Slow Cooker Turkey Chili

This hearty, healthy (slow cooker or stovetop) turkey chili is packed with zesty flavor and nutritious veggies. Perfect for game day feasting and weeknight meals!

Slow Cooker Turkey Chili – This healthy (slow cooker or stovetop) turkey chili is packed with zesty flavor and nutritious veggies. Perfect for game day AND weeknight meals! |

I’m often asked what my favorite meal is to cook, and I always respond in an instant – chili! So many flavors, textures, toppings… Oh, I love it. The warm heartiness of the meat, tomatoes and beans, mixed with the breezy freshness of lime and cilantro, and a kick of spice from fresh jalapenos and smoky seasonings! But, the best part? I’m often cooking it for a crowd. And I love cooking for a big mess of hungry friends and family.

If I had more patience (and desire for stress), maybe I would have gone into catering!

Slow Cooker Turkey Chili – This healthy (slow cooker or stovetop) turkey chili is packed with zesty flavor and nutritious veggies. Perfect for game day AND weeknight meals! |

I’ve cooked both big and small batches of chili, probably a hundred-and-one ways, but tossing everything in my slow cooker has got to be my favorite method. Don’t mistake that for a no-sweat recipe, though. A whole lotta love goes into chopping the veggies and dreaming up delicious toppings.

Our favorites? The classics: Shredded cheddar, sour cream, scallions and a squeeze of juicy lime.

Now, as for what to serve on the side….

Slow Cooker Turkey Chili – This healthy (slow cooker or stovetop) turkey chili is packed with zesty flavor and nutritious veggies. Perfect for game day AND weeknight meals! |

My Jalapeño Cheddar Cornbread Muffins are always a huge hit… and, if I’m cooking chili for a crowd, an absolute essential pairing. They’re soft and sweet, full of flavor, and perfect for mopping up the last bits of spicy goodness. Savory salads with a little Mexican flair are also fun, and a big bowlful of chips for scooping is my personal favorite!

… Have I gotten your appetite going yet?

Slow Cooker Turkey Chili – This healthy (slow cooker or stovetop) turkey chili is packed with zesty flavor and nutritious veggies. Perfect for game day AND weeknight meals! |

For rowdy Superbowl fans or even quiet weeknights, this turkey chili is incredibly easy and fun. It’s one of the most delicious I’ve ever made! Every bowl is full of spicy, scrumptious goodness that will warm you to the bone on cold winter nights. But, I also love to make this chili in the summer! It freezes well and makes fantastic next-day leftovers… if you’re lucky enough to have any.

Enjoy this recipe, friends. It’s the BEST meal I’ve made lately (hubby agrees), and I know you’ll love it, too. I hope you have a fabulous week ahead!

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Slow Cooker Turkey Chili

Yield: Makes 8 servings


1 lb. (16 oz.) ground turkey (not ground turkey breast)
1 yellow onion, chopped
1 red bell pepper, chopped
1 green bell pepper, chopped
1 jalapeno, chopped
3 cloves garlic, minced
1 (28 oz.) can crushed tomatoes
1 (15 oz.) can diced tomatoes
2 (15 oz.) cans kidney beans, drained
1 teaspoon hot sauce
1 Tablespoon chili powder
1 Tablespoon ground cumin
1 teaspoon dried oregano
1 teaspoon kosher salt
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
Optional toppings: Cilantro, shredded cheese, scallions, red onion, sour cream, etc.


In a medium skillet set to medium-high heat, add oil. Once hot, add ground turkey. Crumble and cook until almost cooked through but still slightly pink, 4-5 minutes. Drain excess liquid. Add turkey to your slow cooker along with all remaining ingredients. Stir until combined. Cook on low for 6 hours, or high for 4 hours, stirring occasionally.

Once cooked, taste and adjust seasonings as desired. Ladle into individual serving bowls and top with any desired toppings.

Serve with Jalapeño Cheddar Cornbread Muffins, if desired.


