Chunky Chili ~ Slow Cooker and Gluten Free

I have made this recipe for several years and my family loves it! Even before I had to, I was actually making this dish totally gluten free with the ingredients I was already using. I checked every ingredient and I did not have to change a single thing.

I personally use these rolls of Jennie-O Lean Ground Turkey which you can see here are gluten free. You can substitute whatever ground meat you choose in your chili. I have on occasion used ground hamburger when that is what I had in the freezer and it worked just as well.  As far as the rest of the ingredients go, just be sure that all of them are not from sources that may have been cross-contaminated with gluten items when processed. These are all items that are easy to find brands that are definitely gluten free.

Please note that this is a mild chili which makes it very kiddo friendly. If you like your chili spicy, you will need to kick up the heat quite a bit. This also uses pinto beans which children may prefer over kidney beans and those with digestive issues may also prefer.

I often serve this chili with my Calico Corn Cakes. They are SO tasty together.

As for the cooking time, although it only takes 5-6 hours to cook… I usually let it go anywhere from 7-8 hours and the flavors are even better.

Chunky Crockpot Chili

Stephanie Parker


  • 2 lbs. ground turkey ~ I use Jennie-O Lean Ground Turkey which is gluten free ~ (but you can also use ground beef)
  • 2 large onions chopped (this seems like a lot, but it makes it really good)
  • 4 heaping "tablespoons" chili powder not the measuring spoon
  • 3 "teaspoons" ground cumin not the measuring spoon
  • 4 cans 16 oz each diced tomatoes (do not drain)
  • 2 cans 15 oz each pinto beans (drained and rinsed)
  • 2-3 cups prepared salsa I prefer a thick, chunky variety of a medium heat.


  • Heat large skillet over medium heat. Add turkey and onion, cook until browned and tender. (I like to continue breaking up the meat as it cooks, the smaller the better.)
  • While the meat mixture is cooking, add all of the other ingredients into the crockpot and stir thoroughly. When the meat is ready, add it to the crockpot and stir again. Cover and cook on low for 5-6 hours (or even 7-8 hours). Enjoy!


This pretty much fills a large crockpot and freezes very well. I freeze in different sizes of containers to be prepared for using in a variety of ways. Small ziploc containers freeze a good amount to use on chili dogs. ~ Update: I won third place tonight at our church's annual Chili Cook-off. 😉 I used ground beef in it today and went with the 3 cups of salsa.


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