Whip out the slow cooker and set yourself up for the week with a hearty slow cooker turkey chili that truly could not be easier! Just combine all ingredients in your slow cooker, walk away, and 6-8 hours later you have a delicious and healthy turkey chili. (100 calories or 3 WW points)
A big bowl of chili with all the toppings is easy to love, particularly in the fall and winter, but this turkey chili is even more lovable because it’s so darn easy—and healthy, too! With a few pantry staples and a pound of lean ground turkey, you can make a thick, perfectly-seasoned chili that your whole family will love (especially if you set up a toppings bar!). Plus, this is smart meal planning/prep at its best. One pot of turkey chili makes for a great meal tonight, plus a few more easy, family-friendly lunches or dinners later in the week.
To make this turkey chili recipe, you will need:
You just need a few basic ingredients to make this no-hassle crockpot chili.
- Canned diced tomatoes
- Canned tomato sauce
- Canned pinto beans
- Dried spices and herbs: cumin, chili powder, oregano
- Salt and black pepper
- Ground turkey
How to make slow cooker turkey chili
This really is a dump and go recipe in the truest sense! Simply put all of the ingredients into your slow cooker, give it a stir and cook it on low for 6-8 hours (or about 4 hours on high). Set it and forget it!
Can I make this dish ahead of time?
Chili is one of those dishes that gets better with time. I like to cook it the day before serving it so the flavors have time to really meld together. The beauty of making it in the slow cooker is that you can just dump all of the ingredients in at the start of the day and enjoy it that evening. No need to stir it or watch a bubbling pot. You can easily make this turkey chili several days ahead of time.
How long does slow cooker turkey chili keep?
Once it’s cooked, let the chili cool slightly and then transfer it to airtight containers. You can then either store it in the fridge for up to a week or you can freeze it for a couple of months. Reheat the chili in the microwave or on the stovetop, and if frozen let it thaw in the fridge overnight.
A healthy crockpot turkey chili recipe
This recipe makes enough for eight 1-cup servings of chili and each serving clocks in at under 100 calories or 3 WW points (you can make the recipe even lighter if you use 99% lean ground turkey).
Serve it with rice or a baked potato (white or sweet) if you like, and with a variety of toppings like shredded cheese, avocado, sour cream, and cilantro.
Top tips to make this recipe
- This recipe is well-seasoned and full of flavor but it isn’t spicy at all. Feel free to add a pinch of cayenne pepper for some heat!
- While prepping the recipe, mix all of the “sauce” ingredients together in the base of your slow cooker (the canned diced tomatoes, tomato sauce, and herbs/spices) before adding the ground turkey.
- Store leftovers in airtight containers in the fridge or freezer for easy meals throughout the week.
- Keep extra canned tomatoes and beans on hand so that you can make chili anytime (all you’ll need is a pound of ground turkey!).
For more easy slow cooker dinners:
- Slow Cooker Chicken Tikka Masala
- Skinnytaste Slow Cooker Chicken Taco Chili
- Southwestern Slow Cooker Pulled Chicken
- Easy Mexican Soup
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Slow Cooker Turkey Chili
- 2 15-oz cans petite diced tomatoes (undrained)
- 2 8-oz cans tomato sauce
- 1 15-oz can pinto beans, rinsed and drained
- 1 tbsp ground cumin
- 1 tbsp chili powder
- 1 tbsp garlic powder
- 2 tsp dried oregano
- 1 tsp salt
- ¼ tsp black pepper
- 1 pound ground turkey
- Combine all ingredients in a 6-qt. slow cooker and cook on low for 6 to 8 hours. Break apart the ground turkey into crumbles with a wooden spoon. Serve with toppings like shredded cheddar cheese, sour cream, avocado, and fresh cilantro. Store leftovers in airtight containers in the fridge for up to a week.
If made with 99% lean ground turkey the recipe will be 0 WW Freestyle points.