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Easy Crockpot Turkey Chili

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When you’re craving chili, this Crockpot Turkey Chili is healthy, hearty, and delicious. Packed with flavor, and perfect for brisk days, Fridays, or game days.

Top view of Slow Cooker Turkey Chili with turkey bacon and parsley

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A favorite slow cooker chili recipe — perfect for any brisk day.

Chili is just one of those go-to recipes everyone needs to have. From the first kickoff of the football season, clear through those wintery, soggy, or snowy days.

And when you can slow-cook it… even better.

This is a family favorite slow cooker chili recipe I make every season.

I love easy recipes that can be put together in a hurry.

How to Make Slow Cooker Chili

A quick recipe that’s completed in 2 easy steps, well, 3 steps if you count hands-off-cooking. Step by step instructions are in the recipe card at the bottom of this post.

Step 1: Brown the turkey

In a large skillet over medium-high heat, brown the turkey and onions until the turkey is no longer pink and the onions have softened.

Step 2: Add all ingredients into the slow cooker

All remaining ingredients, vegetables, seasoning, and canned beans and tomatoes into the slow cooker.

Step 3: Slow Cook the Chili

Cook on HIGH for 4 hours or on LOW for 6 to 8 hours.

Topping Ideas for Slow Cooker Turkey Chili

  • Cooked turkey bacon
  • Sour cream
  • Diced onion
  • Diced tomato
  • Diced avocado
  • Shredded cheddar Cheese
  • Fresh cilantro or parsley

Chili Questions

What is the best bean to use in chili?

Traditionally, pinto beans are used in chili but black beans and kidney beans provide delicious texture and flavor.

Do you drain canned beans when making chili?

Always follow the recipe to determine if it requires the bean liquids, but in most cases always drain and rinse the beans before adding them to the dish.

Can I substitute another ground meat for turkey?

Absolutely! Ground beef, pork, or chicken work equally well!

What to Serve with Turkey Chili

Here are a few ideas for side dishes to serve with turkey chili:

Top view of Slow Cooker Turkey Chili with whole wheat bread

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Top view of Slow Cooker Turkey Chili with turkey bacon and parsley

Slow Cooker Turkey Chili

Yield: 4 to 6 servings
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 4 hours
Total Time: 4 hours 10 minutes

When you're craving chili, this Slow Cooker Turkey Chili is healthy, hearty, and delicious. Packed with flavor, and perfect for brisk days, Fridays, or game days.


  • 1 1/4 lb. ground turkey
  • 1 sweet onion, chopped
  • 1 sweet bell pepper, chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1-2 tablespoons chili powder
  • 2 teaspoons cumin
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 1 teaspoon oregano
  • 1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 1 (15-oz.) can red kidney beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 (15-oz.) can black beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 (15-oz.) can diced tomatoes, undrained
  • 1 (15-oz.) can tomato sauce
  • 6 tablespoons. shredded Cheddar cheese
  • salt and pepper to taste


  1. Cook the ground turkey and onions in a large skillet over medium heat until the onions are soft and the turkey is no longer pink.
  2. Coat the crockpot insert with cooking spray and transfer the turkey mixture into the slow cooker.
  3. Stir in the peppers, garlic, salt, pepper, chili powder, sugar, oregano, cumin, red pepper flakes, beans, tomatoes, tomato sauce and 1 1/2 cups water.
  4. Cook on LOW heat for 4 to 6 hours.


Topping Ideas

  • Sour cream
  • Diced onion
  • Diced tomato
  • Diced avocado
  • Shredded cheddar cheese
  • Fresh parsley or cilantro

How to Store Turkey Chili

  • To freeze turkey chili: let the chili cool to room temperature. Add to a freezer-safe container and store for 3 to 4 months. To reheat, thaw the chili in the refrigerator overnight, transfer it to a large pot, and heat over medium heat for 20 minutes, or until warmed through.  
  • Leftovers can be refrigerated in a sealed container for 4 to 5 days. 

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Nutrition Information:
Yield: 6 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 388Total Fat: 20gSaturated Fat: 6gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 11gCholesterol: 107mgSodium: 260mgCarbohydrates: 23gFiber: 6gSugar: 5gProtein: 32g

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  1. The instructions in the narrative are different from the instructions on the recipe card. Cook the onions and garlic with the meat or don’t? Cook for 4 hours on low or high? I’m confused.

    1. Hi Amy, you are right. There was a discrepancy in the instructions. I’ve updated it. Thank you so much!

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