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Slow Cooker Turkey Chili

This easy Slow Cooker Turkey Chili is chock-full of ground turkey, onions, bell peppers, garlic, red kidney beans, black beans, corn, tomatoes, and spices. It’s thick, hearty, and packed with flavor!

Take a few minutes in the morning to get everything into the slow cooker, and then let it cook low and slow all day while you get other stuff done. At dinnertime, this delicious chili will be waiting for you!

So, the day before yesterday, we totally got teased with some nearly 60-degree weather…which means that it’s just about time to make some maple syrup!

David tapped the trees and hung the buckets, and we both worked at packing the sap barrels with snow. I was out there in shorts, boots, and a winter jacket and was very comfortable.

But, yesterday and today, we’re right back down into the 20s with lots of wind. Ugh.

What does all this have to do with Crockpot turkey chili, you might ask?

Well, one, when it’s maple syrup time, I don’t want to think too much about making dinner, so I’m into super easy recipes that I don’t have to fuss with. Check!

Two, I still want dinner to be delicious. Check!

And three, as Austin Powers would say, “It’s frickin’ freezing Mr. Bigglesworth,” and I want cozy, comforting, and something that will warm me up. Check!

slow cooker turkey chili in a white bowl on a plate with a spoon on the side surrounded by bowls of green onions, cheese, sour cream, and corn chips

Ingredients you need:

  • Olive oil
  • Ground turkey (preferably 85/15)
  • Onion
  • Green bell pepper
  • Garlic
  • Tomato sauce
  • Fire-roasted diced tomatoes
  • Diced tomatoes with green chiles
  • Dark red kidney beans
  • Black beans
  • Corn
  • Chili powder
  • Cumin
  • Ground coriander
  • Smoked paprika
  • Salt and pepper
  • Sugar
  • Cocoa powder
  • Chicken broth
  • Toppings of your choice (such as cheese, green onions, sour cream, cilantro, and corn chips)

Special Equipment Needed:

  • Slow cooker (6-quart or larger; I use a 6-quart)

Here’s a look at how to make Slow Cooker Turkey Chili:

2 images; one of ground turkey being cooked in a skillet with text that says in a skillet, cook the turkey until no longer pink; the other of onions and peppers added to the skillet with text that says add onions and peppers, cook until they begin to soften
2 images; one of a spoonful of garlic being added to the skillet with text that says add garlic, cook for another minute; the other of the turkey mixture in a slow cooker with text that says transfer the mixture to the slow cooker
2 images; one of tomatoes, beans, corn, spices, and broth added to the slow cooker with text that says add the rest of the ingredients except for the toppings; the other of all of the ingredients in the slow cooker being stirred together with a wooden spoon with text that says stir to combine
2 images; one of the slow cooker with the lid on with text that says put the lid on the slow cooker, cook on low for 6 hours; the other of a ladle of the finished chili being taken out of the slow cooker with text that says enjoy, don't forget the toppings

Tips & Tidbits:

  • Try to get 85/15 ground turkey if you can. It has a higher fat content and will not dry out as easily as leaner turkey.
  • Ground beef can be used instead of turkey.
  • I love the color and sweetness of the corn, but if you prefer chili without corn, just leave it out.
  • This chili is not overly hot-spicy, but it’s got a generous amount of spices for lots of flavor, which is how we like it and how I think chili should be. But feel free to adjust any of the spices to suit your own personal tastes.
  • If you want more heat, you can add some cayenne pepper, crushed red pepper flakes, or your favorite hot sauce.
  • When I use the slow cooker, I prefer the low setting. The high setting can often be too hot and end up overcooking things. That being said, if you’re a little short on time, you can cook this on high for 3 to 4 hours.
  • This chili is really good the day you make it, and it’s even better the next day!
  • It’s very filling and can serve 4 to 6 people depending on appetites, toppings, and any side dishes you might be serving with it.
  • Store leftovers in an airtight container in the refrigerator or up to 3 to 4 days.
  • For longer storage, freeze for up to 2 to 3 months. Thaw in refrigerator, then reheat.
close-up of a spoonful of slow cooker turkey chili being taken out of the bowl

Take this chili over the top by adding your favorite toppings. Ours are shredded cheese, green onions, sour cream, and corn chips. And there’s also chopped tomatoes, avocado, jalapenos, a squeeze of lime juice, cilantro…

In addition to the toppings, this turkey chili is excellent served with some of my Easy Homemade Cornbread Muffins or even some Homemade Garlic Bread.

