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Slow Cooker Turkey Black Bean Chili

It’s no secret I’m obsessed with my slow cooker.  There’s a reason I published a Cookbook full of easy and healthy slow cooker recipes.  I can’t get enough of it.

I’ll even go out on a limb and say a slow cooker is the most essential kitchen tool for busy moms.  Seriously.

When you’re short on time or energy to make dinner, your slow cooker is your best friend.

Here’s a quick, homemade meal that I know your family will love: Slow Cooker Turkey Black Bean Chili.  You can throw it together in the morning or freeze it for a morning when you can’t afford to open cans and get messy.  (In a previous blog post I explained how to prep and cook freezer meals in your crockpot.)

Slow Cooker Turkey and Black Bean Chili

Slow Cooker Turkey Black Bean Chili

Yields: 6 servings


  • 1 pound of ground turkey
  • 28oz can of tomato sauce
  • 2 cans of black beans (15oz each), drained and rinsed
  • 1 can of petite diced tomatoes (14.5oz), undrained
  • 1 2/3 cup frozen corn
  • 2 large cloves of garlic, minced
  • 1 tablespoon paprika
  • 1 tablespoon chili powder
  • 2 teaspoons ground cumin
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon ground oregano
  • 1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes


  1. Add all ingredients to your slow cooker.
  2. Cover and cook on low 6-8 hours.
  3. Break apart turkey and stir.

To Freeze and Cook Later

  1. Label a gallon-sized plastic freezer bag with the name of the recipe, cooking instructions, and use-by date (which would be 3 months from the prep date).
  2. Add all ingredients to freezer bag, seal, and freeze up to three months.
  3. Thaw.
  4. Cook on “low” setting in slow cooker for 6-8 hours.
  5. Break apart ground turkey and stir.

Serve with shredded cheese and chips!

Here are some of my other favorite slow cooker recipes:

What’s one meal that you’d love to be able to make in your slow cooker?  Leave a comment or email me and I’ll try to make it slow cooker-friendly!


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