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Slow Cooker Turkey Taco Chili

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Slow Cooker Taco Turkey Chili | #slowcooker #crockpot

Do you have a least favorite day of the year?

Maybe Tax Day? Black Friday? For any of you fellow single friends out there, Single’s Awareness Day Valentine’s Day?

Meh, I’m not a huge fan of any of those. But I will admit that there’s one day that I dread more than any other, and it happened to fall yesterday on the calendar this year — the end of Daylight Savings Time.

If it were up to me, there would be no “falling back”. It would be Daylight Savings Time…all the time. Because seriously, who loves walking out of work at 5pm to a pitch black sky, and having to spend your entire evening in darkness, on top of the cold weather that already comes with winter? Not I, said the hen. The more daylight “saved” in my life — especially at the end of the day — the better.

But alas, until some politician takes up my cause, I’m stuck “falling back” with the rest of the world. So to cope, I have stocked up on Vitamin D gummy vitamins (my fav), I have my Hulu queue set to record all of my favorite fall shows, a few dinners booked with friends tonight, and I have a batch of this delicious Slow Cooker Turkey Taco Chili recipe ready to warm me up.

Trust me. It will make even the darkest dinnertimes all the more warm and comforting.

Slow Cooker Taco Turkey Chili | #slowcooker #crockpot

If you have been following along on the blog this season, you have probably noticed that I’m on a big slow cooker soups kick. And why not? If I can toss all of the ingredients in the crock pot before leaving for the day and return home to a heavenly-smelling home and a steaming pot of soup, I’m so in.

This chili is definitely one of those recipes.

I have a handful of chili recipes already on the blog (including this Slow Cooker Chili), but a few of you have requested a savory turkey chili. So this is a quick and easy recipe made all the more simple with taco seasoning.


Slow Cooker Taco Turkey Chili | #slowcooker #crockpot

Just brown up some ground turkey, and then toss it and all of your ingredients together in the slow cooker. And then hours later, you can return home to this deliciousness. Check it out!

Slow Cooker Taco Turkey Chili | #slowcooker #crockpot

In addition to being seasoned with taco seasoning, I also tossed in some corn and black beans and green chiles for that traditional corn salsa flavor. But other than that, it’s pretty much your classic chili recipe.

Slow Cooker Taco Turkey Chili | #slowcooker #crockpot

You can either serve it plain…

Slow Cooker Taco Turkey Chili | #slowcooker #crockpot

…or with your favorite toppings, like avocado, cilantro, sour cream, green onion, crumbled tortilla chips, or more.

Bonus? This recipe is also naturally gluten-free.

So if you’re looking for a “bright” spot in an otherwise dark winter ahead, give this one a try. I promise it will at least warm you up, and hopefully make your evenings all the more delicious.

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Slow Cooker Turkey Taco Chili

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  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 240 minutes
  • Total Time: 255 minutes
  • Yield: 8 -10 servings 1x


This slow cooker turkey taco chili recipe only takes minutes to prepare, and is the perfect warm (and simple!) comfort food for chilly days.


  • 1 Tablespoon olive oil
  • 2 pounds lean ground turkey
  • 1 medium red or yellow onion, peeled and diced
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 (15 ounce) cans tomato sauce
  • 2 (14 ounce) cans diced tomatoes
  • 1 (15 ounce) can black beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 (15 ounce) can dark red kidney beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 (15 ounce) can light red kidney beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 (15 ounce) can whole kernel corn, drained
  • 1 (4 ounce) can Old El Paso™ Chopped Green Chiles
  • 1 cup beer or chicken broth
  • 1 packet (¼ cup) Old El Paso™ Taco Seasoning
  • 1 Tablespoon chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • ½ teaspoon black pepper
  • optional toppings: shredded cheddar cheese, crushed tortilla chips or strips, thinly-sliced green onions, sour cream, salsa, etc.


  1. Heat oil in a large saute pan over medium-high heat. Add the ground turkey and saute until completely browned, about 6-8 minutes, using a spoon to stir and break up the meet as it cooks. Drain the cooked turkey of any excess liquid, then transfer the turkey to the pot of a slow cooker.
  2. Add all of the remaining ingredients (minus the toppings), and stir to combine. Cook on low for 6-8 hours, or on high for 3-4 hours, until the soup is cooked through.
  3. Serve warm, garnished with optional toppings if desired.

