Crock Pot Turkey Chili

Turkey Chili

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!

The recipe was born out of reading almost 15 versions online and some tips from my dad wife who is a killer cook. Chives and a touch of cocoa powder really make this chili shine.

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!

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  1. 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

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  2. annie said:

    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

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  3. Ashley T said:

    Yum!! I love crockpot turkey chili!

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  4. how much ground turkey do you use?

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

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  5. Biana Perez said:

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

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  6. 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 🙂

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  7. Heidi D. said:

    YUM! Trying this for Super Bowl!!

    Heidi D.

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  8. Sarah said:

    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

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  9. Hannah said:

    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).

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  10. 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

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

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  12. Erica said:

    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!

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  13. 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!

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  14. Caitlin said:

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

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  15. Renay said:

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

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  16. yep, definitely need that 🙂 That chilli looks amazing – perfect for winter comfort food.

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  17. Nikki said:

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


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  18. Catherine said:

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

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  19. Kelly Champagne said:

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

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

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      • Kelly Champagne said:

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

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  20. Kelli B said:

    How many people do you think this feeds? I have about 30 people coming over tonight and can’t decide if I should do one or two batches 🙂

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    • I would probably make 3 batches for 30 people! Or 2.5 maybe…

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      • Kelli B said:

        Thanks! I ended up making 2 and it was perfect! I made one a little spicier than the other.

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