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I couldn’t think of a better recipe to kick the month off than this healthy slow cooker turkey and white bean chili. Nothing beats a slowly simmered chili on a cold October day. Made with ground turkey, bell peppers, smoky chipotle peppers, white beans, and served with sharp cheddar cheese and avocado. This bowl of chili is a hearty, healthy and cozy dinner that you can feel good about eating.

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Happy October first! It’s the month of all things Halloween and as you can tell from Saturday’s “spooky” Poison Apple Martini I am very, very excited! I love the month of October so much, and I’m looking forward to all that is to come!

I spent the weekend finally getting caught up with work. And while I’m still not where I’d like to be, I am entering the month feeling a little more on top of things and a little more confident. It feels good. My goal for this month is just to take things one day at a time. In an effort to not feel like I’m being pulled in a million different directions, I also want to focus my energy on one project at a time. I put my new mantra into practice over the weekend and so far so good. Fingers crossed I can’t stick with this. My mom always says it’s best to take things one day at a time, so I’m listening to her words of wisdom. After all, it’s true what they say, moms know best.

No real reason in sharing all that, other than a little positive Monday pep talk for us all…

Ok, I’ll go back to writing about what I am good at now, the food.

Healthy Slow Cooker Turkey and White Bean Chili slow cooker bowl

How much do you guys love chili?

It’s always been one of my favorites come the fall, but growing up the only chili I ever knew was Cincinnati style chili. If you’ve never experienced Cincinnati chili, it’s just a thicker chili served over angel hair pasta. It is my mom’s favorite. To this day, the only way she will eat chili is over pasta and topped with cheddar. The only way…so yes, when I gave the family this chili to try, she indeed ate it over pasta.

Anyway, point is, I didn’t grow up eating bowls of chili. So making a soupy style chili feels like something completely new and different to me. I’ll always love Cincinnati chili, but I also love today’s healthier chili probably just as much.

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On to the details…

To start, you’ll want to brown the ground turkey on the stove-top. You can also use ground chicken, both will work equally great. I know that this extra step is a bit of a pain, but trust me, when working with ground meat it’s a step you have to take. On that note, I recently got a slow cooker that can also brown meat before you begin slow cooking. It’s a game-changer. I highly recommend investing in an all in one browning slow cooker if you love slow cooking.

Brown the meat, add all the remaining ingredients to the slow cooker and set for six or so hours. Then come home to the most delicious smells and dinner that’s ready for eating. Does not get better than that.

To bump up the flavors of my chili, I used a mix of chipotle chili peppers, chili powder, and my secret ingredient, apple butter. I know it may seem weird to use apple butter in chili, but the sweetness balances out the spice of the chili. Go with me on this, promise it takes the chili to a who would have known delicious level.

Finish each bowl off with a sprinkle of cheddar cheese, sliced avocado, and green onions. AND serve with the 5 Ingredient Honey Butter Beer Bread from the cookbook. A bowl of chili is not complete without beer bread.

Also, while I am providing you guys with Instant Pot directions, I much prefer this recipe to be made in the slow cooker if time allows. No matter how much pressure cooking you do, nothing will be the same as slow cooking a chili all day long. It gives the chili time to develop flavor and creates the most wonderful smells throughout your house.

I highly recommend making this for Sunday night dinner and then enjoying the leftovers throughout the week. Perfection.

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If you make this Healthy Slow Cooker Turkey and White Bean Chili, please be sure to leave a comment and/or give this recipe a rating! Above all, I love to hear from you guys and always do my best to respond to each and every comment. And of course, if you do make this recipe, don’t forget to also tag me on Instagram! Looking through the photos of recipes you all have made is my favorite!

Healthy Slow Cooker Turkey and White Bean Chili

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 6 hours
Total Time 6 hours 15 minutes
Servings: 8
Calories Per Serving: 192 kcal

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Ingredients

Instructions

Slow Cooker

  • 1. Heat the olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat. When the oil shimmers, add the onion and cook about 5 minutes or until it begins to caramelize around the edges. Stir in the garlic and cook another minute. Add the turkey and brown all over, breaking up the meat as you go, about 5 minutes. Remove the skillet from the heat.
    2. Transfer the turkey to the bowl of your slow cooker. Add in the red bell peppers, chipotle peppers, chili powder, smoked paprika, cumin, cinnamon, and salt. Stir in 2 cups chicken broth, the tomatoes, tomato paste, apple butter, and bay leaves, stir to combine. Cover and cook on low for 6-8 hours or high for 4-5 hours. During the last hour of cooking, stir in the beans. If your chili is too thick, add the remaining broth to thin as desired. 
    3. Remove the bay leaves and ladle the chili into bowls. Top with cheddar cheese, avocado, and green onions. Eat!

