Slow Cooker Turkey Chili

Slow Cooker Turkey Chili – this healthy turkey chili is loaded with beans, veggies, and lean turkey. This easy crockpot turkey chili is perfect for a chilly day! 

Slow Cooker Turkey Chili Recipe on This healthy chili is always a hit!

Crockpot Turkey Chili

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. It is the perfect meal for a cold day! He looks forward to this chili recipe every fall and winter.

Turkey Chili in white bowl topped with cheese and onion

Healthy Turkey Chili

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 so you get a well-rounded meal in one bowl!

He uses a 6-quart slow cooker to do the job. The chili simmers away in the slow cooker while he spends the day on the mountain skiing. Sometimes, I am nice and will make our favorite easy cornbread while he is gone. Chili and cornbread are a match made in heaven!

healthy turkey chili with beans and veggies cooking in crock pot

crockpot turkey chili served in white dish and topped with cheese and scallions

Turkey Chili Hits the Spot

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! Feel free to add your favorite chili toppings, avocado, cilantro, jalapeño slices, radishes, plain Greek yogurt or sour cream are all good options.

This Slow Cooker Turkey Chili is also a great weeknight meal for cold nights. 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! Don’t forget the cornbread, it is the best!

Turkey Chili made in a slow cooker served with cornbread

How to Make Turkey Chili

Watch the quick video below and see how to have Turkey chili in the slow cooker! You are going to love this yummy turkey chili recipe you can throw together in no time.

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Healthy Turkey Chili in bowl ready to serve

Slow Cooker Turkey Chili

This slow cooker turkey chili recipe is easy to make and healthy too! It is great for an easy weeknight dinner or for entertaining on game day!
4.79 from 41 votes


  • 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 (15 oz) 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


  • Heat the oil in a skillet over medium heat. Place turkey in the skillet, and cook until brown. Pour turkey into slow cooker.
  • Add the onion, peppers, tomato sauce, diced tomatoes, beans, jalapeños, corn, chili powder, and cumin. Stir and season with salt and pepper.
  • 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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I'm Maria and my husband is Josh. We share a love of cooking, baking, and entertaining. We enjoy creating recipes that are simple, fresh, and family friendly. We love sitting around the table with good food, good conversation, and good friends and family! Our kitchen is always open!
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  1. 5 stars
    This has been my go to chili recipe for a while. Suggest chopping up the jalapeños. Makes a huge batch and love to have leftovers to freeze.

  2. 5 stars
    Thank you for this recipee. I always have it frozen in portion for two. I serve it over white rice. Merci

  3. 2 stars
    Those with sensitive stomach beware on this recipe: the amount of jalapeños in this left me in excruciating pain. I’ve eaten spicey foods before, but apparently nothing to this degree. If you have a sensitive stomach, cut the jalapeños to 4oz or none at all.

  4. 5 stars
    Love…Love this recipe. Have made this chili numerous times and my family looks forward to chili night. Makes a huge pot for additional recipes during the week or small individual serving to freeze.

  5. 5 stars
    Oh my goodness! My 4 kids who are the pickiest eaters LOVED this so much!!
    I loved it as well and the jury is still out with my husbands response !! I’ll be bringing this to our friends this weekend. Thanks !

  6. I’ve made this chili the last 8 times and just love it! I have added 2.5 lbs of ground Turkey instead of 1 lb, and have also used ground chicken. When I add more meat, I only use one can of black beans. I love chopping a zucchini and adding it as well. If I cook it in my Instantpot, the tomatoes and tomato sauce are added last and sit on top of the other ingredients Do Not Stir! It will burn. I also add 1 cup of chicken broth to the Instantpot recipe. So easy and delicious!

  7. 4 stars
    Chilli tastes amazing, omitted the jalapenos. It was quick and very easy. I only took off a star because I couldn’t find the nutritional content….I count my calories. Other than that it’s a great dish.

  8. 5 stars
    This was my first time making Turkey chili – it was a request from my wife for her Birthday. I modified the recipe just a bit (e.g. used Onion Powder vs. Onion, did not include Jalapeños, etc). The result was outstanding!! My wife enjoyed her special meal and I have now been delegated responsibility for future Turkey chili meals.

    Additionally, I accompanied the chili with Corn Muffins (Jiffy 8.5 oz box).

  9. 5 stars
    I like it. Ground turkey is so much less “grainy” than beef. I just add un poco coriander. And I cook dry beans in an instapot first so the beans are never tough and it’s as fast as using canned.

  10. Been making it for a few years now it’s great… I read some reviews where it’s too hot are you sure you are using the tamed jalapeños (not hot at all)… i use 4 to 5 shots of tabasco hot sauce to kick it up a little

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