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Slow-Cooker Chunky Chili

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.—Jolene Britten, Mesa, Arizona
  • Total Time
    Prep: 15 min. Cook: 5 hours
  • Makes
    6-8 servings (about 2 quarts)


  • 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


  • In a large skillet, cook turkey and onion over medium heat until meat is no longer pink; drain.
  • 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.
Nutrition Facts
1 cup: 245 calories, 9g fat (3g saturated fat), 39mg cholesterol, 1206mg sodium, 27g carbohydrate (5g sugars, 8g fiber), 17g protein.

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  • maball
    Dec 24, 2014

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

  • MariahL
    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.

  • Jojomex
    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.

  • dbrownmath
    Feb 6, 2012

    Easy to make and very yummy!

  • moisarah
    Dec 14, 2011

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

  • scribblz
    Oct 30, 2009

    I ended up making it with sausage instead of the ground meat and added celery and corn just to sneak in some veggies, and my whole family esp my hubby raved about it said it was the best chili they ever had!

  • whiskeyechoalpha
    Oct 19, 2009

    hey 123lon , lay off the salt stuff either you like it or not, get a life

  • 123Lon
    Oct 19, 2009

    Use either low sodium or no sodium canned products for this recipe and cut the salt to 1/4tsp if salt must be added. The sodium level for the above recipe is almost half of the recommended daily sodium allowance. Not very healthy!