Instant Pot

  • 1. Set the instant pot to sauté. Add the olive oil and onion and cook about 5 minutes or until it begins to caramelize around the edges. Stir in the garlic and cook another minute. Add the turkey and brown all over, breaking up the meat as you go, about 5 minutes. Turn the instant pot off.
    2. Add in the red bell peppers, chipotle peppers, chili powder, smoked paprika, cumin, cinnamon, and salt. Stir in 2 cups chicken broth, the tomatoes, tomato paste, apple butter, and bay leaves, stir to combine. Cover and cook on soup/chili for 25 minutes.
    3. Once done cooking, use the quick release and release the steam. Stir in the beans. Remove the bay leaves and ladle the chili into bowls. Top with cheddar cheese, avocado, and green onions. Eat!

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  1. 5 stars
    Literally the bestttt chili I have ever eaten. My husband has always said how his dad’s chili has always been his favorite but this one had topped it. I didn’t have bell peppers so I substituted those for 2 jalapeños and then I did a can’s worth of beans made up of white great northern beans, pinto beans, and black beans. Beyond tasty, so glad I found this recipe. Oh and the apple butter and the cinnamon had me nervous at first but it really added something special to it.

  2. 5 stars
    This was so delicious! I followed the recipe pretty exact and it came out perfect! Added sour cream and fritos to the top for even more deliciousness. I loved the subtle sweetness that came through from the apple butter and when I reheated it at work for lunch everyone was asking what that lovely smell was. The perfect kick off meal for fall and I’ll be making it all season long.

  3. 5 stars
    This recipe came in a neighborhood flyer and it looked so good, I had to make it. I left out the chili pepper and the hot peppers, and used two tablespoons of apple butter. THE BEST Chili I ever made.

  4. 5 stars
    Made this for the first time tonight and my husband and I loved it! One of the best chilis I’ve ever made. I didn’t have any apple butter on hand so I substituted with a tablespoon of apple sauce and a tablespoon of maple syrup.

    1. Hi Ingrid,
      Fantastic!! So great to hear that you enjoyed this recipe and thanks a lot for making it. Have a great week!🍂 xTieghan

  5. The ingredients say 2 red peppers and the directions say red bell peppers. Just making sure this is red bell peppers?? Thanks

  6. 5 stars
    I’d love to make this recipe but don’t have a slow cooker or instant pot! Can I use just a regular pot on the stove top instead or would I need to make any modifications? Thank you!

    1. Hey Nicole,
      Wonderful! I love to hear that this recipe was enjoyed and I appreciate you giving it a try! xTieghan

        1. Hi Shelby,
          I would simmer on the stove top for 3-4 hours on low. I hope you love the recipe, please let me know if you give it a try! xTieghan

  7. 5 stars
    Have been using your recipe for almost 2 years and now my family calls to ask for “my chili recipe”. Truly is the most delicious. I even make it on hot days because it’s just so good.

    1. Hey Malia,
      Wonderful!! Thanks a bunch for making this recipe, I am so glad that it was enjoyed! ☀️xTieghan

  8. The cinnamon made it have a weird flavor. Maybe it’s better without 🤷🏼‍♀️
    Not sure, but sadly won’t be making this again.

    1. Hey Chelsea,
      So sorry you did not enjoy this recipe, please let me know if I can help in anyway! xTieghan

  9. 5 stars
    I made this tonight because we’re having a cold front in Western North Carolina. I had homemade apple butter from.thd fall. Definitely added a great flavor- a little sweetness. Hubby said it’s the best chili I’ve made!
    Another winner.

    1. Hey Robin,
      Fantastic! I am thrilled this recipe was enjoyed, thanks for giving it a go! Happy Friday:) xTieghan

        1. Hey Jess,
          Happy Friday! Thanks so much for making this recipe, I am delighted that it was enjoyed! xxTieghan

  10. Made this last night and it’s delicious, a nice blend of flavors (love adding red peppers). Think it will taste even better today since chili is always better the second day. I added four chilis since it needed more heat. When I make it again I’ll add another can of beans and less turkey. Ground turkey is pretty tasteless and a little chewy.

  11. Can this be made on the stovetop on low simmer and if so how long would you cook for? I was gifted your cookbook for xmas from my sister and I am obsessed with all the recipes and love the beauty of the photos.

