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Turkey Chili Recipe Slow Cooker

This turkey chili is a blend of ground turkey, tomatoes, spices and beans, all simmered together to make a delicious and hearty meal. A lighter version of the classic chili that’s easy to make and always gets rave reviews!

You can never go wrong with a bowl of soup on a cold day, whether it’s cheeseburger soupalphabet soup, or this super flavorful turkey chili.

HOW DO YOU MAKE TURKEY CHILI?

Start by cooking ground turkey and onions in a pot until the meat is cooked through and the onions are softened. Add the garlic to the pot, along with tomatoes, chicken broth and a variety of spices. Let the mixture come to a simmer, and cook until just thickened. Stir in the beans, then simmer the chili for a few more minutes. Serve the chili and enjoy!

TIPS FOR THE PERFECT CHILI

TURKEY CHILI VARIATIONS

This recipe is delicious as written, but you can absolutely add other ingredients to customize it to your tastes.

WHAT DO YOU SERVE WITH TURKEY CHILI?

This chili is hearty enough to stand on its own as main course. The most common accompaniment to chili is cornbread. I recommend serving my honey cornbread, or you can buy some at the store if you’re short on time. Other great options include buttermilk biscuits or garlic bread. I also typically serve a simple green salad for a little freshness and nutrition. Of course, you’ll also want to offer up plenty of toppings for your chili.

HOW CAN YOU MAKE CHILI MORE FLAVORFUL?

There are a variety of ingredients you can add to turkey chili to amp up the flavor.

CAN YOU FREEZE CHILI?

This turkey chili is a great candidate for the freezer. Freeze your chili in an airtight container or gallon sized bag for up to 3 months. Thaw the bag overnight in the refrigerator, then reheat the chili on the stove top until warmed through.

SLOW COOKER CHILI

You can easily adapt this recipe to make it slow cooker friendly. Brown the turkey and onions on the stove, then place them in a slow cooker. Add the rest of the ingredients except for the beans, and reduce the chicken broth to 3/4 cup. Cover and cook on low for 6 hours. Add the beans, then cook for another 20 minutes before serving.

Once you try this turkey chili, you’ll find that it becomes part of your regular meal rotation. It’s mild enough for the kids, yet flavorful enough for the adults, and it will please even the biggest appetites.

Turkey Chili

This turkey chili is a blend of ground turkey, tomatoes, spices and beans, all simmered together to make a delicious and hearty meal. A lighter version of the classic chili that’s easy to make and always gets rave reviews!
 CourseSoup
 CuisineAmerican
 Keywordchili, turkey chili
 Prep Time15 minutes
 Cook Time45 minutes
 Total Time1 hour.

INGREDIENTS

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 2 lbs ground turkey 93% lean
  • 3/4 cup onion finely diced
  • 2 teaspoons minced garlic
  • 1 28 ounce can diced tomatoes
  • 3 8 ounce cans tomato sauce
  • 1 1/2 cups chicken broth
  • 2 tablespoons chili powder
  • 2 teaspoons ground cumin
  • 2 teaspoons smoked paprika
  • 2 teaspoons cocoa powder
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons salt divided use
  • 3/4 teaspoon pepper divided use
  • 2 15 ounce cans kidney beans drained and rinsed
  • Toppings such as shredded cheese, sour cream, green onions and tortilla strips

INSTRUCTIONS

    • Heat the olive oil in a large pot over medium high heat. Add the turkey and season with 1 teaspoon salt and 1/2 teaspoon pepper. Cook, breaking up the meat with a spoon, for 3-4 minutes.
    • Add the onion to the pot and cook for an additional 3-4 minutes or until softened. Stir in the garlic and cook for 30 seconds.
    • Add the diced tomatoes, tomato sauce, chicken broth, chili powder, ground cumin, smoked paprika, cocoa powder, sugar, 1/2 teaspoon salt and 1/4 teaspoon pepper to the pot. Bring to a simmer.
    • Cook for 30 minutes, stirring occasionally, or until chili has thickened.
    • Add the kidney beans and cook for another 10 minutes.
    • Taste and add more salt and pepper if desired. Serve immediately with toppings of your choice.

NUTRITION

Calories: 206kcal | Carbohydrates: 4g | Protein: 36g | Fat: 5g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 83mg | Sodium: 614mg | Potassium: 575mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 1165IU | Vitamin C: 3.4mg
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