Slow Cooker Turkey Chili (high protein/low fat)

This slow cooker turkey chili is the easiest chili you’ll ever make! It’s flavorful, high in protein, and a great dinner option for weeknights.

healthy turkey chili in bowl

There’s nothing quite like a big, cozy bowl of chili on a cool day. Of all of our chili recipes, this slow cooker turkey chili is by far the easiest. This ground turkey recipe is super high in protein and low in fat, just like our classic turkey chili and ground turkey shells.

It’s what I make for dinner when I’m feeling lazy, on busy work days, or when I know we need a simple yet nutritious high protein meal. Simply add all of the ingredients to a slow cooker, mix together, cover, and cook for 3-4 hours on high. Easy peasy!

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“This was such a blessing of a recipe on a Friday night when this mama was tired but still wanted to prepare a nutritious, fulfilling meal for her family. So simple yet delicious! And everyone enjoyed it, a flavorful treat!” – Katie

What is in slow cooker turkey chili?

This easy turkey chili crockpot recipe is made with 9 simple ingredients – many that you probably have on hand already:

  • Ground turkey
  • Onion + garlic
  • Canned beans + tomatoes
  • Salsa
  • Chili Seasoning 
  • Broth
turkey chili with avocado and chips

Crockpot Turkey Chili Variations

Chili recipes are always so versatile and this turkey chili is no exception:

Meat: Instead of turkey, use the same amount of ground beef or chicken. Have you tried our famous beef chili recipe?

Salsa: Use your favorite kind in this chili recipe! We love cooking with salsa because it’s a great way to add tons of flavor without very much work. And, you can control the spice level depending on how hot your salsa is.

Chili Seasoning: Make your own homemade chili seasoning or use a store bought spice mix.

Cooking Method: Make this chili on the stove-top or in the slow cooker. Instructions for both methods are included in the recipe card below.

A slow cooker turkey chili simmering with a wooden spoon.


Is this chili spicy?

Yes and no. There is some spice, but we don’t think it’s too spicy. For more spice, use a spicier salsa. For less spice, use mild salsa.

How can you thicken chili?

To thicken the chili 1) remove the lid while the chili finishes cooking, 2) let the chili cook a little longer on low to reduce the liquid, or 3) stir in a couple tablespoons of tomato paste before serving.

Can you make this chili without meat?

Absolutely! Replace the turkey with another 15 oz. can of drained and rinsed beans (any kind) or make our recipe for vegetarian chili.

Slow cooker turkey chili.


Turkey chili is a delicious leftover option and often tastes even better on day 2 or 3 once the flavors have had more time to mingle! Store leftover chili in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 4 days.

Freezing Instructions

Chili is a great meal to keep on hand in the freezer. Your future self will thank you! Let the turkey chili cool completely, transfer individual portions to freezer-safe containers or freezer cubes, and freeze for up to 3 months.

Serving Suggestions

I love making chili when we have people over – set up a toppings bar with things like shredded cheese, Greek yogurt or sour cream, sliced avocado, diced tomatoes, and chip crumbles. Everyone can make their own bowl! It’s also incredible with a giant square of cornbread or a foil-pack baked potato. You can’t go wrong!

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