This turkey chili recipe has been on the regular rotation for years. It is hearty, meaty, and so easy! This chili can be made in 30 minutes on the stovetop or as a crockpot turkey chili.

Chilis are quite popular in our house like this easy beef chili or instant pot white chicken chili.

Turkey chili served in a bowl topped with cheese, avocado, sour cream and cilantro

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Turkey Chili Recipe:

Turkey chili is loaded with lean ground turkey making it healthier than traditional chili but just as hearty and satisfying.

My friend Gina from nursing school, shared this award winning slow cooker chili recipe with me. She made it for a chili cook-off fundraiser and I couldn’t stop refilling my bowl. It’s delicious!

Chili Toppings!

Every good chili needs a “chili bar” to go long with it. We love all the fixings including:

  • Shredded cheese (Mexican, cheddar, Colby Jack, etc)
  • Sour Cream
  • Sliced Avocados or Spicy Guacamole
  • Cilantro sprigs or chopped cilantro
  • Lime wedges to squeeze over chili
  • Chopped green onion or diced red onion
  • Sliced jalapeños (fresh or canned)
  • Sliced olives
  • Tortilla chips

Turkey chili recipe up close in a bowl with ground turkey, beans, corn, tomatoes and with chili toppings of avocado, sour cream and cheese

Ingredients for Turkey Chili:

Since canned food are the largest source of BPA (here’s more info on that from Mayo Clinic) in people’s diets which is a big no-no for pregnancy and children so you can cook your own beans or look for canned foods specifically marked “BPA free.”

Ingredients for Turkey Chili

How to Make Turkey Chili:

Stovetop chili is the quickest and easiest way to make chili. It all comes together in one pot and the cooking time is minimal. We added Amazon affiliate links below to tools used to make this chili.

  1. In a pot or Dutch oven, saute ground turkey in 1 Tbsp olive oil 5 min, breaking it up with a spatula
  2. Add diced onion, cumin, chili powder, garlic powder, oregano, salt and pepper. Saute 5 min until onions are soft.
  3. Add remaining ingredients, bring to a boil then simmer* for 20 minutes.

*For a thicker chili, simmer uncovered. Cover with lid or partially cover to retain more of the liquid for a looser chili.

How to Make Turkey Chili in a potCombining all ingredients for turkey chili in the pot

How to Make Crockpot Turkey Chili:

I love crockpot chili recipes; set ’em and forget ’em. I make this slow cooker turkey chili in the morning and it’s ready for my children to enjoy when they get home from school. Here are the steps to make this in a crockpot:

  1. Saute the ground meat and onion and seasonings as usual.
  2. Transfer ground turkey mixture to crockpot, add remaining ingredients and stir to combine.
  3. Set on low for 3 to 4 hours until piping hot. Taste and adjust for seasoning.

Crockpot turkey chili served in a bowl

Natasha's Kitchen Cookbook

Turkey Chili Recipe

4.92 from 106 votes
Author: Natasha of NatashasKitchen.com
This turkey chili recipe has been on the regular rotation at our house for years. It is hearty, meaty, and so easy! This chili can be made in 30 minutes on the stovetop or as a crockpot turkey chili. 
This turkey chili recipe is on the regular rotation at our house for years! It is hearty, meaty, and so easy! This chili can be made in 30 minutes on the stovetop or as a crockpot turkey chili. Serve in warm bowls with tortilla chips and your favorite chili toppings. 
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes

Ingredients 

Servings: 8 bowls of chili
  • 1 lb lean ground turkey
  • 1 medium purple onion, diced
  • 1 tsp cumin powder
  • 1/2 tsp chili powder
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp dried oregano
  • 1 tsp salt , or to taste
  • 1/4 tsp black pepper, or to taste
  • 15 oz black beans, drained and lightly rinsed
  • 15 oz pinto beans with juice
  • 15 oz white beans with juice
  • 2 oz jar of diced jalapeños or green chilis, or to taste
  • 30 oz canned diced tomatoes, seasoned or plain
  • 15 oz tomato sauce
  • 15 oz corn, drained (or use 2 ears cooked corn)

Instructions

  • In a 5 Qt pot or dutch oven over medium/high heat, add 1 Tbsp olive oil and sautee 1 lb ground turkey until cooked through (5 min). 
  • Add diced purple onion, 1 tsp cumin powder, 1/2 tsp chili powder, 1/2 tsp garlic powder, 1/2 tsp oregano, 1 tsp salt and 1/4 tsp pepper. Saute 5 minutes or until onions are softened. 
  • Add drained and rinsed black beans, pinto beans with juice and white beans with juice. Also add diced jalapeños, canned diced tomatoes with juice, tomato sauce, and drained corn.
  • Stir to combine and bring to a boil then reduce heat and simmer uncovered 20 minutes, stirring occasionally. Season to taste towards the end of cooking (I like to add an extra 1/2 tsp salt). 

