Slow Cooker Creamy Turkey Chowder (Dairy Free)

by Katelyn | With Sweet Honey
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Slow Cooker Creamy Turkey Chowder made with dairy free coconut milk, potatoes, bacon and flavorful spices. This slow cooker chowder is convenient and one of our go-to family soups for lunch or dinner.

I originally came up with this recipe for my husband. He usually isn’t too picky when it comes to food but I know he prefers thick and creamy soup or chili over broth based soup. I make a lot of broth soup because it is usually easier to make them dairy free. But this soup is the best of both worlds, in my opinion. It’s creamy but without the dairy!

turkey chowder soup in a blue bowl

Ingredients in slow cooker creamy turkey chowder

Ground Turkey: I like using ground turkey in soups and tacos for a lean alternative to beef. You could also use ground chicken but I find that it’s harder to find in grocery stores in my area.  

Garlic: Don’t underestimate the flavor that garlic brings to a dish. Use fresh minced garlic for this recipe if you can.

Russet Potatoes: Also known as Idaho potatoes, russet potatoes are great for mashing and cooking with. In this recipe, one is blended to add to the creamy-ness of the soup.

Green Chilies: I forget about the flavor green chilies can add to a dish sometimes. These little chilies are great for soups!

Turkey Broth: Alternatively, you could use vegetable broth or chicken broth.

Canned Corn: I typically don’t cook with corn very often but I think it adds a heartiness to this dish that my family loves.

Coconut Milk: The secret ingredient that helps this soup creamy without heavy cream! I use full fat canned coconut milk for best results. 

Bacon: I opt for nitrate-free gluten free bacon but use whatever type you prefer.

Creole Seasoning: I have a homemade recipe for creole seasoning on the blog but you could also use store bought. Just check the ingredients on the label if you follow a specific diet.

Chili Powder: This soup isn’t spicy in my opinion but if you are sensitive to spice, you can omit the chili powder or only use a small amount. The soup will still be delicious.

Pepper and Salt: Feel free to adjust the salt and pepper amount to your liking.

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How to make in the Slow Cooker:

  1. Heat a skillet on medium-high heat and cook the ground turkey and minced garlic. Once the turkey is cooked through, add it to the slow cooker.
  2. Next, take the peeled potatoes and chop four of the potatoes into bite sized pieces. Add them to the slow cooker. Take the remaining potato and cut it in half. Add the halves to the slow cooker.
  3. Add the rest of the ingredients and spices to the slow cooker. Cook on high for 3-4 hours or low for 6 hours.
  4. Once the potatoes are cooked through, carefully take out the two potato halves. Add them to a blender along with a little bit of the broth from the slow cooker. Blend on high until smooth. Add the blended potato back to the soup and stir until creamy. Enjoy!

How to make on the stovetop:

The directions for making this soup on the stovetop aren’t that much different from the slow cooker but there are few adjustments.

  1. Heat a stock pot on medium-high heat and cook the ground turkey and minced garlic. Once the turkey is cooked through, add the turkey broth to the stockpot and reduce the heat to low.
  2. Next, take the peeled potatoes and chop four of the potatoes into bite sized pieces. Add them to the stock pot. Take the remaining potato and cut it in half. Add the halves to the stock pot.
  3. Add the rest of the ingredients and spices to the stock pot. Bring to a boil then reduce the heat to a simmer and cover. Let cook for 20 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  4. Once the potatoes are cooked through, carefully take out the two potato halves. Add them to a blender along with a little bit of the broth from the slow cooker. Blend on high until smooth. Add the blended potato back to the soup and stir until creamy. Enjoy!
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Slow Cooker Creamy Turkey Chowder (Dairy Free)

This creamy dairy free turkey corn chowder is delicious and made with simple ingredients! Perfect for an easy meal and can either be made with a slow cooker or on the stovetop.
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Course: Main Course, Soup
Cuisine: American
Keyword: dairy free soup, turkey chowder, turkey soup
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 4 hours
Total Time: 4 hours 10 minutes
Servings: 8 servings
447 Katelyn | With Sweet Honey

Ingredients

  • 1 lb lean ground turkey
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 5 medium russet potatoes, peeled
  • 1 (4 oz) can green chilis
  • 3 cups turkey broth or bone broth
  • 1 (14 oz) can corn, drained
  • 1 (13.5 oz) can full fat coconut milk
  • 8 oz bacon, cooked and chopped
  • 2 tsp creole seasoning (homemade or premade)
  • 1/2 tsp chili powder
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper, to taste
  • 1-2 tsp sea salt, to taste

Instructions

  • Heat a skillet on medium-high heat and cook the ground turkey and minced garlic. Once the turkey is cooked through, add it to the slow cooker.
  • Next, take the peeled potatoes and chop four of the potatoes into bite sized pieces. Add them to the slow cooker. Take the remaining potato and cut it in half. Add the halves to the slow cooker.
  • Add the rest of the ingredients and spices to the slow cooker. Cook on high for 3-4 hours or low for 6 hours.
  • Once the potatoes are cooked through, carefully take out the two potato halves. Add them to a blender along with a little bit of the broth from the slow cooker. Blend on high until smooth. Add the blended potato back to the soup and stir until creamy. Enjoy!
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Nutrition

Serving: 8servings | Calories: 447kcal | Carbohydrates: 33.4g | Protein: 26.5g | Fat: 23.2g | Saturated Fat: 11.4g | Cholesterol: 71mg | Sodium: 1661mg | Potassium: 826mg | Fiber: 4.6g | Sugar: 4.8g | Calcium: 26mg | Iron: 2mg

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