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Slow Cooker Turkey Chili

Slow Cooker Turkey Chili-this healthy and easy chili recipe is perfect for a chilly day! 

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Josh and I have very different opinions about winter. I am not a fan of the cold and snow, but Josh loves it. Winter is his favorite season.  Josh jumps for joy when there is a snow storm and I hide deeper under my covers. I spend most of the winter hibernating and Josh spends his winter outside on the slopes.

One of Josh’s favorite post-ski meals is his Slow Cooker Turkey Chili. He throws all of the ingredients into the slow cooker before he heads up the mountain and when he comes home he has a hot bowl of chili waiting for him.

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Josh’s Slow Cooker Turkey Chili is easy to make and it’s healthy too! He uses lean ground turkey, black beans, and red kidney beans. This chili is a protein powerhouse! He also throws in some veggies!

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The chili simmers away in the slow cooker while he spends the day on the mountain skiing. Sometimes I am nice and will make cornbread while he is gone. Chili and cornbread are a match made in heaven!

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When Josh gets home from a long day of skiing, his chili is waiting for him. He likes to top his chili with green onions and shredded cheddar cheese. It is the perfect way to end a great day on the slopes!

This Slow Cooker Turkey Chili is also a great weeknight meal. Prepare the chili in the morning and let the slow cooker do the work. After a busy day, it is nice to have a hot meal waiting for you!

Warm up with a big bowl of Slow Cooker Turkey Chili! It is sure to hit the spot!

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Slow Cooker Turkey Chili

Yield: Serves 8-10

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 4-6 hours

This slow cooker recipe is easy to make and feeds a crowd! Plus, it's healthy too!


1 tablespoon olive oil
1 lb 99% lean ground turkey
1 medium onion, diced
1 red pepper, chopped
1 yellow pepper, chopped
2 (15 oz) cans tomato sauce
2 (15 oz) cans petite diced tomatoes
2 (15 oz) cans black beans, rinsed and drained
2 (15oz) cans red kidney beans, rinsed and drained
1 (16 oz) jar deli-sliced tamed jalapeno peppers, drained
1 cup frozen corn
2 tablespoons chili powder
1 tablespoon cumin
Salt and black pepper, to taste

Optional toppings: green onions, shredded cheese, avocado, sour cream/Greek yogurt


1. Heat the oil in a skillet over medium heat. Place turkey in the skillet, and cook until brown. Pour turkey into slow cooker.

2. Add the onion, peppers, tomato sauce, diced tomatoes, beans, jalapeños, corn, chili powder, and cumin. Stir and season with salt and pepper.

3. Cover and cook on High for 4 hours or low for 6 hours. Serve with toppings, if desired.

Note-we use a 6 quart slow cooker.

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122 Responses to “Slow Cooker Turkey Chili”

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  1. Erica — January 6, 2014 @ 6:42 am

    Chili is the best! And turkey chili is my absolute favorite. I’m with you on the cold though- no thank you!

  2. ashley - baker by nature — January 6, 2014 @ 7:16 am

    Maria, this looks so perfect for a chilly day!!!

  3. Taylor @ Food Faith Fitness — January 6, 2014 @ 7:16 am

    Although I am in Florida and don’t really require “winter-y” meals, I need this in my face yesterday. I love easy, slow-cooker meals…especially when they involve the words turkey and chili! This looks perfect with a little side of cornbread. Yum!

  4. Liz @ The Lemon Bowl — January 6, 2014 @ 9:44 am

    Great minds think alike – I have turkey chili defrosting for lunches this week and I love putting corn in mine!!

  5. Liz — January 6, 2014 @ 10:01 am

    As I get older, I do not like the cold one bit. Love to look at a picture of a fresh snowfall from a warm room. Love turkey chili. Thank you and have a great day.

  6. Kirsten — January 6, 2014 @ 10:24 am

    This chili looks delicious–wonderful photos!
    I’ve never heard of tamed jalapeño peppers. I must investigate and see if they are on the shelves.

  7. Julie @ Table for Two — January 6, 2014 @ 10:29 am

    Absolutely adore turkey chili!! Love that you can do everything in the crockpot and just set it and forget it! :) gorgeous photos!

  8. Nana Phyllis — January 6, 2014 @ 10:34 am

    Sounds a lot like my chili except I use Rotel tomatoes for a spicy touch. Yum!

