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Chili In The Slow Cooker ~ A Favorite Week Night Dinner

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Chili in the slow cooker is one of my most popular chili recipes. You may have noticed I have a few; we are big chili fans.

This chili has the perfect blend of ingredients in every meaty spoonful. Fiber from the beans and the protein from the meat will satisfy large and small appetites, keeping you full longer.

Growing up I am positive my mom made a pot of chili every single week. She has her favorites and finds no reason to try new recipes. When I made this chili, she liked it so much that she called and asked for the recipe the next day. That’s a definite win for me!

What is the best ground meat for chili?

I know there are many food sensitivities and protein preferences out there! In fact, I used to have to substitute ground pork for most of my recipes due to my own food sensitivities, but to my pleasant surprise recipes always turned out delicious.

You can be sure this chili will be a family favorite with ground turkey, chicken, beef, or pork.

Do you have to use a slow cooker

Nope. Try this option: boil the chili, then simmer covered for about 20 minutes on the stovetop. This is the perfect option for those nights when you feel like a hearty meal but are short on time.

corn bread

We like to serve our chili with fresh homemade corny cornbread and then make chili dogs the next night with leftovers. Corn-free diets consider these yummy quick and easy dinner rolls.

Weight Watcher points plus can count 3 points plus per serving.

To Make Chili In The Slow-Cooker, You Will Need:

  • Ground meat ~ turkey, chicken, beef, or pork
  • Garlic
  • Onions
  • Jalapeno pepper
  • Tomato sauce
  • Canned tomatoes
  • Dark red kidney beans
  • Black beans
  • Chili powder
  • Cumin
  • Black pepper
  • Salt
  • Brown sugar
  • Water


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Chili In The Slow Cooker

A busy weeknight chili recipe that you can make in the slow cooker or on the stovetop.
Prep Time20 minutes
Cook Time5 hours
Total Time5 hours 20 minutes
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: chili, ground turkey, healthy, slow cooker
Servings: 5 Servings
Calories: 135kcal


  • Slow Cooker
  • skillet pan
  • strainer
  • knife
  • cutting board
  • measuring cups
  • can opener


  • 1 pound ground turkey chicken, or lean beef.
  • 1/2 Tbsp minced garlic
  • 1 cup chopped onions (finely chopped)
  • 1 jalapeño pepper finely chopped~ this can also be substituted for a green pepper
  • 1 -15 oz tomato sauce
  • 1 -14.5 oz can tomatoes pureed
  • 1 -15 oz dark red kidney beans drained and rinsed
  • 1 -15 oz black beans drained and rinsed
  • 2 Tbsp chili powder
  • 2 tsp cumin
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp brown sugar or Splenda brown sugar blend
  • 1/4 – 1/3 cup water *optional
  • *grated cheddar cheese and chopped red onion for garnish if desired


  • Brown ground meat of choice with garlic and onion. Drain and add to slow cooker.
  • Add all the rest of the ingredients and stir well. Cook on low heat for 4-6 hours.
  • I stir the chili a few times during the cooking time.


*This is a thicker chili so taste it before you decide it’s too thick and add extra water. Adding too much water will dilute the spices and result in a bland pot of chili. Start with 1/3 cup extra water, any more than that may require adding more spices.
*Stovetop method - bring the chili to a boil, then simmer covered, for about 20 minutes.
3 WW points plus per serving


Serving: 1Serving | Calories: 135kcal | Carbohydrates: 7g | Protein: 23g | Fat: 2g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 50mg | Sodium: 336mg | Potassium: 405mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 982IU | Vitamin C: 3mg | Calcium: 28mg | Iron: 2mg

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