Crockpot Turkey Chili
A delicious and easy Crockpot turkey chili recipe. Perfect for those nights when you want dinner ready as soon as you get home!
I’m back with another delicious and easy Crockpot recipe for you all! It all started with this Crockpot apple butter and now this Crockpot turkey chili! My Crockpot has been getting some major use lately and I’m definitely not complaining. I’m just praying that my Crockpot has a lot of life left in it because I foresee a lot of this ground turkey chili over the next few months.
In my opinion, there’s really nothing better than coming home to a dinner that’s already warm and waiting for you in the Crockpot. I’ve been making Crockpot turkey chili for a couple of years now and absolutely love it. The only prep work you have to do with this chili is to cook the onion and ground turkey ahead of time.
This chili is delicious topped with a little cheese and served with a side of cornbread. Or if you’re like my husband, put it on top of a big pile of Fritos.
Ingredients in This Recipe
This is a simple turkey chili recipe with minimal ingredients. Here’s what you’ll need to make this healthy Crockpot chili:
- Ground turkey: I prefer using lean ground turkey in this recipe. Ground beef or chicken can also be used.
- White onion: Adds flavor. No chili recipe is complete without it!
- Bell pepper: Use any color you’d like. I used a red bell pepper since that’s what I had on hand.
- Tomatoes: I used a blend of tomato sauce and canned diced tomatoes in this recipe.
- Beans: I used black beans and kidney beans, but use whatever you’d like.
- Spices: I flavored this slow cooker turkey chili with chili powder, cumin, garlic powder, salt, and pepper.
How to Make Crockpot Turkey Chili
To make this ground turkey chili, first sauté the onion in an oiled skillet and cook until softened. Then, add in the ground turkey and brown.
Add the ground turkey and onion to your Crockpot, then add the remaining ingredients. Cover with lid and cook on high for 3 hours or low for 6 to 7 hours.
What Size Crockpot Should I Use?
This recipe will completely fill a 3-quart Crockpot, but I typically use a 5-quart Crockpot to make it.
Brown the ground turkey and onion as directed in a stockpot, then add the remaining ingredients. Bring to a boil, then reduce the heat and simmer for about one hour.
- I prefer to cook the turkey the night before and then throw all of the ingredients into the Crockpot on my lunch break. It doesn’t get much easier than that!
- This recipe is incredibly versatile. Not a fan of black beans? Switch them out for another kind you like! Don’t like ground turkey? Swap it out for some lean ground beef instead.
- I highly recommend lining your Crockpot with a Crockpot liner to make cleanup easier!
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Crockpot Turkey Chili
- 1.25 pounds lean ground turkey (or lean ground beef)
- 1 small white onion , diced
- 1 bell pepper , chopped
- 1 (29 oz.) can tomato sauce
- 1 (15 oz.) can black beans rinsed and drained
- 1 (15 oz.) can kidney beans rinsed and drained
- 1 (14.5 oz.). can diced tomatoes
- 2 tablespoons chili powder
- 1 teaspoon ground cumin
- 1 teaspoon garlic powder
- salt and pepper , to taste
- Prepare Crockpot by spraying well with cooking spray or lining with a Crockpot liner.
- Heat a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add diced onion to the skillet and cook for 1 to 2 minutes. Add the ground turkey to the skillet and cook until it is browned, making sure to break it up as you cook it.
- Add the turkey and onion to the bottom of the Crockpot. Add the remaining ingredients on top and stir well to combine.
- Cover with lid and cook on high for 3 hours or low for 6 to 7 hours.
- Serve and enjoy!
I love using my crock pot any time of the year, but especially when it gets cold outside, it’s perfect! This chili looks incredible, Danielle! I’ve never made this with turkey before, so I’m loving this version! My husband is not a huge fan of chili, so when I make it, I have to leave out the beans. Sad, I know…but he’s going out of town next weekend, so I can’t wait to try this! Pinned!
I know people who don’t like beans in their chili too. I don’t get it! Hope you enjoy it, Gayle 🙂
Oh how I love chilli. It reminds me of winter at our family cabin in the snow. We would go snow skiing all day, and as soon we came home my mom would have a big pot of chilli waiting for us. The best! I would always top mine with tons of cheese and sour cream. But I like your husbands idea of using Fritos. That sounds delicious!