  9. Cookbook Queen — January 6, 2014 @ 10:53 am

    Loving all the yummy warm slow cooker recipes today — they make the house smell so good!! This looks bright and fabulous, Maria :)

  10. Layla @ Brunch Time Baker — January 6, 2014 @ 10:54 am

    This chili looks so warm and hearty! Perfect for the winter days! Love crock-pot meals <3

  11. Liz @ Virtually Homemade — January 6, 2014 @ 11:14 am

    We are a big chili family too! So easy for a great and flavorful weeknight meal. Of course yours looks amazing.

  12. It’s flipping freezing in Denver today, so I am thinking this turkey chili is the perfect way to warm up!

  13. Laurie {Simply Scratch} — January 6, 2014 @ 12:16 pm

    This looks amazing Maria and it’s just what I need when the temps are in the negative!

  14. This would be so perfect for a day like today. And with some cornbread on the side? YES.

  15. Jennie @themessybakerblog — January 6, 2014 @ 3:38 pm

    I don’t mind the cold so much if I’m able to hibernate in the house in my slippers. I’m more of a fall gal. This chili would sure make me happy in this cold weather we’re having. Yum!

  16. Wendy McGovern — January 6, 2014 @ 3:43 pm

    Will be making this for girls night on Wednesday. Need a dairy / ‘cleanse’ friendly recipe — can’t wait to try! Also, I assume this would be freezer friendly for any extras?

    • Two Peas replied: — January 6th, 2014 @ 3:46 pm

      Yes, this chili freezes beautifully! We have some in our freezer right now!

  17. Jenny Flake — January 6, 2014 @ 5:15 pm

    LOVE slow cooker chili!! Looks delish!!!

  18. Kira - HealthAble Old Soul — January 6, 2014 @ 5:48 pm

    Even though I am not a meat eater, those green onions look like a great idea for on top of a chili or even another type of soup!

  19. Emily @ Life on Food — January 6, 2014 @ 7:43 pm

    I am not a fan of winter but I love chili. This one looks fabulous and you cannot beat a slow cooker.

  20. marla — January 6, 2014 @ 8:01 pm

    The perfect family meal ~ especially living here in the mountains!

  21. patsy — January 6, 2014 @ 8:15 pm

    This looks like a perfect way to warm up from the inside out! With these cold temps right now, I think we could all use a bowl or two!

  22. Tracy | Pale Yellow — January 7, 2014 @ 8:33 am

    You can never have too many slower cooker chili recipes! This one has all of my favorite things, I can’t wait to test it out!

  23. It is so cold outside today. A big bowl of this chili would definatly improve my day!

  24. Marian (Sweetopia) — January 7, 2014 @ 11:34 am

    Mmm, can’t wait to try this!
    Happy New Year Maria!

  25. Nikki @Seeded at the Table — January 7, 2014 @ 2:25 pm

    haha! My favorite season is always the season we’re NOT in. When it’s summer, I’m wishing for winter. When it’s winter, I’m wishing for summer. :) But, in winter, I’m always in the mood for chili….so bring this one on! :)

  26. Kevin @ Closet Cooking — January 7, 2014 @ 3:33 pm

    What a tasty turkey chili!

  27. Trish — January 7, 2014 @ 11:12 pm

    Would this recipe work on the stovetop for an hour-2 hours instead?

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  31. Deborah — January 9, 2014 @ 9:37 am

    Now I’m craving chili and cornbread!! 😉

  32. Dina — January 9, 2014 @ 12:11 pm

    I love turkey chili. haven’t made it in a slow cooker. good idea!

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  35. Suzanne — January 10, 2014 @ 2:35 pm

    Hi- This sounds great. Do you drain the beans?

    • Two Peas replied: — January 10th, 2014 @ 2:39 pm

      Yes, rinsed and drained. I will update the recipe so it is clear. Thanks!

  36. Ismail — January 10, 2014 @ 7:04 pm

    All the ingredients fit perfectly into my 6qt slow cooker. How did you make it all fit in a 4.5 qt !?

  37. Sara — January 10, 2014 @ 9:46 pm

    I was wondering the same about the beans – do they need to be drained? I didn’t drain them and my chili looks watery.

    • Two Peas replied: — January 10th, 2014 @ 10:28 pm

      We always rinse and drain our beans! Sorry if that wasn’t clear!

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  40. Ariel — January 13, 2014 @ 8:52 am

    Made this last night with cornbread muffins — absolutely delicious! The jalapenos added the perfect kick, and it smelled so good cooking all day. Great winter meal!

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