Made with ground turkey, this healthy turkey chili still is a bowl full of comfort! Best of all? Make it in your slow cooker.
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Healthy Turkey Chili
Looking for a twist on your chili? Try Turkey Chili! This is a very fresh version of chili, which is one of the reasons I just love it!
I am kind of crazy for chili. I love my staple recipes, yes, I said the plural, but I’m always game for a twist or to try out a new one.
If you’re cutting back on your red meat, turkey is a fabulous alternative. Oh, and, do you need a little somethin’ for the big game? This is your ticket!
Slow Cooker Turkey Chili
The best part? yep, make it in the Crock Pot. Oh how I love my Crock Pot, it’s simply the best! A good Crock Pot is certainly worth the investment.
This is the crock pot I use, and I’ve had it for years. I’m getting off track, does anyone else think it’s fun to talk about kitchen appliances?
So, as I mentioned, this recipe is full of fresh ingredients, which makes it that much better!
Pro Tip for Turkey Chili~
I recommend cutting all your veggies the night before to make your morning or your meal prep that much smoother.
Beans, beans, the musical fruit…
I cannot believe I just said that. Sometimes I’m so immature. Anyway, a word about beans. I use dried beans for any dish I make with beans.
I happen to know a local bean farmer. So, when the harvest comes, I stock up. Black beans, navy beans, pinto beans, kidney beans, great northern beans, cranberry beans… Now, you can use canned beans with this if you want.
If you do, rinse them well. As for my dried beans, that does mean you’ll need a little planning ahead. You can’t put the dried beans in with all your chili ingredients, they won’t soften.
I speak from experience. 😉 What I typically do, is cook a whole bunch of beans in my slow cooker then I freeze them. The don’t take long to thaw.
I also like using a variety of beans in the same chili recipe. It adds color and texture.
Pro Tip for Turkey Chili~
Did you know you can put the turkey in the slow cooker RAW?? Yes! One less step to your masterpiece!
Turkey is naturally quite lean and therefore doesn’t need to be drained. Now, if you want to brown it ahead of time, feel free. If not, just break the ground turkey up in the bottom of the crock and go from there.
See you next time!
Healthy Slow Cooker Turkey Chili
- 1 lb lean ground turkey
- 1 cup onion chopped
- 4 cloves garlic pressed
- 1 cup yellow pepper chopped
- 1 cup orange pepper chopped
- 1 cup red pepper chopped
- 1 4 oz can mild chopped green chilis
- 2 cups navy beans
- 2 cups pinto beans
- 2 cups kidney beans
- 2 cups Turkey broth can use chicken or vegetable
- 2 15 oz cans tomato sauce all natural, no sugar
- 1 Tbs chili powder
- 1 tsp cumin
- 1 tsp oregano
- cheddar cheese cilantro and sour cream for garnishing
Saute onions until translucent, about 5 minutes. (Alternatively, you can just crumble the raw ground turkey in the bottom of the slow cooker, add the onions and garlic, stir, then go on to step 5.
Add ground turkey, and brown until cooked through.
Add garlic, stir until fragrant, about 30 seconds.
Transfer to slow cooker.
Add the remaining ingredients and stir to combine.
Cook on low for 6-8 hours or high for 4-6 hours.
Serve garnished with shredded cheese, cilantro and sour cream.