Slow Cooker Turkey Chili

Quick Summary

This healthy Slow Cooker Turkey Chili is loaded with beans, veggies, and lean turkey. It’s the perfect meal for game day, a cold day, or any day! And the best part? The crockpot does most of the work. It’s such an easy and delicious recipe!

Turkey chili in a bowl with cornbread

Crockpot Turkey Chili

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’s the perfect meal for a cold day or really any day. It’s so easy to combine all of the ingredients in the slow cooker and let it simmer away all day. 

We also like making it for game days or busy weeknights. It always hits the spot…and it’s even better with our easy cornbread on the side. 

Healthy Turkey Chili

This chili recipe uses lean ground turkey, which is a healthier alternative to the typical beef or sausage chili. It also has black beans and red kidney beans. This chili is a protein powerhouse! 

And I promise the chili isn’t lacking any flavor because it also has onion, tomatoes, peppers, corn, and lots of spices. You get a well-rounded meal in one bowl. 

crockpot turkey chili

How to Make Turkey Chili

This is a REALLY simple recipe–you just have to brown the turkey, chop the onion and peppers, and toss everything into the slow cooker. 

We use a 6-quart slow cooker and it works perfectly! The chili simmers away in the slow cooker all day, making our house smell so cozy. Our boys are always excited when they smell turkey chili. They know it’s going to be a good dinner!

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!

easy turkey chili recipe

Chili Toppings

What’s chili without toppings?! It’s the best part! Josh tops his with green onions and shredded cheddar cheese…yumm. Here are the toppings we’d suggest putting out!

  • Shredded cheese
  • Chopped green onions
  • Avocado or Guacamole
  • Cilantro
  • Plain Greek yogurt or sour cream
  • Jalapeño slices
  • Radishes

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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!
4.8 from 44 votes

Ingredients
  

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 lb 99% lean ground turkey
  • 1 medium onion, diced
  • 1 red pepper, seeded, stemmed, and chopped
  • 1 yellow pepper, chopped
  • 30 ounces tomato sauce
  • 30 ounces petite diced tomatoes
  • 30 ounces canned black beans, rinsed and drained
  • 30 ounces canned red kidney beans, rinsed and drained
  • 16 ounce 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

Instructions
 

  • 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.

Notes

We use a 6 quart slow cooker.
You can use ground chicken or ground beef for this recipe. 

Nutrition

Calories: 321kcal, Carbohydrates: 47g, Protein: 22g, Fat: 7g, Saturated Fat: 1g, Cholesterol: 34mg, Sodium: 923mg, Potassium: 1355mg, Fiber: 16g, Sugar: 9g, Vitamin A: 2238IU, Vitamin C: 60mg, Calcium: 131mg, Iron: 7mg
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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!

    1. Cheryl, I’m interested in making this in my 6 quart instant pot. Do you use the same size? What modifications do you make to the recipe, and are you cooking on a slow cooker or pressure setting, and for how long? I’m a beginner instant pot user and would love to make this chili. My friend made this recipe in his slow cooker; it was fantastic!

    1. See the info at the bottom of our recipes. Most have the info, unless it is an older recipe. We are working on updating them all.

  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

    1. Hi,
      I find it interesting that there are numerous comments asking for the nutrition information but no replies. I made this today and added all the calories from the listed recipe and its a whopping 3,740 total calories. That’s before any cheese or avocado. I made it with lean ground beef but that isn’t much more than turkey in calories. In viewing before cooking, seems very thick and maybe one less can of beans would have been ideal. As is, if this is 8-10 servings, probably 370-470 per serving.

    2. I updated the recipe to include the nutritional info. This is an older recipe and we are trying to update all of our recipes to have the nutritional info, but we have thousands to get to:) I based it on 10 servings. Note-I am not a dietitian, so it is just a rough estimate, but seems close to your calculations. Thanks for sharing.

    3. I updated the recipe to include the nutrition info! Note, I am not a registered dietitian. I use an online calculator.

  11. 5 stars
    This has been a family favorite of ours for years! My kids request it all winter long. Thank you for sharing this amazing recipe.

  12. 5 stars
    Fantastic chilli recipe!
    I used some pickled jalapenos the first time round and it was super great! This time I’ve decided to kick it up a notch and try scotch bonnet peppers instead for a REAL kick.
    Hopefully it turns out just as good!

  13. Recipe says 322kCal. Does this mean calories per serving? Also, what is 1 serving? Thanks

  14. 5 stars
    Has amazing flavor! I topped mine with shredded cheddar cheese, sour cream and saltine crackers 🙂

  15. I’ve made this recipe before and loved it. It made too much for me so Im going to half the recipe. Is there a way to make this on a stovetop? Do you have any directions for that?

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