Hearty & Healthy Crockpot Turkey Chili

January 23, 2013

Do you guys have a place that is super close to your house that you always love to go to? For dinner? Just a little sip? There is a restaurant and bar right by our house that we visit quite frequently. In fact there was a point during the summer where, every Friday, you could find us.

I know that my mom is not going to like what I am going to say, but we are all friends here, right? There was a weekend during the summer in which Mike and I went there twice in one weekend. Now before you jump to the conclusion that these were both boozing occasions, slow your roll. Maybe you are half right.

The real reason we love to frequent this place is the sandwiches, appetizers, the $3 bloody Mary’s on Sundays, and the turkey chili. I know that chili really doesn’t scream bar food, but they have this hearty meaty turkey chili there that is to die for!

For the longest time I have been saying I need to try and recreate this chili at home. After many trips for research and many times of ordering a side of chili in order to dissect the ingredients, I think I finally got it down. It is a meaty turkey chili with two beans. That’s it. No onions, no peppers, just meat and beans!

Then, since I am super lazy, I decided to test out the recipe in the crockpot. I was also thinking ahead to Super Bowl.  I also tried to replicate one of my favorite not healthy appetizers. The appetizer is kettle chips topped with turkey chili, fresh jalapenos, a little bit of cheese, and then a drizzle of low-fat sour cream laden with taco seasonings. Right!!!! I know you want that for dinner more than once a week.

I hope you all love the ease of this chili and now understand why we are regulars at a neighborhood bar.

Hearty & Healthy Crockpot Turkey Chili

Course Soup/Chili
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 8 hours
Total Time 8 hours 5 minutes
Servings 6 - 8
Author Sarcastic Cooking


  • 1.5 Pounds of Lean Ground Turkey
  • 3 Cups Pureed Canned Diced Tomatoes
  • 15 Ounces Canned Black Beans drained and rinsed
  • 15 Ounces Canned Kidney Beans drained and rinsed
  • 1 Teaspoon Sea Salt
  • ½ Teaspoon Pepper
  • 1 Tablespoon Pureed Chipotle in Adobo
  • ½ Teaspoon Garlic Powder
  • ½ Teaspoon Onion Powder
  • ½ Teaspoon Smoked Paprika
  • 1 Tablespoon Chili Powder
  • 1 Teaspoon Worcestershire Sauce


  1. Add all ingredients to the crock pot, stir to combine.
  2. Set crockpot to low and cook for eight hours or set to high and cook for four hours. Note: The last hour I left the lid off because I was home and wanted some of the liquid to cook off. If you don’t have the time to do this, fear not, it is still good with lid on the whole time.
  3. After set time, serve chili over some chips, rice, or all alone. Chili will last 5 days in the refrigerator stored in an air-tight container or frozen for a month.

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  • Bre
    October 4, 2013 at 2:26 pm

    This may sound like a stupid question but do I need to cook the turkey before i put it inside the crock-pot? I’ve come across a few recipes that call for that so I was just curious how you did yours 🙂

    I have mine in the crock-pot already at home. Cant wait to try it!

    • Stefanie
      October 4, 2013 at 2:44 pm

      No need to cook it before you ad it to the crockpot! I always hate those extra steps beforehand! Let the crockpot do all the work!

  • Aggie
    February 5, 2013 at 10:41 am

    It is so hard for me not to put onions and peppers in chili! This one looks so so good, I know we would love it, especially over those chips – goodness gracious.

    And cooking it in the slow cooker is major bonus.

    Thanks so much for linking up!

  • Jane
    January 28, 2013 at 3:52 pm

    This looks delicious. I’m going to need to try it this week. Also, I love the name of your website. 🙂

  • Julia
    January 23, 2013 at 3:43 pm

    This looks so comforting on this cold Chicago day! I love the idea of putting it on nachos–yummy!