    1. Hey Noelle,
      Yes, that will work well, I would cook on low for 2-3 hours. I hope you love the recipe, please let me know if you have any other questions! xTieghan

  12. 5 stars
    Go-to chili recipe! Also as a bonus for anyone on weight watchers, this recipe is almost no points on blue/purple plans. Great with ground chicken as well as turkey; sometimes I cheat on the apple butter and use apple sauce and a pinch of warming spices if that’s what I have. Can be made in the stovetop if you can’t handle smelling delicious chili all day and waiting on the slow cooker. 🙂 I’ve made this many times; it’s a crowd pleaser!

  13. 5 stars
    I like more beans so I ended up adding white kidney beans as that is what I had in the pantry and then a can of black beans and red kidney beans. Other than that I followed the recipe exactly. It was perfect. I look forward to leftovers today to see how the flavors might change.

  14. Hi! This was delicious and I loved the addition of the cinnamon. Could this be adapted to a vegetarian version using beyond burger “meat” or something similar? Thanks!

  15. 5 stars
    Just made this and followed the recipe exactly… we loved it!! Love the chipotle pepper and apple butter additions…it tasted a little different than any other chili I’ve ever had, in a really great way! Thank you for another delicious recipe 😋

  16. 5 stars
    Delicious turkey chili. I made a 1/2 recipe; I used applesauce instead of apple butter which adds a little sweetness that pairs with the chili seasonings beautifully-such a creative addition to the flavor mix. I followed the recipe exactly. I used a crock pot. The seasonings and ingredients were perfect. My new favorite chili. Thank you for yet another outstanding recipe!

  17. 2 stars
    So bummed because our family LOVES your recipes (and I can’t imagine all the hard work you put in to this site!) But it was wayyyy too spicy for us spice lovers. Dressed up with sour cream, cheese, fixings, it was better, but our 4yo kids couldn’t eat it at all. Such a bummer. I wish I had known (which is the only reason I’m providing less than stellar feedback!)

  18. 5 stars
    Just made this and it is perfect! Love that it’s loaded with veggies, and the flavor packed ingredients you use (tomato paste, chipotle in adobo, cinnamon, apple butter!) keep it simple but give a nuanced depth of flavor that I didn’t have in my previous turkey chili recipe. The 2 lbs of turkey keeps it hearty too, which my husband loves!
    Our family likes a lot of beans, so next time I’ll probably add an extra can of white and/or black in addition to what’s here.

    1. Hey Vivian,
      I am so thrilled that you enjoyed the recipe, thanks so much for giving it a try! Happy New Year! xTieghan

  19. My Instant Pot doesn’t have the soup/chili option. What should I use to cook it instead? Pressure cook for 8 minutes, maybe? Thanks!

    1. Hey Cristal,
      I think that would work well. I hope you love the recipe, please let me know if you have any other questions! Happy Holidays! xTieghan

  20. 5 stars
    I made this tonight and it was fantastic! The flavor was so well-balanced and delicious with just the right amount of heat. I’m looking forward to tomorrow’s leftovers. Thank you for yet another great recipe!

  21. 5 stars
    Mmm this was so hearty and delicious. Added extra chipotle peppers and a can of diced green chilies. Good served over angel hair pasta (cincinnati chili style) or by itself with toppings recommended, as well as sour cream and a squeeze of lime. Delicious easy fall meal!

  22. 5 stars
    This was phenomenal! We cooked it all day as a big blizzard came through and it was the perfect warming chili for a cold night. Extra plus is that it made the house smell incredible. I skipped the chipotle peppers since we have a toddler who does not like spice, and instead added some cayenne. Served with honey corn bread and already looking forward to leftovers today. I texted a friend this morning that this might be my favorite Halfbaked recipe and she responded “Wow, high praise!”

  23. Any chance there’s regular pot/stove-top instructions? I’m a huge fan of your recipes, just without a crockpot/instant pot. Thanks!

    1. Hey Hilary,
      You can simmer on the stove top for 2-3 hours. I hope you love the recipe, please let me know if you have any other questions! Happy Holidays! xTieghan

  24. 5 stars
    Delicious! I added corn and sweet potato since I had them around the house. Love that most of the ingredients were already in my pantry! Very flavorful.

  25. 5 stars
    Stumbled across this recipe and I’m so glad we did! This chili was delicious! The flavor was complex and unlike other chili recipes – will definitely be making again!

  26. 5 stars
    First time using my instant pot and making your chilli. I love both. I thought I might steam the paint off my ceiling but all is good. I am going to try your other chilli next.

