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Two beige bowls full of Turkey Chili next to two gold spoons

Slow Cooker Turkey Chili

My Slow Cooker Turkey Chili Recipe has been a yummy staple in our home for over 10 years. Ground turkey, beans, a few veggies, and spices all loaded into the slow cooker to make the best healthy turkey chili recipe!

Course Dinner, Soup
Cuisine American
Keyword crock pot chili recipe
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 4 hours 10 minutes
Total Time 4 hours 20 minutes
Servings 10 - 15
Calories 255 kcal
Author Sandy Clifton


  • 2 Tbsp Olive Oil
  • 1 large Yellow Onion, chopped
  • 2 large Bay Leaves
  • 1 cup Celery, diced
  • 5 cloves Garlic, pressed or minced
  • 2 lbs Ground Turkey
  • 1 1/2 tsp Kosher Salt, divided (or 1 tsp table salt)
  • 1/2 tsp Pepper
  • 1 (7 oz) can Diced Green Chiles (mild)
  • 1/2 (15 oz) jar Roasted Red Bell Peppers, chopped
  • 1 (14 oz) can Diced Tomatoes (with juice)
  • 2 (14 oz) cans Tomato Sauce
  • 2 (15 oz) cans Black Beans, drained and rinsed
  • 2 (15 oz) cans Red Kidney Beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 (15 oz) can Garbanzo Beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1/2 tsp Chipotle Chili Powder (or 1 chipotle in adobo sauce)
  • 2 tsp Mexican Oregano (or regular oregano) dried
  • 2 Tbsp Cumin
  • 3 Tbsp Chili Powder


  1. Heat a skillet on med-high heat. When hot, add the olive oil. Then add the onions, bay leaves, and celery. Cook stirring occasionally, until celery vegetables are just softened.

  2. Add garlic, cook for about 30 seconds, stirring constantly.

  3. Add the ground turkey, 1 tsp of the salt, and pepper. Cook, stirring and breaking up the meat, until done.

  4. Transfer the meat mixture to a 6 qt or larger slow cooker.

  5. Add all remaining ingredients to the crock and mix well.

  6. Cook on Low for 7-8 hours, or High for 3-4 hours.

  7. Taste and adjust salt or seasonings, if needed.

  8. Serve with some corn bread, and any toppings you like.