Veggie Loaded Turkey Chili (Crockpot Recipe)

The most flavorful and healthy turkey chili, packed to the brim with veggies, and slowly cooked to perfection in the crockpot! The perfect meal to finish off busy and chilly days! 

Crockpot Veggie-Loaded Turkey Chili | Sunny Side Ups

I love love love making soups and chilis in the crockpot! The hours and hours of slow simmering infuses flavors together and enhances them in a way that just can’t compare to a quickly-made soup. (Except for maybe this fast and easy White Chicken Chili recipe!) And this chili is no exception…it’s one of Nate’s and my favorite winter chili recipes, and after trying it for yourself, you’ll be able to see (er, taste) why! It uses lean turkey and 2 types of beans for protein, and is packed with tons of colorful and delicious vegetables! I mean, just look at all these colors!!:

Crockpot Veggie-Loaded Turkey Chili | Sunny Side Ups

Especially around the holidays, when there are yummy foods and irresistible desserts within arms reach everywhere at work, at home, at parties, it’s extra important to make dinners when we are at home nutritious and wholesome, so that our bodies still get the fuel they need to stay healthy, alert, and strong through the craziness that accompanies this time of year! This chili is all about using veggies to their full potential, and definitely fits the bill for a healthy family dinner! Plus, it tastes so so delicious, and makes the house smell amazing!! I love being able to come home after a crazy day, and having dinner completely ready to eat.

Crockpot Veggie-Loaded Turkey Chili | Sunny Side Ups

You’ll see in the recipe below that I listed the prep time taking about 30 minutes. That’s just how long it took me to wash and chop up the onion, bell peppers and carrots (I’m kinda a slow dicer). You can drastically cut this time down by buying prechopped vegetables, recruiting some help with the chopping, or by using a large food processor with a chop/dice blade option.

Crockpot Veggie-Loaded Turkey Chili | Sunny Side Ups

Once all the veggies are chopped, you’ll just crumble the raw turkey into the crockpot bowl, open a few cans, and then dump them + the veggies and spices over the turkey, stir everything up, and press start! The recipe takes about 4-5 hours on High, or 7-9 hours on Low to cook, but it is forgiving, and can stand to cook an extra hour or two without any problems or burning (at least none that I’ve ever experienced!), if you do need that extra time before you’ll get home for dinner. It makes 6 large servings, so if there’s only 2 of you at home (like here at my house), it’s so so easy to let the leftover chili cool down, then spoon it into large ziplock freezer bags to freeze for an easy meal another day!

Crockpot Veggie-Loaded Turkey Chili | Sunny Side Ups

Top with your favorite chili toppings, like cheese, sour cream, or fresh herbs, grab some garlic toast or dinner rolls, and you’ve got a delicious and healthy family dinner!

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Veggie Loaded Turkey Chili (Crockpot Recipe)
Recipe type: Main Dish
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Serves: 6
The most flavorful and healthy turkey chili, packed to the brim with veggies, and slowly cooked to perfection in the crockpot! The perfect meal to finish off busy and chilly days!
  • 1 pound Lean or Extra-Lean Ground Turkey
  • 2 15-ounce cans Tomato Sauce
  • 1 15-ounce can Black Beans (drained)
  • 1 15-ounce can Chili Beans in Sauce (NOT drained)
  • 1 15-ounce can Diced Tomatoes with Green Chiles (slightly drained)
  • 2 Large Bell Peppers (different colors), diced
  • 1 Large Onion, diced
  • 1 cup diced Carrots
  • 1 cup Corn kernels (I used frozen, but fresh or canned (drained) would also work well)
  • 4 Large Garlic Cloves, minced
  • 1 teaspoon Chili Powder
  • 1 teaspoon Ground Cumin
  • ¼ teaspoon Ground Chipotle Chili Pepper (or more if you want to make it spicier!)
  • Optional Toppings: Sour Cream, Shredded Cheese, Fresh Herbs, etc.
  1. First of all, make sure all vegetables are chopped and ready to go into the crockpot.
  2. Crumble raw turkey into the base of a large crockpot. Add Tomato Sauce, drained Black Beans, Chili Beans, drained Diced Tomatoes, diced Bell Peppers, diced Onion, diced Carrots, Corn, minced Garlic, Chili Powder, Cumin, and Chipotle Chili Pepper.
  3. Cook on Low for 7-9 hours, or on High for 4-5 hours, until turkey is cooked and veggies are soft.
  4. Enjoy with optional toppings.
  5. Makes 6 Servings
  6. Leftovers may be frozen in freezer ziplock bags.

If you love using the crockpot as much as I do, you’ve gotta try out these other yummy  recipes:

Pizza Noodle Soup (Crockpot Recipe)


Crockpot Chicken Tortilla Soup


Crockpot Pumpkin Pie Spiced Nuts



  1. Matthew says

    Do I need to stir this together at all or just when it’s done cooking? No doubtedly a newbie Crockpot user question but I can’t deny that this will be the third thing I’ve ever cooked in a Crockpot and I’m 1 for 2 on my previous attempts…

    • Anna BradleyAnna Bradley says

      Hi Matthew! Good luck on your crockpot endeavors! :) The awesome thing with crockpots, is that usually (but not always!) you don’t need to stir at all during the cooking time of your dish. For this chili recipe, I stir everything together at the very beginning, turn the crockpot on, and then I won’t lift the lid at all until the cooking time is complete. Once the cook time is done, I’ll stir everything together, and serve it! Hopefully that helps! :) I hope you’ll enjoy this chili as much as I do!

  2. Shannon says

    I’ve made the recipe twice, and I’m headed to the store soon so I can make it tonight. The first time, I stirred everything together, then let it sit. It was delicious, but we didn’t taste the spices as much as I thought we would. The second time, I didn’t stir anything, leaving the spices on top of the veggies, and WOW did it make a difference.
    My boyfriend won’t stop asking for this dish, which is fantastic because it’s fun and easy to make.
    Thanks, Anna. This will be forever in my recipe box.

  3. Liz says

    Hi Anna, I just saw your Turkey chili recipe after looking at many. I will make yours tomorrow. I always like the dump entire ingredients and forget it. Why do most slow cooker recipies have you brown the ground turkey in a separate skillet first before putting in the crock pot? I will be using lean white meat which I never drain anyway when cooking other meals on the stove. Thank you for your comment.. Liz

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