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50+ Healthy Crockpot Recipes: Turkey Chili

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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! Plus 50+ more healthy crockpot recipes that the whole family will love.
Course Main Course, Soup
Cuisine American
Diet Gluten Free
Keyword chili, Crockpot, Slow Cooker, turkey
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 7 hrs 9 mins
Total Time 7 hrs 19 mins
Servings 8
Calories 292

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