier)
1 lb. ground beef
1 lb. ground turkey
1 small onion finely diced
1 tsp. garlic salt
1 tsp. cumin
1 Tbsp. flour
1/2 tsp. black pepper
2 Tbsp. chili powder
1/2 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. red pepper flakes
2 cups water
1 can of chili beans of your choice (optional)
Brown your ground beef and turkey, then drain any excess fat. Spray your crock pot with non-stick cooking spray and add all the browned meat, beans, onion and all the spices.
Cook covered on low for 5-6 hours. Serve over spaghetti.
**** I prepare this recipe often and store it in Ziploc Versa Glass dishes and freeze for the perfect grab and go meal when you need something fast.