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Healthy Crock-pot turkey chili

Healthy Crock-Pot Turkey Chili

This Healthy Crock-Pot Turkey Chili is protein and fiber-filled, with lots of spices and flavor! It’s the perfect comforting dish while being healthy too! It cooks slowly, so the flavors have lots of time to marry together. This dish is great for football parties, busy weeknights, or any cold night. Also, It’s lower in fat and calories because of using ground turkey. It’s got everything you need for a delicious, homey meal!

Healthy Crock-Pot Turkey Chili

Chili is one of the most classic comforting dishes that I can think of. It reminds me of cold winter nights when you need something to warm you up. Chili always does the trick because it’s hot and full of spices and makes you feel all warm and cozy! It’s even better with a side of cornbread! That’s why I usually pair my Healthy Honey Cornbread Muffins with this Crock-pot chili!

I will say, this Healthy Turkey Chili is awesome and really delicious, but I don’t think my version will ever be as good as my mom’s. Even if I copy her recipe exactly, it’s just not the same. But I think we all feel that way about certain dishes our moms make.

Healthy Crock-Pot Turkey Chili

Healthy Crock-Pot Turkey Chili Ingredients

The ingredients you will need for this tasty chili are listed below!

The Best Slow-Cooker

You can use any brand of slow-cooker for this recipe. But my slow-cooker of choice is a Crock-Pot. That’s the brand that my mom had growing up, and she still uses it to this day. I got mine as a wedding present three years ago, and it’s been going strong since. I love crock-pots because they are super affordable, but they also last forever! I have a 6-Quart Cook & Carry, and it’s been helpful for all of my busy days when I need to dump in my ingredients and move on with my day! I highly recommend it!

Equipment and Instructions

This recipe is really easy to put together, but it does require a bit of chopping for the veggies. For that, I recommend a Chef’s Knife to help make your chopping easier. Or to make things even easier, you could get a vegetable chopper! I don’t use one because I actually love dicing and chopping veggies, but whatever works for you!

Anything chili related is a winner, in my opinion! It’s even good mixed in with pasta, like my recipe for Healthy Vegan Chili Mac. It’s a delicious pasta and chili hybrid that you may want to check out after you’ve made this recipe.

Healthy Crock-Pot Turkey Chili

This Healthy Crock-Pot Turkey Chili is a wonderful hearty dish! It's full of protein and fiber and low in calories! It's the perfect comforting dish for any cold night!
5 from 6 votes
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 4 hours
Total Time 4 hours 20 minutes
Course Dinner, Main Course
Cuisine American
Servings 6
Calories 340 kcal


  • Large chef's knife
  • Cutting board
  • Large pot
  • Spatula
  • 6 Quart Crock-Pot


  • 1 tsp Olive oil
  • 1 Large Yellow onion diced
  • 5 Cloves garlic diced
  • 1 Jalapeño pepper diced
  • 1 Roma tomato diced
  • 1 Lb Lean ground turkey
  • 4 Tbsp Chili powder
  • 2 tsp Ground cumin
  • 1 tsp Garlic powder
  • 1/4 tsp Cayenne pepper
  • 1 tsp Fine sea salt
  • 1 14.5 oz Can crushed tomatoes
  • 2 Cups Chicken broth
  • 1 15 oz Can Kidney beans
  • 1 15 oz Can Black beans


  • Spray a slow-cooker with non-stick cooking spray. Dice all of the vegetables.
  • Place oil in a large pot and place over medium-high heat. Add in the onion, garlic, jalapeño, and tomato, and saute for 5-7 minutes. Stir frequently.
  • Add in ground turkey and garlic, break up the meat, and cook until no longer pink. Add in chili powder, cumin, garlic powder, cayenne pepper, and salt; stir until the ingredients are combined.
  • Transfer the meat and vegetable mixture to a prepared slow-cooker.
  • To the slow-cooker add in the canned tomatoes, chicken broth, kidney beans, and black beans. Stir everything until the ingredients are combined.
  • Place a cover on the slow-cooker and cook on low-heat for 6 hours, or medium-heat for 4 hours.
  • Serve with your favorite toppings. Cheese, sour cream, jalapeños, etc.


  • If you prefer to cook this recipe on the stovetop, you can continue the process in the large pot instead of adding it to the crock-pot. Cook the chili on low for a minimum of 30 minutes.
  • The beans can be swapped out for other types depending on your preference.
  • You can use any brand of a slow cooker, but I recommend a Crock-Pot.
Keyword Chili, Crock-pot, Ground Turkey Recipes, Healthy Chili, Slow-Cooker, Turkey Chili

30 thoughts on “Healthy Crock-Pot Turkey Chili”

  1. I love seeing the jalapeno and cayenne in here! 🙂 There’s not much better than a bowl of chili on a chilly day. Our hometown hosts a chili cook off every year and it’s fantastic! They of course canceled it this year like everything else, which totally bummed me out!

  2. 5 stars
    love the recipe, I’ll just have to replace meat with mushroom as I can’t eat it. But anything chili is good for me 🙂 thanks for this delicious recipe.

  3. 5 stars
    This looks absolutely delicious! During my pregnancy, the only thing I can eat meat wise is turkey and chicken. Definately making this today!

  4. 5 stars
    Yum! This sounds so delicious, and I love the added cayenne for a kick of spice. My mom always makes chili and cornbread on Halloween, so I will have to send over this recipe to her! Thank you so much for sharing!

  5. My family has never been a big chili family, but I was invited to a chili cook-off party awhile back and had to scramble to put something together. I instantly thought of using my Crock Pot but didn’t have the time to use it. So I ended up using my Instant pot, and it turned out great!

    My chili got way more votes than I ever thought it would. But I would love to try other chili recipes and use the Crock Pot next time. I like the idea of using turkey for a healthier option. Thanks for this new chili option to try!

    1. That’s amazing! A chili cook-off would be so fun to be apart of! I’m so glad that you like my healthy version and will be trying it out. 🙂

  6. Now that I know that delegating the responsibilities works, I should print out the recipe before I go to work, stick it to the fridge door and expect a steamy bowl on the table when I come back home. This recipe sounds a bit too complex; I did not tell you how many times the rest of the family called me with questions when they made the muffins😂 Perhaps I will have to make time for it and give it a deserved attention

    1. A bowl of this would perfect be after coming home from work! Hopefully, you will get a chance to try it since it’s a little too advanced for your lovely family. At least they tried with the muffins, even if they needed help <3

  7. I so love chili…especially when it’s healthy. I like that you called for crushed tomatoes — it’s such a personal thing, but I’m not a fan of giant bites of tomato in my chili. This is a perfect one bowl meal!

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