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!
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 Ingredients
The ingredients you will need for this tasty chili are listed below!
- Olive oil
- Yellow onion
- Jalapeño pepper
- Roma tomato
- Lean ground turkey
- Ground cumin
- Chili powder
- Cayenne pepper
- Fine sea salt
- Garlic powder
- Canned crushed tomatoes
- Chicken broth
- Canned Kidney beans
- Canned Black beans
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
- Large chef's knife
- Cutting board
- Large pot
- 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.