The BEST crockpot turkey chili! This healthy chili recipe is loaded with lean ground turkey, beans & the perfect blend of spices! It’s slow cooked in the crockpot making it a delicious & easy weeknight dinner!
There’s nothing more cozy than a bowl of warm chili on a cool crisp day. (Not that we have too many of those living in Southern California.😉) But when we do, my mind always turns to chili! This crockpot turkey chili is my go-to recipe and it’s SO GOOD!
What I love most about this recipe (besides that it’s absolutely delicious) is how easy it is to make. You literally cook the turkey, chop the onion, add all your ingredients to the crockpot and let it do it’s thing. It’s loaded with flavor, easy to make spicy or mild (depending on your preference) AND it packed full of healthy nourishing ingredients!
Ingredients You’ll Need
Ground turkey: You’ll need 2 lbs. of ground turkey for this recipe. (Ground beef or ground chicken can be used instead.)
Kidney beans: We use dark red kidney beans for ours. (I always try to use low sodium or no salt added beans if I can find them.)
Pinto beans: I highly recommend using Ranch Style Pinto Bean with Jalapeños if you can find them. (We always use them for ours and love the extra heat and flavor from the jalapeños.) Regular pinto beans can be used instead.
Diced tomatoes: Use fire roasted diced tomatoes for more flavor. (Sometimes I’ll look for diced tomatoes that have added garlic or green chiles too.)
Chicken broth: You’ll need at least 1 cup of chicken broth for this recipe. (We like our chili thicker than a typical soup. If you prefer your chili thinner I would suggest adding another 1/2 cup of chicken broth.) Keep in mind that the crockpot will create more liquid as it cooks so it’s OK if the chili doesn’t look very “soupy” at first.
White onion: White onion tastes the best from our experience. (There’s no need to sauté it beforehand either – your crockpot will do all the work!)
Spices: You’ll need a variety of spices for this chili recipe including chili powder, smoked paprika (or regular paprika), cumin, dried oregano, cayenne, salt and black pepper.
How To Make Crockpot Turkey Chili
1. Prep your ingredients. Sauté your ground turkey in a skillet until it’s cooked all the way through then set it aside. Drain and rinse the kidney beans and pinto beans and dice the onion.
2. Cook. Add all the ingredients and spices to your crockpot then cover and set it on low for 6-8 hours or high for 3-4 hours.
3. Serve! Serve with your favorite toppings and enjoy.
We’ve made this turkey chili for so many events! Super Bowl parties, game nights, family get-togethers – it’s so easy and our guests always love it! (Try making a DIY chili bar complete with all the fixings!😉)
There’s so many options when it comes to turkey chili! (I feel like we all have our personal favorites.😉) We prefer toppings that cool down the chili since we like ours fiery hot. Here are a few of our favorite toppings to give you some ideas:
- Shredded cheddar cheese
- Sour cream
- Sliced green onion
- Diced white onion
- Diced avocado
- Chopped cilantro
- Tortilla chips or corn chips/Fritos
- Pickled jalapeños
My husband also loves serving chili over white rice. It makes the chili last longer which is a great option if you have a lot of people to feed.
Storing & Reheating
Crockpot recipes make the BEST leftovers! You can package up this chili for easy lunches during the week or make another super quick dinner out of it! (We can usually get 2 dinners + 1-2 lunches out of one batch.)
- Storing Instructions: Keep your leftover chili stored in an air tight container in the refrigerator. It should stay good for up to 3-5 days if stored properly.
- To Freeze: Pour your chili into a freezer safe plastic bag and lay it flat in the freezer. (Sometimes we’ll double bag it just to be safe.) Your chili should stay good for up to 3 months.
- Reheating Instructions: This chili reheats the best on the stove. Warm it in a covered pot over medium heat, stirring occasionally until it reaches your desired temperature. You can also heat it in the microwave until it’s warmed throughout.
- Thin chili vs. Thick chili: We like our chili on the thicker side so we only use 1 cup of chicken broth. If you prefer yours thinner try adding another ½ cup – 1 cup of chicken broth. (Note: Your crockpot creates moisture as it cooks so the liquid you add will almost double by the time it’s done cooking.)
- Make it as spicy as you want! We like a lot of spice so we’ll use a ¼ tsp a cayenne. If you’d prefer it less spicy, I would suggest starting with an ⅛ tsp and tasting it from there.
- Swap out the turkey! Ground beef or ground chicken can be used instead.
Why you’ll love this turkey chili recipe!
- An easy crockpot meal! Add all your ingredients to a crockpot, set it & forget it! It doesn’t get any easier!
- Fairly inexpensive! Most of these ingredients are pantry staples & the rest only cost a few bucks!
- Perfect for serving a large group! This recipe can easily be doubled or tripled. (It would make a fantastic Super Bowl Party meal!)
Need it gluten free? Great news, it already is!
Need it dairy free? Great news, it already is! (Just omit the cheese for garnish of use your favorite dairy free cheese.)
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The Best Crockpot Turkey Chili
- 2 lbs. ground turkey
- 15 oz. canned kidney beans, drained & rinsed
- 15 oz. canned pinto beans with jalapeños, drained & rinsed
- 14.5 oz. canned fire roasted diced tomatoes (not drained)
- 14.5 oz. canned crushed tomatoes
- ½ of a white onion, diced
- 1 cup chicken broth*
- 3 Tbsp chili powder
- 1 Tbsp smoked paprika (or regular paprika)
- 1 Tbsp cumin
- 1½ tsp salt
- 1 tsp garlic powder
- 1 tsp oregano
- ½ tsp black pepper
- ⅛-¼ tsp cayenne
- Sauté the turkey. Heat a splash of olive oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Once hot add the turkey and season with salt and black pepper. Sauté the turkey until it's cooked all the way through then transfer it to your crockpot.(Use a slotted spoon to transfer the turkey if there's a lot of liquid in your pan. You don't want the extra moisture!)
- Cook. Add the rest of your ingredients to the crockpot then cover and set it on low for 6-8 hours or high for 3-4 hours.
- Serve! Serve with your favorite toppings and enjoy.