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Smoky Slow Cooker Turkey Chili

This smoky slow cooker turkey chili is rich and bold in flavor- with chipotle chilis, ground turkey, kidney beans and plenty of spices. The slow cooker makes this easy and hands off to prep, and it works great for meal prep! 
Prep Time20 mins
Cook Time4 hrs
Total Time4 hrs 20 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Mexican
Servings: 6
Calories: 293kcal


  • 1 lb ground turkey 450 g
  • 2 tablespoons chili powder see note 1
  • 2 teaspoons ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon ground coriander
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 onion diced
  • 6 cloves garlic minced
  • 11 oz can of corn drained
  • 19 oz can kidney beans drained & rinsed
  • 1 chipotle pepper chopped; see note 2
  • 3 tablespoons adobo sauce from the can of chipotles
  • 1 cup stock chicken or veggie
  • 15 oz can of diced tomatoes including juices
  • 15 oz tomato sauce see note 3

Serve with

  • lime wedges
  • green onions
  • shredded cheese


  • Cook ground turkey- Cook ground turkey in a large pan over medium heat, breaking it up into small pieces, until no pink remains (5-8 minutes). Add the chili powder, cumin, ground coriander and salt and cook for an additional 1 minute, until spices are fragrant. See note 4
    ground turkey being cooked in frying pan
  • Cook in slow cooker- Place turkey and spice mixture into a 5 or 6 quart slow cooker with all remaining ingredients and cook on low for 8 hours.
    overhead view of uncooked turkey chili in slow cooker
  • Garnish + serve- Taste before serving and add salt or lime juice to taste. Serve with shredded cheese, sour cream, tortilla strips or avocado.
    cooked turkey chili in slow cooker



1- use a chili seasoning blend, not a pure ground chili powder. I've linked to a homemade chili seasoning blend recipe in the post
2- As written, this turkey chili is mildly spicy. Adjust the chipotle to taste: if you like a spicy chili, double the chipotles!
Freeze leftover chipotle peppers & adobo sauce in jars or freezer bags for up to 3 months.
3- not to be confused with ketchup, this is pureed tomatoes, sometimes call passata
4- you may skip cooking the turkey + spices, but your chili may have slightly less flavor
Cool chili completely, then portion out into meal prep containers or storage jars.
  • store in the fridge for up to 4 days
  • store in the freezer for up to 3 months
Heat individual portions in the microwave until steaming hot.
Heat larger portions in a pot over medium heat on the stove until warmed through.
Freezer crockpot meal
This is a type of meal that you assemble ahead before cooking, then freeze. If you choose to use this chili as a crockpot freezer meal, cook your turkey + spices, then cool completely before adding to your freezer bag.
You can store your crockpot freezer meal in
  • a gallon sized plastic freezer bag
  • a 3 quart glass meal prep container (I’m a fan of the ones IKEA carries)
Freeze for up to 3 months, and thaw completely before cooking as directed.


Serving: 1/8 of batch | Calories: 293kcal | Carbohydrates: 35g | Protein: 25g | Fat: 7g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 60mg | Sodium: 593mg | Fiber: 9g | Sugar: 8g