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Slow Cooker Turkey Chili in a bowl with green onions and cornbread on the side.

Slow Cooker Turkey Chili

Nosh Nourish Wander
Using turkey instead of beef makes this chili leaner. And in combination with the kidney beans, this recipe is a high protein, high fiber, and high antioxidant meal!
Prep Time 25 mins
Cook Time 6 hrs
Total Time 6 hrs 25 mins
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Servings 8
Calories 362 kcal


  • Slow Cooker


  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 lbs ground turkey 93% lean/7% fat
  • 1 large yellow onion finely chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic finely minced
  • 2 cans (14.5 oz) diced tomatoes with green chilies
  • 3 cans (8 oz) tomato sauce
  • 2 tbsp chili powder
  • 2.5 tsp ground cumin
  • 2 tsp paprika
  • 1 tsp granulated sugar
  • 1/2 tsp ground coriander
  • salt to taste
  • ground black pepper to taste
  • 1 can (15 oz) dark red kidney beans drained and rinsed
  • 1 can (15 oz) light red kidney beans drained and rinsed
  • shredded cheddar cheese for serving


  • Heat olive oil in a large non-stick skillet over medium-high heat. Add onion and saute for 3 minutes. Then add garlic and saute for 30 seconds. Pour onions and garlic into 6-7 quart slow cooker.
  • Then, return the skillet to medium-high heat and add ground turkey and cook until the turkey has cooked all the way through, and it is no longer pink. Make sure to break up the ground turkey as it cooks.
  • Next, add the browned ground turkey to the slow cooker. There will not be much fat because turkey is lean, but you can drain the fat if you prefer or add it to the slow cooker for additional flavor.
  • Stir in the diced tomatoes with green chilies, tomato sauce, kidney beans, chili powder, cumin, paprika, sugar, coriander, and add salt and pepper to taste.
  • Then cover the slow cooker with the lid and cook on low heat for 5-6 hours.
  • Serve the slow cooker turkey chili warm. Add additional toppings such as shredded cheddar cheese, sliced green onions, or sour cream.


  • Sautéing the onions before adding to the slow cooker helps to make the onions soft and tender, so be sure to not skip this step.
  • If you cannot find diced tomatoes with green chilies, then you can buy 2 cans of diced tomatoes and a separate 4-ounce can diced mild green chilies. The spice level is mild, but you can omit them if you do not like any spice.  Or if you like extra spice, then get hot green chilies.  You can adjust the spice level to your taste!
  • Enjoy the chili on its own or have a slice of cornbread with it!
Nutrition Information: 362 calories, 30.5 grams of protein, 35.1 grams of carbohydrates, 9.3 grams of fiber, 10.4 grams of fat, 70 mg of cholesterol
Keyword high fiber, high protein, slow cooker