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A white table with blue napkins and white bowls filled with turkey chili topped with grated cheese, sour cream and green onions.
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Turkey Chili ~ Slow Cooker/Crockpot or Stovetop Recipes

Easy Turkey Chili made in a slow cooker/crockpot or on the stovetop. Fantastic slow cooker chili for an easy dinner, and serves a crowd!
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time4 hrs
Total Time4 hrs 15 mins
Course: Dinner & Main Dishes
Cuisine: American
Keyword: slow cooker turkey chili, turkey chili, turkey chili recipe
Servings: 10
Calories: 206kcal


  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • 2 cups diced yellow onions 2 medium onions
  • 3 lbs ground turkey
  • ¼ teaspoon cayenne
  • 3 tablespoons chili powder
  • 2 teaspoons garlic powder
  • 1 tablespoon cumin
  • 1 teaspoon crushed red pepper
  • ½ teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt
  • 28 oz organic tomatoes undrained
  • 1 tomato paste
  • 1 small can green chilis low heat
  • 2 organic black beans drained
  • 12 ounces good lager beer


  • grated cheese - Mexican 4 cheese blend
  • sliced green onions
  • sour cream
  • tortilla chips


  • In a regular slow cooker, simple add the butter and onions. If you have a slow-cooker with the saute setting or are using a large pot, saute diced onions in butter until just turning brown. This is not necessary, but adds great flavor
  • Next add all 7 spices (cayenne, chili powder, garlic powder, cumin, crushed red pepper, black pepper, sea salt) to the onions, and stir for 2-3 minutes.
  • Add ground turkey, tomato paste, beer, tomatoes, green chiles, and black beans. Stir to combine.
  • Cook for 4 hours on low in Slow Cooker. Stir once an hour. Or cook on high for 2 hours, stir once an hour.
  • Stovetop: In a large pot, saute onions and 7 spices, brown ground turkey, add tomato paste, beer, tomatoes, green chilis, and black beans. Cover and cook 1 hour on medium-low heat.
  • Stir and serve in bowls with grated cheese, sour cream, green onions, and tortilla chips.



freezing chili:

Cool the chili down safely in the refrigerator and scoop into serving portions in freezer zip-top bags or containers. Defrost in the refrigerator or pop into a pan with some water and reheat on medium-low. 

serving ideas:

Serve with toppings of grated cheese, green onions, sour cream, and tortilla chips. Other sides to serve with chili are Jalapeño Cornbread Muffins are simple to make with only 3 ingredients. The BEST Macaroni Salad with chopped eggs, pickles, and pickle juice in this old-fashioned recipe loved by all. Make a huge batch, it's always a hit! Or the VERY BEST Potato Salad with crispy bacon, blue cheese, crisp celery and green onions.

thicker chili:

The best way is to remove the lid of the slow cooker or pot on the stove while on a heat source to reduce the liquid. Another way is to add a can of refried beans! It brings in more flavor and thickens your chili.


Serving: 10g | Calories: 206kcal | Carbohydrates: 10g | Protein: 29g | Fat: 6g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 70mg | Sodium: 404mg | Potassium: 632mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 924IU | Vitamin C: 8mg | Calcium: 45mg | Iron: 3mg