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Easy Crock-Pot Turkey Chili Recipe With Pictures

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Turkey Chili Cooked in a Slow Cooker with Cornbread Muffins

Turkey Chili Cooked in a Slow Cooker with Cornbread Muffins

Slow Cooker Turkey Chili

When you make this chili in a Crock-Pot (the brand name for a slow cooker), you can put it together in less than 15 minutes, and the smell of a home-cooked meal will fill your home throughout the day. If you're out, it is a comforting aroma to welcome you at the end of a long day from work or running around with the kids.

Turkey chili is a wonderful alternative for people who are trying to reduce red meat in their diets and cut cholesterol. But, let's be honest. I doubt turkey chili will ever win a blue ribbon, or any ribbon for that matter, at a chili cook-off. Yet it is a flavorful way to cook this white meat.


  • 1 lb. extra lean ground turkey
  • 2 or 3 (15 oz.) cans pinto or cannellini beans
  • 2 (15 oz.) cans crushed tomatoes
  • 1 (6 oz.) can tomato paste
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 3 large cloves of garlic, minced
  • 1 jalapeno pepper, diced (or can of chopped chili peppers)
  • 2 tsp. salt
  • 1 tsp. dried oregano
  • 1 tsp. cumin
  • 1/4 tsp. black pepper


  1. Crumble uncooked ground turkey into crock pot.
  2. Pour in drained beans and crushed tomatoes. Stir.
  3. Next, add tomato paste, onion, garlic, jalapeno pepper, salt, oregano, cumin, and black pepper. Stir everything together.
  4. Cook on "high" for about 4 hours, making sure to stir periodically if possible. Or cook on "low" 6-8 hours.

Slow Cooker Turkey Chili

Turkey Chili served with cheese and warm cornbread muffins makes a tasty meal.

Turkey Chili served with cheese and warm cornbread muffins makes a tasty meal.

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Turkey Chili is good with corn chips.

Turkey Chili is good with corn chips.

Serving Suggestions

Garnish your turkey chili with:

  • Cheddar cheese or any Mexican blend of cheese
  • Sour cream
  • Guacamole

On the side, serve the turkey chili with:

  • Corn bread
  • Tortilla chips (blue corn tortilla chips add a nice dash of color)
  • Assorted crackers

Nutritional Comparison of Ground Beef and Ground Turkey

Comparisons for ground beef and ground turkey are based on 4 oz. serving sizes of raw meat.

 Ground Beef 85/15Ground Beef 90/10Ground Beef 95/5Ground Turkey 93/7 Ground Turkey 99/1

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A Note About Turkey and Slow Cooker Temperatures

  • The U.S. Department of Agriculture recommends that turkey be cooked to 165°F (74°C).
  • Typical slow cookers on the low setting heat to a temperature of 170 °F (77 °C ).
  • Typical slow cookers on the high setting heat to a temperature of 190-200 °F (88-93 °C).

History of the Slow Cooker

The slow cooker is alternatively called a Crock-Pot in the U.S. and a Slo-Cooker in the U.K. Over the years, both of these brand names have become generic terms for a slow cooker, similar to the way people refer to tape as Scotch tape, tissues as Kleenex, or bandages as Band-Aids.

Slow cookers, which use a moist method of heating foods over long time durations, were first introduced in 1970 by Naxon. In 1971, Rival reintroduced the slow cooker under the Crock-Pot brand name. Sunbeam now owns the Crock-Pot brand.

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