    1. Hey Jocelyn,
      Yes this is great on the stove top as well. I hope you love the recipe, please let me know if you have any other questions! xTieghan

  27. For instapot, why do you put the beans in after all the cooking is done? Doesn’t that mean the beans don’t cook/soften up?? Thank you, and we love your recipes!!

    1. Hey Kirsten,
      Since you are using canned beans, the beans are already cooked, you just want to warm them through at the at. I hope you love the recipe, please let me know if you have any other questions! xTieghan

    1. Hey Jo,
      Sure that would work! I hope you love the recipe, please let me know if you have any other questions! xTieghan

    1. Hey Kate,
      You can omit the apple butter. I hope you love the recipe, please let me know if you have any other questions! xTieghan

  28. 5 stars
    Are you able to put in the nutrition facts for carbs/protein/fat or tell us what calorie calculator you use?

    1. Hey Elise,
      Absolutely! I would let it simmer for at least 3 hours. I hope you love the recipe, please let me know if you have any other questions! xTieghan

  29. 5 stars
    This recipe was easy, used easy to find ingredients/pantry staples, and it turned out amazing. My whole apartment smells incredible. I did it the instant pot way, but I will try the slow cooker method next time. I shared this link with all of my friends and family it’s so good.

    1. Wow I am so happy this turned out so well for you, Erin! Thank you for trying this and for sharing it! xTieghan

  30. 5 stars
    This was so good. Made it for dinner and loved how easy it was. It was ready to eat as soon as I got off of work. One of the best chilis I’ve ever had. So full of flavor and so warm – perfect for fall. This will be a new regular!

  31. 5 stars
    5 stars because holy mess that was so damn good. The apple butter and cinnamon are a chili game changer. Thank you!! ◡̈

  32. 4 stars
    Really good chili. Love your recipes. Trying to use my Instapot more. Used my Instapot and cut recipe in half. Pot started releasing steam before cook time was over. Burn light came on. Any ideas why this happened?

    1. Hey Molly,
      Thanks for trying the recipe! So sorry you had issues with it in the instant pot, I am wondering if you adjusted the recipe at all? Or if it was an issue with your Instant pot! Please let me know if you have any other questions! xTieghan

  33. 5 stars
    Hi and Greetings from the UK. Recipe look fabulous I am going to try it this week. Just a note…. I wanted to print the recipe with half the quantities. But there is no facility to amend the serving size when you click print it reverts back to the full serving size. I don’t know if it’s a technical ‘blip’ or if this is standard on your blog, I also tried to change serving size on a different recipe and it did the same. Thanks and stay safe safe…

  34. Hi! I was wondering if I wanted to add extra veggies to
    This recipe – which ones you think would work with the slow cooking process? I love celery, carrots and corn but don’t want it to come out mushy. Do you have any suggestions?
    Thank you! I really Love your recipes!

    1. Hey Gabby,
      You could go ahead and add the carrots and celery and then I would add the corn at the end. I hope you love the recipe, please let me know if you have any other questions! xTieghan

  35. I LOVE HALF BAKED HARVEST! My whole week of dinners are HBH. Thank you for your amazing recipes, cooking and baking inspiration.

    Quick question about SC turkey white bean chili: I do not have apple butter at this time. Would agave, honey or brown sugar work?

    Thanks again. Can’t wait for the next inspiration post.

    Patty

    1. Hey Patty,
      I would use some honey or maple syrup! I hope you love the recipe, please let me know if you have any other questions! xTieghan

  36. 5 stars
    Like many others I’ve noticed who are taking the time to write their first review on a Pinterest recipe, here I am doing the same. We made the chili tonight with a few additions… because we like it chunky! First, I changed the servings to 10 since it’s a meal prep for the week. We added 1 sweet potato, 1 can of garbanzo beans, baby Bella mushrooms, baby spinach, and we used 2-14oz cans of fire roasted tomatoes instead of crushed. Wow! It’s delicious!!! Only thing that could’ve made it tastier is bacon, but how healthy is that?!!! Thank you so much for having a plethora of amazing foods to make. I don’t follow many or obsess over their recipes, but here I am, a fan to yours!

    1. I am so glad you loved this one, Nina!! Thank you so much for trying it! I hope you continue to enjoy my blog and recipes! xTieghan

    1. Hey Jessica,
      So sorry we do not have this available. I hope you love the recipe, please let me know if you have any other questions! xTieghan

  37. 5 stars
    I made this once and it was delish! I left out the chipotle peppers as I am very sensitive to spice. Do you think i need to add any additional spices since i am leaving out the peppers? Thank you!

