Photo courtesy Healthy Steps Nutrition

You can make this recipe using either a crock pot (takes either 4 hours at high or 8 hours on low) or an Instant Pot (18 minutes at high pressure).

Prep Time: 15 minutes 

Cook Time: Crockpot takes 4 -8 hours; Instant Pot takes 18 minutes + time to come to pressure and natural release time

Servings: 8


  • 2 pounds 93% lean ground turkey
  • 2 packets chili seasoning (or substitute 2 Tbsp chili powder & 2 tsp cumin powder, 1/2 tsp garlic powder, 1/2 tsp onion powder)
  • 1 whole red or orange bell pepper, diced
  • 1 whole jalapeno, minced (with seeds for heat)
  • 1/2 onion, diced
  • 2 – 14 oz cans diced tomatoes of your choice (we like fire roasted)
  • 1 – 2 cups water
  • 1 – 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 tsp black pepper
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 – 14 oz. can chili beans or red beans (rinse the beans from can with water)


  • Crock Pot Instructions:
    • In a large skillet, brown ground turkey until it is cooked. Strain grease. Place back in pan.
    • Add red or orange pepper, onion, jalapeno, garlic, salt and pepper. Cook over medium heat for 3-4 minutes.
    • Place all ingredients from skillet into crockpot. Add canned tomatoes, 2 cups of water and chili seasoning. Stir well.
    • Cook in covered crockpot on high for 4 hours or low for 8 hours. Approx 10 minutes before serving, add beans to mix.
  • Instant Pot Instructions:
    • Use the “Saute – More” function on the Instant Pot to cook the ground turkey. Keep the juices in the pot.
    • Add the red or orange pepper, onion, jalapeno, garlic, salt and pepper. Saute for around 2 minutes.
    • Add the canned tomatoes, 1 cup of water, and chili seasoning. Stir well.
    • Put the lid on the Instant Pot, and turn the vent to “Sealing”. Cook at high pressure for 18 minutes. Natural release after 10 minutes.
    • Approx. 10 minutes before serving, add the drained beans.

Nutrition Info

Recipe Adapted From Healthy Steps Nutrition