Kid-Friendly Crock Pot Turkey Chili

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This CrockPot turkey chili recipe is just for the kiddos (or picky family members)! Serve it with some chips on the side for the perfect back to school lunch.

This CrockPot turkey chili recipe is just for the kiddos (or picky family members)! A kid-friendly chili with ground turkey, corn, bell pepper, tomatoes and spices. Serve it with some chips on the side for the perfect back to school lunch.
Kid-Friendly Crock Pot Turkey Chili

A kid-friendly chili with ground turkey, corn, bell pepper, tomatoes and spices. I created this milder chili for my daughter who doesn’t like beans or overly spicy food – this recipe is perfect (it’s also gluten-free). A few other chili faves try this CrockPot Chicken Taco Chili, Turkey White Bean Pumpkin Chili, and Turkey Chili Taco Soup.

This CrockPot turkey chili recipe is just for the kiddos (or picky family members)! A kid-friendly chili with ground turkey, corn, bell pepper, tomatoes and spices. Serve it with some chips on the side for the perfect back to school lunch.

My youngest daughter is heading to school next week (Pre-K) and this year she’ll be bringing lunch to class for the first time. She doesn’t eat sandwiches (neither did my oldest), so I’m going to have to get pretty creative to make sure she’s still eating healthy balanced meals. I just ordered this Foogo Stainless steal leak-proof thermos from Amazon, which I also did with my oldest daughter and I’ll be filling it with some of her favorite warm meals.

This slow cooker turkey chili is super easy to make, I did it in the crock pot, but you can also simmer it on the stove. It makes 5 adult size servings, and you can easily double the recipes and freeze it for future freezer-friendly meals.

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This CrockPot turkey chili recipe is just for the kiddos (or picky family members)! A kid-friendly chili with ground turkey, corn, bell pepper, tomatoes and spices. Serve it with some chips on the side for the perfect back to school lunch.
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Kid-Friendly Crock Pot Turkey Chili

226 Cals 31 Protein 21 Carbs 3 Fats
Prep Time: 15 mins
Cook Time: 4 hrs
Total Time: 4 hrs 15 mins
Yield: 5 servings
COURSE: Dinner, Lunch
CUISINE: American
This Crock Pot turkey chili recipe is made with ground turkey, corn, bell pepper, tomatoes and spices. Serve it with some chips on the side!

Ingredients

  • 1.3 lbs 99% lean ground turkey
  • 1 teaspoon oil
  • 1 medium onion, minced
  • 1 red bell pepper, diced fine
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1 1/2 cups frozen corn kernels
  • 10 oz can Rotel Mild Tomatoes
  • 8 oz small can plain tomato sauce
  • 1/4 cup low sodium chicken broth
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 bay leaf

Optional Toppings:

  • diced avocado
  • reduced fat sour cream
  • reduced fat shredded cheese
  • baked tortilla chips

Instructions

  • Heat a large skillet over medium-high heat, add the turkey, season with salt and cook, breaking up with a spoon until turkey browns and is no longer pink; place into the slow cooker.
  • Add the oil to the skillet and sauté the onion, garlic and bell pepper over medium heat for about 4 to 5 minutes.
  • Spoon over turkey into the slow cooker and stir in corn and tomatoes, tomato sauce, cumin, chili powder, paprika and salt, mix until well blended.
  • Pour chicken broth into the crock pot and add the bay leaf.
  • Cover and cook on HIGH 4 hours or LOW 6 hours.
  • Serve with desired toppings.

