Slow Cooker Chunky Chili Recipe
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Slow Cooker Chunky Chili Recipe

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My family (especially my dad) loves chili. After experimenting with several recipes, I came up with my own version that uses ground turkey and is conveniently prepared in a slow cooker.
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Cook: 5 hours
MAKES:6-8 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Cook: 5 hours
MAKES: 6-8 servings


  • 1 pound ground turkey or beef
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 2 medium tomatoes, cut up
  • 1 can (16 ounces) kidney beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 can (16 ounces) chili beans, undrained
  • 1 can (15 ounces) tomato sauce
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 can (4 ounces) chopped green chilies
  • 1 tablespoon chili powder
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 3/4 teaspoon pepper
  • Sour cream and sliced jalapenos, optional

Nutritional Facts

1 cup: 245 calories, 9g fat (3g saturated fat), 39mg cholesterol, 1206mg sodium, 27g carbohydrate (5g sugars, 8g fiber), 17g protein


  1. In a large skillet, cook turkey and onion over medium heat until meat is no longer pink; drain.
  2. Transfer to a 3-1/2-qt. slow cooker. Stir in the tomatoes, beans, tomato sauce, water, chilies, chili powder, salt, cumin and pepper. Cover and cook on low for 5-6 hours or until heated through. Garnish with sour cream and jalapenos if desired. Yield: 6-8 servings (about 2 quarts).
Originally published as Chunky Chili in Taste of Home's Holiday & Celebrations Cookbook Annual 2006, p240

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Reviewed Dec. 24, 2014

"Really tasty - reduced chili powder to 1 tsp as my kids don't like spicy. It is delicious."

Reviewed Sep. 8, 2013

"Loved this chili recipe. It is somewhat mild in flavor, but perfect for serving to others as I provide many toppings to choose from so that it can be made to suit anyone's taste. I made per the recipe instructions above aside from adding a pinch of salt instead of 2 t. - and did use No/Low Sodium ingredients where possible."

Reviewed Aug. 27, 2012

"Just awesome! The only thing I do different is that I don't add a slice of jalapeño on top of my chili. I like to top it with cheddar cheese and sour cream."

Reviewed Feb. 6, 2012

"Easy to make and very yummy!"

Reviewed Dec. 14, 2011

"This chili is yummy. It is a bit runny. I didn't add the water and used canned tomatoes drained."

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