Slow Cooker Turkey Chili (The BEST!) – Chef Savvy

Best recipe for turkey chili in slow cooker

Slow cooker turkey chili made

with black beans, beans, corn and lots of spices. Filling, thick, filling and full of flavor! It really is the BEST turkey chili made healthier and in the slow cooker!

Looking for more slow cooker soup recipes? Then try my slow cook chicken Tortellini soup or my Copycat slow cooker Minestrone soup.

pick up a ladle of turkey chili in slow cooker

Slow Cooker Turkey

Chili When I think of

comfort food, I can’t help but think of Chili. It is abundant, warm and loaded with a lot of flavor. Sitting on a big bowl of chili is one of my favorite things to do in fall and winter!

This recipe is similar to my original crockpot chili recipe, however, I will lighten it a bit by using lean ground turkey and adding many more vegetables and beans. It’s loaded with fiber and protein thanks to black beans and beans! This recipe can easily be made into a vegetarian chili. Simply skip the ground turkey and swap the chicken broth for vegetable broth. That’s all!

Serve this healthy chili

with a side of corn muffins or a crispy roll for dipping! I hope you enjoy this chili as much as my family does!

Key Chili Ingredients

  • Lean Ground Turkey: Feel free to use ground chicken or beef instead. To keep this chili lighter, be sure to use 93% ground beef and be sure to drain the meat after browning.
  • Beans: I use black beans and red beans in my chili. You can also use pinto beans. Black beans, kidney, and pinto hold their shape well when cooked slowly, making them a good choice to use in this cooker chili.
  • Diced tomatoes roasted over fire: Add another layer of flavor to this chili. Fire-roasted tomatoes are roasted over a flame before being canned, giving them a smokier flavor than traditional diced tomatoes.
  • Green chili peppers: These are sweeter and vinegars than spicy, so don’t worry if they make this chili too spicy.
  • Spices: Chili powder, ground cumin, paprika, and marinated canned chipotles are added for tons of flavor! Chipotles in adobo give chili a pleasant smoky flavor!
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How to make Healthy Turkey Chili

Heat a large pan with olive oil. Add the ground turkey and cook until golden brown and no longer pink.

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in cast iron pan

” /> Add the turkey to the slow cooker

along with the rest of the ingredients (except the ingredients)

beans, tomatoes, fire-roasted tomatoes, corn, and slow-cooker ground turkey

Simmer for 6 hours, or over high heat for 4 hours, until soup is well cooked.

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after it” /> Serve

hot with

the ingredients suggested above! My favorite way to serve this chili is with tortilla chips, lots of shredded cheddar cheese, sour cream, and hot sauce!

healthy turkey chili bowl topped with sour cream and tortilla chips


  • Do it on the stove. Simply brown the meat and then add the onions, garlic and seasoning. Brown and then add the beans, tomatoes and broth. Simmer for 15 minutes and then voila your chili is ready!
  • Change the beans! Pinto beans can be used in place of red beans or black beans. You could also make all the black beans!
  • Make this chili even healthier with more vegetables! Chopped pepper, zucchini or carrots would be delicious in this chili.
  • Make it vegetarian. You can skip the ground turkey and chicken broth to keep the chile vegetarian. I love adding quinoa to my vegetarian chili!

stirring turkey chili finished with wooden spoon in crockpot


love serving this easy turkey chili with my easy homemade cornbread. They go perfectly together


Optional coverages

I think my favorite part of chili is loading my bowl with as many ingredients as possible! If you’re serving this chili crockpot for guests, it’s fun to make a chili bar with plenty of toppings options for each guest to customize their perfect bowl of chili.

  • Cilantro
  • Green Onions
  • Sour Cream or Greek Yogurt
  • Grated Mexican Cheese Red Onion
  • Tropiados Tortilla Chips
  • Spicy
  • Avocado Sauce Diced
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Wide throw of turkey chili in crockpot covered with cilantro

Can you freeze this slow cooking turkey chili?

Yes! This is the best turkey chili! It makes tons of leftovers and is freezer friendly! Simply freeze leftovers in a ziplock bag and store them for up to 3 months. Alternatively, you can freeze everything uncooked and take it out of the freezer and put it directly in the slow cooker when you want a quick and easy meal.

Can this be done in the Instant Pot?

yes! Simply brown the turkey in the stir-fry option, then add the rest of the ingredients and pressure cook for 18-20 minutes. That’s all! Perfect for when you want a healthy dinner at the table in less than 30 minutes!

healthier chili in crockpot with wooden spoon

Here are more slow cooker recipes

to enjoy! Slow cooker Tortellini chicken soup

  • Tortellini sausage soup and kale
  • Slow cooker

  • Chicken enchilada
  • soup Slow cooker

  • Minestrone soup
  • Easy slow

  • cooker Chili

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