Easy, Healthy Dinner: Crock-Pot Turkey Chili

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There is nothing better than a pot of chili on a cold day. There is also nothing better than something that you can throw in the slow cooker, go do your 500 things, and come home to a delicious hearty meal. I am always looking for meals that I can make in my Crock-Pot—because let's face it, there are only so many hours in the day. Between getting your kids to school, work, trying to squeeze in a workout, after-school activities, and homework, time flies. Therefore, the crock is a parent’s best friend.

I love this recipe, not only is it full of lean turkey for protein, you can add as many protein-packed beans to it as you wish. I added chickpeas this time to give a different texture from the usual suspects. I also found the green peppers and onions on the farm, so that was a score because they were delicious. Hope you enjoy this healthy Crock-Pot chili as much as we did.

If you are vegetarian, you can add quinoa to the recipe instead of the turkey. This is a great alternative to meat. Here is a recipe for a delicious quinoa version .

Turkey Chili fixingsIngredients: Peppers and onions from the farm. Love the zesty chili-style tomatoes. They added a lot of flavor.

Turkey Chili in CrockpotReady to cook. Depending on your Crock-Pot, you will have to adjust the temperature.

Finished ChiliFinished chili. You can add brown rice, diced onions, jalapenos, hot sauce, shredded cheese or low-fat sour cream.



  • Two 14.5-oz cans chili-style diced tomatoes
  • 1 can tomato sauce
  • 2 lb. lean ground turkey
  • 4 Tbsp. chili powder
  • One 15-oz. can kidney beans, drained and rinsed
  • One 15-oz. can black beans, drained and rinsed
  • One 15-oz. can garbanzo beans (chickpeas), drained and rinsed
  • 1 green pepper, chopped
  • 1 onion, chopped


1. Brown meat with chili powder in large skillet; drain.

2. Add the meat, undrained tomatoes, tomato sauce, beans, green pepper and onion to Crock-Pot.

3. Cook in Crock-Pot on high for 4 hours. Set to warm.


May need to add a little water, about 1/2 a can.

Calories 172
Fat 8 g
Protein 15 g
Carbs 11 g


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