Nutrition Per Serving

211kcal Calories28g Carbs21g Protein2g Fat31mg Cholesterol841mg Sodium817mg Potassium6g Fiber5g Sugar420IU Vitamin A15.5mg Vitamin C61mg Calcium3.5mg Iron
Nutrition Facts
Turkey Chili Recipe
Amount per Serving
Calories
211
% Daily Value*
Fat
 
2
g
3
%
Cholesterol
 
31
mg
10
%
Sodium
 
841
mg
37
%
Potassium
 
817
mg
23
%
Carbohydrates
 
28
g
9
%
Fiber
 
6
g
25
%
Sugar
 
5
g
6
%
Protein
 
21
g
42
%
Vitamin A
 
420
IU
8
%
Vitamin C
 
15.5
mg
19
%
Calcium
 
61
mg
6
%
Iron
 
3.5
mg
19
%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Turkey Chili
Keyword: crockpot turkey chili, turkey chili
Skill Level: Easy
Cost to Make: $$
Calories: 211

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This recipe was first published in 2014. We improved the recipe slightly and updated some of the text and photos in 2019. Here’s what it used to look like: 

Slow Cooker Turkey Chili Recipe from

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  • Elizabeth
    March 15, 2021

    My SO loved this. This has been added as one of my go to recipes. I just love when I find a recipe that my family loves. Makes me feel like a real chef lol

    Reply

    • Natasha's Kitchen
      March 16, 2021

      Great job! I hope they all love every recipe that you will try, Elizabeth.

      Reply

  • Josie
    February 2, 2021

    Probably the most flavorful turkey chili I’ve had/made. I’ll definitely make it again. And it will probably replace my beef chili!

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    • Natasha's Kitchen
      February 2, 2021

      Love it! Thanks for your awesome feedback, Josie!

      Reply

  • Alice
    January 29, 2021

    Thank you for this recipe! My daughter doesn’t usually rave about food… but she was raving about it during dinner and even the day after!

    Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      January 29, 2021

      That is the best when kids love what we moms make. That’s so great!

      Reply

  • Irene
    January 28, 2021

    Great recipe! Is it supposed to be 30 oz. of tomato sauce and 15 oz of diced tomatoes? Instead of the other way around? That’s what it looks like in your pic

    Reply

  • Lori M.
    January 27, 2021

    Two thumbs up from my entire family! Including two teenagers. This was great!

    Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      January 27, 2021

      That is the best when kids love what we moms make. That’s so great!

      Reply

  • Lynne
    January 27, 2021

    Hi Natasha. This is our favourite chili recipe. I can never find cans of white beans so I throw in a can of pork n beans! So delicious!

    Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      January 27, 2021

      I’m so happy you enjoyed that. Thank you for sharing that with us!

      Reply

    • Stephanie
      September 1, 2021

      Hi Lynne, some people don’t know this but another name for the white beans is Cannellini beans which are sold in most grocery stores.

      Reply

      • Stephanie
        September 1, 2021

        And I’ll be making this chili this weekend. It looks delicious!

        Reply

        • Natashas Kitchen
          September 1, 2021

          I hope you love this recipe, Stephanie!

          Reply

  • Nadia Janson
    January 13, 2021

    This is a fast and easy recipe. Tastes delicious. I usually make two pots of soups and chilis separately and freeze one for later. YUMMY – thanks

    Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      January 13, 2021

      I’m so glad you enjoyed it!

      Reply

  • Tiffani Lahmann
    January 11, 2021

    The printed directions on this is printed wrong, you need 30oz of tomato sauce and 15oz of diced tomatoes. It shows that in the picture but not on the actual recipe!!!

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    • Natasha
      January 11, 2021

      Hi Tiffani, the printed recipe is correct. I used two of the 15 oz diced tomatoes and a portion of the tomato sauce, not the full package. I think it would still work the other way but would be thinner and less hearty.

