Slow Cooker Chunky Turkey or Beef Chili

Chunky Turkey Chili
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  • Total: 6 hrs 35 mins
  • Prep: 20 mins
  • Cook: 6 hrs 15 mins
  • Yield: 4 Servings
Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
829 Calories
26g Fat
85g Carbs
67g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 4 Servings
Amount per serving
Calories 829
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 26g 33%
Saturated Fat 11g 57%
Cholesterol 131mg 44%
Sodium 617mg 27%
Total Carbohydrate 85g 31%
Dietary Fiber 26g 91%
Protein 67g
Calcium 472mg 36%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

You can make this easy crockpot chili with ground turkey or ground beef. Garnish each serving with shredded cheese and sliced ripe olives. A dollop of sour cream or guacamole with chopped fresh cilantro or green onions would make a great garnish as well.

The great thing about chili is its versatility. Besides changing the meat to ground beef or a combination of ground meats, there are many more substitutions you can add or change. See the variations for a few more ideas.


  • 1 pound ground turkey or ground beef
  • 1/2 cup onion (coarsely chopped)
  • 2 (14 1/2-ounce) cans diced tomatoes with juice
  • 1 (16-ounce) can pinto beans (drained and rinsed)
  • 1/2 cup chunky salsa
  • 2 teaspoons chili powder
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons ground cumin
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  • 1/2 cup shredded cheddar or Mexican blend cheese
  • 1 to 2 tablespoons black olives (sliced)

Steps to Make It

  1. Gather the ingredients.

  2. In a large skillet over medium heat, brown the ground turkey and onion. Drain off excess fat.

  3. Transfer browned mixture to the crockpot with tomatoes, beans, salsa, chili powder, and cumin. Stir gently to blend ingredients.

  4. Cover and cook on LOW setting for 5 to 6 hours. Taste and season with salt and pepper.

  5. Serve with a dollop of sour cream and a tablespoon or two of shredded cheese and black olive slices.

Recipe Variations

  • Instead of pinto beans, use black beans, navy beans, or great northern beans. 
  • Add some minced jalapeno pepper or crushed red pepper flakes, to taste.
  • Use all or part chili-seasoned tomatoes in the dish.