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Ground Turkey Slow Cook

Are you looking for an easy recipe to prepare for dinner? Here’s a delicious, healthy, and quick option you can try: slow-cooker ground turkey!

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Ground turkey slow cook recipe

Are you looking for an easy recipe to prepare for dinner? Here’s a delicious, healthy, and quick option you can try: slow-cooker ground turkey!

Why I Love This Recipe

I love Thai food, so I chose this version the first time I made ground turkey in my slow cooker, and I was just delighted!

It reminds me of the turkey chili my mom used to make when I was a child (but it doesn’t have beans, of course), and its flavors are unforgettable! We can surprise anyone with this slow-cooker turkey recipe!

Also, when I want to make this amazing recipe, I only need 10 minutes to prepare it, kind of like our baked turkey burgers.

After that, I only have to leave the ground turkey in the slow cooker for a couple of hours to get concentrated and delicious flavors.

It’s the easiest way to make this meat when I’m craving turkey tacos or sandwiches! Do you want to try it? You’ve landed in the right place!

Here’s the best slow-cooker ground turkey recipe you’ll ever try!

Ground turkey in bowl

How to Thicken the Sauce

  1. In a separate small bowl, mix cornstarch with water until both ingredients are perfectly combined.
  2. Add the mixture to the crock pot and cook on high heat for at least 30 minutes (I always leave the lid slightly ajar so the liquids evaporate and the sauce thickens)
  3. Serve over rice or noodles once the sauce is thick and the vegetables are tender!

As you can see, making this and other slow cooker recipes is so easy!

Even if you aren’t an expert, you can make this delicious ground turkey in the slow cooker and surprise all your guests!

Common Ingredient Substitutions

Want to make this recipe but don’t have all the ingredients? Don’t worry! You can still prepare this delicious slow-cooker ground turkey, and I’ll help you.

Here are the substitutions that I think work perfectly:

Brown Sugar

When I want to make a healthier or lower-calorie version, I use honey or coconut sugar. Both are perfect to give a sweet touch to our ground turkey.

Soy Sauce

I have also used coconut aminos instead of soy sauce to create a paleo version of this recipe.


If I don’t have cornstarch at home, I use tapioca starch or arrowroot to thicken the sauce. Both options are excellent!

Powdered Garlic and Ginger

Many recipes are better if we use fresh ingredients! While I don’t think this is one of them, we can use fresh garlic and ginger if we don’t have or don’t like the powdered versions.


One of the things I love the most about this recipe is that we can use any vegetables we like!

I have used sweet potatoes instead of edamame, and the result has been incredibly delicious.

Just choose the vegetables you like the most and find out which one is the best for your slow-cooker ground turkey!

Edamame in dish

Final Thoughts

When it comes to ground turkey recipes, this is one of my favorites, as it’s healthy and versatile!

When there’s an unplanned taco night, and I’m on a healthy diet, I prefer ground turkey because it doesn’t have as much saturated fat as other types of ground meat.

Also, this slow-cooker ground turkey can be served over plain rice, tortilla chips, as a taco filling, and in many other ways!

If I want to prepare a delicious and hearty meal for the whole family, it’s also a perfect recipe. I just have to adjust the quantities!

Coconut milk in jar


Does This Recipe Work If I Want To Use Ground Beef?

Yes, of course! You can use this recipe to prepare ground beef or other types of dishes based on ground meat.

If I Make This Ground Turkey Recipe To Fill My Tacos, Which Toppins Go Well?

When I make tacos filled with this delicious ground turkey, these are the toppings I use:

  • Sour cream
  • Shredded lettuce
  • Shredded cheddar cheese
  • Diced tomatoes
  • Chopped chipotle peppers
  • Hot sauce
  • Black Beans
  • Green chiles

Can I Make Other Ground Turkey Recipes in My Slow Cooker?

Yes, of course! I love the Thai version. However, sometimes, I crave another kind of ground turkey dish.

When that happens, I use other ingredients, such as chili powder, to give the meat a delicious flavor!

Actually, there are many crockpot recipes we can try if we want to make ground turkey. We only have to be creative!

What Can I Make With This Slow Cooker Ground Turkey?

As mentioned, we can make many dishes with this ground turkey recipe, including tacos, sandwiches, turkey chili, sloppy joes, lettuce wraps, and more!

How Can I Store It?

I store slow-cooker ground turkey leftovers in an airtight container and place them in the refrigerator for 5-7 days.

We can also store leftovers in the freezer for up to 2 months!

How Many Calories Does This Ground Turkey Have?

It has around 198 calories per serving, but it can vary depending on the ingredients we use.

Yield: 8 servings

Ground Turkey Slow Cook

Ground Turkey Slow Cook

Are you looking for an easy recipe to prepare for dinner? Here's a delicious, healthy, and quick option you can try: slow-cooker ground turkey!

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 2 hours 10 minutes
Total Time 2 hours 20 minutes


  • 20 oz. ground turkey
  • 15 oz. coconut milk
  • ½ c. soy sauce
  • ½ c. bell pepper, diced
  • ½ c. onion, finely diced
  • ¼ c. hoisin sauce
  • 2 tbsp. brown sugar or coconut sugar
  • 2 tbsp. sweet chili sauce
  • 1 tbsp. sesame oil
  • 1 tbsp. olive oil
  • 1 tbsp. cornstarch
  • 1 tbsp. water
  • ½ tsp. garlic powder
  • ¼ tsp. powdered ginger
  • ½ c. shelled edamame (optional)


  1. Add coconut milk, hoisin sauce, soy sauce, chili sauce, sesame oil, brown sugar, powdered ginger, and garlic powder to a bowl and whisk until all ingredients are perfectly combined. Then, the mixture into the slow cooker.
  2. Set the slow cooker aside without turning it on, place up a large skillet on the stove and add olive oil.
  3. Add onion and ground turkey to the pan. Cook for at least 10 minutes until the meat is browned (if we use lean turkey meat, we don't have to brown it).
  4. Once you have browned ground turkey, add this meat mixture to the slow cooker or crock pot and mix well until the meat is completely covered by the sauce
  5. Add diced bell peppers and edamame, if using, to the slow cooker and stir again.
  6. Turn on the slow cooker and cook for at least two hours on high or four hours on low, depending on how you like your vegetables.

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 389Total Fat: 28gSaturated Fat: 14gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 12gCholesterol: 75mgSodium: 1075mgCarbohydrates: 15gFiber: 1gSugar: 9gProtein: 22g

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