If you’d prefer to make this on your stovetop, follow cooking instructions for turkey (cook in a large pot instead), then add remaining ingredients. Stir to combine. Cover and bring to a boil, then reduce heat to low. Uncover and simmer for 2 hours, stirring occasionally.

Loosely adapted from Eat Yourself Skinny


40 Responses to “Slow Cooker Turkey Chili”

  1. #
    Consuelo @ Honey & Figs — January 27, 2014 @ 5:56 am

    Chili is one of my favorite meals as well! It’s so comforting during wintertime and all the textures are amazing! I love your version, and those lovely jalapeño muffins have won my heart!
    Have a fantastic week! :)

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    Maureen | Orgasmic Chef — January 27, 2014 @ 6:33 am

    I love a good meal cooked in the slow cooker. We work from home and the aroma of this cooking all day would be tough to resist.

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    Jules @ WolfItDown — January 27, 2014 @ 6:50 am

    This looks heavenly, and the cornbread muffins I could probably eat half a dozen of (gotta save some space for the chilli too :P). There are few dishes that are as comforting as a good, hearty bowl of warm chilli :D
    I’ve never tried to cook it in the slow cooker though! Might try that out next :)

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    Kim (Feed Me, Seymour) — January 27, 2014 @ 7:00 am

    I love love love chili but when made in the slow cooker, it is even better! I think it’s all that time the flavors have to meld together. And served with a side of that cornbread, yum!

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    Jeanette | Jeanette's Healthy Living — January 27, 2014 @ 7:26 am

    We’ve been loving chili this winter and it’s perfect for the slow cooker. Those cornbread muffins look like the perfect accompaniment to a bowl of this chili with all the fixin’s!

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    Liz @ The Lemon Bowl — January 27, 2014 @ 7:52 am

    I want to dive into a giant bowl of this!!

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    marcie — January 27, 2014 @ 8:45 am

    I love turkey chili, especially ones made in a slow cooker. This looks delicious, Georgia! :)

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    RavieNomNoms — January 27, 2014 @ 8:45 am

    Love me some good turkey chili. I actually prefer it to beef!

  9. #
    Jessica @ A Kitchen Addiction — January 27, 2014 @ 9:07 am

    I could go for a big bowl of this chili right now!

  10. #
    Leah | So, How's It Taste? — January 27, 2014 @ 9:22 am

    Your pics are gorgeous! That chili sounds so good on a cold day!

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    Julia — January 27, 2014 @ 9:23 am

    You really could be a caterer! Love this slow cooker chili and could definitely use a handful of those cornbread muffins to dip in it! Super Bowl food, here we coooome!!

  12. #
    Marie @ Little Kitchie — January 27, 2014 @ 9:46 am

    I love turkey chili! And so great to have another variation using my beloved slow cooker!

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    Kelli @ The Corner Kitchen — January 27, 2014 @ 11:48 am

    During the winter I could eat chili almost every night! And this one gets total bonus points for the no muss, no fuss slow cooker action. Perfect Superbowl food right here!

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    Gaby — January 27, 2014 @ 1:15 pm

    Love all of the possibilities with chili and those muffins sound like the perfect side!

  15. #
    Laura (Tutti Dolci) — January 27, 2014 @ 6:06 pm

    I love turkey chili and who could resist the slow cooker doing all the work?!

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    Nicole ~ Cooking for Keeps — January 27, 2014 @ 9:36 pm

    I could totally go for a big bowl of this right now while I’m freezing my butt off INSIDE! Loving all the peppers!

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    Stacy | Wicked Good Kitchen — January 27, 2014 @ 9:43 pm

    We love chili at our house and cornbread is such a natural go-with. Your styling and photography is gorgeous as always! I pinned to group boards this morning but had to run and didn’t have time to comment. Thanks for sharing, girl!

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    Stephanie @ Eat. Drink. Love. — January 27, 2014 @ 10:15 pm

    Chili is one of my favorite things too! This looks so comforting. I’ve never made chili in a slow cooker!

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    Nicole @ Young, Broke and Hungry — January 28, 2014 @ 12:54 am

    Chili is one of my staple weeknight meals. I’ll have to give this recipe a try!

