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Slow Cooker Black Bean Turkey Chili Recipe

by Jeanette on January 13, 2014 · 30 Comments
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This Slow Cooker Black Bean Turkey Chili is heavy on the beans, making it a lighter and less expensive chili but equally flavorful.

Slow Cooker Black Bean Turkey Chili - this chili is healthy and hearty, the perfect winter meal and it freezes well
We’re in the thick of winter and stews, chili and soups have been on our weekly menus lately. During the wintertime, our bodies crave rich foods, and oftentimes, these foods are heavier and higher in fat. Coming off of the holiday season, however, I’ve been trying to satisfy these cravings with comfort food that’s been lightened up, without sacrificing on flavor or heartiness.
Slow Cooker Black Bean Turkey Chili
I’ve deliberately called today’s recipe Black Bean Turkey Chili versus Turkey Black Bean Chili because it is heavier on the beans than on the turkey. That means, more fiber and plant based protein, with the added benefit of being a low-cost family meal. Love it when that happens. Oh, and mushrooms add some nice meaty flavor with far fewer calories. Chopped up fine, they meld right into this chili.
Slow Cooker Black Bean Turkey Chili
Toppings make chili the best, and there’s no shortage of them here. Have some fun with your favorite toppings, whether it’s red onions, scallions, jalapenos, cheese or Greek yogurt.

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Crockpot Black Bean Turkey Chili
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Serves: 10
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 8 ounces mushrooms, finely chopped
  • 2 medium onions, chopped
  • 6 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 pound ground turkey
  • 1 tablespoon dried oregano
  • 1 tablespoon ground toasted cumin
  • 2 tablespoons chili powder
  • 1 tablespoon ancho chili powder
  • ½ teaspoon chipotle chili powder
  • 7 cups cooked black beans (1 pound dried beans, cooked)
  • 1 28-ounce can whole tomatoes, chopped up in food processor
  • salt and pepper, to taste
  • 1 cup bean cooking liquid or 1 chicken broth
  • Garnishes:
  • Chopped avocado, minced scallions, non-fat Greek yogurt
  1. Heat olive oil in a large stock pot over medium heat. Add mushrooms and onions and cook until onions are translucent, about 5 minutes. Add garlic and cook another minute. Add ground turkey and cook until browned and cooked through. Add oregano, cumin, chili powder, ancho chili powder, and chipotle chili powder. Stir well and cook until fragrant, about a minute. Add black beans, tomatoes, bean cooking liquid, and salt and pepper to taste.
  2. Pour chili into a crockpot and cook on low 6 hours to develop flavors. Alternatively, continue cooking chili on the stovetop on low heat for 1 hour.

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  1. Chili never fails to satisfy my comfort food cravings! And I love how healthy it can be. This looks like one tasty bowl.

  2. Great minds – I made slow cooker chili yesterday for lunches this week! I started making dried beans and freezing them. Perfect for recipes like this!

    • Great idea Liz – I love using dried beans and cooking them myself – going to make double batches next time and freeze them.

  3. Yum! This looks so delicious, Jeanette! Definitely pinning this to make in a couple of weeks. I don’t eat any red meat so I haven’t had chili in a while, but this sounds amazing. I’m a huge fan of filling up a pot with a lot of different kinds of beans to make it more hearty. This sounds perfect for a cold winter night.
    I also do a weekly “Must-Read Monday” on my blog. I’m going to include a link to it next week. All your recipes look so good!

    • Thanks so much Alex – ground turkey and chicken are great healthy substitutes for beef, and using a larger proportion of beans to meat amps up the fiber. Love using a variety of beans in chili too! Thanks so much for including me in your Must-Read Monday post next week!

  4. You always have the best slow cooker recipes Jeanette! This looks delicious-will be adding it to my slow cooker list for sure!!!

  5. Topping with scallions and cheese, wahouh!!! It looks delicious :)

  6. I love your all your slow cooker meals! A big bowl of comforting chili sounds perfect for these colder winter months. Love all the mushrooms and black beans in here :) Pinning and thanks for sharing Jeanette!

  7. I think the slow cooker has to rank right up there beside the toaster as one of the world’s greatest inventions ;-). Lovely chili Jeanette. Warming, satisfying and nourishing.

  8. MMMMM! Love chili! I’ll add this one to my recipes-to-try pile. Right now our family is loving chicken chili with whitebeans and swisschard, and traditional ground beef and kidney/whitebean chili. Thanks for this!

    • Robyn – I just made white chicken chili the other day, but with no greens – love the idea of twirling some in.

  9. This looks wonderfully delicious, Jeanette! I love chili…and I love your version…a healthy choice!

    • Thanks Kathy – always looking for ways to lighten things up with the added benefit of being less expensive!

  10. I can eat chill during any season. I love your recipe, Jeanette. It sounds so healthy and full of great flavours.

  11. This is so perfect for winter: warming, comforting and satisfying. Everything is just inviting to sit in and enjoy!

  12. Jeanette, this looks wonderful. I would not have thought to use black beans in my chili so this is a welcomed change. Definitely will try it this weekend!

  13. This look delish! I’ll definitely be making this dish soon. Thanks!

  14. Chili is the perfect recipe for a slow cooker. Yours looks amazing!

  15. Yum! I love that you went with dried beans in the slower cooker and calling it Black Bean Turkey Chili. Perfect for winter lunches or dinners. Cannot wait to make this, Jeanette! It will make my hubby especially happy. Thanks for sharing and have a great weekend!

  16. Made it tonight and everyone loved it! I added some frozen color for corn and texture but other than that I kept to the recipe and in this subzero weather it hit the spot!

  17. This looks so good, Jeanette!! I love to make soups in the winter and this has been some winter around here! I was wanting a new one to make and I have a pound of turkey and I think everything else! You have such good recipes, just love receiving your newsletter!!

    • Thanks Nancy – I really appreciate your feedback. I hope you enjoy this chili recipe. It’s been so cold this winter, I’ve been making a lot of chili, soups and stews.

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  19. Nice recipe, and perfect for the snow clad times that we are living right now. I have some ground turkey that I have been thinking of putting into some good use, and this looks as good as any. Thanks :)

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