Slow cooker turkey chili is one of my favorite back to school crock pot recipes. For a healthy, hearty, and comforting bowl of sweet heat, get simmered-all-day flavor for dinner without all the work when you make Pineapple Black Bean Slow Cooker Turkey Chili.
Disclosure: I’m partnering with Jennie-O to bring you this recipe. As always, all opinions are my own.
It never fails that when I am in the middle of making dinner and my three year old tells me he is hungry. Does he ever say this when it’s a point in the meal preparation I can get him involved and help pass the time?
Of course not.
Naturally he waits until it is simmering on the stove or baking in the oven to demand that he needs dinner NOOOOOOWWWWW! Either that or he is trying to reach his wee bitty fingers up on to the cutting board as I am about to slice into vegetables on said cutting board with my giant kitchen knife.
Every night it’s the same thing. He tells me he is hungry, I tell him he had his afternoon snack at school so he can wait till dinner, he tells me he is hungry now, I tell him he can get some carrots or peppers out of the fridge, he tells me he doesn’t like carrots and peppers anymore, I tell him dinner is cooking and there is nothing I can do to make it cook faster but he is welcome to snack on vegetables, he tells me he is not hungry for vegetables, and I tell him that I am sorry.
Then he storms off like the moody, sullen three-nager he usually is at 5:30 in the evening. And as soon as I tell him dinner is ready, he asks what it is and immediately tells me he doesn’t like it, sulks once again, and then proceeds to eat two servings.
Story of my life.
At least when I make dinner in the slow cooker, I can avoid some of the drama, because easy dinners like this slow cooker turkey chili are waiting for us…
Spend a few minutes prepping your ingredients in the morning or the night before, and you can come home to the aroma of Pineapple Black Bean Slow Cooker Turkey Chili wafting through the house. And you get all of the perfect blending of flavors that you expect from a pot of chili that’s been simmering all day on the stove, but you don’t have to sit around and babysit it.
Making slow cooker turkey chili is super easy, but it does require a few minutes of prep work. I know the slow cooker purists are crying “foul” on me, because I brown the meat on the stove. But it only take a few minutes, and during that time, you can get all of your other ingredients chopped, measured, and ready for you to just add the meat and push the start button.
You can even do all of that the night before, dump it in first thing in the morning, then go about your day. You’ll walk in the door to a delicious and satisfying pot of deliciousness that’s the perfect blend of spicy with just a bit of sweet.
Watch me make the slow cooker turkey chili in this video. It’s super easy!
And while I am a huge fan of a hearty, meat-filled, long cooking chili recipe, well, when it comes to the preparation time and richness of the dish, let’s just say that I’ll save the World’s Best Chili for the weekends, because this is what I’d consider a “weeknight chili”. Not only is the preparation simple and ingredient list shorter, but it’s definitely a healthier option. It is chock full of protein, fiber, and even plenty of veggies, making it a complete meal in a bowl. Plus I’ve made the switch to Jennie-O Lean Ground Turkey.
Jennie-O Lean Ground Turkey is all natural and naturally gluten free, with only 8 grams of fat per serving meaning you can indulge your comfort food cravings without any guilt. Just open the lid, scoop it into a bowl, and add some of your favorite fixings, like cheese, plain Greek yogurt (in place of sour cream), and crushed tortilla chips. Dinner is served!
Then add this Pineapple Black Bean Slow Cooker Turkey Chili to your dinner menu, especially for those crazy nights. I can’t promise it’ll eradicate all three-year-old meltdowns, but at least there will be happy faces once you are all gathered around the dinner table.
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Pineapple Black Bean Slow Cooker Turkey Chili
A healthy, hearty, and comforting bowl of sweet heat with simmered-all-day flavor.
- 1 Tablespoon olive oil
- 1 lb package Jennie-O Lean Ground Turkey
- 1 teaspoon kosher salt
- freshly ground black pepper
- 2 Tablespoons chili powder (or adjust as needed based on your preference for level of heat)
- 1 red pepper, chopped
- 1/2 medium onion, chopped
- 1 cup chopped carrots
- 1 cup pineapple tidbits from a can, drained
- one 15.5 oz. cans of black beans beans, rinsed and drained
- One 28 oz. can crushed tomatoes
- Optional shredded cheddar cheese, Greek yogurt/sour cream, chopped avocado, minced onion, tortilla chips, etc. for serving
- In a skillet over medium heat, heat olive oil, then add the turkey, salt, pepper, and chili powder.
- Saute until the turkey is fully cooked, breaking up as it cooks.
- Add onion and pepper, and saute for another 2-3 minutes, until onion starts to become translucent.
- Transfer the mixture to your slow cooker, then add carrots, pineapple, black beans, and crushed tomatoes, and stir.
- Cook on Low for 4-6 hours.
- Serve with desired toppings.
Enjoy this Pineapple Black Bean Slow Cooker Turkey Chili recipe!
If you love this recipe, you might also like these…
- Slow Cooker BBQ Rubbed Turkey Breast
- Quick and Easy Chipotle Turkey Chili
- Cauliflower Hash Browns Slow Cooker Breakfast Casserole
And some other awesome slow cooker recipes featuring Jennie-O turkey from other Switch Circle bloggers…
- Slow Cooker Spaghetti and Meatball Soup from Wine and Glue
- Healthy Turkey Stew from Show Me the Yummy
- Light Crockpot Turkey Meatballs from The Creative Bite
- Crock Pot Meatloaf and Veggies from Julie’s Eats and Treats