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Easy Crockpot Turkey Chili

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15 Minutes

4-10 Hours

6 Servings

Full Meal

$1.87

Easy

Date Published

November 10, 2023

About the Recipe

This Easy Crockpot Turkey Chili is more than just a simple recipe, it's a doorway to comfort and convenience. With minimal prep time, you can set up your crockpot, toss in the ingredients, and let the slow simmer do the work for you. Unlike other demanding recipes that require constant attention, this chili gives you the freedom to go about your day, knowing that a hearty meal will be ready when you are.

One of our cheapest recipes, this crockpot chili costs about $1.87 to make per serving. And it definitely does not taste cheap! With its robust flavors and wholesome ingredients, you can enjoy a nutritious meal without breaking the bank. Plus, it's perfect for meal planning as it can be easily doubled or tripled and stored for later consumption.

As a versatile recipe, it's open to customization to suit your dietary preferences or needs. If turkey isn't your favorite, you're more than welcome to substitute it with other meats such as ground beef, pulled chicken, or even ground elk. You can even switch up the type of beans, or even go bean less! Each substitution adds its own unique flavor profile, giving the chili a new twist every time.

Even more, this Crockpot Turkey Chili is a perfect choice when you're looking to make a meal stretch. Simply serve it over white rice or spaghetti, and immediately, you've got an inexpensive, filling, and nutritious meal that goes a long way. It's not merely a dish, but a testament to the fact that good food doesn't have to be complicated or expensive.

This recipe is more than just an easy crockpot turkey chili, it's about making cooking intuitive, flexible, and accommodating for everyone. Give it a try, and see how it transforms your culinary experience!

Ingredients

The ingredients for this easy crockpot turkey chili have been carefully selected for their affordability and accessibility. Each item on the list is easy to find in your local grocery store, making this recipe not just simple but also budget-friendly.


Ingredients to make ground turkey chili in a crockpot

Meat


  • 3lb Ground Turkey ($5.00 - got on sale at Vons and stocked my freezer up!)


Produce


  • 1 Red Pepper ($1.49)

  • 2 Red Onions ($0.70)

  • 1 Serrano Pepper ($0.13)


Canned Goods


  • 2 15.5oz Cans Kidney Beans ($1.72)

  • 1 14.5oz Can Diced Tomatoes ($0.82)


Spices ($0.20)


  • 2 tsp Salt

  • 2 tsp Pepper

  • 4 tsp Chili Powder

  • 2 tsp Cumin

  • 2 tsp Garlic Powder


Dairy


  • 1/2 cup/4oz Sour Cream ($0.55)

  • 1/2 Cup Shredded Cheddar Cheese ($0.60)


Other


  • 2 Cups Water


Major Cooking Equipment


  • Crockpot

  • Stove


If you don't have a crockpot, that's ok! This recipe can be made in a stock pot on the stove; however, you won't have the convenience of setting and forgetting like with the crockpot.

Step By Step

This easy crockpot turkey chili recipe is both effortless to prepare and time-efficient, making it the perfect choice for those days when you find yourself pressed for time yet still desiring a flavorful, nutritious meal.


Preparation


Prep Time: About 15 Minutes


Ingredients: Ground turkey meat, red pepper, 1 red onion, diced tomatoes, 2 cups water, salt, pepper, chili powder, cumin, and garlic powder.


  • Heat large pan on stove over medium heat

  • Once hot, add ground turkey meat

  • Add 1 tsp salt and 1 tsp pepper to ground meat as it browns; stir often


Browning ground turkey in a pan on the stove

  • Turn crockpot on desired cook time; I like to choose 6-hours

  • As turkey meat is cooking, prepare veggies for the crockpot

  • Dice and seed red pepper and peel and dice 1 red onion (save the other onion for the toppings)


Diced red onion and red pepper on a wooden cutting board

  • Add diced red pepper and red onion to crockpot

  • Open can of diced tomatoes and add to crockpot; juice and all

  • Add rest of dry spices to the crockpot


Adding dry spices to a crockpot for turkey chili

  • Mix spices around the tomatoes, red pepper, and red onion

  • Once turkey meat is browned and has an internal temperature of at least 165-degrees Fahrenheit, drain excess grease and juice and add to crockpot and mix into veggies and spices


Mixing in browned turkey meat in a crockpot to make homemade chili

  • Add the 2 cups of water and mix around; you can substitute chicken broth for a little added flavor

Cooking


Cook Time: 4-10 Hours


Ingredients: 2 cans kidney beans


  • Let crockpot do it's magic for the next few hours!

  • About 2 hours prior to eating, open the cans of kidney and drain/rinse

  • Add drained and rinsed kidney beans to the crockpot and let cook with the rest of the chili mix for 2 hours


Plating


Prep Time: About 5 Minutes


Ingredients: Sour cream, 1 red onion, Serrano pepper, and shredded cheddar cheese


  • Before placing cooked chili into bowls, peel and dice the other red onion and cut the serrano pepper into wheels for toppings

  • As you scoop chili into bowls, sprinkle with cheddar cheese and add a dollop of sour cream.

  • Garnish with raw onion and Serrano pepper

* Serrano peppers can be very hot! Feel free to omit, choose a milder pepper, or go with a hotter one if you prefer!


Bowl of homemade turkey chili served with bread

Congratulations! You’ve just made a delicious, hearty, and budget-friendly crockpot turkey chili. By following these easy steps, you've not only prepared a nutritious meal but also mastered a recipe that you can customize according to your preferences. The journey to financial independence isn't always about the big decisions; sometimes, it's the small choices, like cooking an affordable, healthy meal at home, that can really add up. So, savor the flavors and the empowerment you've gained today. Great job on taking another step towards your culinary and financial independence!


Recipe

Ingredients


  • 3lb Ground Turkey

  • 1 Red Pepper

  • 2 Red Onion

  • 1 Serrano Pepper

  • 2 15.5oz Cans Kidney Beans

  • 1 14.5oz Can Diced Tomatoes

  • 2 tsp Salt

  • 2 tsp Pepper

  • 4 tsp Chili Powder

  • 2 tsp Cumin

  • 2 tsp Garlic Powder

  • 1/2 cup/4oz Sour Cream

  • 1/2 Cup Shredded Cheddar Cheese

  • 2 Cups Water


Instructions


  1. Brown turkey on stove in a pre-heated, large pan; stir often and add half of the salt and pepper to season

  2. Set crockpot on desired cook time

  3. Add diced red pepper and 1 red onion to crockpot

  4. Open can of diced tomatoes and add tomatoes and juice to crockpot

  5. Add rest of dry spices to the crockpot

  6. Once turkey meat is browned and has an internal temperature of at least 165-degrees Fahrenheit, drain excess grease and juice and add to crockpot

  7. Add the 2 cups of water and mix all in well together

  8. Cook 4-10 hours; or your desired cook time

  9. 2 hours prior to eating, drain and rinse the canned kidney beans and add to crockpot

  10. Peel and dice the other red onion and cut the serrano pepper into wheels for toppings

  11. Sprinkle chili with cheddar cheese and add a dollop of sour cream and garnish with raw onion and Serrano pepper

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