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Macro Friendly Turkey Chili (Slow Cooker Meal!)

published: March 14, 2024

updated: March 14, 2024

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This Slow Cooker Turkey Chili is a protein-packed, hearty delight that's perfect for game days or cozy winter dinners. Loaded with lean ground turkey, kidney beans, and a flavorful medley of spices, it's a satisfying, one-pot meal that's as easy to prepare as it is delicious.

If you're looking for more slow cooker meals, try our Crockpot Lasagna Soup or our Crockpot Loaded Baked Potato Soup. And if you're looking for a side dish that pairs fantastically with our Macro Friendly Turkey Chili, add our Chili Roasted Potatoes – you won't be disappointed!

3 Reasons Why You're Going to Love This Recipe

  1. It's made in your slow cooker. As a busy mom, crockpot meals are my jam. There's nothing more convenient or satisfying than throwing dinner in the crockpot, letting it cook all day, and coming home to a hot, hearty meal.
  2. Family-friendly. Anytime I can cook a meal that the whole family will enjoy is a huge win in my household. Our Macro-Friendly Turkey Chili is the kind of dish that goes quickly!
  3. Customize it to fit your macros. Need more carbs in your day? Put your chili on a bed of white or brown rice. Want to beef up the volume without adding too many calories? Use cauliflower rice. There are so many ways to make this recipe fit your specific needs.

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Macro-Friendly Turkey Chili

This Slow Cooker Turkey Chili is a protein-packed, hearty delight that's perfect for game days or cozy winter dinners. Loaded with lean ground turkey, kidney beans, and a flavorful medley of spices, it's a satisfying, one-pot meal that's as easy to prepare as it is delicious.
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Total Time 55 minutes
Course Dinner
Cuisine American
Servings 6
Calories 289 kcal

Equipment

Ingredients
  

  • 2 tsp Olive oil
  • 1 Yellow onion, chopped
  • 2 cloves Garlic, minced
  • 1 Medium red bell pepper, chopped
  • 1 lb Extra lean ground turkey or chicken
  • 1 packet Chili seasoning mix Check the notes for instructions on how to make your own seasoning mix
  • 1 can 28 oz. diced tomatoes
  • 1 1/4 cup Chicken broth
  • 2 cans 15 oz. dark red kidney beans, rinsed and drained
  • Optional toppings: cheese, avocado, tortilla chips, cilantro, sour cream

Instructions
 

  • In a large skillet, heat 2 teaspoons of olive oil over medium-high heat. Add the chopped onion, minced garlic, and red bell pepper to the skillet. Sauté for 3-4 minutes or until the onion becomes translucent and the vegetables are slightly softened.
  • Push the sautéed vegetables to one side of the skillet and add the ground turkey to the other side. Break the meat into small pieces with a spatula and cook until it's no longer pink, stirring occasionally. This should take about 5-7 minutes.
  • Transfer the sautéed vegetables and browned turkey into your prepared slow cooker. Add the chili seasoning, diced tomatoes, chicken broth, and the kidney beans. Stir everything well to combine.
  • Cover the slow cooker with its lid and set it to cook on the low setting. Let the chili cook on low for 6-8 hours or 3-4 hours on high, allowing the flavors to meld together and the ingredients to become tender.
  • Once the cooking time is complete, ladle the turkey chili into bowls. Serve with your choice of optional toppings such as cheese, avocado, tortilla chips, cilantro, and sour cream. Enjoy!

Notes

If you don't have a pre-packaged chili seasoning mix, you can make your own by combining a blend of chili powder, cumin, paprika, oregano, garlic powder, and cayenne pepper to taste. Adjust the spice level according to your preference.
Feel free to use extra lean ground turkey, chicken, or even lean ground beef based on your dietary preferences. You can also use ground meat substitutes for a vegetarian version of this chili.
The optional toppings are entirely customizable. Experiment with different combinations to suit your taste. Some other popular choices include diced onions, jalapeños, or a squeeze of lime juice.
Serving size = 1/6 of the recipe. For the most accurate measurement, weigh your entire dish in grams after cooking (less the weight of the container) and divide that number by 6.

Nutrition

Calories: 289kcalCarbohydrates: 34.6gProtein: 29.2gFat: 3.1g
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About the author, Jessie Hulsey

Jessie is a recipe creator and registered dietitian consultant, specializing in weight management, healthy aging, and behavioral nutrition in Atlanta, GA. To lean into her creative side, she loves all aspects of recipe development and food photography. When not working, you can find Jessie at the dog park with her husband and pup, playing in her garden, and scoping out new restaurants!

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