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Ground Turkey Chili – Slow Cooker Comfort Food

Tonight, we will be enjoying my latest chili recipe – ground turkey chili with three different types of beans and a boat load of flavor. This is my latest addition to my collection of crock pot recipes.

In our house, a great tasting chili is the ultimate in winter comfort food. When the temps are cold and the weather is harsh, there is nothing quite like a big steaming bowl of chili to warm you to the bones. 

One of my favorite winter comfort foods is a big bowl of chili.  Nothing seems to do the job of warming me up quite like a tasty chili recipe.  (See my One pot chile con carne recipe here.

One of the best things about this recipe is that it cooks all day long in my slow cooker.

I make the recipe in two parts.  The first is done in about 20 minutes at the beginning of the day on the stove top and then everything just cooks to its lovely spicy perfection in the crock pot.

That means I can get the cooking side of dinner off my list of things to do early in the day and know that I’ll have more time to relax later when dinner hour rolls around.

This slow cooker ground turkey chili is super easy to make and has a boat load of delicious flavor. It is the perfect winter comfort food.

Time to make some Ground Turkey Chili!

I used three types of beans in this recipe -black beans, pink beans, and Great Northern beans. Since I will be using ground turkey, I want to enhance the flavor of the chili with lighter beans.

Don’t worry…it will still pack a great chili punch (the spices make sure of that) but the whole meal just feels lighter and cleaner.

Add your beans and chicken stock with some diced tomatoes first

The first part of the recipe is as simple as it gets.  Just dump the beans, some chicken stock and the canned tomatoes into the slow cooker.

(have I mentioned that I LOVE a slow cooker?  – you can’t get much easier than that, can you?)

What lovely color the peppers give this chili

Next, heat some olive oil in a non stick pan and cook the onions, garlic and peppers.  I used baby sweet peppers for color and flavor.

Cook the ground turkey until it is no longer pink

Once the veggies are cooked, stir in the ground turkey.  Be sure to break it up so that the pieces are small to give the chili a nice texture when it’s done.

Mmm mmm what a lovely sauce for this chili

Look at the spices that will go into this mixture for the next step.  I can taste the flavor just looking at them!

This ground turkey chili gets a load of flavor from the spice mixture

The last step is to stir in the tomato paste, a couple of cups of low sodium chicken broth and a bit of flour. Give it all a stir until the mixture is fragrant and starting to thicken.

Stir in the turkey mixture to the crock pot

That’s it!  Just pour this mixture into the slow cooker, give it all a good stir and cover and cook on low for about 8-10 hours.

This slow cooker ground turkey chili is super easy to make and has a boat load of delicious flavor. It is the perfect winter comfort food.

This Slow Cooker Ground Turkey Chili will keep you warm and cozy all winter. It is healthy, hearty and just bursting with flavor.

Add some grated cheese and a bit of low fat sour cream, and garnish with some fresh cilantro. Each bite of this delicious chili is filling, tasty and so warming.

It is full of fiber, won’t break the calorie bank and will keep you full and satisfied for hours.

I used Ole Low Carb Xtreme tortilla wraps cooked in the oven for a few minutes on 450º for a few minutes to give me something to sop up the delicious juice.  They have only 50 calories for one tortilla!This slow cooker ground turkey chili is super easy to make and has a boat load of delicious flavor. It is the perfect winter comfort food.

This is the nutritional information for this delicious Slow Cooker Ground Turkey Chili.Nutritional info for ground turkey chili

For more chili ideas, check out these recipes:

3 bean chiliSmokey 3 Bean Chili Chicken ChiliChicken Chili White Bean ChiliWhite Bean Chili
Yield: 8

Ground Turkey Chili

Ground Turkey Chili
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 8 hours
Total Time 8 hours 20 minutes


  • 1 cup low sodium chicken broth
  • 2 14 oz cans diced tomatoes
  • 1 can 15oz black beans, rinsed
  • 1 can 15oz pink beans, rinsed
  • 1 can 15oz Great Northern beans, rinsed
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 med white onion, chopped
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced
  • 6 small sweet peppers, chopped
  • 1 lb lean ground turkey
  • 1 tsp sea salt
  • 1/2 tsp cracked black pepper
  • 1/2 tsp cumin
  • 1 tsp oregano
  • 1 tbsp chili powder
  • 1 tbsp tomato paste
  • 2 cups chicken broth
  • 1 1/2 tbsp flour
  • To garnish:
  • Grated cheese, low fat sour cream and cilantro


  • Place the the first 5 ingredients to the slow cooker and stir to combine.
  • In a large skillet heat the olive oil. Add the onion, garlic and sweet peppers and cook until they are soft and fragrant about 5 minutes. Add the ground turkey and cook until it is no longer pink, stirring and breaking up the turkey as you cook about 10 minutes..
  • Add the salt and spices and mix to combine about 2 minutes. Add the tomato paste, chicken broth and flour to create a thick and flavorful sauce.
  • Add the mixture to the slow cooker, and stir to combine. Cover tightly and cook on low for 8-10 hours.
  • Serve with corn bread, and sprinkle with a bit of grated cheese, low fat sour cream and fresh cilantro.
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