    1. Hi Tara,
      So glad you enjoyed the recipe! I would recommend using some chipotle seasoning in place of the peppers. Please let me know if you have any other questions! xTieghan

  38. 5 stars
    Hello:
    Can you use the adobo chilis in ground form? It is so difficult to find a clean store verision. If so what would be the conversion from 2 chilis to tsp or tbs? thx. we love this by the way.

    1. Hi Dee,
      Yes you could use 1-2 teaspoons of ground chilis. Thanks so much for trying the recipe! xTieghan

  39. Rainy Wednesday with COVID-19 social distancing called for chili. Wanted to but make my same old recipe. Followed this as much as I can follow any recipe (and in light of the restrictions just used what I had in my pantry) and it was a hit! We didn’t have chipotle peppers and in addition to the ground turkey I added some sweet sausage. I didn’t have apple butter so I added some honey. I served this with a spoon cornbread, sour cream, cheddar cheese, jalapeños and cilantro. Very good recipe!

    1. Hi Erin! I am so glad this turned out so well for you and you could use what you already had at home! Amazing! Thank you so much! xTieghan

  40. I would like to know what kind of white beans you use for your healthy turkey & white bean chili.
    Thanks! Love your recipes!

  41. 5 stars
    Hands down the best chili recipe I’ve made, and I’ve made quite a few! I confess to using ground beef instead of turkey to save a trip to the store but can’t imagine it made that much of a difference in taste. The flavors, slice combo, everything was spot on. I served with baked tostitos. Hit the spot!

  42. 5 stars
    Wow! Just amazing. I am a huge fan of savory and don’t often like mixing in sweet components (such as apple butter/cinnamon). But I cannot get enough of this!!! The flavors marry so well. And it’s so healthy to boot! This is a must try recipe and one I’ll be making over and over.

  43. 5 stars
    This chili is always a winner for me! I’ve probably made it 5-6 times since finding the recipe a few months ago and it never gets old. Every time I bring this to work and heat it up my coworkers flock to the kitchen to ask what I’m making—I’ve brought some in for them to try and they all swear it is the best chili!! Such a staple for me in my weekly meal rotations. I often add chickpeas and spinach to make it a little heartier and usually skip out on the apple butter. Can’t say enough great things about this one!

  44. I have some frozen already cooked turkey breast do you think I could use that? If so when would you recommend I add it to the chili?

    1. Hey Olivia! I am sorry, I would not recommend swaping the meat. I fear your sauce would be too liquidy if you did so. Please let me know if you have any other questions. I hope you love this recipe! Thank you!! xTieghan

  45. 5 stars
    Not your moms chili!! This is delicious, you can taste all the amazing flavors. I used my instapot because I was short on time. I’ll definitely use the slow cooker next time so my house smells delicious for hours. Kids give 5 stars too

    1. Hey Carly, if you crumble up the meat into small pieces and cook an additional hour in the slow cooker I think that should work just fine. Please just make sure the meat is fully cooked before eating. Please let me know if you have any other questions. I hope you love this recipe! Thank you and happy holidays! xTieghan

  46. 5 stars
    We loved it! The day you reposted, I was about to message you for a ground turkey recipe because got a WooHoo at CityMarket – 3 pounds for 2$.

  47. 5 stars
    I rarely leave comments…. This recipe was a HIT tonight for our Halloween Party! I.5x the recipe, I made it the day before and just rewarmed it in the crockpot. So easy. Sub’ed pumpkin butter for apple butter, since I couldn’t find any. I only used one chipotle pepper and it was perfect for the younger kids. My 10 year old said, “out of 10, this recipe is a 30!” Feed 10 adults and 6 kids, absolutely no left overs. YUM! Thank you!

    1. HI! I recommend simmer over low heat for 3-4 hours or up to all day stirring occasionally, the longer the chili cooks, the more flavor. Please let me know if you have any other questions. I hope you love this recipe! Thank you! xTieghan

    1. Hey Pat! You can easily cook this on the stove top too. That works great! Please let me know if you have any other questions. I hope you love this recipe! Thank you! xTieghan

  48. Can I cook this in a regular stock pot if I don’t have an instant pot or slow cooker? What will the timing look like?

    Excited to make this!

    1. Hi Anna! I recommend simmering on the stover for 1-2 hours over medium heat until the flavors have come together.. You can also cook over over low heat for 3-4 hours or up to all day, stirring occasionally. Please let me know if you have any other questions. I hope you love this recipe! Thank you! xTieghan ???

  49. Hey Tieghan, if I want to make this on the stove stop since I don’t own an instant pot or a slow cooker, how long would I need to cook everything for? Thanks!

