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Slow-Cooker Turkey Chili

I love this slow-cooker turkey chili recipe. Surprise ingredients like coffee and wine give it a rich, deep flavor that we balance by topping it off with avocado and green onion. Make a big batch and freeze any leftovers! —Terri Crandall, Gardnerville, Nevada
  • Total Time
    Prep: 30 min. Cook: 7-1/4 hours
  • Makes
    8 servings (2-3/4 quarts)


  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1-1/2 pounds ground turkey
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 2 tablespoons ground ancho chili pepper
  • 1 tablespoon chili powder
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons ground cumin
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons paprika
  • 2 cans (14-1/2 ounces each) fire-roasted diced tomatoes, undrained
  • 1 medium sweet yellow pepper, chopped
  • 1 medium sweet red pepper, chopped
  • 1 can (4 ounces) chopped green chiles
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1 cup brewed coffee
  • 3/4 cup dry red wine or chicken broth
  • 1 can (16 ounces) kidney beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 can (15 ounces) cannellini beans, rinsed and drained
  • Sliced avocado and chopped green onions


  • In a large skillet, heat oil over medium heat. Add turkey and onion; cook until meat is no longer pink, breaking up turkey into crumbles, 8-10 minutes.
  • Transfer to a 5-qt. slow cooker; stir in seasonings. Add tomatoes, sweet peppers, chiles and garlic; stir in coffee and wine.
  • Cook, covered, on low 7-9 hours. Stir in beans; cook until heated through, 15-20 minutes longer. Top servings with avocado and green onions.
    Freeze option: Freeze cooled chili in freezer containers. To use, partially thaw in refrigerator overnight. Heat through in a saucepan, stirring occasionally and adding broth or water if necessary.

Slow-Cooker Turkey Chili Tips

Can you put raw ground turkey in a slow cooker?

We don’t recommend cooking raw ground turkey in the slow cooker. Doing so can make it difficult to test the meat for doneness, which means it could be unsafe to consume. Cooking raw turkey in the slow cooker will also likely add to the overall cooking time. Browning ground turkey in a skillet allows you to drain the fat before adding it to the slow cooker, ultimately improving the texture and flavor of your slow-cooked dish.

What goes well with turkey chili?

If you want to stick to the classics, pair your turkey chili with cornbread, a green salad or crusty dinner rolls. You can also think outside the box by serving it alongside quesadillas, baked potatoes, french fries, onion rings, coleslaw or grilled cheese sandwiches.

How long does turkey chili last in the fridge?

Like other soups and stews, chili lasts for about 3 to 4 days in the fridge. (Check our guide to how long food lasts for more details.) If you'd like to keep your turkey chili for longer than a few days, we recommend freezing it. On average, chili lasts for 4 to 6 months in the freezer. When freezing, let the chili cool before ladling it into freezer-proof containers or storage bags. For best results, thaw it in the refrigerator overnight before reheating.

Research contributed by Mark Hagen, Taste of Home Executive Editor
Nutrition Facts
1-1/3 cups (calculated without avocado): 360 calories, 17g fat (4g saturated fat), 58mg cholesterol, 1033mg sodium, 29g carbohydrate (6g sugars, 7g fiber), 21g protein.

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  • muffbear74
    Sep 6, 2016

    A nice change from traditional chili.

  • dannyshoots
    Oct 13, 2014

    I give this 5 stars. Had to question the coffee but I put it in anyway. I added three xxx hot dynamite roasted chilies and used two pounds of meat. Other than that, I stuck with the recipe. It was great but the girly friend and I enjoy our chili with a bit of a whang to it. So if you are of the mild sort, leave out the dynamite.

  • jkjarrett13
    Sep 22, 2014

    Followed the recipe to the letter, I did add one chopped jalapeno (we like it hot / spicy). It didn't taste bad, just wasn't a "wow" for us. We tend to like more of a tomato base. Coffee & wine had an interesting flavor, again, not bad, just not for our taste buds.

  • fantasticdreambird
    Sep 21, 2014

    Four star instead of five because this is way too hot for my family, although I halved the amount of chili powder... could be that I used chipotle chili powder instead? So, to cut the heat added 1 Tbl. of honey. Personally, found this to be a very nice blend of seasonings!! Since I didn't have yellow pepper, added chopped green pepper and red pepper. Added two chopped fresh tomatoes- just love the flavor fresh tomatoes add! And reduced to one can of tomatoes & one can of tomato paste. Added one can of corn and one can of pinto beans! Left out the coffee as we are not coffee lovers. Kept 3/4 c of red wine. Topped with green onion and sour cream, grated cheddar jack. So yummy! Definitely added this to my family recipes. It is much more flavorful than other turkey chili recipes! Next try I'm sure this will be 5-star chili!