Apr 28, 2013

Slow Cooker Turkey Chili

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I have been making an effort to use my slow cooker more recently. It sits up in the closet and taunts me, reminding me that I brought it home and then ignored it. So far this year, I've made Asian Pot Roast, Mahogany Chicken Legs, and now this chili. My slow cooker might actually quit pouting. 

I think the electric griddle I thought I'd use all the time is a little aggravated though.... 

Slow Cooker Turkey Chili www.karenskitchenstories.com

This chili is super creamy and spicy. It gets its creaminess from refried beans. Who knew using refried beans as a thickener would be so tasty? (Probably everyone but me). This chili also makes terrific leftovers.

It really doesn't need any garnish besides a squeeze of lime and some fresh cilantro.

Slow Cooker Turkey Chili www.karenskitchenstories.com
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Slow Cooker Turkey Chili

Six servings - Use a 5 to 7 quart slow cooker.
Adapted from 365 Days of Slow Cooking, adapted from Kalyn's Kitchen


1 T olive oil
1 large onion, diced
20 ounces of ground turkey, divided into chunks
2 C beef broth
1 15 ounce can of diced tomatoes, juice included
2 15 ounce cans of black beans, rinsed
1 15 ounce can refried beans 
1 C salsa (I used this salsa)
2 T chili powder
1 T ground cumin
1/2 tsp cayenne 
1 T finely chopped chipotle chiles in adobo sauce
1 T tomato paste
Salt and pepper to taste
Fresh limes and cilantro to garnish


  • In a large skillet, heat the olive oil. 
  • Add the onion and cook for about four or five minutes.
  • Add the turkey and brown it for about five minutes. 
  • Place the onion and turkey into the slow cooker.
  • Add the broth, tomatoes, beans, refried beans, salsa, chili powder, cumin, cayenne, chipotles, and tomato paste, and stir.
  • Cover and cook on low for six hours.
  • Salt and pepper to taste.
  • Serve with cilantro and lime wedges.


  1. Your chili looks delicious and comforting!

    1. Thank you! Even my husband, who prefers beef anything, loved it.

  2. I've made a lot of chili, but I've gotta fess up that I also didn't know about the trick of using refried beans as a creamy thickener. Brilliant! Plus, it's a great way to sneak in even more nutrition - love it!

  3. I;m so glad I saw this recipe today!! I've just started using my slow cooker again now that the weather is cooling down here. I can't wait t make this chilli!

  4. Love making turkey chili in the crockpot! Your recipe looks amazing! Hearty and filling :)

  5. Can I cook it stovetop and let it simmer a few hours? I don't have a slow cooker... I know! The horror!

    1. I would cook it in an oven set at about 225 degrees F.


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