3-Bean Turkey Chili (Slow Cooker or Instant Pot)

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This easy turkey chili recipe uses lean ground turkey and a whole lotta beans! Make this in the slow cooker or Instant Pot, then pile on your favorite chili toppings and enjoy!

This easy turkey chili recipe uses lean ground turkey and a whole lotta beans! Make this in the slow cooker or Instant Pot, then pile on your favorite chili toppings and enjoy!3-Bean Turkey Chili Recipe

More chili recipes you might enjoy are Quick Beef Chili, Turkey Chili Taco Soup, and Buffalo Chicken and Bean Chili.

My brother shared this recipe with me back in 2009, many years ago when I first started this blog. I felt the photo needed some updating as well as the directions based on the questions so I recently remade, reshot and updated the directions slightly. This makes enough for leftovers, which taste even better the next day. You can prepare this the night before and turn it on in the morning, leftovers freeze great too.

And since so many people ask what slow cooker I have, it’s the 6 Quart Hamilton Beach Set ‘n Forget Programmable Slow Cooker. I love it because you can adjust the time you want it to cook, and it automatically turns to warm when it’s done. It also has a probe for meat that automatically shuts off when done. I love it so much, I own three! I also love my Instant Pot, which is great when you want a meal quick. Whichever way you decide to cook it, it will be great!

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This easy turkey chili recipe uses lean ground turkey and a whole lotta beans! Make this in the slow cooker or Instant Pot, then pile on your favorite chili toppings and enjoy!
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Slow Cooker 3-Bean Turkey Chili

231 Cals 19.5 Protein 27.5 Carbs 5 Fats
Prep Time: 10 mins
Cook Time: 25 mins
Total Time: 35 mins
Yield: 10 Servings
COURSE: Dinner
CUISINE: Mexican
This easy turkey chili recipe uses lean ground turkey and a whole lotta beans! Make this in the slow cooker or Instant Pot, then pile on your favorite chili toppings and enjoy!

Ingredients

  • 1.3 lb 20 oz 99% lean ground turkey breast
  • 1 small onion, chopped
  • 1 28 oz can diced tomatoes, drained
  • 1 16 oz can tomato sauce
  • 1 4.5 oz can chopped chilies
  • 1 15 oz can chickpeas, drained
  • 1 15.5 oz can black beans, drained
  • 1 15.5 oz can small red beans, drained
  • 2 tbsp chili powder
  • 1 tsp cumin

For the Topping:

  • 1/2 cup chopped red onion
  • 1/2 cup chopped fresh cilantro for topping
  • optional toppings, shredded cheddar, avocado, sour cream, etc

Instructions

Slow Cooker Directions:

  • Brown turkey and onion in a medium skillet over medium-high heat until cooked through. Transfer to the slow cooker with the beans, chilies, chickpeas, tomatoes, tomato sauce, chili powder and cumin, mixing well.
  • Cook on high 6 to 8 hours or low 10 to 12.
  • Garnish with onions, cilantro and your favorite toppings.

Instant Pot Directions:

  • Press saute, spray with oil and brown the turkey and onion, breaking the meat up with a spoon until cooked through. Add the beans, chilies, chickpeas, tomatoes, tomato sauce, chili powder and cumin, mixing well.
  • Cook on high pressure 25 minutes. Natural release.
  • Garnish with onions, cilantro and your favorite toppings.

Nutrition

Serving: 1cup, Calories: 231kcal, Carbohydrates: 27.5g, Protein: 19.5g, Fat: 5g, Saturated Fat: 1.5g, Cholesterol: 42mg, Sodium: 526mg, Fiber: 8g, Sugar: 6.5g
WW Points Plus: 6
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  1. My family loves this chili! It’s part of our regular dinner rotation and is always a hit.

  2. I followed the recipe exactly, but kept getting the burned food message on my instant pot. Any suggestions?

  3. This is my favorite chili recipe! Must admit I’ve been messing with it over the past couple of years. This week I added 1 small can of diced jalapeños, 1 sm can green chilis, 1 can of rotel diced tomatoes with chilis, and 1 tbs extra chili powder.  It had a nice bite to it , but not too spicy 🌶 I use an IP. 

  4. Hi Gina, You do an amazing job of creating tasty and clear recipes. I am making the turkey chili and would appreciate a photo of the chili finished up in the pot and ready to serve but not garnished for reference when I am making it. I am cooking my first batch on the stovetop. Thanks!

  5. I’ve made this twice now, used the IP both times. Added garlic, extra cumin and used different beans. Really good simple recipe.

  6. Can I use ground bison if so how many green plan pts

  7. For the diced tomatoes, buy the kind with the chilies already in it (like Rotel) and do not drain. Gives it a bit more liquid and one less can you need to open!

  8. This is such a great, simple recipe. I make it all the time. Thanks!

  9. As a new instant pot user this was one of the first recipes I tried.  So easy, my family loved it and it’s been a staple since.  Hard to come by recipes that taste o good and are so WW friendly.  Thanks so much! 

  10. Awesome chili! I didn’t have time to slow cook it, so I just put it together on the stove top, let it cook for 20-30 minutes. Fabulous taste and so easy!

  11. Hi I had a hard time finding the right size cans on a few things are there substitutes for the recipe ? Especially the chiles 

  12. Just delicious. Made this on Sunday and the left I version in Monday even better. Did in the crock pot. A real tasty chili. Once again Skiny Taste a hit with us.

  13. I tried this in the instant pot and got a burn food notice almost immediately. I think because we drain all of the cans, there is not nearly enough liquid to do it in an instant pot. Also this recipe would really benefit from some garlic. Next time I try it, I’m going to not drain the diced tomatoes and add garlic, while cooking in the crockpot. 

  14. I’ve been making this recipe for a couple years now every time I get a craving for chili. By far my favorite chili recipe. However, I am a vegetarian so I sub the turkey for Morningstar Farms beef crumbles or soy chorizo. I also add a couple cloves of fresh garlic and salt & pepper. Everyone loves it. 

  15. I just made this! It it so good! My son is very particular and he loved it, said it was just like the one he loves at chipotle! A rave review! I used 97% lean turkey,  a little olive oil to brown it,  and drained only two of the cans of the beans in my crock pot. It had some liquid and I loved it. So much better than our usual recipe for Chile con carne, and healthier! Thank you Gina! Our family appreciates it so much!!! Tomorrow we are making your slow cooker roast turkey! It’s my other son’s favorite!  

  16. I forgot to brown the meat and put in raw … will it still be ok?

  17. A staple recipe for fall and winter.  Just made yesterday for first time since last February ! Just as good as I remembered.

  18. I am wondering if you can substitute dried black beans in this recipe? I make it all the time and just love it 🙂 but I forgot to grab a can of black beans this time around. Any suggestions?

  19. I out this recipe into My Fitness Pal and it is giving me double the calories per serving. Anyone know why?

    All ingredients and number of servings are correct

  20. This looks wonderful. I have a question, I am doing Green WW and when I plug in the nutritional info on the WW site t gives me 6 points. Am I doing something wrong?