Classic Slow Cooker Turkey Chili (Gluten Free)
This Classic Slow Cooker Turkey Chili is delicious, hearty, and simple to make. It’s packed with ground turkey, two types of beans, tomatoes, green chiles, and the perfect amount of spices. An easy meal the entire family will love! Gluten free, dairy free, soy free.
There is nothing better than a big bowl of chili on a cold, snowy day! I’ve recently added beans back into my diet, and so far it’s working out great. I have a lot of Paleo/Whole30 chili recipes on my site, but I figured it was time to get a classic, bean-filled chili recipe up! This recipe is simple to make in your slow cooker with about 10 minutes of hands-on time.
What You Need to Make This Classic Slow Cooker Turkey Chili
- 2 lbs Ground turkey – I love getting this from Butcher Box! You can also use ground chicken or ground beef!
- Olive oil
- Minced garlic
- Red bell pepper
- Chili powder
- Garlic powder
- Chicken broth
- Kidney beans
- Great northern beans
- Canned diced tomatoes
- 1 can diced green chiles
- 14.5 oz can tomato sauce or crushed tomatoes
That’s it! I loved serving this with some Bob’s Red Mill Gluten Free Corn Bread and some Green Valley Lactose Free Sour Cream.
How to Make This Classic Slow Cooker Turkey Chili
First, heat the olive oil in a large non-stick skillet over medium heat. Add the ground turkey, onions, and garlic. Sauté for 5-7 minutes until the turkey is browned and mostly cooked through. Add the turkey, onions, and garlic into your slow cooker.
Add the remaining ingredients and stir well. Cook on high for 3-4 hours, or low for 7-8 hours.
Can you freeze chili? Yes! You can freeze this chili in an airtight container (just let it cool and leave a little room at the top of the container before freezing) for up to 4 months. It will also stay good in the fridge for up to 5 days!
How do you reheat turkey chili? If previously frozen, let it thaw in the fridge overnight. You can cook on the stovetop for about 20 minutes, or pop it into the microwave for 3-4 minutes!
Is this chili Whole30 friendly? No, because it has beans which are legumes. They are off limits on the program. However, you can substitute 2 cups of diced sweet potato for the beans to make it compliant!
Can you use another type of ground beef in this recipe? Absolutely. Ground chicken, ground beef, or ground venison would work wonderfully!
If you try this Slow Cooker Turkey Chili, make sure to tag me on Instagram @maryswholelife so I can see your creations!
Looking for some other delicious Slow Cooker Recipes? Be sure to check these out!
Dairy Free Creamy Chicken & Wild Rice Soup
Enjoy and stay warm out there!
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Classic Slow Cooker Turkey Chili
- 1 tbsp olive oil
- 2 lbs ground turkey, can also sub ground beef or ground chicken
- 1 onion, diced
- 4 cloves minced garlic
- 1 red bell pepper, seeded and diced
- ¾ cup chicken broth
- 1 can red kidney beans, drained & rinsed
- 1 can Great Northern beans, or cannellini beans, drained & rinsed
- 1 14.5 oz can diced tomatoes, with juices
- 1 14.5 oz can tomato sauce or crushed tomatoes
- 1 4 oz can diced green chiles
- 2.5 tbsp chili powder
- 1 tbsp cumin
- 1 tsp dried oregano
- 1 tsp garlic powder
- 1 tsp paprika
- 1.5 tsp sea salt, more to taste
- cayenne, 1/4 tsp for a little heat, 3/4 tsp for a hot of heat!
- First, heat the olive oil in a large non-stick skillet over medium heat. Add the ground turkey, onions, and garlic. Sauté for 5-7 minutes, breaking the turkey up with a wooden spoon, until the onions have softened a bit and the turkey is browned and mostly cooked through. Add the turkey, onions, and garlic into your slow cooker.
- Add the remaining ingredients to the slow cooker and stir well. Cook on high for 3-4 hours, or low for 7-8 hours.
26 Comments on “Classic Slow Cooker Turkey Chili (Gluten Free)”
Excellent and perfect for a cold day! Doubled for the freezer.
Thoughts on adding the sweet potato with the beans?! Making tomorrow for Halloween, can’t wait to try and share with neighbors 🙂
Hi! Sorry for the delay – you definitely can add them in!
I make this chili probably once a month in the fall and winter. It is so simple yet flavorful! I sub the meat for whatever I have on hand and it is always delicious!
Yay! We love this chili, too. Thanks Melissa!
Another win! Easy to prep and make, excellent flavor.
This is delicious and a hit with the fam as a very satisfying protien bomb. Huge pot made enough for two lunches for me this week too!
So glad you enjoyed it, Cindy!
I tried the recipe, it’s perfect.
This is the best chili recipe! I have a hard time finding a chili to make that tastes like I think it should taste. This was perfect!! I didn’t add the green chilies ( I needed them for another recipe). I did it on the stove top and simmered for an hour. Wonderful!!
Thanks Pamela! So glad you enjoyed it!
This was a really good chili!! It was so easy to make. It was a little spicy for my 8 year old but my teens ate 2 servings! I will definitely be making again
This Chili is delicious! It had so much flavor and was easy to throw together! I loved having it cook all day in the crockpot!
This chili was delicious! It was so flavorful and easy. My new go to for chili.
Made this for a small gathering and it was a huge hit! All the men took second and third servings and raved about the chili. Several people asked for the recipe. Thank you for making it easy for me to look like I know what I’m doing in the kitchen, Mary’s recipes never disappoint.
This was delicious and will now replace my prior turkey chili recipe I’ve used for years. I used the instant pot instead and it turned out great. Thanks again for another great recipe!
I made this for a chili cookoff with friends (where the winner gets a trophy just for fun!) and I won! Everyone loved it, and all the credit goes to you, Mary!
Needless to say I will be making it again 🙂
AHH YAY! This is such great news, thanks for sharing, Beth!
This came out amazing! One of my new favorite chili recipes. It couldn’t be easier. I usually make chili with ground beef but I think I like it better with ground turkey. Family approved.
I made this in a Dutch oven in the stovetop and it was delicious! So flavorful! A hit for the whole family.
Super deeeelish, as usual!
Super deeelish, as usual!
Delicious!! Will definitely make again!
This is by far the best Chili I’ve ever eaten!