Slow Cooker Momma’s Roadhouse Chili

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Our top-rated Momma’s Roadhouse Chili makes for a fantastic dinner on a busy weeknight! It’s a classic chili, packed with meat and beans that fill you up on a frigid winter’s night. It’s an easy chili recipe that requires little prep time. Just brown the meat and toss all ingredients in the slow cooker. It’s that simple. This chili version was created from an old family recipe that used sausage instead of ground turkey. We’ve included our recipe for spicy sausage if you’d like to try the original version.

Slow Cooker Momma's Roadhouse Chili

With little prep time and exquisite taste, this slow cooker chili recipe will make your momma proud.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time8 hrs
Total Time8 hrs 10 mins
Course: Dinner, Soup
Cuisine: Universal
Keyword: Budget-Friendly, Kid-Friendly, