Slow Cooker Turkey Chili

Jump to Recipe

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.

If you like this turkey chili recipe, you might also like:

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!
Read More

CommentsLeave a reply

  1. Thank you. I just made this and it’s delicious. And much healthier than my usual version. I’m thrilled. My husband and son loved it too. Thank you!!

  2. For some reason, none of the directions or ingredients are showing here. Did something change on the website? It was working yesterday…

  3. 5 stars
    I make this ALL. THE. TIME. It’s so easy and so delicious. It’s a perfect meal to have leftovers for a couple of days (and ones you look forward to!) Definitely a go-to in our household 🙂

  4. 5 stars
    We make this recipe all the time! Just prepped another batch to turn on tomorrow morning. Planning on using it for lunches. So easy and tasty! Instead of 2 cans of diced tomatoes and jalepenos, I started using 3 cans (because they are slightly smaller) of Rotel. I call it my 9-can chili, but I always credit you haha.

  5. 5 stars
    This was sooo good and really easy to make! I added half a teaspoon of cinnamon, which gave it an even heartier flavour. Will dream of eating this at work!

  6. 5 stars
    I made this chili last night. My crock pot was about to overflow so I left out one of the cans of beans. It still tasted wonderful and was a huge hit with the hubby!! Thanks for sharing.

  7. 5 stars
    Add extra tbsp cumin
    Add extra tbsp chilli 
    Add 3/4 cup of lime juice
    Double turkey
    Add 2x tbsp smoked paprika 
    Add 1 tsp cinnamon 
    Salt to taste

    Sooooooooooo good. Freezes so well

  8. 5 stars
    I have made this recipe several times and it is a hit! I’ve had friends and family tell me it’s the best chili they’ve ever had, and of course I feel the same! I only make a few adjustments. I don’t add jalepeño because I can’t handle spicy food. I also add garlic, garlic salt, garlic powder, and onion powder. I use all of the recommended toppings and I serve with French bread. Thank you so much for this recipe!!

  9. I need to make this! It looks good!
    Have you tried using pinto beans in place of the kidney beans? That’s all we ever put in our chili. 

  10. 5 stars
    So easy and so delicious   I love stronger  flavor so made your recipe with twice the amount of chili , a whole head of garlic and the very largest Spanish onion I could find.   Also used Vegeta seasoning  (replacing some of the salt ).   You may not want to use Vegeta as it has some MSG, but it makes everything (soups, sauces, salads, fish, meat etc-Anything one might put salt on) taste incredible.  

  11. 4 stars
    Great recipe BUT as I have a smaller crock pot I cut down the chilli and jalapenos by half & halved the beans and sauce too. Still used 500 grams of turkey though…delicious. New quick to prep family fave!

  12. 4 stars
    This was so delicious and flavorful. I used half the amount of jalapenos and it still had that hint of Chilli Heat. Recipe with so simple and quick to put together.

  13. 5 stars
    How would I convert this recipe to the Instant Pot?? I make this at least a half a dozen times every fall/winter and want to use my IP this fall since I don’t have a crockpot anymore. Thanks! 

    1. Not sure if you’ve found an answer to this or not but I sauté the meat in the instant pot with minced garlic and onion, then add everything else. Once you’ve added everything to the instant pot, I found a post online that you set the pot to the Bean/Chili setting and set time to 20 minutes. We did not do the quick release and it turned out great! Hope this helps.

  14. I am doubling this recipe and there’s no way I will be able to fit the total amount in my slow cooker. do you think I will get the same results by cooking this in a giant pot on the stove?

  15. 5 stars
    Love this recipe! Been making it for awhile now. I now have some health issues and need to count carbs. Do you happen to know the serving size and carb amount? 

    1. Tamara, you can see my comment below. I doubled the turkey and halved the beans. It ended up being 320 cal and 34 carbs, which is low-carb, according to my dietitian.

  16. 5 stars
    This recipe was great and super easy! I ended up using 1 can of black beans instead of two and replaced the corn with cauliflower rice to make it even more healthy and add some more substance. I also used a bit less jalepenos.. i barely put any salt and pepper in bc I wanted to wait and see if it really need it at the end and it didn’t. Def holding on to this recipe!!!

  17. 5 stars
    Very easy to make. I halved the can of beans since I have a smaller slow cooker. Even my boyfriend who was doubtful that he would like this recipe, ended up loving it. 

  18. 5 stars
    I made this today, with a couple adjustments to fit my dietitian’s guidelines for me. I doubled the turkey and used one can of dark red kidney beans and one can of pinto beans. I used “no salt added” tomato products and added one small can of tomato paste. IT WAS DELICIOUS. I have never eaten a bowl of chili so fast in my life! I am single and this certainly did fill the 6 quart slow cooker, so now I have 8 servings for later eating. Based on my ingredients, each serving is 320 cal, 34g carbs, 9g fat, 27g protein, 1000mg sodium, and 6.2g fiber. That does not include the shredded cheese and sour cream I added.

    1. Whoops. Neglected to mention that I omitted the corn, which would bump those carbs up. Didn’t use any salt or pepper and didn’t miss either of them! 🙂

  19. 1. What are “tamed jalapeno peppers”?
    2. Are the above jalapenos marinated or pickled?
    3. Are fresh sliced jalapenos acceptable replacements? If so, quantity?

  20. 5 stars
    This recipe is fantastic!! And so easy! I accidentally grabbed medium jalapeños instead of mild so it had a bit of a kick lol. We will definitely be making this again!

  21. This was unbelievably good. The ultimate combination of sweet and spicy! This is on my favorites list for sure. The only thing is that I would consider making a pound and 1/2 of turkey. If you’re a beef lover, trust me, you won’t know you’re eating turkey with this recipe!

  22. 5 stars
    Very tasty chili – I doubled the recipe for a crowd of about 20, and added a couple tablespoons of cocoa (An idea from another recipe). The lean turkey chili was so popular that it was all gone before we knew it! Lots of praise was received.

  23. 5 stars
    I have been making this recipe for years. It’s my favorite thing to make on rainy or snowy days! I have a smaller crock pot so I halve the recipe and freeze the unused veggies/meat for another day. Thanks so much for the recipe!

  24. 5 stars
    Has always been my go to! But now in an instant pot world, any idea on how long in the instant pot? Think I can throw it all in there?! Thanks in advance!

  25. 5 stars
    Delicious chili recipe! The tamed jalapenos were sold out at the store so I subbed in mild diced green chilies. It turned out well and we will be well fed for at least a week! I’ve never had my crockpot that full :-).

  26. Do you have the nutritional values for this recipe? In particular – calories, fat, carbs, and protein. Thank you! 🙂

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Recipe Rating