Cold days calls for warm bowls of delicious crockpot ground turkey chili!
- Uses a few pantry staples.
- An easy big batch meal to feed the whole family a couple times throughout the week
- Use many different ways
Figuring It Out
Growing up I was never a fan of chili. Too many chunks of canned tomatoes and dry beans. I never used to eat it, let alone make it. Until I moved in with my husband, he loves chili! I scoured the internet looking for a recipe that I could tolerate to eat. I wanted it to be clean and lean as possible with as little sodium as possible.
To keep it lean, I started with ground turkey. 94/6 ground turkey. Good amount of protein, a lot less fat then ground beef.
Then, instead of the typical beans, I choose canned items I actually enjoy, black beans and corn. Low sodium if possible and I rinse them VERY well.
Lately I have also been adding lentils for extra protein and fiber. As well as split peas. The split peas give it a slightly complimentary sweet finish to every bite.
I wanted some fresh items in there as well. I add in some red onion and a bunch of bell peppers. Typically two, if not more. I love bell peppers in everything.
When it comes to canned tomatoes, I choose the crushed low sodium kind. That way there isn’t huge chunks that take over the dish.
For seasonings, I use just a basic packet of McCormicks low sodium chili seasoning. But I also add a lot of minced garlic, garlic powder, onion powder, and black pepper while I cook up the ground turkey. We love garlic. I don’t think there is much I cook without it. The more the better in this house!
Bring It All Together
Start by cooking the ground turkey in a skillet with the seasonings that you enjoy. Lots of minced garlic, garlic powder, onion powder, and black pepper. Break up the meat real good and cook just until you see no more pink.
Chop all the bell peppers and onions up real good, or to your liking. When chili is a planned meal, I do this at the beginning of the week, when I chop all my veggies for my weekly meal prep salads. I toss the peppers and onions into a container and then into the fridge, ready and waiting for chili night. Makes the week so much easier when I prep like this.
Drain and rinse the black beans and corn.
Then throw all of the ingredients together in a crockpot. Set it on low for 4 to 6 hours and you will have a delicious meal of crockpot ground turkey chili ready for you at dinner time!
Serving Up Crockpot Ground Turkey Chili
This is a great big batch meal that makes plenty of leftovers. It is perfect for those busy weeks to make at the beginning and then find creative ways to reuse the left overs throughout the week.
- As is with a side salad
- Top a baked potato add some plain greek yogurt (or sour cream).
- Pile on top of rice or prepared noodles
- Use on top of riced or mashed cauliflower
- Make some loaded nachos with cheese and avocado on top
I have been making this for my husband and I for years. It has become the only crockpot ground turkey chili I make and my husband seems to love it more then regular chili.
We just had a birthday party for our son with all of his grandparents in attendants. In trying to figure out an easy meal to feed everyone before we all dug into some birthday cake, I had the brilliant idea of this crockpot ground turkey chili. Whats easier then throwing everything in the crockpot in the morning and it being ready for his party? And it was easy!
Along with the crockpot ground turkey chili, I also served a green salad, and had a giant sandwich board, where everyone could make their own sandwiches. Super easy, Super simple, and everyone loved it! Everyone who had the chili raved about it.
It was the first time I had made this chili for anyone outside my husband and son. Which, by the way, my toddler will eat this too! Especially with some saltine crackers and a dollop of plain low fat greek yogurt.
This recipe is definitely a winner in this house. The right amount of easy and simple. With a great clean and lean feeling. But also full of fiber and filling. Our families love it, including our very particular toddler! Throw everything into the crockpot on your next chilly morning so you can have a nice warm bowl of ground turkey chili in the evening!
You can also freeze leftovers to use later. I put individual portions in containers or freezer bags, then freeze. Then when I am ready to use it, I just take it out of the freezer in the morning and let it thaw in the refrigerator to warm up on the stove top in the evening.
If I forget to take it out of the freezer in the morning, I put the frozen chili in a pot on the stove, with the heat on medium-low, covered, and stir often until it is warm and ready to eat.
Crockpot Ground Turkey Chili Recipe
Crockpot Ground Turkey Chili Recipe
Easy week night meal that can be prepped in advanced to throw everything in the crockpot when needed.
- 1.5 pounds ground turkey (lean)
- Spices to taste (Minced Garlic, Garlic powder, Onion Powder, Black pepper)
- 28 oz Crushed tomatoes
- 8 oz tomato sauce
- 2 whole bell peppers (chopped)
- 1 medium red onion (chopped)
- 1 can corn
- 1 can black beans
- 6 tbsp dry lentils (and/or split peas)
- 1 packet chili seasoning
- Brown the turkey with minced garlic, garlic powder, onion powder, and black pepper, to taste.
- Chop the bell peppers and onion.
- Drain and rinse the black beans and corn.
- Rinse the dry lentils.
Toss Everything into a crockpot and set on low for 6-8 hours.
- I use low sodium or no salt added items when I can.
- Use a mix of lentils and split peas if desired.
Do you have a favorite Chili recipe? And how do you use the leftovers?