Slow Cooker Southwestern Turkey Stew

5 from 6 votes
8 hours 20 minutes
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Slow Cooker Southwestern Turkey Stew is hearty, flavorful, easy and healthy.  You probably already have most of the ingredients on hand!

Very delicious stew and easy to make.

Slow Cooker Southwestern Turkey, Butternut Squash and Black Bean Stew - Overhead hero shot in black bowls garnished with avocado, sour cream and lime

The inspiration behind this recipe:

With spring right around the corner and because I have an aversion to wasting food, I’m trying to use up things hiding in the freezer.  As the weather warms, we’ll want to get out and start grilling in addition to planting our garden.  We’re barely into March and we already have fresh perennial herbs like mint peeking up from the ground.

A small package of cooked, smoked turkey from our Thanksgiving celebration I put in the freezer when we started to get “turkeyed out” was begging to get used.  We also had a small butternut squash from last year’s garden still hanging out in our pantry in addition to a TON of roasted and peeled Poblano peppers in our freezer.

And what’s better than a slow cooker meal simmering away when you’re busy with indoor and outdoor spring cleaning?

How to make Slow Cooker Southwestern Turkey Stew:

  • Finely chop the onion and place it in a bowl.
  • Add salt and let it sit while prepping and chopping the other ingredients.  The salt is necessary to give the onion a “head start” to soften it up as I have found it MAY not soften all the way in your slow cooker.  Just remember to taste the stew at the end before adding additional salt.
  • If you’re sensitive to salt, give the onion a brief saute in a little oil before placing it in the slow cooker.
  • Place the onion and the accumulated liquid, Poblano peppers, red bell pepper, butternut squash and garlic in the slow cooker.

Overhead shot of some of the ingredients for stew in slow cooker

  • Add the spices, chicken broth and both cans of tomatoes to the slow cooker.
Overhead shot of more of the ingredients being added to the slow cooker
  • Stir all the ingredients together and let simmer away in your slow cooker.
Overhead shot of ingredients for stew mixed together in slow cooker
  • Add the cooked turkey and black beans when you have an hour to go if cooking on HIGH or two hours to go if cooking on LOW.
  • Now, I know what you’re going to ask….

Can I use raw turkey (or chicken) in this stew?

  • Yes.  Just place raw, cubed turkey in the slow cooker at the beginning so it has plenty of time to cook along with everything else.

That’s it!  Spicy, hearty, healthy, delicious, easy!

Slow Cooker Southwestern Turkey, Butternut Squash and Black Bean Stew - Overhead shot of finished stew in slow cooker

Stir in chopped fresh cilantro and serve with diced avocado, sour cream and lime wedges.

Slow Cooker Southwestern Turkey, Butternut Squash and Black Bean Stew - Overhead shot of two bowls of the stew garnished with avocado, cilantro and lime
Slow Cooker Southwestern Turkey, Butternut Squash and Black Bean Stew - Straight-on shot of stew in black bowls on dark blue napkin garnished with lime, avocado and sour cream

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Slow Cooker Southwestern Turkey, Butternut Squash and Black Bean Stew - Overhead hero shot in black bowls garnished with avocado, sour cream and lime

Slow Cooker Southwestern Turkey Stew

5 from 6 votes

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By: Carol | From A Chef’s Kitchen
Slow Cooker Southwestern Turkey Stew is hearty, flavorful, easy and healthy.  You probably already have most of the ingredients on hand!
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 8 hours
Total Time 8 hours 20 minutes
Course Soups and Stews
Cuisine Southwestern, Southwestern / Mexican
Servings 8
Calories 365 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 1 large onion - finely chopped
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 3 Poblano peppers - seeded and finely chopped –OR– 6 roasted and peeled poblano peppers, chopped
  • 1 large red bell pepper - seeded and finely chopped
  • 1 medium Butternut squash - peeled and cubed
  • 4 cloves garlic - chopped
  • 1 heaping tablespoon chili powder
  • 2 teaspoons ground cumin
  • 2 teaspoons ground coriander
  • 2 teaspoons dried oregano - preferably Mexican
  • 4 cups chicken broth
  • 1 can (15-ounce) crushed fire-roasted tomatoes
  • 1 can (10-ounce) diced tomatoes with green chiles - undrained
  • 1 1/2 pounds turkey breast meat - cooked and shredded
  • 1 can (15-ounce) black beans - drained and rinsed
  • 1/2 cup chopped fresh cilantro
  • Freshly ground black pepper - to taste
  • Diced avocado
  • Lime wedges - for serving if desired
  • Sour cream - for serving if desired

Instructions
 

  • Place finely chopped onion in a small bowl. Add the salt and let sit while prepping and chopping the remaining ingredients.
  • Place the onion along with any juices in the slow cooker.
  • Add poblano peppers, red bell pepper, butternut squash, garlic, chili powder, cumin, coriander, oregano, chicken broth, crushed tomatoes and tomatoes with green chiles in the slow cooker and stir to combine.
  • Cook on HIGH for 3 hours or LOW for 6 hours.
  • Add the cooked turkey meat and black beans and continue cooking on HIGH 1 more hour or LOW 2 more hours. (TOTAL COOK TIME: 4 hours on HIGH, 8 hours on LOW).
  • Stir in chopped cilantro, black pepper and salt if more salt is needed.
  • Serve garnished with diced avocado, lime wedges and sour cream.

Notes

If you wish to use raw turkey (or chicken), add at the beginning along with all the other ingredients and cook as directed.
If you’re sensitive to salt, give the onion a brief saute in a little oil before placing in the slow cooker.

Nutrition

Serving: 1 | Calories: 365kcal | Carbohydrates: 18g | Protein: 21g | Fat: 2g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 48mg | Sodium: 913mg | Potassium: 742mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin A: 10912IU | Vitamin C: 84mg | Calcium: 92mg | Iron: 2mg

These are estimated values generated from a nutritional database using unbranded products. Please do your own research with the products you’re using if you have a serious health issue or are following a specific diet.

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8 Comments

  1. 5 stars
    I made this for a full house of family guests the Saturday after Thanksgiving. We used Hatch chilies for part of the poblanos. Thank you for yet another great recipe; it was delicious!

    1. Hi, Heather, Thanks so very much and so happy everyone enjoyed!! Appreciate your following my recipes and taking the time to come back and comment. Thanks again!!

  2. 5 stars
    Love love love this turkey stew recipe! It’s the perfect mix of fresh produce and pantry ingredients. The southwestern seasonings add such a delicious spin, I’ll be craving it long after it’s gone lol! I’m so happy to put leftover holiday turkey to great use. 10/10 recommend! Thanks!

    1. Hi, Traci, Thanks so very much and so happy you love this recipe!! It’s a great way to put leftover turkey to good use and it’s so easy! Thanks again!!

  3. 5 stars
    Very delicious stew and easy to make. My husband loved it too. I will definitely make this again. Great fall recipe since I got a lot of butternut squash from my dad’s garden.