A delicious easy crockpot chili recipe, this White Turkey Chili Crockpot Recipe is perfect for using up leftover turkey (or chicken).
Healthy Turkey Chili Crockpot Recipe
I’ll be totally honest, I’m not a huge turkey fan – but I love using the leftovers! Whether it’s something simple like a hot turkey sandwich with lots of gravy or this flavorful and healthy turkey chili crockpot recipe, it’s the leftover turkey recipes that redeem this bird for me.
This White Turkey Chili Crockpot takes only 15 minutes to prepare and is ready to eat after just 45 minutes of slow cooking! It has incredible depth of flavor thanks to bacon, salsa verde and an assortment of perfectly selected seasonings – plus it’s chockfull of veggies and protein!
This recipe also freezes incredibly well after cooking, so I like to enjoy one meal of it and then freeze the rest for when I’m craving comfort food on a busy day.
Serve it with our pull-apart garlic bread for the ultimate comfort food meal.
This recipe can be made with chicken or turkey – and although I used leftover cooked turkey for this recipe, you can also use uncooked turkey, just increase the cooking time to 5-6 hours.
Before we get into the recipe, I wanted to take a couple minutes and go over the health benefits of this chili because I think we often categorize chili as simple a comfort food but it can also be incredibly healthy for you if you use the right ingredients.
What are the health benefits of turkey? Turkey is a rich source of protein, niacin, vitamin B6, mineral selenium (which is required for thyroid hormone metabolism), the amino acid tryptothan, zinc and vitamin B12.
What are the health benefits of white beans? White beans (cannellini, kidney and navy) are loaded with even more cancer-fighting dietary fiber than red beans. They are also loaded with flavonoids and other phytochemicals that slow cancer cell growth and decrease chronic inflammation.
Garlic’s health benefits are too numerous to note here (they would be an entire blog post in themselves), but a couple of the main benefits are that it helps lower cholesterol and blood pressure, contains cancer-fighting anti-oxidants, etc. Read more about the benefits of incorporating garlic into your recipes here.
Onions are anti-inflammatory and high in vitamin C, vitamin B-6, and manganese.
Cayenne and paprika were mostly chosen for their flavor in this recipe, but they also have the added benefits of boosting metabolism, aiding in digestive health, and are anti-inflammatory, among other benefits!
Of course, I love adding a sprinkle of cheese to my chili and adding salt for seasoning. As long as these things are added in moderation, it will not take away the health benefits of this delicious healthy turkey chili crockpot recipe.
Turkey Chili Crockpot Ingredients
- 1 Tablespoon olive oil
- 1 Tablespoon minced garlic
- 1 onion, chopped
- 2 strips bacon, chopped
- 2-15oz cans white beans
- 1-8oz can corn kernels
- 2 cups chopped leftover turkey
- 1-3oz can Mexican salsa verde
- 5 cups chicken or turkey broth
- 2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
- 1 teaspoon paprika
- 1 teaspoon dried oregano
- 1 teaspoon dried thyme
- Salt & Pepper, to taste
Tip: taste and adjust the seasonings according to your personal preferences. Add more vegetables (like carrots) as desired.
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How to Make a White Turkey Chili Crockpot Recipe
Place oil, bacon, onion and garlic in a large slow cooker.
Cover and heat on high for approximately 10 minutes, until onions are translucent.
Add the beans, corn, turkey, green sauce and broth.
Stir and cover to cook on high about 45 minutes to an hour (on low 2-3 hours).
Season to taste with spices, and then cover and allow to cook for 15 more minutes before serving.
Ladle into bowls and serve with your favorite toppings.
WHITE TURKEY CHILI TOPPING SUGGESTIONS:
- Crumbled bacon
- Chopped green onion
- Shredded cheese
- Sour cream
- Crumbled corn chips
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This White Turkey Chili Crockpot Recipe is delicious, flavorful and a great way to use up leftover turkey!