By: Jodie Shield, RD

Chili is a Super Bowl party must.  And the good thing is – – it’s one of the healthier choices you can make.  Here is one of my favorite chili recipes.  It was originally called “Fighting Illini Chili” after my alma mater.  However, I’ve tweaked it to include turkey along with a few other healtier updates.  And I highly recommed making it in a slow cooker or crock pot.  That way your guests can have hot chili and you can watch the game.

Super Bowl Slow-Cooker Chili

makes 8 servings


1 tbsp olive oil

1 cup chopped onion

2 garlic cloves, minced

1 1/2 lbs ground turkey breast

1 can (15 oz) black beans, drained

1 can (14 1/2 oz) diced tomates with chilies

1 can (15 oz) pizza sauce

1 can (10.75oz) reduced fat, reduced sodium tomato soup

2 tbsp chili powder

1 tbsp Worcestershire sauce

1/4 tsp ground red pepper


Heat oil in a large pan over medium-high heat; add onion and garlic.  Cook about 2 minutes  until golden brown.  Add turkey; cook until broken up and browned, about 5 minutes.

Transfer turkey mixture to a slow cooker.  Stir in the rest of the ingredients.  Cook on low heat about 8 hours or high heat for 4 hours.

Nutrition Information (per 1 cup serving):

196 calories

25 grams protein

19 grams carbohydrate

4 grams fat

.5 grams saturated fat

5 grams fiber

36 milligrams cholesterol

605 milligrams sodium


What’s your favorite chili recipe?  Send it to and I will analyze it for you!

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  1. Having food dedication days gives us the extra push to try new dishes that we’ve put on our “I want to try” list. This recipe’s been added to my list to try. Like you, I tend to use less sugar than a recipe calls for and don’t see much of a taste difference. Thanks for updating your recipe and I’m sure your mother-in-law would approve too.

    • Jodie

      Hi Nikki,

      Let me know how you like it. My mother-in-law does approve! In fact, she can’t tell the difference!

  2. I’m always looking for new crock pot recipes this time of year. I prefer ground turkey so this is perfect! I like spicy so a little added jalapeno will be perfect!

    • Jodie

      Hi Jennifer,

      Give it a try and let me know what you think. Love the jalapeño addition:-)

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