Share a Pot of “Crock Pot Beans with Ground Turkey”

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One of my close friends is a very busy, full-time working mom, outside of the home. When she was telling me she had to bring a {big} pot of beans to her son’s football potluck, I said, bring your crock pot over, sister, I’ll make a pot for you!

I like to think of finding the things that we are good at (cooking, gardening, music, writing, entertaining), and then bring that “thing” closer to someone else. Use it for good, use it to help get to know others better, use it to serve others. Use it, even when you don’t feel like using it. (Right?)

Don’t ignore your gifts.

In my case, I know that I have the time, since I work from home, and cooking comes so easy to me, so why would I not offer my help? It’s another way of using my gifts, of sharing hospitality with those around me.

It takes work, commitment, and time when we offer our services to others, but it also doesn’t feel good when we ignore our gifts, and we get caught up in our own busyness.

So, I pulled out the crock pot and made a big pot of beans.

Crock Pot Beans with Ground Turkey |

Bush’s Sweet Heat Beans.

Using Bush’s Beans’ newest Sweet Heat (red beans in a sweet and spicy sauce, accented with tomatoes, brown sugar, onion and serrano peppers), I came up with this simple recipe today. (By the way, they’re low-fat and gluten-free.)

My friend brought me a pound of ground turkey, a large onion, and her crock pot.

Crock Pot Beans with Ground Turkey |

Crock Pot Beans with Ground Turkey.

I added the rest of the ingredients and got the beans slow cooking. And our house smelled deLISH.

She came at 5 pm when the beans were hot and ready, unplugged the pot, and ran out the door to her party.

It took such little effort, on my part, to help out a busy mom. I’m glad I listened to my friend, and that inner nudging inside my heart, that said I could possibly lighten her load, and bless her family on this day.

When’s the last time you took something that you are good at, and offered your help to a friend (or even stranger)?

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Crock Pot Beans with Ground Turkey
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Crock Pot Beans with Ground Turkey

No need to drain the Sweet Heat Beans (red beans in a sweet and spicy sauce, accented with tomatoes, brown sugar, onion and serrano peppers). You can also substitute the Sweet Heat with other beans, just add your own spices!
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time4 hrs
Total Time4 hrs 15 mins
Servings: 12 -16


  • 1 lb. ground turkey
  • 1 Tbsp. oil
  • 1 large onion diced
  • 2 tsp. cumin
  • Salt and pepper
  • 1 large pepper red, yellow, or orange, diced
  • 2 cans 22 oz Bush’s Beans Sweet Heat
  • 1 15 oz can Bush’s Black Beans, drained
  • 1 15 oz can Bush’s Kidney Beans, drained
  • 1 15 oz can Bush’s Pinto Beans


  • In a large frying pan, heat the oil on medium high. Cook the diced onion for 2 minutes, adding in the pepper. Cook for additional 3-4 minutes. Add the ground turkey and cook until browned (no longer pink); salt and pepper to taste. Add the cumin.
  • Spray the inside of the crock pot with cooking spray. Add the meat mixture, the Sweet Heat beans (do not drain), plus drained beans. Cook on LO for 6-8 hours, or on HI for 4-5 hours.

Crock Pot Beans with Ground Turkey for Game Day or a potluck!

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5 comments on “Share a Pot of “Crock Pot Beans with Ground Turkey””

  1. That was so thoughtful of you and I know your friend appreciated it so much!! I love this recipe, definitely a good potluck recipe – great for football!

  2. This looks like the perfect cozy family dinner! :)

  3. I love your sensitivity to others and their needs. Reading this post caused me to immediately think of some new ways I could help my friends and family. Thanks for sharing this concept. So simple, but so thoughtful! I’m also going to try this recipe! sounds yummy!

  4. Yum.. these sound good. It is fun to help out others, especially if it is something you are stronger in. I haven’t had that opportunity in awhile but definitely have been asked to make things that people know I’m good at making.

  5. These look delicious! I’m going to definitely give them a try!

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