    1. Hi Nicole! I recommend simmering on the stover for 1-2 hours over medium heat until the flavors have come together.. You can also cook over over low heat for 3-4 hours or up to all day, stirring occasionally. Please let me know if you have any other questions. I hope you love this recipe! Thank you! xTieghan ???

  50. 5 stars
    This is a household favorite!! We probably make this once a month. And, it’s a great option for our local homeless shelter dinner – heart, healthy and delicious!!

    1. Hi Anna! You can follow the directions for the instant pot, but instead cook the chili in a large pot on the stove top. Once the meat is browned, add the remaining ingredients, then cover and cook over low heat for 1 hour or up to all day, stirring occasionally. Please let me know if you have any other questions. I hope you love this recipe! Thank you! xTieghan

  51. What is your tip if I don’t have either the slow cooker or the instant pot. How do you translate to regular stove top cooking? I noticed the same on the broccoli cheddar recipe. I love your recipes but don’t want to buy the equipment no space in my NYC kitchen 🙂

    1. Hi Serra! You can follow the directions for the instant pot, but instead cook the chili in a large pot on the stove top. Once the meat is browned, add the remaining ingredients, then cover and cook over low heat for 1 hour or up to all day, stirring occasionally. Please let me know if you have any other questions. I hope you love this recipe! Thank you! xTieghan

  52. Hi! Love your blog and your recipes so much. Have made and loved many of them. I’m going to make this tonight – what think about adding corn, too? If you like it, how much and when would you add it (frozen and/or fresh?)

    Thanks for being so amazing!

    1. Hey Jenny! I am sure corn will be delicious! I would add 1 cup frozen corn. Please let me know if you have any other questions. I hope you love this recipe! Thank you! xTieghan

  53. 5 stars
    Hi, greetings from the UK. I can source either turkey breast mince or turkey thigh mince. Which do you recommend and which did you use in the recipe? Could I add maple syrup or agave syrup instead of apple butter? If so, how much do you recommend? Looking forward making the recipe soon. Thanks in advance.

    1. Hi Nina! I would use turkey breast mince. That will be great! And I would use an equal amount of maple syrup in place of the apple butter. Please let me know if you have any other questions. I hope you love this recipe! Thank you! xTieghan

  54. This recipe looks amazing! Will I be able to make it in a 4-quart slow cooker, or should I use half of each ingredient?

    1. Hey Kari! I would recommend halving the recipe. Please let me know if you have any other questions. I hope you love this recipe! Thank you! xTieghan

  55. HI 🙂 can you make this on the stove top? I have not invested in a slow cooker yet 😮
    excited to try this out
    Simi x

    1. Hi there! Yes, of course! Just brown the meat, add the remaining ingredients and then simmer everything over medium heat for 1-2 hours or until you are ready to serve. Please let me know if you have any other questions. I hope you love this recipe! Thank you! xTieghan

  56. 5 stars
    OMG! This was table-banging good! We added some black beans, too … just because I love black bean. Can’t wait for the leftovers tomorrow night. I’m sure it just gets even better. Thanks all the delicious recipes!

  57. This recipe looks amazing!
    About how much chili do you think this makes? It says 8 servings but how many oz would you say each serving is?

    Thank you 🙂

    1. Hi! Honestly, I am unsure, but if I had to guess it makes about 5-6 cups of chili. Please let me know if you have any other questions. I hope you love this recipe! Thank you! xTieghan

  58. 5 stars
    Just tried your delicious chili recipe! Loved it! Absolutely yummy! Thank you for sharing this healthy recipe!

  59. 5 stars
    OMG…everything i make from you is over the top delicious…this recipe did not disappoint!! A perfectly healthy, flavorful, and yummy chili for a snowy night!!l Thank you!1

    1. Hey Kimberly, I am unsure of what measurements a serving size is. Please let me know if you have any other questions. I hope you love this recipe! Thank you! xTieghan

  60. 5 stars
    Love this chili recipe! I love heat so I did 4 chipotle peppers in adobo sauce and added a chopped poblano pepper when I cooked the onion.

  61. Hi there!

    I’m excited to make this recipe but don’t have a slow cooker/instant pot. Any suggestions on cook time for using a Dutch oven in the stove top?

    1. HI there! Just follow the directions for the slow cooker, but simmer over low heat for 2-3 hours, stirring occasionally. That will be just great!

  62. 5 stars
    i love chili and have made quite a few different types, but this recipe definitely stands out. i even attempted the HBH apple butter (i’d never had it before – so good!) to make sure i had HBH-approved ingredients for this recipe. such a lovely spice blend, filling, and just fantastic. also love that this is on the healthy side! adapted the approach just slightly so i could do this one the stovetop; still easy and came out great!

