Adventures in Healthier Eating with 2 Kids and a Picky Husband

Slow Cooked Mild Turkey Chili

Posted by 9 years ago 17 Comments

I LOVE chili! It’s like pizza for me, even bad chili is good chili. ;~) (well… unless it’s from a can)

This chili I purposely made mild to TRY and get the husband and the toddler on board with my chili obsession but alas, I failed. The husband didn’t try it, he’s just not interested in chili! Unbelievable! And the toddler, well, he said he didn’t like before he even tried it. His mind was already made up and I couldn’t change it.

Oh well, their loss, it was GOOD! Now I have lunches for the next week!

Next time, since they aren’t going to eat it anyway, I’m spicing it up with some ground red pepper, hot sauce and jalapeno peppers!Slow Cooked Mild Turkey Chili

  • 20 oz extra lean ground turkey
  • 1 small-medium onion chopped
  • 1 large green bell pepper chopped
  • 1 large red bell pepper chopped
  • 1 small can of sweet corn (8oz) undrained
  • 1 can of black beans (15oz) drained and rinsed
  • 1 can of diced tomatoes (15oz) undrained
  • 1 small can of tomato paste (6oz)
  • 1 tbsp unsweetened cocoa (5g)
  • 1 tbsp Molasses (20g)
  • 1 tbsp chili powder
  • 1 tbsp onion powder
  • 1 tbsp dried cilantro
  • 1/2 tbsp ground cumin
  • non-stick spray

Brown the turkey in a non-stick skillet over medium heat.

Spray the inside of the crock pot with non-stick cooking spray (makes is much easier to clean!). Add all the ingredients to a crock pot with 1 tomato paste can of water (6oz). Mix well to combine, it will thick and dry (not a lot of liquid). Cover and cook on high for 3 hours or on low for 5-6 hours.

Here’s a before and after cooking photo.

Slow Cooked Mild Turkey Chili  - before cookingSlow Cooked Mild Turkey Chili  - after cooking

Serve with a sprinkle of cheese and cilantro, over rice, or (my favorite) with some baked Doritos! YUM!

Approx Nutritional Information per serving
Servings Amt per Serving Calories Fat Carbs Fiber WWPs
6 just over a cup (2 ladelfuls) 325 2g 46g 10g 6

See other recipes using: beans, black beans, cocoa, corn, ground turkey, molasses, onion, peppers, tomato, tomato paste, turkey

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    September 22, 2008

    oh cannot wait to try this one !!!!!!!!!! One question - is that really 1 tbsp unsweetened cocoa in the ingredients? Never heard of cocoa in chilli before... intrigued.

    Jenni Shaver

    September 22, 2008

    I love chili and thankfully my family does also. I will have to stray from my tried and true to give this recipe a go. Thanks for sharing. :)


    September 22, 2008

    CrazyLady - It IS! It's helps give the chili a deeper flavor. Especially when you are using ground turkey instead of beef.


    September 22, 2008

    This is very similar to a version of chili that I make (we love using black beans in it), but I've never added cocoa. It sounds like a good addition. I'll have to give it a try next time.


    September 22, 2008

    We had chili last night, too but just your plain, normal kind. Never tried the cocoa - sounds awesome! I can't imagine two men who didn't like chili! How crazy!


    September 22, 2008

    Christie - I KNOW! RIGHT!?!?


    September 22, 2008

    Roni! Fantastic recipe! Thanks! The fact that your husband and toddler didn't even wanted to try it, might be the result of the final food looks, specially color I suspect. Try administering it to them wrapped in a tortilla. For one they won't even imagine what it is inside, and after you can laugh at them for eating what they actually rejected a day before or so. You are right! They ARE picky! Great blog! Glad I found it! Gabi @


    September 22, 2008

    I had turkey chili lastnight .. it was amazing, my first time making it.. i didn't think to put corn in it.. will have to do that next time!


    September 23, 2008

    One last question Roni... could I use honey instead of molasses or would it not have the desired effect ?


    September 23, 2008

    I have made my daughters Turkey Chili with ground turkey,black beans and tomatoes. It is awesome...I cant quite wrap myself around corn and cocoa in the same pot but Im willing to try anything once. You havent steered me wrong yet Roni! Thanks


    September 23, 2008

    CrazyLady - Sure, it will work the molasses with be a deeper flavor. You could also use a bit of brown sugar!


    September 23, 2008

    Looks good... the chocolate is Mexican?? spanish? I think. Have you thought of using the "slow cooker bags?" Doesn't look as "cool" but sure makes clean up a ZIP. Does add $ to your meal. I then just take the bag with the left over food in it and freeze it. Happy cookin...............

    Maranda (Crafting Blog)

    September 23, 2008

    Ooo...I love chili, I'll have to make a pot this fall. It looks savory:)


    September 2, 2009

    Hey, lady--I see your turkey recipe and one from my own site both made the Top 25 list on TIPNUT's recipes for ground turkey site! Congrats! If you don't know about it, here's the link: It was posted last week...Thursday, I think. I was mostly excited to be chosen along with your site, which is my favorite cooking blog! :)


    November 5, 2009

    A girl can never have too many chili recipes, thanks for sharing.


    January 3, 2013

    What is a serving size?


    January 4, 2013

    just over a cup (2 ladelfuls)