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Family-Pleasing Turkey Chili

My children really love this slow cooker turkey chili, and it's become one of their favorite comfort foods. It's relatively inexpensive, and leftovers are wonderful! —Sheila Christensen, San Marcos, California
  • Total Time
    Prep: 25 min. Cook: 4 hours
  • Makes
    6 servings (2-1/4 quarts)


  • 1 pound lean ground turkey
  • 1 medium green pepper, finely chopped
  • 1 small red onion, finely chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 can (28 ounces) diced tomatoes, undrained
  • 1 can (16 ounces) kidney beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 can (15 ounces) black beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 can (14-1/2 ounces) reduced-sodium chicken broth
  • 1-3/4 cups frozen corn, thawed
  • 1 can (6 ounces) tomato paste
  • 1 tablespoon chili powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • Optional toppings: reduced-fat sour cream and minced fresh cilantro


  • In a large nonstick skillet, cook the turkey, green pepper and onion over medium heat until meat is no longer pink. Add garlic; cook 1 minute longer. Drain.
  • Transfer to a 4-qt. slow cooker. Stir in the tomatoes, kidney beans, black beans, broth, corn, tomato paste, chili powder, pepper, cumin and garlic powder.
  • Cover and cook on low until heated through, 4-5 hours. If desired, serve with toppings.
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  • Cheryl
    Feb 23, 2021

    Absolutely delish! Made a double batch and I am glad I did.

  • Trish
    Feb 21, 2021

    I have made this many times. If you want it more spicy, use this shortcut. Instead of using all the spices, use McCormack’s chili seasoning in the packets and a can of Busch’s chili beans. They have mild and hot beans.

  • muffbear74
    Jan 2, 2021

    Very tasty and takes less time than many slow cooker recipes.

  • Roxana
    Mar 3, 2019

    Love this recipe. I'm not a fan of kidney beans so I use pinto beans instead . Very yummy!!

  • Lisa
    Nov 30, 2016

    This recipe is fantastic!!!! The name of the recipe says it all...definitely a family pleasing favorite!I do not add the corn & sometimes I add 1 to 3 tablespoons of McCormick's chili powder, depending of how spicy we want it. And I do different variations of beans. Pinto, white with kidney. Or Kidney, white & pinto or black beans.My son who has always been a picky eater loves this chili!! In addition to the cheese, sour cream, cilantro, & onions, we add chili cheese Fritos. It is great without the toppings as well along with homemade cornbread. Yummy good!!!

  • PrplMonky5
    Dec 31, 2015

    I thought this was a decent base, but will need some tweaking. I only used 1/2 tbsp of chili powder and since I prefer a thicker chili I drained the tomatoes and only used about 1/3 of the can of chicken broth. I think next time I will add in some garlic salt (I didn't taste much garlic) and some other various spices (haven't figured out what yet). Otherwise, a decent, solid chili. We put ours over rice and top with cheddar cheese. Yum!

  • justme2000
    Nov 18, 2015

    This is my families favorite chili recipe. My husband loves this makes it at least twice a month.

  • britt1992
    Oct 27, 2015

    This is a very simple and great tasting . Healthy

  • cbybee
    Dec 6, 2014

    This is my new favorite chili recpie. I have made it in the crockpot and Dutch oven cooked on low. I used two pounds of turkey and added a little tomato juice.

  • hamhock32
    Oct 17, 2014

    Very easy to make and yummy.