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Nutrition

Serving: 1cup, Calories: 226kcal, Carbohydrates: 21g, Protein: 31g, Fat: 3g, Saturated Fat: 3g, Cholesterol: 59mg, Sodium: 688mg, Fiber: 3.5g, Sugar: 5g
WW Points Plus: 6
Keywords: back to school lunch chili, easy chili recipe, kid friendly chili recipe, mild chili recipe, school lunch chili

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196 comments

  1. The best chili recipe ever, I added an extra bay leaf and an extra can of Rotel. 

  2. Can you substitute ground beef? 

  3. Hello — cannot get the nutrition info to match up in My Fitness Pal.  MFP tallies 386 calories per serving.

  4. Love this recipe! Thanks for sharing! Been making it for several years, I always make a double recipe and add zucchini to sautéed veggies. Also add a bay leaf or two. I also will put all of the canned/frozen ingredients and spices in the crock pot on high before I start chopping/cooking so that they’re warmed up by the time everything else is added, seems to cut down cook time. 

  5. I can’t wait to make this meal stove top. A few modifications: Less the bay leave and Rotel Mild Tomatoes.

  6. Hi!  I’m excited to try this for my kids!  Is there something else I can use instead of the Rotel tomatoes?  Our whole family hates cilantro.
    Thanks so much!

  7. DELICIOUS! Easy too!
    I prepared this stove top. After I put thee recipe together, I let it simmer very low for one hour. A fast weeknight winner.

  8. Any directions for making this in an Instant Pot?

  9. I made this for a small outdoor Yew Years day party. I figured the chili would keep people warm since it’s cold. I tripled the recipe and left the crockpot outside to stay warm. It was such a hit. Even all the children were getting seconds and thirds of the chili. My huge pot was completely devoured by the end of the night and I keep getting texts for the recipe!!! Woo hoo!

  10. How can CrockPot Kid-Friendly Turkey Chili be 0 points for Blue but 4 points for Purple? Things which are 0 for blue are usually also 0 points for purple.

    • I had the same question. I think it’s a typo. When I add it to the recipe builder on the WW app, it’s 0 on blue and purple.

      • Thank you! I was just looking for this answer! I couldnt figure out why is was 4 on purple

  11. My boys ages 2 and 5 both loved this! I followed the recipe exactly and added a can of kidney beans. It was a big hit!  Love that is full of protein and veggies! 

  12. This is one of my favorite recipes. It’s great for making ahead for easy lunches. I’m not sure why it says 4 WW points on purple plan. I added ingredients into WW recipe builder and it came out to 0pts. 

  13. I tried making this tonight and after it was done, there was barely any liquid.  Almost like it’s just a pot of ground turkey, tomatoes and corn.  Any ideas on what to do to get more sauce? Should I make another batch without adding turkey and corn and just add that to this chili? Wondering if there is an easier way to solve this.

  14. Instant pot instructions?

  15. ATTENTION VEGANS!
    I have made this recipe so many many times over the years and continue to love it more every time.
    My boyfriend and I have started eating vegan in the last year so today I made the recipe with textured soy protein soaked in veggie stock, (1.5 cups dry), doubled all of the spices (and garlic) and added a can of kidney beans. I don’t have a crock pot anymore so I set it on the stove at low heat for about an hour.
    My Chilean partner had never had “American Chile” before and loved it! Thank you for this recipe, Gina, your site introduced me to a more healthy way of cooking almost 5 years ago 🙂

  16. Mixed thoughts on this. I prepared it exactly as the recipe instructs and when I got it  mixed in the crockpot, it was so extremely thick. More like the consistency of a meat pie. Just like a pan of meat and corn. . I feared the results, so I ended up doubling all the liquid ingredients (even the rotel) and cooked  as directed. Once finished the consistency was perfect. Rachel Ray “stoup” consistency. Really tasty. A When I went to reheat for leftovers, I had to add a great deal of liquid to get it back to our preferred consistency. So I think as written, I do not care for this recipe. If I make it again, I will probably use half the meat or again double the liquid. 

  17. This was my first time trying, it’s full of great seasoning!! I recommend this to everyone who doesn’t care for beans and loves great tasting chili!!

  18. Can you explain why there are points for this for the purple plan? What is in this that gives it the points, other than the olive oil? I must be missing something.
    Thank you