The Best Slow Cooker Turkey Chili

by Katelyn | With Sweet Honey
turkey chili in a gray bowl

This classic slow cooker turkey chili is seriously the BEST and is so simple to make in either the slow cooker or stovetop! It’s packed with flavor and healthy ingredients like lean ground turkey, bell peppers, tomatoes, garlic and onion. This recipe is going to be a family favorite and it’s even gluten free, dairy free, and soy free!

turkey chili in a slow cooker

I didn’t know how much I loved chili until I made this recipe. A couple years ago I wrote off chili, believing it was no longer something I could eat since traditionally chili is made with beans and topped with cheese or sour cream. Beans and dairy have been two problem foods for me and they usually don’t leave my stomach feeling great after eating them. So one day I thought, why not make a version of chili that doesn’t include either of them? 

turkey chili in a gray bowl topped with jalapenos and green onion

This dairy free classic slow cooker turkey chili is now my favorite chili recipe ever! I’m not lying when I say it’s the best. I really do believe it. It’s not a spicy chili but it’s packed with flavor and whole ingredients. I love to set it and forget it in the slow cooker but it could also be made on the stovetop! This turkey chili is an easy meal that the whole family will love! Also perfect for a game day or your next tailgate party!

Ingredients for the best slow cooker turkey chili

Ground turkey: I like using lean ground turkey in this chili recipe. 

Garlic: I think garlic is needed in any chili recipe. It adds a delicious flavor that is hard to substitute.

Veggies: The veggies are very important in this chili recipe. We’ve used bell peppers, tomatoes, and onion for this flavorful turkey chili.

Chicken Broth: You could use vegetable broth instead if you prefer. I also use a lower sodium broth so depending on what you use, adjust the added salt as needed.

Spices: Each chili has a unique blend of spices. For this turkey chili we’ve added chili powder, ground cumin, paprika, dried oregano, red pepper flakes (optional), salt and pepper.

Coconut Aminos: A soy sauce alternative that adds great flavor to chili.

Bay Leaf: Adds another layer of flavor to this turkey chili.

Garnish: I choose to garnish this turkey chili with fresh jalapeños and green onion.

How to make slow cooker turkey chili

  1. In a large skillet, heat the olive oil on medium. Add the ground turkey, onion, garlic and bell peppers. Sauté for about 5-7 minutes, stirring frequently, until the turkey is browned and the peppers and onions are softened.
  2. Add the turkey, onion, garlic and bell peppers to the slow cooker. Then add the rest of the ingredients to the slow cooker and stir. Cook on low heat for 4 hours.
turkey chili in a gray bowl topped with jalapenos and green onion

How to make turkey chili on the stovetop

I prefer to make this turkey chili in the slow cooker just because I can prepare it and let it cook without checking on it for a few hours. But it is easy to cook on the stovetop instead if that is what you’d like to do. First, sauté the ground turkey, onion, garlic and bell peppers in a large stockpot. Sauté for about 5-7 minutes, stirring frequently, until the turkey is browned and the peppers and onions are softened. Then add the remaining ingredients to the stockpot and bring to a boil then reduce the heat to simmer for 30-40 minutes.

How do you serve this turkey chili?

Traditionally chili is usually served with cheese or sour cream but if you follow a dairy free diet, there are a lot of great alternative options. This slow cooker turkey chili tastes great when topped with fresh jalapeño peppers, green onion, and avocado. You could also opt for a dairy free or vegan version of your favorite cheese or sour cream. I also usually serve this turkey chili with a side of gluten free bread or grain free chips.

turkey chili in a gray bowl topped with jalapenos and green onion

Can you freeze turkey chili?

Yes you can! Chili is excellent for storing in the freezer. I just put the cooled chili in freezer safe bags for later and unthaw in the fridge the night before. You can also store this turkey chili in the fridge for up to 5 days.

Optional add-ins for turkey chili

Beans: You could add a bit of plant protein to this dish by adding either kidney beans or black beans to this chili. 

Vegetables: Feel free to experiment adding other vegetables to this chili also. Some ideas could be corn, sweet potato, or carrots.

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turkey chili in a gray bowl topped with jalapenos and green onion

The Best Slow Cooker Turkey Chili

This slow cooker turkey chili is seriously the best! Made with healthy veggies, ground turkey, and a unique blend of spices.
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Course: Main Course, Soup
Cuisine: American
Keyword: classic chili, dairy free chili, healthy soup, slow cooker meal, Turkey Chili
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 4 hours
Total Time: 4 hours 10 minutes
Servings: 8 servings
238 Katelyn | With Sweet Honey

Ingredients

  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 lbs ground turkey
  • 1 medium yellow onion, diced
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 bell peppers, seeded and diced (you can use whatever color bell peppers you’d like)
  • (2) 28 oz can diced tomatoes (don't drain)
  • (1) 6 oz can tomato paste
  • 1 cup chicken broth
  • 1 tbsp coconut aminos
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 3 tbsp chili powder
  • 1 tsp ground cumin
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • 1/2 tsp dried oregano
  • 1-2 tsp dried red pepper flakes (optional for spicy)
  • 1 tsp sea salt, to taste
  • 1 tsp black pepper, to taste

Instructions

  • In a large skillet, heat the olive oil on medium. Add the ground turkey, onion, garlic and bell peppers. Sauté for about 5-7 minutes, stirring frequently, until the turkey is browned and the peppers and onions are softened.
  • Add the turkey, onion, garlic and bell peppers to the slow cooker. Then add the rest of the ingredients to the slow cooker and stir. Cook on low heat for 4 hours.

Notes

How to make this recipe on the stovetop: Sauté the ground turkey, onion, garlic and bell peppers in a large stockpot. Then add the remaining ingredients. Bring to a boil then reduce the heat to simmer for 30-40 minutes.
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Nutrition

Serving: 8servings | Calories: 238kcal | Carbohydrates: 21.1g | Protein: 30.8g | Fat: 4.9g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 63mg | Sodium: 855mg | Potassium: 721mg | Fiber: 6.6g | Sugar: 11.7g | Calcium: 59mg | Iron: 3mg

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