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Southwest Slow Cooker Turkey Chili Recipe

This delicious southwest slow cooker turkey chili is courtesy of a dear friend and I know you are going to love it because it not only means our clean eating philosophy but it’s also delicious and easy to make. When I asked on Facebook a while back if anyone wanted to share healthy (and easy!) slow cooker “Clean Cuisine” recipes one of my high school friends, Ruth Henry (last name is now Keyes), generously sent me one of her family’s favorites, a slow cooker turkey chili recipe. As a busy mom, I use our slow cooker a lot and we love our VitaClay Slow Cooker. Vita Clay is a multi-functional clay, non-toxic crock pot cooker capable of replacing your pressure cooker, rice cooker and crock pot. If you use a VitaClay, be sure to use the VitaClay settings when cooking this delicious southwest slow cooker chili. slow cooker turkey chili recipe
One thing is for sure, slow cooker recipes are ideal when cooking for a crowd. With very little hands-on-time you can create delectable, nourishing, and wholesome dinners—something I am sure most moms would love to make for their families.


Slow Cooker Tips

One of the biggest misconceptions about the slow cooker is that you can throw all of the ingredients into the pot, leave the house for the day and return to a perfectly home cooked meal. Not quite.

The slow cooker is a wondrous appliance, but it is not a magical miracle worker. The slow cooker saves tremendous time because it allows you to “fix it and forget it”, but you do have to prepare the food properly first.

Success in the slow cooker requires using the proper cooking techniques. One of the most important flavor-enhancing steps to take when incorporating vegetables and meat into your slow cooker recipe is to make sure you cook the vegetable and meat first on the stovetop before adding them to the slow cooker stoneware. This isn’t really all that time consuming either. In fact, the most time consuming thing is chopping the vegetables in the first place (but you would have to do that anyway!)

You should also make sure to add your herbs and spices to the vegetables and meat and cook them on the stovetop for just a few minutes before transferring to the slow cooker stoneware. This will help the maximize the flavors.

Oh! And make sure you don’t add too much liquid to your slow cooker recipe. This is because slow cooking generates a lot of liquid since the lid is covered and moisture can’t escape.  So, just resist the urge to add a lot of liquid if the recipe seems a bit dry at first because otherwise you could end up with a soggy mess.

And of course, don’t overcook. Nothing tastes worse than overcooked food from a slow cooker.


What to Top Your Chili With?

Clean Cuisine “Sour Cream” (made with nuts!) is the perfect chili topper! Click HERE for the dairy-free sour cream recipe.


Southwest Slow Cooker Turkey Chili

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  • Yield: 6 to 8 1x



  1. Heat the oil in a large heavy skillet (preferably ceramic) over medium- heat; add the garlic and sauté 30 seconds. Add the onions and sauté 4 to 5 minutes, or until soft. Stir in the ground turkey, season with salt and cook 3-4 minutes, or until meat is no longer pink.
  2. Add the diced celery, carrots, and bell pepper. Season with additional salt. Sauté 4-5 minutes, or until vegetables are soft. Add the chili powder, cumin and coriander. Cook for 2 minutes.
  3. Transfer the turkey-vegetable mixture to a 5 or 6 quart slow cooker or VitaClay slow cooker. Mix in the tomatoes, beans, parsley, lime juice and salsa verde. Cover and cook on low heat for 3 hours. Add the corn for the last 10 minutes of cooking. Stir everything together before serving. Serve warm.

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P.S. If you like the Slow Cooker Turkey Chili Recipe be sure to check out the recipe for Slow Cooker Bolognese!

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Ivy Larson

In 2010, Clean Cuisine was launched because Ivy Larson wanted to share her anti-inflammatory lifestyle and delicious recipes using ingredients in their most natural and nutrient-rich state. In 2020, Ivy passed the website to Aimee and Madison. Since then, they have been adding new recipes and nutrition posts while updating old recipes and articles. Thanks for visiting Clean Cuisine!

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Renee Wise

Tuesday 30th of December 2014

Just wondering what you served with the Chili. Thank you!

Ivy Larson

Tuesday 6th of January 2015

Hi Renee! Well, I always serve a HUGE salad. I'm also crazy for corn muffins with chili ;) here is my favorite recipe (made with hemp seeds):

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