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Slow Cooker Turkey Black Bean Chili

Slow Cooker Turkey Black Bean ChiliIt’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.

Slow Cooker Turkey Black Bean ChiliHere’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 Black Bean Chili

  • Author: Kelly McNelis
  • Yield: 6 servings


Cook fresh or freeze to cook later. Serve with shredded cheese and chips!


  • 1 pound ground turkey
  • 28oz can tomato sauce
  • 2 cans black beans (15oz each), drained and rinsed
  • 14.5oz can petite diced tomatoes, undrained
  • 1 2/3 cup frozen corn (half of a one pound bag)
  • 2 large cloves 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.

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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