Better for You Easy Slow Cooker Turkey Chili

chili bowl with title of recipeIf you are looking for a healthier version of chili this recipe is delicious! This better for you turkey chili is made in a slow cooker. You can also make this chili in an Instant Pot. I have made it both ways, but usually use my Crock Pot. This is a great healthy meal that you can make a ahead of time and freeze.



This turkey chili is my own recipe that I have tweaked and I am in love with it…so is my family.  It is so easy and your home will smell so good as it cooks all day.  I use extra lean ground turkey for the healthiest option.  You can use just lean ground turkey or ground beef if you like, but be sure to drain the meat after cooking before you add it to the slow cooker otherwise it will thin the chili.  Enjoy!

1 ½ lbs extra lean ground turkey breast

1 yellow onion (chopped)

2 cloves garlic (chopped)

1 can diced tomatoes

2 cans tomato sauce

2 cans kidney beans (rinsed and drained)

2-3 tsps chili powder

1 tsp dry mustard

¾ tsp dried basil leaves

¾ tsp black pepper

2 tsps ground cumin

½ teaspoon salt

½ tsp onion salt

  1. Sauté the chopped onion and chopped garlic approximately 3 minutes. sautéing onions
  2. Add the ground turkey and continue sautéing until the meat is browned. 
  3. Rinse your kidney beans until the foam dissipates. rinsing kidney beans
  4. While that is sautéing add all remaining ingredients to your slow cooker. chili ingredients in crock pot


  5. Drain fat and liquid from the onion and turkey and add to slow cooker. chili in slow cooker
  6. Cook on low in the slow cooker for 8 hours.

Top with your favorite toppings liked chopped onion, sour cream, cheese, avocado, tortilla chips, or just enjoy by itself. chili in yellow bowl

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  1. Tina Muir | 1st Feb 14

    I loooovvvee slow cooker chili! I made it myself a few weeks ago, and I am still thinking about how good it is! I am sure yours would be delightful! Isnt it so great when you find your own recipe that is all yours and it is so perfect. Next time I make it, I will give it a try 🙂 Chili is the perfect fuel to enjoy after a chilly night run!

    • Half Crazy Mama | 1st Feb 14

      I totally agree. I also love the way the house smells all day while it is cooking in the slow cooker 🙂

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