Sounds like great memories, Natalie! Tons of cheese is always necessary with chili 🙂
I love coming home and dinner is ready. I get to come, sit down and relax just like everyone else. This chili looks so good. Perfect for this cold day we are having here. Pinning
Looks delicious! I don’t make chili nearly enough even though I love it but I must definitely get my crockpot out (and use it for the first time ever!!) very soon!
Just pinned this to my Slow Cooker Board. Thanks!
Thanks for pinning Heather 🙂
I seriously wish I had a crockpot! I love seeing all the awesome crockpot recipes around fall time 🙂
You can easily find a crock pot at a thrift store for just a few dollars! then you can spray paint them to make them look brand new!
Yep. I’m totally wishing my slow-cooker was full of this gorgeous chili right about now. LOVE how cozy and comforting this looks, Danielle! I’ll take a large bowl with extra-extra cornbread on the side. 😉
Thanks, Sarah! Extra-Extra cornbread is never a bad thing 😉
Crockpot is just perfect for cooking chili and this one looks so comforting! I would really love to try this recipe, since I’ve never made chili with turkey! Pinning and planning to make it soon 🙂
Thanks, Mira! Hope you enjoy it 🙂
Love crockpot meals – they are such a life saver so many days and when chili is on the menu it’s always a good day 🙂 This looks fabulous!
This is one of my favourite winter meals. So simple and so comforting.
I love chili, but crock pot chili is even better!! This looks so perfect!
Yes!! Chili is the BEST fall food! And the crock pot makes it SO easy. This one looks yummy, especially with cornbread!
It really is the best fall food! Thanks Jess 🙂
This chilli looks amazing! One of my favourite comforting, warming dishes! 😀
This chili looks amazing! Love that you used turkey, beautiful pictures too! And I had no clue it was chili week..oops, good thing you found out 🙂 I’ll have to head over to Sarah’s blog to check out her recipes. i heart chili!!
Thanks, Katie! I read food holidays so I don’t know how I missed it, but I lucked out 😉
I’m such a big crock pot fan, and I love seeing what you’ve come up with so far using yours! This is such a comfy cozy recipe, perfect for cold rainy days just like today!
This looks delicious! My hubby usually makes it but I think I’ll surprise him with your recipe!
Thanks, Annie! Hope you and your husband enjoy it 🙂
YUM!! I love love LOVE chili!! and you are so right, chili is so versatile!! It’s great!! …lovely pictures btw (i could totes go for a bowl tonite!! haha) and I love that you included corn bread in your pictures! I just love chili with corn bread!! SOOOO good!
Thanks so much, Cailee! I feel like chili isn’t complete without cornbread 🙂
I imagine you can make this in a big pot over the stove top? *Crossing my fingers you say yes** 🙂
I haven’t tried it on the stove top before, but I’m sure you could! I would cook the onion and turkey first then add the rest of the ingredients, bring it to a boil then let it simmer on low heat for a little while.. probably about an hour (or until the consistency is to your liking). Hope this helps, Jessie!
Crockpot and chili were made for each other. Chili is just perfect in so many ways. Love your healthier version. Great recipe Danielle
I don’t make chili enough! This looks so good!
I’ve been using my crock pot all the time recently. So easy and convenient! This chili looks fabulous. 🙂
Thanks so much, Christin!
This looks super simple and super comforting! Currently craving a big bowl of the stuff! There is nothing quite like quick dinners, is there? 🙂
Thanks so much, Tash! Quick dinners are seriously the best 🙂
I love how easy crockpot makes our lives and this chili looks so delicious and the one with turkey is my favorite always!
Chilli with turkey looks and sounds awesome.. crock pot definitely makes our life a lot easy.. Can’t wait to give this recipe a try. . Perfect! ! 🙂
Thanks, Arpita! Hope you enjoy it 🙂
This is great, love how you can leave it to cook and come back to a delicious meal
Chili is seriously one of my favorite foods ever! I eat it all year round, but I especially love it when the weather is cooler. I’ve been saying this forever, but I really do need to get a slow cooker asap! I think it would help make everything better 🙂
I eat it year round too! I love my slow cooker so much.. especially for nights when I don’t feel like cooking dinner 🙂
Officially looking forward to the day after Thanksgiving!!!!! Turkey Chili GALORE! 🙂
That chili looks absolutely amazing!!!!!!!
I must confess, i traded in my slow cooker ( without opening it) for a food processor!! Now, i see this mouth watering recipe and i so wish i had one. I must jump on the slow cooker train soon!
Love that this is made in a crockpot. I have been craving chili lately I need to make this!
Thanks, Kelley! I love chili, especially this time of year.