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Slow Cooker Turkey Chili

This is a big, hearty turkey chili.  It has the perfect little zing, thanks to a surprise ingredient. It is full of flavor, makes a big batch, and leftovers are delicious the next day!  It is everyone’s favorite chili for Game Days, cool fall/winter nights, or anytime a chili craving strikes!

Crockpot Turkey Chili with Tortilla Chips
Crockpot turkey chili is amazing, with a surprise ingredient.

Slow Cooker Turkey chili

With the cold (drastic understatement) weather going nowhere fast, chili is on the brain for many of us. Especially with Super Bowl just around the corner, many homes will be transformed into game central this coming Sunday.

And that means loads of chili.  Big, piping hot Crockpots full of chili.  This here recipe is our hands-down winning chili recipe that has gotten rave reviews over the years.  I posted the non-Sriracha version of this chili awhile ago, but recently I decided to kick it up with my favorite hot sauce…

Crockpot turkey chili with sriracha
Use Sriracha in place of your usual hot sauce or chili powder, for a depth of flavor like no other.

Slow cooker chili with a kick

We are going to always and forever make our chili with Sriracha from here on out.  I use it for nearly everything else, so why not in my favorite chili?  Sriracha adds an unbeatable zing… a little bit of kick, but also a perfect touch of tangy, sweet, and savory goodness.

I make this chili several times each fall/winter, and even my Littles inhale it.  They actually like the mild spiciness of this chili, and my heart melts when they exclaim that this is the BEST chili ever!

crockpot turkey chili with tortilla chips
Serve Crockpot Turkey Chili with tortilla chips, cornbread, or sour cream.

What to Serve With Crockpot Turkey Chili

At past Super Bowl parties, guys and girls alike have shoveled in huge bowlfuls of this chili, professing their admiration for it (and for you.)  When you serve this chili, that will happen to you.

This chili is chunky and hearty enough to serve with chips, which we sometimes do, just because we can.  And I almost always make these super moist, sweet corn muffins that are irresistible.  The combination is a match made in paradise, and you won’t feel guilty for downing a huge heaping of this healthy chili.

Yes, chili is health food 🙂  It’s chock full of lean ground turkey or beef, veggies, beans, broth, and herbs.  It’s a huge burst of savory flavor in your mouth.  It absolutely hits the spot and satisfies any chili craving.


crockpot turkey chili with tortilla chips

Slow Cooker Chili (Beef or Turkey)

5 from 2 ratings
This slow cooker chili can be made in the slow cooker or in a heavy pot. Either way, the result is certain to be the BEST chili your friends have ever tasted! Don't be afraid to make a big pot of this good stuff. Leftovers are incredible!
Servings: 10


  • 2 lbs ground turkey, lean
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp kosher salt
  • ¼ cup Sriracha hot sauce*, found in major grocery stores, in Asian aisle
  • 1 can, 32 oz tomato sauce
  • 1 tsp table salt
  • 2 tsp sugar
  • 1 can, 16 oz kidney beans, drained
  • 1 can, 16 oz black beans, drained
  • 1 can, 16 oz can Italian diced tomatoes, with juices
  • 6 cloves garlic, minced
  • 3 large green peppers, seeded and chopped
  • 2 medium onions, chopped
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • ¼ tsp allspice

Optional Garnishes

  • shredded cheddar cheese, sour cream, or chopped green onions


  • In a skillet, brown the ground meat together with 1 tsp garlic powder and 1 tsp kosher salt. Drain.
  • Place all ingredients in a slow-cooker or a heavy pot. Stir well to combine all ingredients. Cook on low 6-7 hours or on high about 4-5 hours.
  • Serve hot. Garnish with cheese, if desired.


For stovetop: If using a heavy pot, bring to simmer and let simmer covered for 4 hours.
*Use more or less hot sauce, depending on taste. Feel free to use your favorite type of hot sauce, if desired.
This recipe works just as well with ground beef.
Option: include sweet corn kernels or vary the type of beans.


Serving: 1g | Calories: 113kcal | Carbohydrates: 3g | Protein: 22g | Fat: 2g | Saturated Fat: 0.4g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 0.5g | Trans Fat: 0.01g | Cholesterol: 50mg | Sodium: 283mg | Potassium: 283mg | Fiber: 0.1g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 26IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 9mg | Iron: 1mg
Course: Dinner, Main
Cuisine: Amerian
Diet: Gluten Free
Method: Crockpot, Slow Cooker

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    • Dove0024
    • 5 stars

    Thank you for the recipe! I won the first place in office chili event with it. Mine was made with ground turkey, doubled seasoning (except salt) for more spiciness and a chicken broth cube.

      • chewoutloud

      Awesome! So glad everyone enjoyed 🙂 Thanks for coming over and congrats 🙂

    • Patti

    Can I ask what substitutes for chili powder in this recipe? The Sriracha sauce? I have always used both cumin AND plenty of chili powder in my chili. This looks awesome!

      • chewoutloud

      Yes, Sriracha sauce for sure gives you that kick 🙂 Enjoy, and thanks for coming over today, Patti 🙂

    • Stephanie G

    How much of the chili is considered one serving?

      • chewoutloud

      Good Q, Stephanie! I’m guestimating about 1 cup or so, based just on how many ppl in our party are able to help devour 🙂

    • Niki

    This looks fantastic especially with the hot sauce! What kind of onions do you suggest ?

      • chewoutloud

      Niki, I like the regular yellow onions for this, but really any variety will work…white, red, etc. Thanks so much for coming over today, and hope you love this chili as much as we do 🙂

    • Alencia J

    I just cooked this. It tastes amazing when I sampled it from the crockpot. Can’t wait to have a bowl-full tommorow!

      • chewoutloud

      YAY, way to go, Alencia! 🙂 So glad you you like this. Thanks for coming over to let us know, and hope you continue finding things you enjoy here 🙂

    • Johnny

    Are the Green peppers bell peppers?

      • chewoutloud

      Yes, Johnny, green bells 🙂 Hope you enjoy it 🙂

    • azra
    • 5 stars

    Turkey or beef chilli sriracha sounds yummy, can’t wait to try this recipe

      • chewoutloud

      It’s yummy! Hope you guys like it as much as we do, Azra! Thanks for coming over today, and hope to see you here soon 🙂

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