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Well, winter is here! Time to make savory foods that will warm us up and this chili is the perfect dish to warm up with. My husband Steve just bought me a crockpot, which I have been wanting forever!

Years ago, I wrote my college application essay about how there was a time when I didn’t know what a crockpot was. I related it to being raised in a Russian household, living between the Russian and American culture, and well, it all made sense at the time!

And here I am, (basically) done with my Master’s and excited to finally own a crockpot! It all comes full circle.

Anyway, I was looking up slow cooker recipes and came across Two Peas and Their Pod’s Slow Cooker Turkey Chili. I ended up making this stove top and adapted the recipe as such, plus to include more veggies, but must give credit where credit is due because this chili is seriously so tasty!

I always wanted to try my own chili but thought I would have to buy all these different spices. All this one needs (other than salt and pepper) is chili powder and cumin.

This can also be made vegetarian by excluding the ground turkey. It has plenty of other great ingredients to make this filling and delicious.

It is so flavorful, packed with tons of nourishing ingredients and only takes a little prep work.

Let’s get cooking!

Three Bean Turkey Chili


  • 1/2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 lb ground turkey lean as possible
  • 2 garlic cloves minced or pressed
  • 1 yellow pepper chopped
  • 1 zucchini chopped
  • 1 cup jalapeno peppers deli-sliced, tamed and drained (optional)
  • 1 15oz can black beans, drained (low sodium)
  • 1 15 oz can red kidney, beans, drained (low sodium)
  • 1 15oz can cannellini beans, drained (low sodium)
  • 1 15oz can tomato sauce (low sodium)
  • 1 15oz cans diced tomatoes (low sodium)
  • 1 cup frozen corn
  • 2 tbsp chili powder
  • 1 tbsp cumin
  • 1 tbsp brown sugar
  • Salt & pepper to taste


  • In large pot, head olive oil on medium heat. Add ground turkey and begin to brown. Season with salt&pepper, to taste or about 1/2 tsp each.
  • When turkey is almost cooked, add sweet potato, stir and cook about 5 minutes. Add garlic and continue to stir. Cook about 1 minute.
  • Add remaining ingredients, except for brown sugar. Reduce heat to medium-low, stir, cover and cook for 45 minutes - 1 hour.
  • After cooking for about an hour, add brown sugar and stir. Cook for another 15 minutes, then turn off heat, cover and let sit for about an hour before serving.

Delish! This makes a huge pot, so that means plenty of left overs or plenty to share.

Serve with favorite toppings, such as sour cream, a little shredded cheese or scallions! I usually top mine with a scoop of sour cream and a couple dashes of hot sauce.

However you do it, make it how you love it!

As always, I hope you enjoy!

Lots of LOVE,