Turkey Crockpot Chili that Sticks to Your Ribs

Growing up my grandma always used to say that chili was good for the soul because it “stuck to your ribs.” As a kid this was kinda a horrifying idea. Was it kinda like gum that stayed in your stomach for seven years when you swallowed it? As I got older, I realized it just meant that it kept you full on those cold winters nights. This turkey crockpot chili is a fantastic recipe that has delicious peppers, chilis, onions that will keep you warm when it’s a bit frosty out. My family love using ground turkey to lighten this dish up a little bit, and we add some fresh vegetables as a great way to sneak in veggies into the kids’ diets. (They don’t even notice them, and for that matter Mr. Crunchy doesn’t either)

Crockpot Turkey Chili

For those of you new to the site, you will realize that I LOVE recipes that are simple and delicious. Every now and then I get a little squirrely and make something a little bit more complicated, but for the most part they are simple fix em and forget ‘em kind of recipes. This crockpot chili is no exception. Just do the prep in the morning, and then simmer it on low all day for a delicious chili recipe that the whole family is sure to love.

Turkey Crockpot Chili

I will share with you in our house we have a great chili war going on. Mr. Crunchy hates beans, and I cannot stand the thought of an all meat chili bleh. In an effort to compromise, this recipe has just enough beans for bean lovers and not too much for those that like a little bit more of a meaty chili. If you like beans, feel free to add another can (or about another cup of dry beans) to the chili. If I had my way, that’s what I would do!

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Turkey Crockpot Chili that Sticks to Your Ribs
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Recipe type: Entree
Serves: 7
  • Turkey Crockpot Chili
  • 1 32 oz Can Crushed Tomatoes
  • 1½ Pounds Ground Turkey
  • 2 C Dry Kidney Beans (soaked overnight)
  • 1 Green Pepper Diced
  • 1 T Olive Oil
  • 1 Medium Onion Diced
  • 2 Cloves Garlic Diced
  • 1-2 Cans 16 oz Can Tomato Sauce
  • 1-2 T Chili Powder
  • 2 T Cumin
  • 1 T Garlic Powder
  1. In a pan, brown the ground turkey and set aside.
  2. In another pan, heat olive oil and sautee onion, garlic and pepper until slightly tender
  3. Place all ingredients and spices in crockpot. Cook on low for approximately 4-6 hours.
  4. When mixing ingredients together, if chili is too thick at water tablespoons at a time. If chili is too thin, take top off of chili and allow to reduce until desired thickness.

Crockpot Chili Recipe

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  1. Jean says

    I was just talking about making chili last night! Thank you for the recipe – I’m with you, I can’t imagine chili with NO beans. We do like it nice and meaty though.

  2. Julie Wood says

    This is a delicious recipe! My sister wants to make chili, but hamburger is so expensive right now, and I do not know why we did not think of Turkey. Turkey is cheaper and healthier. I am going to make this chili!

  3. M.Clark says

    This is a great recipe, it looks very delicious. I love finding recipes that use chicken or turkey in place of beef or pork. Thank you for sharing this recipe.

  4. Rose T. says

    This is perfect! We’ve decided that we’re completely starting over and eating better. I was trying to come up with ideas for using ground turkey and this works so well since we love chili and I can make it in my crock pot. I can’t wait to make this!

    • says

      Rose, This is a great recipe for that. The best thing is you can play with the amount of water and tomato sauce to make it the way you like it. Plus, you can always add more beans (I highly recommend that)


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