Slow Cooker Turkey Chili

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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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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!
4.77 from 30 votes
Prep Time
10 minutes
Cook Time
4 hours
Total Time
4 hours 10 minutes


  • 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


  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.
  4. Note-we use a 6 quart slow cooker.

turkey chili


Maria Lichty

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. Hi Maria,
    I would love to make this chili this weekend. I don’t have a lot of experience cooking with a slow cooker but was wondering if this recipe could be halved? My slow cooker is 3.5 quartz.


  2. Gonna give this chili a try. I’m not a big fan of jalapeno’s. Was wondering if diced green chili’s could be substituted.

  3. This chili was great! Next time I’m going to freeze half to save for a future meal because it filled the CrockPot to the brim almost. I did skip the jalepenos because we don’t like spicy food.

    One question though: It is the chili powder or the cumin that gave it a kick still?

  4. This recipe is a hit! We made it for a football group & they loved it. Just made a new batch for today’s game. Go Seahawks! I found the jalapeños in the pickle section (needed a bit of help to find). The photos are great on the site – thank you! Melanee

  5. Just put this into the crockpot! It barely all fit and I’m a little worried that it will not have enough liquid but we will see! Ill check back in in 4 hours 🙂

  6. Hi there!

    I made this once and it was amazing! Thank you! I have a smaller crockpot about 4 qt. How would you adjust the recipe for this size?


  7. Made this a couple of weeks ago (because I’m a serious chili lover). My husband said this was the best I’ve made yet (after 8 years of making chili for him)! Making it again today…my new go-to recipe!

  8. This is a great chili! The tamed jalapeños really make it. Fills the the pot to the top, so make sure you have a big crock pot.
    Love it and it is very easy to make! Really pretty as well!,

  9. I love this recipe and have used it 3 times in the last 6 weeks now, making slight changes each time.

    For those looking for the extra protein, just double up on the ground turkey (2 pounds).
    Also, I have been using fresh Serrano and Jalapeno peppers (6 and 2 respectively), in order to cut down on the added sodium of the pickled peppers and to increase the spiciness.

    Thank you guys! Keep up the good work 🙂


  10. Great flavor in the chili. Love being able to sneak in all these veggies. Only modification I would make is to add tomato paste to thicken the chili, it was a little too thin and soup like for my taste.

  11. This looks wonderful. I don’t have a slow cooker, but have been tempted to purchase. There are conflicting reports about how they cook. You obviously have great success with yours. Would you share the make and model?

  12. I made this last night–my mom and husband and I all really loved it. I just put 1 can each of the beans–good thing I did because my crockpot was full. I didn’t have the jalapeno’s that you recommended, so I just put in a heaping tablespoon of the jarred diced jalapenos. It was delicious! This recipe is a keeper–especially now, since in our area Laura’s Lean is $9.99/lb. yikes!

  13. I made this yesterday and all I can say is WOW!! My family loved it! Had it for supper last night and just had another bowl for lunch. I think it’s better today. Thanks for the great recipe.

  14. Made your turkey chili yesterday and it’s delicious. I used roasted green chilies instead of the jalapeños. This is definitely the best turkey chili I’ve made. Will be trying other recipes you’ve shared. We may not have winter cold and snow in Florida but still there’s nothing like coming in and being greater by the smell of dinner cooking.

  15. I’ve made this before and it’s delicious. I was wondering if it could also be made with leftover shredded Thanksgiving turkey breast instead of ground turkey?

  16. I adore all your recipes!!  Not only do they look inviting to make and enjoy.  They are delicious and nutritious too.  

    Thanks for sharing.  Love all the varieties.


  17. Way to hot for me. I had to add another can of tomatoes, serve with sour cream, garlic toast…anything I could do to cool it down

  18. Hi! I make this chili several times a year,  love it! Do you think I should double it for a dinner serving 12 people? Wondering your advice on good sides to go with it. Yum! 

  19. I love your recipe!! I make it all the time, with either beef or turkey. I cook the onion (with a little garlic) with the meat before adding it to the crockpot…delicious! Thanks for sharing!

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