Slow Cooker Turkey Chili

The weather this week has me thinking crock pot. My favorite part about this chili is all the healthy add-ins and how they improve the flavor and “complexity” of the dish. (now I feel like I’m on food network)


I used some of my favorite “prep helpers” my food chopper, garlic press and mixNchop

chilionion chiligarlicpress


I loved that you shredded the sweet potato in! it added the starch and thickened the sauce as well as adding awesome texture and taste


The finished product was amazing and I got to use my Sprouted Bean Trio from Costco!


Slow Cooker Turkey Chili


  • 2 pounds ground turkey
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 1/4 cup onion
  • 3 tablespoons chili powder, plus 2 teaspoons
  • 2 (15-ounce) cans beans, one kidney, one white(Northern) beans, drained and rinsed(you can also add/substitute bean mix of choice, I used Truroots Sprouted Bean Trio
  • 2 (28-ounce) cans diced fire roasted tomatoes
  • 1 medium sweet potato (about 10 ounces), peeled and shredded
  • 1 (15-ounce) can low-sodium chicken broth
  • 1/3 cup instant tapioca
  • 1 to 2 chipotle chiles in adobo sauce with seeds, chopped
  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon kosher salt
  • 1 tablespoon onion powder
  • 2 cloves of garlic
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • Pinch ground cloves
  • 1/2 to 3/4 cup lager-style beer, optional
  • Toppings: Sour cream, shredded Cheddar or Jack cheese, chopped scallions, and chopped pickled jalapenos

Brown turkey, garlic and onion, trasfer with juices to slow cooker. Add 3 tablespoons of the chili powder and mix.

Add  all the rest of the ingredients, except the beer and part of chicken broth. NOTE: Stir everything together before adding tomatoes and then only add as much chicken broth as fits after everything else is in, your crock pot may be very full.   Cook on LOW for 6 to 8 hours.

Just before serving, stir in the remaining 2 teaspoons of chili powder, the beer, if using, and season with more salt and pepper, to taste, if desired. Divide the chili among warm bowls. Serve with the topping of your choice.

Cooks Notes: This makes a VERY full crock pot, I only add the chicken stock at the end if the chili is too thick. I also like to add green pepper an hour or so before it is done. If you can’t find fire roasted tomatoes substitute plain tomatoes with some chopped sun-dried tomatoes, I thought it was excellent that way
Know-How: Stirring in chili powder right before serving brightens the flavor of the chili.