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Slow Cooker (Crock-Pot) Turkey Green Chili Verde

This slow cooker turkey green chili verde is savory and tasty, with a green sauce made from tomatillos. It is gluten free and can be modified to use any protein of choice or made vegan if preferred.

Course Main Course, Soup
Cuisine Dairy free, Gluten free, Mexican
Keyword soup, stew
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 3 hours
Total Time 3 hours 10 minutes
Servings 6 people
Calories 274 kcal
Author Refreshing Bytes


  • 2 pounds ground turkey or any protein of choice
  • 1 cup white onion diced
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 green bell pepper chopped
  • 8 tomatillos diced
  • 4 cups gluten free broth chicken or vegetable
  • 1 tsp chili powder
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 can Great Northern beans drained/rinsed


  1. Place ground turkey (or protein of choice), 3 cups of broth, garlic, onion, beans, and bell pepper in a crock pot or slow cooker and turn on High heat.

  2. While slow cooker is cooking, remove husks from tomatillos and dice. Place in 1 cup of broth or water on stove top and bring to a boil.

    EASY MODE: Pour 24 oz jar of Herdez green (verde) salsa in slow cooker. Skip to step 5.

  3. Simmer tomatillos until softened, and the color will change to a darker green, about 10 minutes.

  4. Place tomatillo mixture in blender and mix well.

  5. Break up meat in slow cooker into small chunks. Continue to stir throughout cook time. 

  6. Pour tomatillo mixture into crock pot and continue to cook until meat is done, 3-4 hours (or longer, if meat is frozen). Add salt and pepper to taste.