  63. Chili cooking as we speak… the cinnamon smelled amazing going in. One question: where are the bowls from? reaaallly digging those.

    1. The bowl are a vintage store find! Thank you! Please let me know if you have any other questions. I hope you love this recipe. Thanks so much!! xTieghan

  64. 5 stars
    Thank you for this recipe! I made last night with one alteration – pumpkin butter instead of apple butter (because we had it on hand) and it was delicious!

  65. 5 stars
    This chili was absolutely delicious! I made it last night for dinner and my boyfriend and I both had seconds. It was so simple to make and made my apartment smell wonderful! Thank you for the delicious recipe!

  66. 5 stars
    super good – perfect amount of heat!
    added some zucchini to up the veggie content and used peach butter instead of apple.
    Only thing I would change next time would be to add sliiightly less cinnamon.

    thank you! 🙂 i’ll def keep this in my chili rotation.

  67. 5 stars
    This has become our house’s new go-to chili recipe! It was sooooo good! I’ve never used chili in adobo before but what a great flavor addition. It had a nice spice level that lingered but not in an over powering, cough until your eyes water and number your mouth kind of way. Overall the chili was delish and is keeper. Next time I’ll have to try it over pasta like your mom!

  68. My dear sweet awesome husband is making this tonight after our last night’s entertainment of him finally looking at your Instagram feed w/ me, getting sucked into every video and recipe and drooling. I CANNOT wait. Is there anyway you have any other rec for a purchased apple butter if we aren’t able to make your SC recipe for it in time? I hate asking that but nothing will stop us from making this chili tonight, you are an artist with a talent I’d give anything to have even half of!

    1. Hey Rachel! You can easily just swap the apple butter for an equal amount of maple syrup, honey, or even just omit it all together. It’s not too big of a deal. Please let me know if you have any other questions. I hope you love this recipe. Thanks so much! xTieghan

  69. 4 stars
    Pretty straight forward chili but I would prefer less meat and more beans bc turkey can be a little tough and tasteless. Also, I wish I could have more of that adobo flavor without So much heat. That’s what I was hoping for. Otherwise it’s a good chili to do up with all the fixings.

  70. 5 stars
    Tried it, loved it! I had to substitute the chipotle peppers with fresh jalapenos, the apple butter with brown sugar, added a piece of dark chocolate, and it was an amazing flavour. Thank you so much for this great recipe!

  71. Really pleasant chili, especially on a cold blustery night like it, is tonight where I live. I followed the recipe exactly and I feel like I don’t really taste the apple butter so much. If I were to make this recipe again, I think I’d double the amount of apple butter in the recipe so I could taste it a bit more. Perhaps its because the adobo/chipotle pepper was a bit more flavor forward. Having said all that, I really like all the level of spices and the taste is super comforting and definitely hits the spot!

    1. HI! Yes, this freezes really well! Just freeze in a freezer container for up to 3 months. Thaw overnight in the fridge. Please let me know if you have any other questions. I hope you love this recipe. Thanks so much! xTieghan

    1. Hey Angelina! I am sure fig butter will be great (it’s my favorite spread!). You could also just omit the fruit butter all together, Please let me know if you have any other questions. I hope you love this recipe! Thanks! xTieghan

  72. 5 stars
    Hi Tieghan – I’ve used the same chili recipe for over 20 years and it’s always gotten good reviews. This past weekend, my son asked me to make a healthier chili so I made your slow cooker turkey and white bean recipe and it is now our new favorite chili! Everything about it was fabulous but especially the heat and hint of chipotle. I made it with your beer bread and pumpkin butter, which were both awesome accompaniments to the chili (I might have embarrassed myself a little by attempting to lick the pumpkin butter directly from the saucepan – it was that good!). Thanks for a great new chili and for all your amazing recipes!

    1. I am so glad you loved this Donna! Also, so awesome you loved this enough to lick the pan. I would totally do the same! Thank you!

  73. 5 stars
    Making this tomorrow, I can’t wait! After adding the turkey to the slow cooker, did you also transfer the onion? Thanks!

    1. HI! Yes, add both the turkey and onions to the slow cooker at the same time. Please let me know if you have any other questions. I hope you love this recipe. Thanks so much! xTieghan

  74. This looks amazing. I REALLY don’t want to omit the chipotles in adobo, but I come from a family who basically can’t handle any spiciness, so if I was to make this for them, would one chipotle give it noticeable heat or do you think it would be best to omit them altogether? (Sorry to be annoying, I hate asking questions like this.)

