Simple Crockpot Chili

ATTN to all of those suffering the freezing cold temperatures spanning the mid-west and east coast right now - this is a guarantee to warm you up and satisfy you (i hope). It only seemed right to make and share a hearty crockpot chili that is easy, delicious, and easily adaptable to your pantry. Even though it is 50F and SUNNY in Seattle this week… (spoiled)… this chili was delicious and was perfect because I had all of the cans stocked in my pantry!

Crockpots are perfect kitchen staples that can slow cook your food for hours while you’re out and about, at work, or just home and patiently waiting while letting the smells fill your kitchen. For those of you who leave it on overnight - you obviously haven’t watched This Is Us and aren’t traumatized. But that’s an option, too.


My favorite thing about making chili at home is you can adapt to whatever ingredients you have on hand. Some simple staples would be ~2 cans of canned tomatoes, a jar of tomato sauce, and 1-2 cans of beans. Add in veggies as able - onion, corn, bell pepper, green beans, etc and some sort of protein (extra beans, ground turkey, or ground beef). Season to your liking - I used chili powder, garlic powder, and salt/pepper.



  • 1 pound of ground turkey

  • 1/2 onion, diced

  • 1 tbsp garlic

  • 1/2 bell pepper chopped (didn’t have but usually add)

  • 2 cans of diced tomatoes

  • 1/2 jar or ~1.5 cups of tomato sauce (found a low sugar, minimal ingredient sauce)

  • 1-2 can beans, rinsed (kidney, black beans, cannellini beans)

  • 1 can of corn, rinsed

  • Seasonings to taste: Chili powder, chipotle chili pepper, garlic powder, salt, pepper

  • Toppings: shredded cheddar cheese, greek yogurt or sour cream, avocado slices, etc.


  1. In a medium sauce-pan, saute onions and bell pepper until onions are slightly translucent

  2. Add in ground turkey and cook until browned. Add in garlic towards the end and mix together

  3. In a crockpot - place cooked turkey, onion, bell pepper.

  4. Add canned tomatoes, beans, corn, and tomato sauce

  5. Add seasonings and mix well

  6. Cook all ingredients on HIGH for about ~4 hours (or LOW for 6-8 hours) and stir occasionally if able.

  7. Add toppings as preferred and enjoy!

Makes ~4-5 servings - great for leftovers!