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Healthy Butternut Squash and Turkey Chili in bowl with avocado, sour cream, and chips.

Slow Cooker Turkey Butternut Squash Chili

The BEST ever healthy turkey butternut squash chili recipe! Perfect for those who like it spicy or more mellow, can be made in the instant pot or slow cooker! Smells wonderful and feeds a crowd!
Course Dinner, Soup
Cuisine American
Keyword Butternut Squash Chili, gluten free, Healthy Chili, Turkey Chili
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 20 minutes
Servings 8 servings
Calories 296kcal
Author Kelli Shallal MPH RD


Toppings (Optional)


Slow Cooker Directions:

  • Sautee onions for 1 minute in avocado oil until they are translucent and tender. (You can skip this step and just add the onions to the slow cooker if you want, that's what I did.)  Then add the ground turkey and brown it until fully cooked.  When the turkey is almost done the cooking, add 1 tbsp of the chili powder to it and finish cooking it.    
  • Once the turkey is done cooking it can be added to the slow cooker with all the rest of the ingredients into the slow cooker.  Mix it well and let it cook on high for 3-4 hours or low for 6 hours.  
  • Season it with more chili powder and salt to taste!   
  • Optional toppings: cheese, sour cream, avocado, cilantro, and green onions.  


To make it spicier, you can do one of two things:
  1.  Add 1 chopped jalapeno to cooking. Add it at the same time you add the beans and green pepper.  
  2. If you need to keep it mild for others but want a spicy version for yourself here is what I did:  I added sprinkles of cayenne pepper the first night I ate it.  But, when I went to store it I split the leftovers into TWO containers.  In my container, I placed jalapeno slices on top.  The next day when I went to eat it I removed the jalapeno slices but the chili was PLENTY spicy and delicious!
Either way, you chose to make this chili, it goes great with my healthy cornbread recipe!


Calories: 296kcal | Carbohydrates: 38g | Protein: 30g | Fat: 4g | Cholesterol: 46mg | Potassium: 1521mg | Fiber: 12g | Sugar: 11g | Vitamin A: 7135IU | Vitamin C: 47.2mg | Calcium: 116mg | Iron: 5.5mg