Slow Cooker Turkey Chili

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Making time for all the things we need to get done in a day is a struggle, but a healthy dinner doesn’t have to be hard.

Or time consuming. Or complicated. 

It can be easy.

We’re all looking for more easy and healthy recipes, especially during this busy season. There’s work, workouts, and fun seasonal things to attend– bonfires, tailgating, or hikes through the gorgeous woods. If you have kids, it’s all those things plus school and after-school stuff. 

I love slow cooker meals– there’s nothing better than coming home after a long day, knowing that dinner is ready. Or, putting it together the night before and waking up to a dinner already done. 

I created this slow cooker turkey chili to have just a few ingredients so it comes together quickly. It’s also little-kid friendly as it’s not spicy (and doesn’t have large chunks of tomato which are a total NO from Ben).

It’s warming and comforting– clean comfort food all the way


Slow Cooker Turkey Chili

1 TBL olive oil
1 onion, chopped
1 lb organic ground turkey
2 cloves of garlic, minced

1 red bell pepper, chopped
2 TBL chili powder
1 tsp. oregano
1 tsp. cumin
1/2 tsp. smoked paprika
1/2 tsp. salt
2, 15oz cans black beans, rinsed and drained
1, 28oz can crushed tomatoes
1/2-1 cup water, broth or stock
Salt and pepper, to taste
Optional toppings: red onion, green onion, cheese

  1. In a medium-large saute pan, over medium high heat, heat the oil and add the onion. Saute for about 3-4 minutes. Add the turkey and break apart with a spoon. Cook about 5 minutes, until cooked through and no longer pink. Add garlic and cook 1 minute. 
  2. To the slow cooker, add the red bell pepper, chili powder, oregano, cumin, smoked paprika, salt, black beans and crushed tomatoes. With a slotted spoon, scoop the cooked turkey and onion/garlic mixture into the slow cooker leaving the juices behind in the pan. 
  3. Add the water/broth/stock– start with 1/2 cup for a thicker chili and go to 1 cup for a thinner chili. Stir to incorporate all of the ingredients. 
  4. Set slow cooker to low and cook for 8 hours. Season to taste with salt and pepper. 

NOTE: for a spicy kick, add 1/2-1 chipotle in adobo. It will add a nice smokey flavor along with some heat. 

Do this now: 

1. Bookmark this recipe (or pin it here). 

2. And, grab this Vegan Slow Cooker Chili recipe (it’s always good to mix things up). 


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