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    Amy (Savory Moments) — January 28, 2014 @ 5:38 am

    I love a good bowl of chili – even more so when I can make it in the slow cooker! Looks delicious!

  21. #
    Joanne Bruno — January 28, 2014 @ 5:53 am

    Making chili definitely gets me excited!! It’s so stick to your ribs, makes-your-soul-happy kind of food.

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    Jennie @themessybakerblog — January 28, 2014 @ 6:31 am

    The best way to do up chili is stress free in the slow cooker. I love all the flavors going on in this recipe, and I’ll definitely need a corn muffin (or two) with my bowl. Pinned.

  23. #
    Kitchen Belleicious — January 28, 2014 @ 10:07 am

    the perfect thing to make for dinner tonight with freezing temps and a promise of snow! Love it

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    Valerie | From Valerie's Kitchen — January 28, 2014 @ 11:15 am

    Turkey chili is one of my favorite meals. So wholesome and satisfying. Yours looks perfect for this weekend, Georgia. My guys would love those jalapeno cheddar cornbread muffins!

  25. #
    Emily @ Life on Food — January 28, 2014 @ 7:12 pm

    Toppings are always a must with chili. And you have a cornbread. Also a must. This looks fabulous!

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    Bianca @ Confessions of a Chocoholic — January 29, 2014 @ 8:57 pm

    This reminds me that I haven’t had chili in ages! I also love cooking for a crowd, but similarly don’t have the patience for catering haha

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    Chung-Ah | Damn Delicious — January 30, 2014 @ 12:46 am

    This is comfort in a bowl! And with those jalapeno cheddar cornbread muffins – PERFECTION!

  28. #
    Ramona — February 2, 2014 @ 6:30 am

    I love a big bowl of chili too… this looks amazing. The cornbread is a perfect accompaniment too…. I can just imagine taking a bit of both and making my belly happy. :)

  29. #
    Jennie @themessybakerblog — February 4, 2014 @ 10:17 am

    Hello, The Comfort of Cooking readers. I’m here to tell you how delicious–and easy–this chili is. I made it last night and fell in love with the recipe. It’s hearty, smoky, and meaty. The hubs and I loved it. So, do try it.

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    Signe — February 18, 2014 @ 5:53 pm

    What size slow cooker should I use? Mine is kinda smallish, not sure if everything will fit.

    • Georgia — February 19th, 2014 @ 8:54 am

      A 5- to 6-quart slow cooker would be best.

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    Mark Smith — March 11, 2014 @ 8:40 pm

    This is really good. My only change would be 15 oz. crushed tomatoes instead of 28 oz. It makes it too tomatoey.

    And next time I’m putting in 2 lbs of turkey. I needed it to be a bit more meatier.

    Otherwise, this is a great and simple recipe.

  32. #
    Kate — September 9, 2014 @ 4:45 pm

    Great recipe. I’m making it again for friends tonight. Thanks!

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    Melissa — October 25, 2014 @ 10:46 am

    I have the 28oz of crushed toms but do not have the 15oz can of diced. Is it a necessity in this recipe?

    • Georgia — October 25th, 2014 @ 10:48 am

      Yes, I would not omit the diced tomatoes.

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    Kate — November 7, 2014 @ 11:14 am

    I have a crowd of 20, do you think doubling the recipe will be an issue or change the cooking time ?

    • Georgia — November 7th, 2014 @ 11:29 am

      You may have to increase the cooking time slightly, but I would just keep an eye on it, if possible. I have never doubled the recipe so I’m not entirely sure. But I hope you enjoy!

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    Jessica Atkinson — January 27, 2015 @ 5:34 pm

    Made this for dinner tonight and a huge hit. Great flavor. Didn’t find it too tomato-based. The mixture of peppers Gabe it great depth. Perfectamount if heat. Just put more on the table for the spice lovers. Will make it without ground turkey when we go meatless in lent.

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    Sandra Roberts — June 27, 2015 @ 8:55 am

    The link for your regular cornbread which is in this recipe does not work. Do you know how I can get it? Thanks.

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