Recipe: Turkey Chilli (Slow Cooker)


I have definitely found a new appreciation for my slow cooker (crock-pot) since becoming a mum – I am all about popping ingredients into a bowl, closing the lid and having it be ready 5-8 hours later. This is especially easy since I’ve been on maternity leave as I spend less time in the kitchen cooking and more time with baby girl, where I should be. We’ve got a couple of cook books containing slow cooker recipes and we’ve been doing a lot of experimenting and finding out of the dishes we like and those we’re not so keen on. Of the ones we’ve tried, this turkey chilli one is my absolute favourite. I’ve adapted it since the first time we made it and I enjoy it even more with these changes, so I’m here to share it with you. We have this, literally, every week and (without the tortilla chips, sour cream and cheese) is super healthy, as minced turkey is low in fat and there aren’t many other ingredients. If you’re on a health kick to start the year, this might be one for you. This recipe is adapted from one in Good Food Eat Well: Healthy Slow Cooker Recipes and serves 2-3 people.


  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 1 garlic glove, crushed or chopped
  • 450g minced turkey
  • 1 tbsp plain flour
  • 1 tbsp mild chilli powder
  • 1 tbsp ground cumin
  • 1 tsp ground garlic
  • 1 tbsp cider vinegar
  • 1 tbsp soft light brown sugar
  • 500g passata
  • Salt & pepper, to taste


  • Turn the slow cooker on low to warm up.
  • Heat the oil in a large saucepan over a medium heat and add the onion and garlic. Cook for about 5 minutes, until the onion is soft.
  • Add the mined turkey and some salt and pepper, using the back of a spoon to break it up. Cook until browned. Add the flour and allow to cook out for 1 minute (this is to make a nice, thick sauce).
  • Add the chilli, cumin, ground garlic, vinegar and sugar and stir to cover the meat.
  • Add the pasta, stir again and bring to the boil.
  • As soon as it starts to boil, take it off the heat and pour the mixture into the slow cooker.
  • Cook on low for 4-5 hours.
  • You can serve it however you like, with jacket potatoes if you’re being healthy and tortilla chips, sour cream and grated cheese if you’re not!

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