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bowl of turkey quinoa chili with butternut squash in bowl with sour cream and hot sauce

Slow Cooker Turkey Quinoa Chili with Black Beans

  • Author: Emily Dingmann of myeverydaytable.com
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 5 hours
  • Total Time: 5 hours 10 minutes
  • Yield: 8 servings 1x
  • Category: Dinner
  • Method: Slow Cooker
  • Cuisine: Tex Mex
  • Diet: Gluten Free


EASY black bean quinoa chili recipe takes just 10 minutes to prep. Turkey quinoa chili gets incredible flavor from my SECRET ingredient!


  • 1 Tbsp. olive oil
  • 1 lb. ground turkey (not 99% fat-free)
  • 2 tsp. sea salt, divided
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 16 oz. cubed butternut squash
  • 24 oz. jar marinara sauce (Not Italian)
  • 215 oz. cans black beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 cup uncooked quinoa
  • 4 cups chicken or vegetable broth
  • 2 Tbsp. chili powder
  • 1 Tbsp. ground cumin
  • toppings: sour cream, shredded cheese, green onions, cilantro, tortilla chips


  1. Heat olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add turkey, 1 teaspoon sea salt, and garlic to pan and cook for about 4-6 minutes, breaking up with wooden spoon, until cooked through.
  2. Transfer turkey to slow cooker.
  3. Add squash, marinara sauce, black beans, quinoa, broth, chili powder, ground cumin, remaining 1 teaspoon sea salt and pepper to slow cooker and stir to combine.
  4. Cook on High for 2-3 hours or Low for 4-5 hours, or until squash is tender.
  5. Season with additional salt and pepper to taste and top with favorite toppings.


  • Makes 12 cups total, each serving is 1 1/2 cups.  
  • This chili is very thick, if you like your chili with a bit more liquid, add 2 additional cups (6 total) of broth.
  • You can skip the turkey browning step, though the end result is better and it only takes a few minutes!

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