Slow Cooker Turkey Red Bean Chili

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Ground Turkey and Red Beans Slow Cooked to a Delicious and hearty Chili! Simmered Seasonings make this Pot of Chili a Favorite Meal for Cooler Days!

Our Turkey Chili has been a Family Favorite for over 5 years! When we lived in Texas, it was the perfect winter comfort food! Ground Turkey is more common in our home than Ground Beef, so developing a Delicious Turkey Chili was a must! This recipe actually won Second Place at a work Chili cook off 4 years ago and we had lots of encouraging compliments, so we felt this recipe needed to be one of our Delicious Recipes on our Blog! We think you will enjoy this slightly spicy Slow Cooker Turkey Red Bean Chili as much as we do!

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Prep Time: 20 Minutes
Slow Cooker or Crock pot Temperature: High
Cooking Time: 8 Hours
Serves 6 – 8 
Turkey Chili

Slow Cooker Turkey Red Bean Chili Ingredients:

16 Ounce Dry Red Kidney Beans
(TIP: You can Substitute 4/15 Ounce Cans of Drained Red Kidney Beans)
6 Cups Water
2 Pounds Ground Turkey
1 28 Ounce Can Crushed Tomatoes
2 Tablespoons Chicken Bullion
(We highly recommend the Better Than Bullion!)
4 Tablespoons Fresh Minced Garlic (We love Garlic, so we buy in Bulk)
3 Teaspoons Ground Cumin

1 Teaspoon Chili Powder
1/2 Teaspoon Cayenne Pepper
1/2 Teaspoon Black Pepper
2 Teaspoons Salt (We love Pink Himalayan Salt)

Slow Cooker Turkey Red Bean Chili Instructions:

1. For this Recipe, First thing to do is Soak the Red Kidney Beans in about 8 Cups of Water Overnight or 6 – 8 Hours. Then Drain and Rinse the Red Kidney Beans. In your Slow Cooker or Crock Pot, Turn it to High Temperature, add soaked and Drained Red Kidney Beans and 6 Cups of Water. Put the lid on and let just the Beans Cook for 4 Hours.
(Beans have a tough Skin and can be hard to get soft, Cooking Dry Beans by themselves with No salts or ingredients allows the Beans to cook all the way through and they will be soft!)

TIP: If you are using Canned Beans, Skip to Instruction #2! No need to Soak the Beans or Precook the Beans! Make Sure to still add the Water – About 4 Cups, in the Slow Cooker!)
Dry red kidney beans

2. After 4 Hours of The Red Kidney Beans Cooking, they should be Soft. Now add Canned Tomatoes, Chicken Bullion, Fresh Minced Garlic, Ground Cumin, Chili Powder, Cayenne Pepper, Black Pepper and Salt. Put the lid back on and go to next step. (If Using Canned Beans, Drain and add in this step!)
Turkey Chili Ingredients

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3. Now you will need a Skillet Pan for the Ground Turkey. Cook the Ground Turkey Thoroughly on the Stove top, making sure to get some browning on the Ground Turkey for a little added extra flavor!
Browning Ground Turkey

4. Next step, add the Browned Ground Turkey to the Slow Cooker. Stir really well making sure all the ingredients are well mixed. 
Turkey Chili Slow Cooking

5. Put the lid back on the Slow Cooker, Cook for 4 Hours. Occasionally during the Slow Cooking process, stir the Chili to make sure it is cooking evenly. When the Chili is done, it will be thicker and darker in color from all the ingredients marinated and slowly cooked! Ready to Serve!
Turkey Chili

Slow Cooker Turkey Red Bean Chili Recipe

Prep Time: 20 Minutes
Slow Cooker or Crock pot Temperature: High
Cooking Time: 8 Hours
Serves 6 – 8

Slow Cooker Turkey Red Bean Chili Ingredients:

16 Ounce Dry Red Kidney Beans
(TIP: You can Substitute 4/15 Ounce Cans of Drained Red Kidney Beans)
6 Cups Water
2 Pounds Ground Turkey
1 28 Ounce Can Crushed Tomatoes
2 Tablespoons Chicken Bullion
(We highly recommend the Better Than Bullion!)
4 Tablespoons Fresh Minced Garlic (We love Garlic, so we buy in Bulk)
3 Teaspoons Ground Cumin

1 Teaspoon Chili Powder
1/2 Teaspoon Cayenne Pepper
1/2 Teaspoon Black Pepper
2 Teaspoons Salt (We love Pink Himalayan Salt)

Slow Cooker Turkey Red Bean Chili Instructions:

1. For this Recipe, First thing to do is Soak the Red Kidney Beans in about 8 Cups of Water Overnight or 6 – 8 Hours. Then Drain and Rinse the Red Kidney Beans. In your Slow Cooker or Crock Pot, Turn it to High Temperature, add soaked and Drained Red Kidney Beans and 6 Cups of Water. Put the lid on and let just the Beans Cook for 4 Hours.
(Beans have a tough Skin and can be hard to get soft, Cooking Dry Beans by themselves with No salts or ingredients allows the Beans to cook all the way through and they will be soft!)

TIP: If you are using Canned Beans, Skip to Instruction #2! No need to Soak the Beans or Precook the Beans! Make Sure to still add the Water – About 4 Cups, in the Slow Cooker!)

2. After 4 Hours of The Red Kidney Beans Cooking, they should be Soft. Now add Canned Tomatoes, Chicken Bullion, Fresh Minced Garlic, Ground Cumin, Chili Powder, Cayenne Pepper, Black Pepper and Salt. Put the lid back on and go to next step. (If Using Canned Beans, Drain and add in this step!)

3. Now you will need a Skillet Pan for the Ground Turkey. Cook the Ground Turkey Thoroughly on the Stove top, making sure to get some browning on the Ground Turkey for a little added extra flavor!

4. Next step, add the Browned Ground Turkey to the Slow Cooker. Stir really well making sure all the ingredients are well mixed.

5. Put the lid back on the Slow Cooker, Cook for 4 Hours. Occasionally during the Slow Cooking process, stir the Chili to make sure it is cooking evenly. When the Chili is done, it will be thicker and darker in color from all the ingredients marinated and slowly cooked! Ready to Serve!
turkey chili

If you are looking for more Dinner ideas, especially our Ground Turkey Recipes, Check out Turkey Taco Dijon Meatloaf, Juicy Taco Turkey Meatballs and don’t forget about some of our Casserole Dishes with Ground Turkey located in – Easy Meals!

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