Slow Cooker Ground Turkey Chili

When you’re stuck inside the house due to snow and ice (and more ice), the best thing to do is warm up with a hearty bowl of chili. It’s even better when you can sit around and watch TV or do anything else while a slow cooker does the work for you.

Ground Turkey Chili

So apparently, contrary to what I believed for a long time, ground turkey really isn’t a lot healthier for you than ground beef. Of course it depends on what cut and fat content, but I do think there is a little bit less saturated fat. Anyway, this is an easy recipe to throw together regardless of which type of ground meat you use.

I cooked the ground turkey first, and separately cooked the chopped up onion and jalapeno to get some of the flavors going. By the way, my eyes are extremely sensitive to onions and they will start to hurt if an onion is being cut on the other side of a huge kitchen. There are a million tricks to help with this, but the easiest and best way I’ve found is to run your knife under water after every few cuts and then cover the onions with a paper towel until you need them.


After that, it’s just throwing all of the ingredients into the slow cooker and mixing them together.

All ingredients mixed together in the slow cooker

I cooked it on high for 2 hours, which was enough time for the beans to get soft. If you’re using the low temperature, it’ll probably take 4-6 hours.

I topped each bowl with some avocado, shredded cheddar cheese, green parts of scallions, and tortilla strips, but you can get creative with whatever you like. In order to make the tortilla strips, I tore up a corn tortilla, brushed olive oil on both sides and threw them in a pan and turned each piece over occasionally so that they didn’t burn. I blotted them after to soak up some of the extra oil.


Ground turkey chili garnished scallions, sliced avocado, cheese, tortilla strips


Slow Cooker Ground Turkey Chili

Servings: 6



  • 1 lb ground turkey
  • 1 medium onion, diced
  • 1 jalapeño, diced
  • 28 oz can crushed tomatoes
  • 15 oz (1 can) kidney beans
  • 1 cup corn
  • 1 tbsp chili powder
  • 1 tbsp ground cumin
  • 1/2 tbsp cayenne


  • scallion greens
  • avocado, sliced
  • shredded cheddar cheese
  • tortilla strips


  1. Cook ground turkey and break into smaller pieces
  2. Cook onion and jalapeño until onions are soft
  3. Combine all ingredients into slow cooker and stir to mix together
  4. Cook on high for at least 2 hours or until beans are soft
  5. Garnish with scallion greens, sliced avocado, cheese, tortilla strips
    • To make tortilla strips, you can tear a corn tortilla into strips, coat with olive or vegetable oil, and cook in pan on stovetop, flipping occasionally to avoid burning
  6. Nom nom nom!

Estimated Nutritional Information (per serving): 391 calories; 17.2g fat; 57.5 cholesterol; 305.2mg sodium; 900.1mg potassium; 38.7g carbs; 24.5g protein


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