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Slow Cooker Turkey Recipes

October 29, 2021

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The secret to tender, juicy turkey meat is cooking it in the crockpot! 

Read on for 9+ easy prep slow cooker turkey recipes that’ll help you solve dinner on busy weeks.  

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Turkey is one of those ingredients that people shy away from using (I think because it has a tendency to dry out during cooking).

So I know a lot of you may avoid it outside of big holiday gatherings & special meals.

But since it goes with so many different dishes, my family loves to cook with it year round.

And I’ve found that the crockpot is the perfect method to get juicy, tender meat every time.

With less effort, less mess, and less stress!

easy to prepare crockpot turkey recipes

If you haven’t tried cooking turkey this way, I’m sharing a few of my family’s favorite easy crockpot recipes to get you inspired!

Slow cooking works for a surprising variety of dishes – like healthy soups, chilis, tacos, meatballs and even homemade healthy sloppy joe’s.

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ground turkey chili recipes

crockpot ground turkey tacos, meatballs & sloppy joe’s

turkey soup recipes

do you have any slow cooker recipes for ground turkey?

The short answer is… yes! 

You really can’t beat the convenience, affordability and versatility of ground turkey.

So I’ve included plenty of crock pot recipes with ground turkey for you to try.

You can use ground turkey in the crock pot & get great results, often times without even having to brown it in the pan first! The low & slow cook time keeps the meat tender and moist, and lets all the flavors have time to come together.

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Plus plenty of paleo, grain-free and whole30 recipe options included too.

I hope you’ll make these Slow Cooker Turkey Recipes soon.

If you do, be sure to share it on Instagram and tag me at @realfoodwholelife so I can see!

slow cooker ground turkey chili recipes

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: ground turkey, canned beans, bell peppers, onion, sweet potato, tomatoes, cumin, chili powder, lime juice, and other spices

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Sweet, spicy, and easy to throw together, Slow Cooker Paleo Turkey Apple Chili is perfect for fall or anytime of year. With a 30-Minute stovetop option you can make this one anytime.

Ingredients: ground turkey, onion, garlic, cumin, chipotle peppers, apples, tomato sauce, lime juice, and other seasonings

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Hearty, warming, and simple to prepare, Slow Cooker Pumpkin Paleo Chili is a new fall classic that you’ll want to make all year round!

Ingredients: ground turkey, pumpkin puree, bell pepper, tomato paste, onion, garlic, cumin, chili powder, lime juice and other spices

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crockpot ground turkey tacos, meatballs & sloppy joe’s 

These Crockpot Turkey Meatballs combine ground turkey with fresh spinach, basil and marinara for an easy-prep gluten-free, dairy-free, paleo and whole30 friendly recipe!

Ingredients: ground turkey, marinara sauce, basil, spinach, onion, garlic powder, nutritional yeast and salt.

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Tender, juicy, and super delicious, buffalo turkey meatballs are a healthy appetizer or main dish, made with no breadcrumbs, and easy to prepare in the crockpot or in the oven.

Ingredients: ground turkey, grated onion, almond flour (or oat flour), nutritional yeast, granulated garlic powder, cayenne pepper sauce, butter (traditional or dairy-free) and salt

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These easy slow cooker turkey tacos combine ground turkey meat with tomato sauce & a few simple spices for the perfect, easy prep taco filling. Make tonight taco night!

Ingredients: ground turkey, tomato sauce, olive oil, cumin, chili powder, granulated garlic powder, paprika and salt

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Made with ground turkey meat, tomato paste, ketchup, and simple spices, slow cooker turkey sloppy joes is a crowd-pleasing dinner that can also be made paleo and Whole30.

Ingredients: ground turkey, tomato paste, ketchup, mustard, olive oil, garlic powder, onions, red bell peppers, water and salt.

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slow cooker turkey soup recipes

Made with carrots, celery, onions and potatoes, this comforting crockpot turkey soup is so easy to prepare. The perfect way to stretch leftover turkey meat into extra meals. Also has instructions for stovetop and the Instant Pot!

Ingredients: cooked turkey, chicken stock, onion, carrot, celery, potatoes, canned coconut milk (or heavy cream), garlic powder, Italian seasoning and salt

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Crockpot Mini Turkey Meatball Vegetable Soup is hearty one-pot meal that’s packed with the good stuff. A gluten-free, dairy-free, paleo, whole30 recipe your family will love.

Ingredients: ground turkey (or ground beef), onion, carrots, celery, zucchini, tomatoes, stock, spinach, Italian seasoning and other spices

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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. Plus 9+ more easy slow cooker turkey recipes perfect for busy weeks!


  • 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


  •  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.


  • 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


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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