This healthier Slow Cooker Turkey Barbecue Chili is easy to make and has unique flavors!
There is no shortage of chili recipes on Happy Healthy Mama. I love chili because it’s easy to prepare, easy to make as healthy as you want it to be, and it is a warm and comforting meal during the colder weather. I also love how easy it is to play with the flavors and make it unique.
When I made this Homemade Bourbon Barbecue Sauce, I started brainstorming ways to use it in different recipes. Chili seemed like a natural fit. Have you ever had barbecue sauce in your chili? It’s adds a great flavor–we loved it!
This Slow Cooker Turkey Barbecue Chili is made with ground turkey instead of beef and I also did something I’ve never done before. I left out the beans. I love beans and always add them to my chili, so it was weird for me to leave them out. I know, however, in a lot of places it’s common to have chili sans beans, so I decided to give it a try.
I personally like chili with beans better, but I also love to switch things up, so I did enjoy this without the beans. You can, of course, always add some kidney or pinto beans if you prefer.
My favorite part about this recipe is that you make it in the Crock Pot. I’ve been working to develop more and more slow cooker recipes because I know busy families appreciate them and I also know it isn’t as easy to find healthy Crock Pot recipes.
The barbecue sauce adds a smoky sweetness that goes really well here. Serve this with a salad and maybe some corn bread and you’ll have a solid dinner. I hope you love this Slow Cooker Turkey Barbecue Chili as much as I did!Print
Slow Cooker Turkey Barbecue Chili
This Slow Cooker Turkey Barbecue Chili as unique flavor and is a warm and comforting meal.
- Prep Time: 15 minutes
- Cook Time: 4 hours, 10 minutes
- Total Time: 4 hours 25 minutes
- Yield: 8 servings
- In a large skillet*, sauté the ground turkey, onion, and green pepper until the turkey is browned, about 10 minutes.
- Transfer to your slow cooker container* and add the rest of the ingredients except the corn. Stir well.
- Cook on low for 4-6 hours or on high for 2-3 hours.
- Stir in the frozen corn and allow it to sit until it’s heated through, about 5 minutes. Enjoy!
*I actually do this step right in my Crock Pot container because it allows stovetop browning. I love that I don’t have to dirty a skillet. I use this one and I highly recommend it! (affiliate link)
- Serving Size: 1/8 of recipe
- Calories: 389
- Sugar: 12 grams
- Fat: 13.5 grams
- Carbohydrates: 37 grams
- Fiber: 4 grams
- Protein: 34 grams
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