Turkey Vegetable Chili Mac

Here’s a great slow cooker chili recipe that’s kicked up a notch with Mexican-style diced tomatoes and seasoning. Another find from my Crock-Pot daily calendar!

I haven’t made a slow cooker meal every single day but I definitely like logging ideas from my Crock-Pot calendar and trying out a few new dishes here and there. This one grabbed me because I can almost never say ‘no’ to chili, and I liked the addition of spices and elbow macaroni. Although I enjoy using ground turkey, I’m sure you could substitute ground chicken or ground beef if you prefer.

When I was shopping for the ground meat, I bought a 20oz package (about 1.3 lbs) and used the entire thing rather than 3/4 lb. The recipe called for one 14oz can of Mexican-style diced tomatoes but I could only find 10oz cans and decided to use two. I also couldn’t find Mexican seasoning so I used mild taco seasoning thinking it would contain similar flavors.

We topped our chili with some shredded Kraft Mexican Style Four Cheese (which contained 0g lactose). For the sour cream, I used a non-dairy version from Vegan Gourmet while my parents went with the regular kind. It was certainly a welcomed cooling element for the zing in this dish!

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3/4 pound ground turkey breast
1 can (about 15 ounces) black beans, rinsed and drained
1 can (about 14 ounces) Mexican-style diced tomatoes
1 can (about 14 ounces) no-salt added diced tomatoes
1 cup frozen corn
1/2 cup chopped onion
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 teaspoon Mexican seasoning
1/2 cup (about 2 ounces) uncooked elbow macaroni
1/3 cup sour cream


1. Lightly coat large nonstick skillet with nonstick cooking spray. Add turkey; cook until browned. Transfer to CROCK-POT slow cooker. Add beans, tomatoes, corn, onion, garlic and seasoning, Cover; cook on LOW 4 to 5 hours.

2. Stir in macaroni. Cover; cook 10 minutes. Stir. Cover; cook 20 to 30 minutes or until macaroni is tender. Serve with sour cream.

Makes 6 servings

Original recipe printed in 2014 Crock-Pot, The Original Slow Cooker, Recipe-A-Day 365 Tear-off Daily Calendar.

6 thoughts on “Turkey Vegetable Chili Mac

    1. Dana Post author

      Thanks Sue. I couldn’t find any dry seasoning at the market that specifically said “Mexican” which is why I went with a little bit of taco seasoning. I think most of the spice and flavor in this dish came from the seasoning in the Mexican diced tomatoes. The additional ingredients on the Ro-Tel can included jalapeno peppers, garlic, cilantro and lime juice. 🙂

  1. Nancy G

    If you’re a fan of Mexican cuisine like my family is…this recipe is for you. Believe me…it tastes as good as it looks.:)


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