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slow cooker turkey chili recipe
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Slow Cooker Turkey Chili

This Slow Cooker Turkey Chili is the perfect warm and cozy meal to savor all winter. It’s packed with lean protein and a trio of fiber-rich beans, along with a dimensional blend of savory, smoky, and spicy flavors. Instant Pot and stovetop instructions included.
Prep Time20 minutes
Cook Time2 hours 30 minutes
Total Time2 hours 50 minutes
Course: Soup
Cuisine: American
Keyword: slow cooker turkey chili, turkey chili recipe
Servings: 8 servings
Author: Silvia Dunnirvine


  • 1 cup chicken broth
  • 1 jar 25oz pasta sauce, plain no added flavors
  • 1 can 15oz black beans, rinsed
  • 1 can 15oz pinto beans, rinsed
  • 1 can 15oz kidney beans, rinsed


  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 med white onion, chopped
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 whole red bell pepper, chopped
  • 1 lb lean ground turkey
  • 1 1/2 tsp sea salt
  • 1/2 tsp cumin
  • 1 tsp oregano
  • 1 pk 1.25oz chili seasoning
  • 1 tbsp tomato paste
  • 1 cup chicken broth
  • 1 tbsp brown rice flour



  • Add the first five ingredients to the slow cooker/ crockpot and stir to combine. Cover and turn on high.
  • In a large skillet heat the olive oil. Add the onion, garlic and red pepper and cook until soft and fragrant (3-5 minutes). Add the ground turkey and cook until no longer pink. Be sure to stir and break turkey into small chunks (10-12 mins). Add the salt, spices and seasoning, mix to combine. Next add in the tomato paste, chicken broth and brown rice flour to create a thick and flavorful broth. 
  • Pour the skillet content into the slow cooker/ crockpot, mix. Cover tightly and cook on high for 2 1/2 hours. When done serve with corn bread, sour cream and fresh parsley or cilantro. 


  • Turn the Instant Pot on sauté mode. When hot add in oil, onion, garlic and red pepper and cook until fragrant (3-5 minutes). Add in ground turkey and cook, stirring often until no longer pink (10-12 minutes). Season with salt, spices and seasoning, mix to combine. Add in broth and sauté for another minute or so. Start to add in the beans one by one and finally add the pasta sauce. Give it a final quick stir. 
  • Cover the Instant pot and seal the venting valve. Turn off sauté mode and switch to high pressure. Cook for 3 minutes. When done, quickly release pressure. Open and serve!


To store: Let the leftover turkey chili cool completely before transferring it to airtight containers. It stays fresh for 4 to 5 days in the fridge.
To freeze: Alternatively, freeze the leftovers for 2 or 3 months. Let the leftovers thaw in the fridge overnight before reheating.
To reheat: Pour the chili back into your slow cooker and warm on Low heat for 1 ½ to 2 hours. If you’re in a hurry, zap it in the microwave or reheat it in a saucepan on the stove.


Calories: 160kcal | Carbohydrates: 16g | Protein: 18g | Fat: 4g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 2g | Trans Fat: 0.01g | Cholesterol: 32mg | Sodium: 1103mg | Potassium: 601mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 488IU | Vitamin C: 8mg | Calcium: 37mg | Iron: 2mg