This Whole 30 Paleo Turkey Chili Recipe is an easy healthy meal made in the crockpot. Loaded with vegetables & turkey – this lighter chili recipe is packed with flavor + lean protein. It’s going to be your new favorite slow cooker dinner! This post was originally shared in September of 2016 but the photos + content have since been updated.
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Now that Spring is here and Summer is quickly approaching, I’m all about meals that don’t require me to spend a lot of time in the kitchen or turning the oven on. We live in a tiny apartment, and when it’s warm outside + the oven is on… it doesn’t matter how much the AC is blasting, it gets HOT in here! That’s why I love making this Paleo Turkey Chili in the crockpot!
Turkey chili is without a doubt one of my favorite meals, and I love making it in the crockpot so it can cook low and slow for maximum flavor. My mom makes really, really delicious chili, and I can remember coming home after school when I was younger and being so excited when the house smelled like it! Now I get equally as excited when it’s cooking in my own kitchen 🙂
Chili is one of the easiest things to make…and if you have a crockpot it’s even easier! You all know I’m the crockpot queen. (Hello Healthy Crockpot Pulled Pork & Whole 30 Crockpot Stuffed Peppers – my other two favorite dinners!) I truly think it’s the best invention ever. Take all your ingredients, toss them in a pot, walk away and have a meal that’s perfectly cooked and ready to eat in a few hours? Yes, Please!
There’s really no ‘wrong’ way to make chili. You can put pretty much anything in it that you like, and as long as you add in some spices, tomatoes and veggies – it’s gonna be good. I prefer to make my chili without beans. After doing Whole 30 I found that legumes were a huge part of what was irritating my stomach and impairing my digestion. When I eat them I just don’t feel good – so I left them out of this recipe, making it the perfect Whole 30/paleo friendly dinner!
You’re probably wondering – well if there’s no beans, what IS in this paleo turkey chili? VEGGIES! All the veggies. I loaded this chili up with carrots, celery, peppers, and tomatoes. There are so many fresh, delicious veggies – you won’t even miss the beans. You can serve this recipe over cauliflower rice or just eat it on it’s own. It’s very hearty + filling! I love to top it with guacamole + salsa!
The ground turkey in this recipe is way lighter than beef, making this the perfect protein + veggie packed dish! Your family is totally going to love it. Something to note – this recipe makes a pretty large batch of chili (an entire crockpot full). However, it does freeze very well. It’s perfect for making one large batch, enjoying it for dinner + freezing it for later in the week!
Paleo Turkey Chili
Healthy Paleo Turkey Chili is an easy meal made in the crockpot. Loaded with vegetables & turkey - it's going to be your new favorite low FODMAP dinner!
- 2 lbs ground turkey
- 2 tbsp olive oil
- 1 cup minced onion
- 1 tbsp minced garlic
- 1 cup chopped peppers
- 1 cup chopped carrots
- 40 oz canned crushed tomatoes
- 1 1/2 tbsp paprika
- 1/2 tsp red pepper flakes
- 1 tsp pepper
- 2 tsp chili powder
- 1 tsp cumin
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1/2 tsp cinnamon
- 1/2 tsp turmeric
- 2 cups steamed sweet potato noodles or cauliflower rice
Heat oil in a pan. Cook turkey over medium high heat until browned.
Add browned turkey + all ingredients to the crockpot.
Stir all of the ingredients together in the crockpot until thoroughly mixed
Cook on low for 6 hours. Serve over steamed sweet potato noodles or cauliflower rice for a paleo/whole 30 option, or rice for non-paleo/whole 30 eaters!
Nutrition Facts: Calories: 249, Protein: 25g, Fat: 12g, Carbs: 15g
If you’re not paleo/whole 30, you can definitely add in some black or red beans to this. Chickpeas would also be delicious! I also recommend serving with a sprinkle of cheddar cheese – the sharpness is so delicious with the flavors of the chili! Do you have a favorite chili recipe? If so..share your secrets!!
You can view the nutrition facts for this recipe here.
Looking for other easy, delicious, paleo dinners? Try these!