This slow cooker turkey chili recipe is a nice change from the regular ground beef recipe. It’s got a good bit of bite and a whole heap of flavor.

Slow Cooker Turkey Chili

Turkey is an excellent alternative to ground beef in chili. It’s healthier as it is a lot leaner than ground beef. Ground turkey also works well with all the flavors of traditional beef chili.

A good chili is perfect on its own and doesn’t really need any extras. With that said, this turkey chili goes great with so many different side dishes.

Just a few side dishes that you can serve with this turkey chili include guacamole, sweet potato fries, cornbread, potato skins, and so much more. Feel free to let us know any of your recommendations.

You can also use chili as the main ingredient in many different recipes. For example, you can use it as the meat component of nachos, jacket potatoes, or chili cheese fries. There is just so much you can do with a good chili.

Turkey Chili in a Slow Cooker

As with most slow cooker recipes, the leftovers of this meal are worth keeping as they will heat the next day nicely. Just make sure you keep the leftovers stored in the fridge or freezer.

An excellent dessert to have after this chili is the apple cobbler. It’s comfort food and really tops off this delicious meal.

I have put together a short video that takes you through how to make this turkey chili in the slow cooker. It’s straight to the point, and I hope that you enjoy it. You can check it out below.

Slow Cooker Turkey Chili Recipe

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Prep time
30 Minutes
Cook time
8 Hours
Total time
8 Hours & 30 Minutes


  • 500g (1.1 lb) ground turkey
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 2 tsp garlic, crushed
  • 1 red bell pepper, diced
  • 2 Tbsp tomato paste
  • 800g (1.7 lb) diced tomatoes
  • 400g (0.8 lb) kidney beans
  • 1 tsp chili powder
  • 2 tsp cumin, ground
  • ½ tsp paprika
  • 1 red chili, diced


  1. In a frying pan over high heat, cook the ground turkey.
  2. Once browned, drain the excess fluid and transfer to a slow cooker.
  3. Add the rest of the ingredients to the slow cooker and stir.
  4. Cook on low 8 hours.
  5. Season to taste with salt and pepper.
  6. Serve & Enjoy.

Cooking Tips

  • The beans can be left out of the recipe if you don’t like them. Some chunky diced carrots is an excellent alternative to beans, especially if you want a decent no bean chili. It's also perfect if you're going to make it Paleo friendly.
  • Frying the turkey off will help reduce the amount of oily liquid in the slow cooker. If time is an issue, then you can easily skip this step. Your chili will still be delicious.
  • I find that the amount of chili in this recipe is more than enough. However, if you like things really spicy then I highly recommend that you increase the amount. Some people find two teaspoons works quite well.
  • Simply halve the amount of time and cook on high if you want to have this turkey chili cooked faster.
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Nutritional Information

The nutritional information for this turkey chili is right below. It will be handy if you’re keeping an eye on what you cook and eat.

To calculate these values, I make use of an online calculator. So, you may find the values to be different if you try calculating it yourself. However, they should be roughly the same.

Nutrition Facts
Serving Size: 494g (17.43 oz)
Servings Per Recipe: 4
Amount Per Serving
Calories 406Calories from Fat 104.4
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 11.6g18%
Saturated Fat 3g15%
Trans Fat 0.1g
Cholesterol 86mg29%
Sodium 681mg28%
Total Carbohydrate 43g14%
Dietary Fiber 13g52%
Sugars 12g
Protein 37g 74%
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

There are plenty more variations on the traditional chili that you can make. One of my favorites is a chicken chili, and it is well worth putting the effort to make it.

If you love spicy food, then look at some of our curries. One of the spiciest curries is probably the beef Madras curry. I highly recommend it if you love a good spicy curry.

I hope that I have covered everything you need to know about this slow cooker turkey chili. If you have any feedback that you would like to share, then please don’t hesitate to leave a comment below.

Note: I use a 5.5L (6 Quart) slow cooker for all the recipes that I have on this website unless specified. If you have a smaller or larger slow cooker, then you might need to adjust the ingredients.