A little work upfront, then you can have this Slow Cooker Turkey Chili cooking all day with no effort. Topped with avocados for an easy healthy and tasty dinner! Read on for more details and photos or or click here to jump down to the recipe
You gotta love having a few good slow cooker recipes waiting in the wings for a busy week. This Slow Cooker Turkey Chili with Avocado is definitely on our short list here of go to recipes, and if you give it a try, I think you will become a regular in your house, too.
This slow cooker turkey chili recipe just takes about 30 minutes of time when you need to be around. Half of that time is chopping some onions, peppers and garlic, the balance you are stirring the onions and turkey in the skillet. Then you transfer the turkey and onions to the slow cooker, add the rest of the ingredients (except the avocado and cheese) and set the slow cooker, and forget it. I like to make this on a Sunday when I’ll be busy during the late afternoon, when I typically start cooking. You can get it going before you go to work in the morning for a weeknight meal, too.
This turkey chili recipe has health advantages, too. Substituting turkey for beef decreases the fat content a bit. Topping the chili with avocado adds nutrition, and I find the flavor of the avocado means I don’t need to use sour cream, and less cheese than I typically would use to top chili.
Healthy is good, but it’s got to taste great, too! This slow cooker turkey chili is very flavorful, but I wouldn’t describe it as “hot”. Medium spice would probably be a more apt description of this recipe.
Wine Pairing for Slow Cooker Turkey Chili
Sure, you can enjoy this turkey chili recipe with a beer, but we often like to have wine with our chili. As I alluded to, this is possible in part because the chili is not super hot…I would be more inclined to go with beer with the 5 alarm style chili. But the moderate, complex spice in this dish pairs nicely with a Syrah, or you could also go with a Zinfandel here. We reviewed a Halter Ranch Syrah wine pairing for our stove top turkey chili in this post, if you want a specific wine pairing idea. Another option is to try the versatile Gamay grape as I did recently. Most commonly associated with Beaujolais, we recently had the 2015 Domaine Sérol Éclat de Granite ($16, 12.5% ABV), from Côte Roannaise in the Loire Valley. This is a fresh red wine like a Beaujolais, but a bit more fruit forward. The wine was a good match for the chili.
- 1 tbsp olive oil
- 2 onions, chopped
- 7 cloves garlic, minced
- 2 large jalapeno peppers, seeds removed and flesh finely chopped
- 1 serrano pepper, seeds removed and flesh finely chopped
- 32 ozs diced tomatoes
- 1 tbsp tomato paste
- 2 lbs ground turkey
- 2 14 oz cans kidney beans, drained and rinsed
- 2 tsp cumin
- 2 tsp coriander
- 2 tsp paprika
- ½ tsp cinnamon
- 1 tsp dried oregano
- 1 or 2 avocados, peeled and diced
- optional shredded cheese for topping
- Heat the olive oil in a large skillet on medium heat. Add the onions, cook until they begin to soften, about 5 minutes.
- Add the turkey to the skillet. Cook for about 10 minutes, stirring occasionally, until the turkey meat begins to brown. Add the garlic toward the end of this browning time.
- Transfer the turkey and onions to a slow cooker. Add the remaining ingredients, except for the avocado and the cheese, to the slow cooker: peppers, tomato paste, kidney beans, and dried spices. Stir to combine the ingredients.
- Cover the slow cooker, and cook on low for 7.5 hours.
- When the cooking time is done, serve the chili in bowls, topped with the chopped avocado and cheese if you are using it. Enjoy!
Tools to use for Slow Cooker Turkey Chili
Don’t have a slow cooker yet? You’ll need it for Slow Cooker Turkey Chili! We have enjoyed our Crock-Pot, so sharing an Amazon affiliate link below and earlier in the post to the latest version of the model we have. If you don’t have a slow cooker, or don’t have enough time for this recipe today, you can get our stove top turkey chili recipe here.
Looking for another delicious meal to make in your slow cooker? Try our Slow Cooker Irish Lamb Stew!