    1. Hey Jeff! I don’t personally feel like 1 chipotle will be spicy…but that is me. I say try it becasue they add so much flavor! Or maybe just start with 1/2 the chili and see how that goes first? I think 1/2 chili will just add a smoky flavor a no spice. Please let me know if you have any other questions. I hope you love this recipe. Thanks so much! xTieghan

  75. Oh yum, looks delicious! This kind of warm pot foods are perfect for the upcoming cold winter days. I also love the concept of putting some spices in there. Those will make the food even more warming and uniquely delish. 🙂

  76. My family doesn’t care for apple butter…how would you feel if I substituted it with a spoonful of applesauce?! I hate to buy a big jar of apple butter for 1 tablespoon called for in the recipe 🙂 I don’t want to compromise the recipe per say.

    1. Apple sauce will be great or you can just omit the apple butter all together. Please let me know if you have any other questions. I hope you love this recipe. Thanks so much! xTieghan

  77. 5 stars
    We made this for dinner last night and it was delicious! We loved the smokey/sweet flavor combo. So good and a great change-up from our typical chili flavors. Thanks!
    Also, my husband is from Cincinnati and loves Skyline, but agreed that this is so much better (and better for us!)

  78. This Chili is amazing. I love the apple butter addition – it makes all the difference in the world. It really sets this chili apart from all the other recipes I’ve used and found online. I had to double the recipe to make more so we could have it during the week! My ten year old likes it too, which never happens. Ha! Thumbs up to you, my friend!

  79. 5 stars
    Just made this and I must say, this is the best turkey chili that I’ve ever made (and that’s a lot). The flavors are on point. I served it with your beer bread from the cookbook. Can’t wait to eat leftovers tomorrow!

  80. 5 stars
    Made this in the crock pot tonight..oh my goodness! So dang good everyone loved it. Kids too! I left out the chipotle peppers because I forgot to pick them up while at the store. Still so so tasty. Best chili I have ever eaten!
    Thanks for another bomb recipe. I have made lots of your brilliant recipes and have loved them all. Cheers!

    1. Wow that is so amazing to hear! I am so glad you loved this chili recipe and it turned out amazing for you Shannon! Thank you!

  81. I hate to be this person, but do you have any suggestions for what to substitute the turkey with to make this vegan friendly? The base just sounds mouthwatering amazing.

    1. HI! I would use 2 cans of your favorite cooked beans or 1 1/2 cups of uncooked lentils (add at the beginning of cooking). Please let me know if you have any other questions. I hope you love this recipe. Thanks so much! xTieghan

  82. 5 stars
    This was delicious. I didn’t have apple butter on hand so wasn’t able to include it, but it was still delicious.

  83. I haven’t tried it yet, but I suspect that tablespoon of apple butter is a genius move! Do you eat the honey butterbeer bread with Cincinnati chili also? I would be interested in that recipe too! I have your cookbook, so I’ll be baking the bread soon! Thank you for the inspiration.

    1. Hi Shari! I have not tried it with the Cincinnati style chili, but I am sure it would taste amazing! I hope you try this one! Also, I hope you are loving the cookbook! Thank you!

    1. Hey Amy, we use an online calorie calculator counter. Please let me know if you have any other questions. I hope you love this recipe. Thanks so much! xTieghan

    1. It is turkey and white beans, sorry that was just a typo. Recipe is all fixed. Please let me know if you have any other questions. I hope you love this recipe. Thanks so much! xTieghan

  84. This looks so yummy. Can’t wait to try it, I have so many different chili recipes but it’s nice to add to the repertoire.

  85. Can’t you also use the Insta Pot as a slow cooker? Looks like that would be better than messing up a pan for the meat then dumping in a slow cooker.

    1. Hey Charlotte! Yes, you can use the instant pot as a slow cooker. Please let me know if you have any other questions. I hope you love this recipe. Thanks so much! xTieghan

  86. Yay! Chili season! This looks so yummy! I love a chili that can be made in the crock pot.

  87. 5 stars
    This chili sounds just delicious and thank you for sharing your super secret surprising ingredient! I know it will be delicious. I like your Mama’s advice also – smart! One day at a time, let’s do this! Happy Monday to you!

  88. Yum, we love chili at home and this recipe offers a new (healthier?) twist. Will try this one tonight!
    And your mom is right: one day at a time is enough. Ok, some projects need to be planned ahead, but try to not overdo or overthink it. I used to plan SO many things at a time that would leave me with a headache and confused feelings at the end of the day. Not worth it.