Make Ahead/Slow Cooker/Tex Mex

Slow Cooker Crock Pot Turkey Chili

Some weeks I am great about meal prep, meal planning, blah. Some weeks I am NOT. One of those on weeks was this so simple and easy Crock Pot Turkey Chili. I felt pretty great when we finished up swimming lessons and all we had to do was walk inside and dinner was ready.

While I am not usually a big fan of chili in the summer, there are a couple of exceptions: Frito Pie and Chili Dogs. Chili should typically be served in the winter. Corn bread on the side, shredded cheese on top. It needs to be cold outside.

For my head to compute Chili in the summer it needs to be with fritos (or tortilla chips) and shredded cheese. Or served on top of a hot dog.

This is another great prep early in the morning and leave it type meals. Simmer on low in the crock pot for 10 hours is my favorite time frame.

You could make chili on the stove. But I prefer not to live in a sweat box during the summer. Some folks need to go to work and if you aren’t going to work, then you are probably busy doing other things and would prefer to not stand in the kitchen all day.

This is not spicy. For those that would prefer it spicy, add 1 teaspoon cayenne pepper and serve with some sliced jalapenos. I also like to throw whole jalapenos into the slow cooker. It doesn’t make it spicy, but then the peppers are cooked, can be sliced and served with.

A HUGE point of contention in Texas is whether or not chili should have beans. While I am all for purity. I put beans in my chili. Beans are cheap. Beans are a great source of protein and fiber. My kids are more willing to eat chili if I can it bean soup than chili. I need beans in my chili if I am going to call it bean soup.

Slow Cooker Crock Pot Turkey Chili

  • Yield: 6 servings
  • Prep Time: 5-10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 10 hours, low


  • 1 pound ground turkey
  • 1 small yellow onion, diced
  • 1 large can diced tomatoes (chili, tex-mex, or plain) (28 ounces)
  • 1/2 can tomato sauce (29 ounce can)
  • 3 teaspoons cumin
  • 4 heaping tablespoons chili powder
  • 1 clove garlic (1 teaspoon)
  • 2 cans of beans (pinto or black), drained


  1. Optional: Brown in a skillet, turkey and onion. Browning and cooking the meat before adding to the crock pot adds flavor and texture. It isn't necessary but recommended.

  2. Add turkey + onions, tomatoes, sauce, cumin, chili powder, and garlic to crock pot. Cook on low for 10 hours. About half an hour before serving, add beans to crock pot, and stir to mix.


Serve with fritos, shredded cheese, diced onion, and jalapenos!


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