Slow-Cooked Turkey Chili

Cary, NC — When I picture fall meals, I can’t help but crack a smile. They’re warm, comforting and a lot of the time, involve my Crock Pot.

A new recipe I’ve added to my fall favorites is Slow-Cooked Turkey Chili. It’s loaded with hearty flavors, lean ground turkey, and just the right amount of spice.

On some days I can pull off and enjoy an elaborate preparation of chopping, sautéing, and juggling multiple pans, but this one is a secret weapon for those other days when I just don’t want to fuss too much. It’s easy to throw together, makes for great leftovers, and requires little cleanup, which makes its rank with me go up even higher.

Here’s what you need to make a great pot of chili in just 3 steps. Recipe originally created by at-home cook and blogger, Serene Herrera on House of Yumm.


  • 1 lb. ground turkey
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/2 cup yellow onion, diced
  • 1 (15 oz.) can tomato sauce
  • 1 (14.5 oz.) can diced tomato
  • 1 (7 oz.) can diced green chiles
  • 1 (15 oz.) can kidney beans, drained & rinsed
  • 1 (15 oz.) can black beans, drained & rinsed
  • 2 tbsp. chili powder (for those wary of spiciness, 1 1/2 tbsp is fine)
  • 2 tsp. cumin
  • 1/2 tsp. black pepper
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 2 tsp. garlic powder
  • 1 tsp. brown sugar

Toppings (if desired)

  • Sour cream
  • Cheese
  • Green onion
  • Fritos scoops (this one is an Ashley Kairis must-have with chili)


  1. Cook ground turkey and onion in a medium skillet over medium heat until onion is soft and turkey is cooked through. Add minced garlic and cook an additional 30 seconds.
  2. Remove from heat and put directly into your slow cooker.
  3. Add in all other ingredients (make sure to drain and rinse those beans!) and stir to combine. Cook on low heat for 4-6 hours.

Leftover Ideas

While a reheated, next-day bowl of this chili is wonderful, I’ve found that it is great to add to a grilled hot dog. Chili dogs with onion, corn on the cob, and some greens? I think yes!

Also, once Thanksgiving rolls around if turkey sandwiches go out of style in your family fast, grind some up and put it to good use in this pot of chili.

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Story and photos by Ashley Kairis. Recipe by Serene Herrera.

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