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30 comments on “Slow Cooker Turkey Taco Chili”

  1. I have a love/hate relationship going on with Daylight savings time.  I love gaining an hour, but I don’t like not having as much time to take pictures of food.  You get it.
    But, I think a bowl of this goodness will make me forget all the woes of life. Loving these flavours! Pinned!

  2. I basically live off of a giant pot of chili during fall.  It’s perfect for any time and I usually freeze half when I make it.  This recipe is perfect.  And I’m with you on the whole falling back situation.  However, I did enjoy waking up at 5am just ready to go and start the day!

  3. this looks awesome, Ali! and with the avocado on top? to die for. thanks for the recipe!

  4. Omg I can’t handle this post Ali – I ALWAYS say “Not I, said the hen!” lol. Too funny.. love that you incorporated it into a post. :) And I’m all about this chili!!!

  5. LOL! I was just talking to the hubby about making taco soup for dinner tonight. Um, hello, taco chili to the rescue!! 

  6. But isn’t it great to not wake up in the dark? It makes it so much easier to crawl out of bed. But yes, darkness at 5pm is a bit depressing. We’ll all just have to fill our house with the delicious smells of slow cooked meat, like this!

  7. I love all colors and flavors going on here! Pinned! I like the extra hour of sleep we get, but then there isn’t enough time to take photos…

  8. LOVING this taco chili!! I’m totally with you on the daylight savings time. I really dislike the fact that five days a week I don’t even see the sun because it’s only out when I’m working. Grrrr! Then again, if there wasn’t those cold, dark, long evenings, I wouldn’t be enjoying recipes like this amazing chili all the time. :) Pinned!!

  9. Looks great! I made a similar version with leftover turkey after (canadian) thanksgiving a few weeks ago!

  10. First things first. This looks great :) But I hate DST, too. You wake up in the darkness, you walk to work in the darkness, you leave work in the darkness. Only 4 more months of darkness, right?!

  11. This chilli looks so delicious! I love warm and hearty meals like these in the cold winter months :)

  12. I love that this is a turkey recipe. I don’t eat red meat so this will definitely be added to our menu. I feel jet lagged with this years daylight savings. I get tired around 8pm which for me is insane. I usually am up until 2am. 

  13. I hate the time change too although I think it’s worse when we go the other way in the Spring! This looks like an amazing recipe for the dark chilly nights ahead. Pinned!

  14. I currently have this cooking in my crock pot now! Can’t wait to get home and try it!

  15. Is the soup too hot for the kids? I really want to cook something which they can also eat but if it’s too hot i don’t think it would be a good idea to give them some.

    • It has a little heat, but it doesn’t seem overwhelmingly spicy to me. You could save the seasoning and add it in last, to taste. Enjoy!

  16. Made this yesterday, oh yum, yum,yummy,yum! And totally thumbs up from my husband and 2 teenage boys :) Thanks Ali!

  17. I made this recipe last night and it is wonderful!!! My husband and I both love it will definitely be adding into our monthly rotation. Thank you for sharing this recipe with us!

  18. This is one of my family’s favorite recipes. It is so quick, cheap and easy to make but so flavorful and hearty! We do one pound ground beef and one pound ground turkey because I’m not the hugest fan of turkey. I mean, honestly a must try recipe! 

  19. Came across this and it is now in the regular rotation. I didn’t change a thing!  Very good!

  20. I made it today for my family and my Wife said that this is the best thing I made for her. Now instead of paying someone else to do it, she can get it at home anytime she wants it and for free. Thanks for the recipe!

  21. I am going to make this for a chilli  cook off this weekend.

  22. I’ve made this twice …. three times if you include the batch that is currently in the slow cooker! My husband & I love it. We had friends over and shared with them, and they agreed that it is fabulous! We are eating todays batch for dinner and freezing the rest for an easy meal when our baby arrives next month. Thanks for the great recipe!

    • Thanks for sharing Stephanie — we’re so glad to hear it’s a hit! And congrats on the upcoming arrival of your little one! :D

  23. AMAZING! Thank you for this recipe. I believe this will be a new favorite. Great combo of taco soup and chili. I did leave out the corn as I am not eating corn in my diet and used pinto beans instead of kidney beans and it was still FABULOUS! Thank you for sharing your wonderful recipes.