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Crockpot Turkey Chili

September 8, 2021

crockpot turkey chili in a white bowl with chips and jalapeno slices

This Crockpot Turkey Chili is an easy, healthy one-pot meal – made with ground turkey, 3 types of hearty beans, simple spices, and plenty of vegetables!

chili in a white bowl with chips and jalapeno slices

This easy healthy chili recipe is perfect for busy days, game days, or any day you just want to set the slow cooker and forget it.

Hearty ingredients like ground turkey, beans, and diced sweet potato combine with delicious spices for a warm & cozy chili.

While the ingredient list is a bit longer than most of our recipes, you’ll find most of them are likely in your pantry already.

The best part is that the prep can be accomplished in just under 20 minutes!

why & how to make 3-bean turkey chili in the crockpot

  • Once you sauté the ground turkey meat, and add to the crockpot, this is a hands-off recipe.
  • The low & slow cook time allows the turkey and vegetables to get tender, and for all the flavors to meld.
  • Easy slow cooker recipes are essentially one-pot meals, meaning less dishes and less clean up.
  • This healthy recipe makes a lot, so it’s perfect for easy entertaining, feeding a crowd, or to freeze extra servings for lunch or dinner another day
top down view of crockpot turkey chili with beans and onions

what to serve with homemade slow cooker chili

Load up on all the fixins! Pile this one high with any fresh toppings you like, here’s some of my favorites to get you inspired:

  • chopped veggies or herbs like onion, cilantro or thinly sliced radishes
  • add a kick of extra spice with sliced jalapenos or an extra dash of hot sauce
  • creamy ingredients like avocado, sour cream, cheese or drizzle of extra virgin olive oil
  • something crunchy like tortilla chips or crushed crackers
  • crusty bread or these one bowl cornbread muffins for dipping
  • a simple side salad like this creamy cabbage slaw or chopped kale salad
  • any other chili toppings you like!

how to store or freeze leftover crockpot turkey chili

  • Homemade turkey chili will keep well in the fridge for up to 3-4 days, in a sealed container
  • This recipe also freezes well, store in a sealed freezer friendly container for up to 2-3 months

This recipe can be made ahead! Perfect for meal prep on busy weeks (or anytime you need to feed a crowd quickly & easily)

white bowl of turkey chili on a white table with chips and fresh herbs

recipe notes, modifications & adaptations

  • Ground beef also works great in place of ground turkey in this homemade chili recipe.
  • You can also use 99% lean turkey. It might be slightly drier, but will still taste good.
  • Don’t have three types of beans? Use three cans of any singular type of bean, or even just one can will work.
  • Skip the sweet potato if you’re not a fan, or substitute butternut squash.
  • Without the hot sauce this slow cooker chili is extremely mild. Adding the hot sauce at the end adds a much needed kick of spice and tang.
  • If you’re sensitive to spice, skip the hot sauce but add extra lime juice and a bit more salt instead.

If you want to make a meatless version of this slow cooker chili, try this Crockpot Vegetarian Chili recipe instead!

closeup view of chili in a white bowl with ground turkey, chips and lime slices

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closeup view of turkey chili in a white bowl with chips and lime slices
5 from 2 votes

Crockpot Turkey Chili

Yield 8
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 7 hrs 9 mins
Total Time 7 hrs 19 mins

This 3-bean crockpot turkey chili is an easy, one-pot meal made with ground turkey, hearty beans, simple spices, and plenty of vegetables. Perfect for busy weeknights!

Ingredients

  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 lb ground turkey 93% lean
  • 2 tsp kosher salt divided
  • 1 tsp granulated garlic powder
  • 1 tsp ground cumin
  • 1 tsp mild chili powder
  • 1 cup diced yellow onion
  • 1 cup diced yellow bell pepper
  • 1 cup diced red bell pepper
  • 1 cup peeled and diced sweet potato
  • 1 15-oz can no-sugar added tomato sauce
  • 1 15-oz can diced tomatoes
  • 1 15-oz can black beans drained and rinsed
  • 1 15-oz can kidney beans drained and rinsed
  • 1 15-oz can pinto beans drained and rinsed
  • 1 tbsp fresh lime juice
  • 2 tbsp hot sauce (optional)

Optional Serving Suggestions:

  • chopped onion, cilantro, jalapeno, avocado, guacamole, sour cream, cheese, chips

Instructions

  •  In a large skillet, heat the olive oil over medium-high heat. Add the turkey, sprinkle with ½ teaspoon salt, then stir, breaking the ground turkey apart with a wooden spoon.
  • Allow the turkey to brown on one side, about 4-5 minutes, then stir to flip the turkey. Add the onion, bell pepper, garlic powder, cumin, chili powder, and additional ½ teaspoon salt. Stir to combine.
  • Cook an additional 3-4 minutes until the turkey is browned and the onion and pepper are softened, stirring occasionally.
  • Carefully transfer the turkey, onion, and bell pepper mixture to a 6-quart slow cooker. Add the sweet potato, tomato sauce, diced tomatoes, black beans, kidney beans, pinto beans, and 1 teaspoon salt. Stir until well combined.
  • Cover and cook on high for 4-5 hours or low for 6-7 hours.
  • Uncover, stir, and add the lime juice and hot sauce if using. Taste and add additional salt or hot sauce if desired. Serve with toppings of your choice.

Notes

  • Without the hot sauce this chili is extremely mild. Adding the hot sauce at the end adds a much needed kick of spice and tang. I used Cholula hot sauce for this recipe.
  • If you’re sensitive to heat skip the hot sauce and add extra lime juice and a bit more salt. 
  • Use ground beef instead of ground turkey if you like
  • You can also use 99% lean turkey. It might be slightly drier, but will still taste good.
  • Don’t have three types of beans? Use three cans of any singular type of bean, or even just one can will work
  • Skip the sweet potato if you’re not a fan, or substitute butternut squash instead

Nutrition

Calories: 292kcal | Carbohydrates: 37g | Protein: 21g | Fat: 7g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 3g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 42mg | Sodium: 1293mg | Potassium: 953mg | Fiber: 12g | Sugar: 6g | Vitamin A: 3275IU | Vitamin C: 72mg | Calcium: 109mg | Iron: 5mg

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2 comments to " Crockpot Turkey Chili "

  • Natalie

    5 stars
    Made this in my instant pot on the Bean/Chili setting and it was amazing. Huge hit with my husband as well, even though he thinks he doesn’t like sweet potatoes. A keeper for sure!

    • Robyn Downs

      Natalie, yay, so glad you enjoyed this one and that it was a hit with your sweet potato-skeptical husband! Thanks so much for leaving a review. 🙂

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