Slow Cooker Turkey Chili

Sweet and spicy hearty slow cooker turkey and two bean chili. Perfect cold weather comfort food!

Sweet and spicy hearty slow cooker turkey and two bean chili recipe from @bakedbyrachel

When I was in Vermont last Spring, I had the pleasure of meeting Katie, a fellow New Englander and food blogger. She’s one of those people that’s so easy to get along with and you just generally want to be around. To my delight, she announced that she had a cookbook coming out called Maple. If you’re a New Englander like us, you probably understand immediately why I was so excited. I love anything with maple. It doesn’t get much better than pure maple syrup.

When most people think of maple syrup, they go straight to breakfast. Sweet syrup drizzled over hot pancakes, waffles or French toast. A classic way to enjoy nature’s sweet treat.

But, Katie’s book, Maple, will make you think of maple syrup in a whole new way. It’s not just for breakfast, or sweets. It’s a perfect compliment to a world of savory dishes!

Sweet and spicy hearty slow cooker turkey and two bean chili recipe from @bakedbyrachel

I’m like the vast majority, I want to use maple syrup in the stereotypical way – breakfast, or at least with baked goods. I have a major sweet tooth! So, after flipping through the Maple cookbook and tagging many recipes, I knew I had to venture outside of my comfort zone and create a savory dish featuring maple syrup.

Cool weather = comfort food season, so the turkey chili recipe was calling to me. I couldn’t resist adapting her stovetop version into an easy slow cooker dish. You know I’m a sucker for great slow cooker recipes!

This sweet and spicy hearty slow cooker turkey and two bean chili is an absolute must make Fall recipe. A perfect dinner for any night of the week and a great addition to all of your game day plans!

Sweet and spicy hearty slow cooker turkey and two bean chili recipe from @bakedbyrachel

Katie’s book, Maple, is available on Amazon and on store shelves now. A perfect cookbook for maple lovers!

Yield: Serves 4-8

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 4 hours

Slow Cooker Turkey Chili

Sweet and spicy hearty slow cooker turkey and two bean chili. Perfect cold weather comfort food!

Ingredients:

  • 1lb ground turkey
  • 1C yellow onion, chopped
  • 3/4C red bell pepper, chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 15oz petite diced tomatoes, undrained
  • 15oz kidney beans, drained and rinsed
  • 15oz black beans, drained and rinsed well
  • 1/4C pure maple syrup
  • 3Tb chili powder
  • 1Tb cumin
  • 1Tb paprika
  • 1/4 tsp cayenne pepper
  • 1/2 tsp ground black pepper
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 1/2C chicken broth

Toppings:

  • Green onions, chopped
  • Cheddar cheese, shredded
  • Sour cream

Directions:

  1. In a large skillet over medium heat, cook and crumble turkey until no longer pink. Drain of any liquid. Transfer to the bowl of a 5-6 quart slow cooker. 
  2. Add remaining ingredients to the slow cooker. Gently toss to combine. 
  3. Cover and cook on high for 4 hours, or on low for 8 hours. 
  4. Serve warm with optiongl toppings. 

Adapted from Maple

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10 Responses to “Slow Cooker Turkey Chili”

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    Marye — October 28, 2015 at 7:54 am

    This looks delicious! I love chili, i always make it on the first cold day of the year.

    • Rachel — October 29th, 2015 @ 7:35 am

      Thanks Marye!

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    allie @ Through Her Looking Glass — October 28, 2015 at 9:15 am

    Hi Rachel! I’m so excited about Katie’s new cookbook too. I cook with maple syrup whenever I can, just love the flavor. I even collected sap as a kid (in RI) and boiled it down to make maple syrup each winter. Anywho, this turkey chili of your looks so delicious. Perfect for these chilly fall days that are here to stay. I love that you used maple syrup. Also ground turkey. A nice way to lighten it up a bit. I would love this in my dinner bowl tonight!

    • Rachel — October 29th, 2015 @ 7:36 am

      I love that you tapped your own trees as well! I’m so intrigued by it all.

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    Rachel @ Bakerita — October 28, 2015 at 10:33 am

    This sounds amazing! I bet the maple adds such a delicious flavor dimension to this chili – and even better that it’s made in the slow cooker! Pinned :)

    • Rachel — October 29th, 2015 @ 7:37 am

      Thanks Rachel!

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    Meg @ With Salt and Wit — October 28, 2015 at 11:56 am

    Sweet and spicy chili reminds me one I make but this one looks so much healthier and better because of the turkey and slow cooker! Must make soon!

    • Rachel — October 29th, 2015 @ 7:37 am

      You definitely have to try it! Thanks Meg!

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    Amanda Blankenship — November 3, 2015 at 12:34 pm

    Would this be an okay recipe to double, and freeze for later?

    • Rachel — November 4th, 2015 @ 7:23 am

      If you have a large enough slow cooker, absolutely.

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