      Reply

      • Dena
        February 13, 2022

        Natasha. I want to make your turkey chili in the slow cooker but now confused with tomato sauce and diced tomato measurement , since reading comments disputing directions Can you please advice. Also can you tell me if the beef chili is more flavorful than turkey. Just want your opinion
        Thanks for helping me in the kitchen

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        • Natasha
          February 14, 2022

          Hi Dena, the measurements in the recipe card are correct – I clarified slightly just in case folks were misreading, but the measurements are correct. I’m not seeing the disputing directions. Please let me know if it still looks confusing. Because this is so fast on the stove, we use this one the most and often replace the chicken with ground beef and it’s great.

          Reply

  • Sarah
    December 17, 2020

    Hello

    What is the serving size ?
    Like how many cups etc

    Reply

    • Natasha's Kitchen
      December 17, 2020

      Hi Sarah, it makes 8 bowls of chili.

      Reply

  • Kathy Kemper
    December 3, 2020

    My fiancé loved this And I did too, but with all the cans of beans, and tomatoes, and corn, I think one pound of turkey wasn’t enough. We had some chopped up smoked turkey that we chopped up and put in. I think next time I will put more ground turkey in it.

    Reply

    • Natasha's Kitchen
      December 4, 2020

      Sounds good, Kathy. Thanks for sharing your experience with us.

      Reply

  • Tanya
    November 23, 2020

    Hi Natasha, Would it be possible to swap out the Turkey for Mushroom or ? To make it vegetarian for my DIL? Many Thanks Tarnya

    Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      November 23, 2020

      Hi Tany, I have not tried a vegetarian substation. If you happen to test it our I would love to know how you like that.

      Reply

    • Lisa
      January 22, 2023

      Swap out turkey for butternut squash, to make a vegetarian version. It works great!

      Reply

  • LaWanda
    November 18, 2020

    Delicious & easy! I added Green Pepper & slice of chopped Jalapeno Pepper from a jar, doubled the dry seasonings & used Stewed Tomatoes (didn’t have diced tomatoes. Garnished with the fresh lime, avocado and sour cream. Soooo yummy!

    Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      November 18, 2020

      That’s so great! Thank you so much for sharing that with me, LaWanda! I’m happy you enjoyed that!

      Reply

  • rachel
    September 18, 2020

    can i make this in an instant pot and if so how long?

    Reply

    • Natasha
      September 18, 2020

      Hi Rachel, I haven’t tried this because it cooks so quickly, but if I did, I would try to deglaze the instant pot after browning the meat (scrape the bottom of the pan with a little liquid so you don’t get the burn notice) and cook on high pressure for 15 minutes.

      Reply

  • Avery Rose
    August 21, 2020

    Saw your picture on the blackanddeckerrd account on Instagram.

    Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      August 21, 2020

      Thank you for sharing that Avery!

      Reply

  • Nancy- Florida
    May 25, 2020

    I made it for my family tonight. It was delicious on a rainy rainy memorial day! Perfect!

    Reply

    • Natasha's Kitchen
      May 25, 2020

      Love it! So glad you chose this recipe, thanks for your excellent feedback.

      Reply

  • Linda C
    April 30, 2020

    Not a fan of turkey but wanted to try something other than beef for my dad. Wow, this is THEE best chili that I’ve made. Super yummy that there were no left overs!

    Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      April 30, 2020

      That’s so great! It sounds like you have a new favorite!

      Reply

  • Gale Britton
    February 29, 2020

    Delicious! Hubby wants me to make it again!

    Reply

    • Natasha's Kitchen
      February 29, 2020

      Awesome! Thanks Gale.

      Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      February 29, 2020

      Sounds like you found a new family favorite Gale. That’s so great.

      Reply

  • Karen Cant
    January 29, 2020

    Love this recipe, it’s my new go to chili recipe! I add in green peppers and diced quarter round of zucchini also. I was out of tomato sauce once so I used some pureed pumpkin I had from canning in the fall and it was delicious! (I love veggies in my chili lol)

    Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      January 29, 2020

      That’s just awesome!! Thank you for sharing your wonderful review, Karen!

      Reply

  • Irena
    October 20, 2019

    Delicious. Every time I crave chili, this is my go to recipe. Thank you for another great recipe.

    Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      October 20, 2019

      You’re welcome! I’m so happy you enjoyed it, Irena!

      Reply

  • Nia
    September 13, 2019

    Have not tasted end product but can tell already it will be made again!

    Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      September 13, 2019

      I hope you try this soon, Nia! Thank you for that awesome review!

      Reply

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