Slow Cooker Turkey Chili

Mikekey *


Nothing regionally "authentic" about this, but it's how we like it. :) Substitute canned black beans for a change of taste, or use 1 can each of kidney and black beans. Adjust "heat" to your tastes by adding or subtracting red chili pepper flakes.


★★★★★ 2 votes

20 Min
6 Hr
Slow Cooker Crock Pot


  • 2 Tbsp
    olive oil
  • 1 medium
    yellow onion, chopped
  • 1 medium
    red onion, chopped
  • 2 clove
    garlic, minced
  • 2 lb
    ground turkey (dark meat-breast is too dry)
  • 1 can(s)
    (14.5 oz.) diced tomatoes, undrained
  • 2 can(s)
    (15 oz. each) kidney beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 can(s)
    (29 oz.) tomato sauce
  • 1/2 tsp
    liquid smoke flavoring
  • 1/2 tsp
    dried thyme
  • 1/3 c
    mild chili powder
  • 1 Tbsp
    ground cumin
  • 1 large
    dried new mexico chile, crumbled
  • 1 tsp
    red chili pepper flakes (or to taste)

How to Make Slow Cooker Turkey Chili


  1. Heat 1 tbs. oil in skillet. Saute onions and garlic until soft, and slightly browned. Put into Slow Cooker.
  2. Heat remaining oil and brown ground turkey (I use ground dark meat, not as dry as breast meat when cooked). Put meat into Slow Cooker.
  3. Add remaining ingredients to Slow Cooker and stir together. Cover and cook on high for 4-6 hours.
  4. Serve in large bowls, with cornbread on side. Optional toppings at table: Diced red or sweet yellow onion. Shredded cheddar or pepper jack cheese. Sour cream.

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About Slow Cooker Turkey Chili

Course/Dish: Chili
Main Ingredient: Turkey
Regional Style: Southwestern

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