Winter Storm Jonas & An Easy Slow Cooker Turkey Chili Recipe

Warning: This post is photo heavy!

So, it's winter now. We're covered with snow & so thankful for our neighbors with snowblowers (thank you!). 

Winter Storm Jonas, the "Blizzard of 2016," hit over the weekend. I traded working Saturday for working Monday since the storm was starting early Sat morning and continuing into Sunday night. Joe attempted to shovel out a bit on Saturday, but it was pretty well covered by the end of the night and then the plows came and barricaded us in again around 11:30 PM. 

It's not the most snow we've ever seen, but the wind was crazy! The back door was covered up to my chin but the front door had only a few inches. Snowdrifts everywhere. Aside from Joe's shoveling attempt, we didn't emerge from the house at all Saturday. I made a slow cooker turkey chili (see below for recipe) and we enjoyed a cozy fire while watching Flight of The Conchords scenes on the iPad. 

On Sunday, Joe got back to shoveling (I helped a bit). And I took a windy walk to the beach with the camera before we headed to my cousin's house to celebrate Aunt Helen's birthday! 

Easy Slow Cooker Turkey Chili


  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 lbs ground turkey
  • 1 large yellow or red onion
  • 4 cloves minced garlic
  •  2 cans dark red kidney beans
  • 1 large can diced tomatoes
  • 1 can tomato sauce
  • 1 cup beer or beef broth
  • 3 tbsp chili seasoning (2 tbsp chili powder + 1 tbsp ground cumin)
  • 1 tsp sugar
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 2 tsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tbsp powdered mustard
  • Whatever toppings you will want to add (bell peppers, onions, shredded cheese, tortilla chips, etc.)


Heat olive oil in skillet & brown the meat. Drain & transfer to slow cooker.

Chop onion. In the same pan, soften onion and garlic until they start to become translucent (about 5 minutes). Transfer to slow cooker. 

Drain & rinse beans and add to slow cooker. Add remaining ingredients to slow cooker .

Cook & Serve

Cook for 6-8 hours on low or 3-4 hours on high. Prepare toppings - I used crumbled tortilla chips, chopped bell pepper, and shredded cheddar toppings. Serve!

How did you fare during the blizzard?