I hope you try this Slow Cooker Turkey Chili recipe and love it as much as I do. Thanks for visiting today!

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slow cooker turkey chili in a white bowl topped with cheese, green onions, sour cream, and corn chips with cornbread muffins on the side

Slow Cooker Turkey Chili

This easy Slow Cooker Turkey Chili is chock-full of ground turkey, onions, bell peppers, garlic, red kidney beans, black beans, corn, tomatoes, and spices. It's thick, hearty, and packed with flavor!
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Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 6 hours 10 minutes
Total Time: 6 hours 20 minutes
Servings: 4 to 6 (1 cup to 1½ cups each)
Calories: 677
Author: Michelle / Now Cook This!

Ingredients

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 pound ground turkey, preferably 85/15
  • 2 cups chopped onions, about ¼-inch pieces
  • 2 cups chopped green bell peppers, about ¼-inch pieces
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 (8-ounce) cans tomato sauce
  • 1 (14.5-ounce) can fire-roasted diced tomatoes
  • 1 (10-ounce) can diced tomatoes with green chiles
  • 1 (15.5-ounce) can dark red kidney beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 (15.5-ounce) can black beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 cup corn kernels, I use frozen
  • 3 tablespoons chili powder
  • tablespoons cumin
  • 1 teaspoon ground coriander
  • 2 teaspoons smoked paprika
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 1 teaspoon cocoa powder
  • salt and pepper, to taste
  • ½ cup chicken broth
  • toppings of your choice, such as cheese, green onions, sour cream, and corn chips (optional but highly recommended)

Special Equipment

  • 6-quart (or larger) slow cooker (I use a 6-quart)

Instructions

  • In a large skillet (I use a 12"), heat the olive oil over medium-high heat. Add the ground turkey and season with salt and pepper; cook, stirring frequently and breaking the meat up into small pieces as you go, until it is no longer pink, about 4 to 5 minutes. Drain off any excess grease.
  • Add the onions and bell peppers; cook, stirring frequently, until they begin to soften, about 4 minutes.
  • Add the garlic; cook, stirring constantly, for another minute.
  • Transfer the turkey mixture to a 6-quart (or larger) slow cooker.
  • Add the tomato sauce, fire-roasted diced tomatoes, diced tomatoes with green chiles, dark red kidney beans, black beans, corn, chili powder, cumin, ground coriander, smoked paprika, sugar, cocoa powder, salt, pepper, and chicken broth; stir to combine.
  • Put the lid on the slow cooker and cook on LOW for 6 hours (you could even let it cook for up to 8 hours).
  • Taste and adjust seasonings, if needed. Serve with your favorite toppings; Enjoy!

Notes

  • Ground beef can be used instead of turkey.
  • This chili is not overly hot-spicy, but it’s got a generous amount of spices for lots of flavor. Feel free to adjust any of the spices to suit your own personal tastes.
  • If you want more heat, you can add some cayenne pepper, crushed red pepper flakes, or your favorite hot sauce.
  • Store leftovers in an airtight container in the refrigerator or up to 3 to 4 days.
  • For longer storage, freeze for up to 2 to 3 months. Thaw in refrigerator, then reheat.
  • Estimated calories shown are for 4 servings of about 1½ cups each and does not include any toppings. For 6 servings of about 1 cup each, estimated calories are 451 per serving.
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This post was updated on 1/20/24 to increase the minimum size of the slow cooker to 6 quarts.

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