slow cooker Paleo turkey chili

Fall and winter are slow cooker seasons. Is there anything cozier than coming home to the smell of a hot meal without having to do any work? (Well, yes, there are cozier things, but you know what I mean).

P.S. My slow cooker is not a CrockPot & I won't be throwing it away, despite what happened in the This Is Us episode...

One of my intentions this year: To make 1 new slow cooker recipe every month. I have about 100 (probably more) saved to my Evernote, but I usually end up creating my own instead of exploring other peoples' genius creations.

But why slow cookers? For me, this makes meal prep 100x easier. You can toss a whole bunch of ingredients into your slow cooker, set it, and either go to bed or go to work and come back to a fully cooked meal that will last you for at least another couple of meals. Whatever you can't finish can go into the freezer — another big win.

This recipe uses turkey, which I think is super underrated (I grew up eating massive amounts of ground turkey, but most people seem to be meh about it), but you can easily substitute for beef. I also am loving the inclusion of bone broth — it has great gut-healing properties (because you know I'm team healthy gut) and gives it an extra rich flavor.

So grab your slow cooker and let's go!

slow cooker paleo turkey chili

paleo turkey chili

Slow Cooker | Serves 3 | Paleo, gluten free, dairy free


  • 1 lb dark turkey meat, defrosted or fresh (I get mine from Stillman's Farm, a local farm stand in the Boston Public Market)
  • 1 bunch lacinato kale, chopped
  • 2 tbsp tomato paste mixed with ⅓ cup water
  • ½ can chopped tomatoes
  • 8 oz bone broth (I used ½ a bottle of turmeric ginger BruBroth)
  • Salt, pepper, cayenne, garlic powder, chili powder, cumin, paprika (I use Simply Organic seasonings that I order from Vitacost)
  • ½ onion, chopped
  • 2 cups cauliflower/broccoli mix (I get this from Whole Foods)


  1. In your slow cooker (if it has this setting — I used the Ninja Kitchen 4-in-1 Cooker) or on a pan, brown the turkey until the edges are browned but the inside is still raw.
  2. Place in the slower cooker and add tomatoes, tomato paste + water, bone broth onions, and broccoli/cauliflower mix.
  3. Add all the seasonings.
  4. Cook on high for 4 hours. 2 hours in, add the kale. Stir and cover. (You can also add this in right from the beginning — this type of kale holds up pretty well so it should be OK).
  5. Remove from heat, top with red pepper flakes, more salt if needed, and enjoy! I love it with some sweet potatoes or butternut squash and avocado.

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