Crock Pot Turkey Chili

Turkey Chili

When Meg invited me to answer the following question in a blogger round-up today for The Well, it was a no brainer.

The question:
What did you purchase in the past year that became invaluable to you?

My answer:
My slow cooker, hands down. How I ever lived without one for almost 30 years, I’ll never know. My dad and his wife gave me this crock pot for Christmas and I’ve used it at least twice a week since and can’t get enough (Cheaper options here and here).

Turkey Chili
I’ve made chicken taco bowls, beef brisket, winter vegetable stew, and most recently, a turkey chili that blows all turkey chilis out of the water.

Last weekend, my family was visiting and I felt the pressure to make something delicious without slaving away in the kitchen, wasting our short and valuable time together. Everyone keeps telling me that they make “the best” turkey chili recipe lately so I rose to the occasion and am so glad that I did!

Turkey Chili

The recipe was born out of reading almost 15 versions online and some tips from my dad wife who is a killer cook. My secret ingredient to elevate the flavor? Chives!

Turkey Chili

– 1 lb ground turkey
– 2 medium-sized yellow onions, chopped
– 3 cloves garlic, diced
– 1 14 oz can crushed tomatoes
– 1 28 oz can diced tomatoes
– 1 red pepper, chopped
– 1 yellow pepper, chopped
– 1 cup frozen corn
– 1/2 jalepeno, chopped
– 2 cans black beans, rinsed and drained
– 1 can kidney beans, rinsed and drained
– 2 tblspns cumin
– 1 tblspn chili powder
– 1/4 cup chives, chopped (Secret ingredient for another flavor layer)
– 1/4 tspn unsweetened cocoa powder (Secret ingredient number 2)
– Salt and pepper to taste

– Shredded cheddar cheese
– 1 avocado, salted and sliced
– Cilantro, chopped

РHeat olive oil in a large skillet and saut̩e the onions for about 5 minutes
– Add the ground turkey, garlic, salt and pepper to taste, and cook until lightly browned
– Move turkey and onions into the slow cooker
– Add all of the other ingredients and give it a good stir
– Cook on high for 4 hours
– Serve in bowls and sprinkle with cheddar cheese, sliced avocados, and cilantro
– Enjoy!

Want to see what the other bloggers in this round-up can’t live without? Check out their posts:

Buy a crock pot of your own:


  • I’ve heard the values of a slow cooker extolled from The College Prepseter as well; it seems like the perfect way to prepare a meal without slaving away in the kitchen! Check out my post in the linkup to see my choice

    Alyssa J Freitas

  • My crock pot broke when I was moving into my apartment and now I’m totally missing it. They really are the best!!

    Annie Reeves

  • Yum!! I love crockpot turkey chili!

  • how much ground turkey do you use?

    • Oops! That’s kind of important, isn’t it? Just added above but I used 1 lb

  • Biana Perez

    This looks incredible and in the crock pot is my favorite way to cook! xo, Biana –BlovedBoston

  • i love a good chili recipe…will have to try!
    also, life really opens up with a mini-crockpot!! so many dips to make, my fav is buffalo chicken dip :)

  • YUM! Trying this for Super Bowl!!

    Heidi D.

  • This sounds delicious! I like how you made your post in this series a little different than everyone else – including a recipe was a fantastic idea!

    Sweet Spontaneity

  • Love it!! My secret ingredient for anything involving canned tomatoes? I ALWAYS buy the fire-roasted ones. It totally adds a delicious depth of flavor to any dish (esp my fav tortilla soup recipe).

  • I do not utilize my crockpot nearly enough! I think it’s time to break it out more often and this recipe looks the like perfect one to start with!

    – Kelsey

  • I’m actually planning on using our slow cooker to make queso for Super Bowl Sunday. Nothing better! :)

  • Love it! I finally bought a Le Creuset two years ago at their outlet store and it’s changed the way I cook. I’ll be trying this turkey chili recipe this weekend!

  • Yum, this chili looks so delicious. Slow Cookers are SO essential!!! Literally, dump a bunch of ingredients in, let it simmer all day, and you’ll have dinner by the time you get off work! So great linking up with you!

  • yummmmm. loved your answer & i want to eat that now!

  • A slow cooker is definitely a game changer. Your chili looks delicious!

  • yep, definitely need that :) That chilli looks amazing – perfect for winter comfort food.

  • Nikki

    I discovered the incredibleness of the flow cooker a year or so ago, and it is a life changer! This chili looks soo good!


  • Catherine

    I made this chili yesterday and it is amazing! Thank you for the recipe!

  • Kelly Champagne

    How long would you cook it on low? 6+ hours? Can’t wait to try it! Thanks!

    • Yes you can do low for 6 hours too. Either way works!

      • Kelly Champagne

        Great! It’s going in now! Will have to report how it turns out!