Weeknight Dinner
Made Easy

In this easy slow cooker chili recipe, we use lean ground turkey with black beans and spices to create a wonderfully hearty meal for busy week. Top it off with fresh avocado slices, a sprinkle of cheddar and a dollop of sour cream.

Crockpot black bean chili with lime and cheddar recipe

We all get busy during the week, so why add more stress trying to figure out ideas for dinner. Here we share a simple yet delicious chili that cooks itself in the slow cooker! Add all of the ingredients, set it and forget about it! No need to stress about dinner tonight!

Slow cooker black bean chili with lime and cheddar recipe

Serves 6


For the chili:

  • 3 slices bacon, roughly chopped
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 1 pound ground turkey breast
  • 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 can (16 ounce) crushed tomatoes
  • 1 can (16 ounce) black beans

For the garnish:

  • 1 avocado sliced
  • 1 cup freshly grated cheddar cheese, divided
  • Lime wedges for garnish (optional)


  1. To the slow cooker, add all of the ingredients for the chili. Set the slow cooker to low and allow to cook 8-10 hours or set to high and allow 4-6 hours for cooking time.
  2. Once the chili is completely cooked, ladle it into to bowls. Top with avocado, sour cream, cheddar cheese and a lime wedge.

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Comments on "Slow cooker black bean chili with lime and cheddar recipe"

Brandi February 20, 2014 | 4:46 PM

Being that the chili cooks for a long period of time you do not have to pre-cook the bacon or the turkey. If you would like bits of "crunchy" bacon in your version I would add cooked bacon rather than raw.

Amy February 18, 2014 | 5:42 PM

Can you please clarify if the bacon and ground turkey should be cooked before going into the crock pot? I've never had a recipe that hadn't called for it before, and just want to make sure everything goes well. Thanks!!

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