The joy of a home cooked meal made in the ease of your crockpot. This slow cooker Turkey Taco chili is bursting with flavor, vegetables and protein…making it the perfect healthy dinner any night of the week.

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bowl of chili with avocado and cheese on top

There is something simply magical about walking through your door after a busy day and smelling dinner already done. Like, truly relaxing and comforting.

And when that smell is from a cozy chili cooked to perfection in your slow cooker and it is a chilly autumn day…well, the magic just got leveled up a bit.

I might be a full-time blogger these days, but when I started this crazy journey that is TNN, I was a full-time teacher and mom that was just pooped at the end of the day. Cooking dinner would be the last thing I wanted to do, but I still wanted some healthy awesomeness to feed myself and my family.

Thats when my love affair with slow cookers started. If it could be dumped into my crockpot before I walked out the door, I made it. And, thus, I started making lots of recipes for you folks that offer the same real food goodness and ease.And now I am adding this slow cooker turkey taco chili to the crockpot dinner line-up.

Chili might be my favorite thing to make in my slow cooker, since it is so hearty and you can jam pack it with so many good things. Namely veggies! You guys know that is how I like to roll. And this slow cooker turkey taco chili checks off all those marks.

Chili ingredients in a slow cooker, ready to be cooked

Why this recipe is awesome

  • Super easy! Quickly sautee the onions and ground meat on your stove top and then dump everything in your slow cooker, stir, turn on your crockpot and see ya at dinner time!
  • Loaded with veggies! Veggies make this chili extra filling and add all kinds of nutrients to dinner! And I give you extra ideas below on how you could veggie-loaded this chili even more!
  • The leftovers are magical. You know some things that are just kind of blah the next day? Not this slow cooker turkey taco chili! Snag the leftovers for an easy lunch the next day or add it to your freezer stash for a healthy dinner to reheat on a hectic day.

Want to find out the BEST way to cut bell peppers? Head over to my How To Cut a Bell Pepper…to minimize waste! post!

Tips for making slow cooker turkey taco chili

  • Use fire-roasted tomatoes for an easy extra addition of flavor. And if you like extra heat, get the tomatoes with added chilies!
  • Make sure your carrots is evenly chopped, otherwise some pieces will cook faster than others and not have an even texture throughout the chili
  • Make sure you slow cooker is big enough. I did this recipe in a 4.5 quart slow cooker and would definitely use that size or larger. If you are working with a smaller slow cooker, just half the recipe to keep things safe
  • Know you slow cooker. Don’t ask me why, but slow cookers are like jeans and no two brands are the same as far as standards. High on your slow cooker might be a lot hotter than it is on mine…so cooking time might be less. Or maybe your low setting is super low…and so cooking time will be longer. Chances are, this wont be your first slow cooker recipe, so just be sure to adjust the setting and time to fit your unique gadget.
Turkey taco chili after being cooked in the slow cooker

Suggested adaptations

  • Veggie-load it even more! Add some butternut squash into the mix or some sweet potato puree! Or stir in some baby spinach at the end to wilt in the hot soup! Pump up those veggies however you like!
  • Make it in your Instant Pot! I love my IP for busy days when I don’t think about dinner at 7am (go figure!). You can easily make this chili in your pressure cooker by combining everything as directed in your Instant Pot and then cooking on Manual High Pressure 22 minutes, then Quick Release.
  • Cook it on your stove top! Just combine everything in a big pot, stir and bring to a boil. Once boiling, slow heat and allow it to simmer for about 15-20 minutes or until carrots are cooked through and tender.
  • Make it vegetarian. Just sub the turkey in this recipe with more cooked beans!
  • Make it Paleo & Whole30! Replace the beans in this recipe with more turkey or another ground meat!

Wondering how to store your carrots so they stay fresh as long as possible? Check out my post on How to Keep Cut Carrots Fresh and get the most out of your produce buck!

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Did you make this recipe? And did you love it? Awesome! I’d love for you give it your review below! 👇 And make sure to share your creations on by tagging me on Instagram!

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4.75 from 12 votes

Slow Cooker Turkey Taco Chili

Yield: 6 servings
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 8 hours
Cuisine: Mexican
Course: Main Course
The joy of a home cooked meal made in the ease of your crockpot. This slow cooker Turkey Taco chili is bursting with flavor, vegetables and protein…making it the perfect healthy dinner any night of the week.

Ingredients
 

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 small yellow onion, peeled and chopped
  • 1 pound ground turkey, or chicken
  • 1 cup bell pepper, deseeded and chopped
  • 15 oz cooked black beans, drained and rinsed (omit for Whole30)
  • 1 cup chopped carrots
  • 28 oz diced tomatoes, for extra flavor, fire roasted suggested. For extra spice, get the ones with added chilies
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 1/2 tbsp taco seasoning, see below for my home recipe
  • 1 cup broth or stock
  • salt and pepper to taste

Homemade Taco Seasoning

  • 1/2 tbsp chili powder, I made this mild enough for kids, so if you like extra heat, increased the chili powder
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • 1 1/2 tsp ground cumin
  • 1-2 tsp garlic powder (or to taste)
  • 1 1/2 tsp onion powder
  • sliced avocado, green onion and cheese for garnish

Equipment

  • slow cooker

Instructions
 

  • In a large skillet, heat oil over medium-high heat. Once hot, add the onions and sauté for about 3 minutes. Crumble ground meat into the hot skillet with onions and cook until turkey is browned, but still slightly pink.
    Note: This is an optional step but will help with the flavor and texture of your soup
  • Pour meat and onions to your slow cooker.
  • Add remaining ingredients to the slow cooker and stir a few times to combine
  • Cover slow cooker; cook on high setting for 3-4 hours or on low for 6 to 8 hours .
  • Once done cooking, season with salt and pepper to taste.
  • Garnish with chopped green onion, shredded cheese or sliced avocado if desired and serve.

For taco seasoning

  • Combine everything in an air tight jar and put lid on. Shake a few times to combine.
  • Use what you need for this recipe and save the rest for another meal!

Notes

See above for suggested adaptations, cooking methods and tips
Recipe last updated 2/11/21
Calories: 268kcal, Carbohydrates: 30g, Protein: 27g, Fat: 5g, Saturated Fat: 1g, Trans Fat: 1g, Cholesterol: 43mg, Sodium: 189mg, Potassium: 948mg, Fiber: 9g, Sugar: 7g, Vitamin A: 4948IU, Vitamin C: 47mg, Calcium: 87mg, Iron: 4mg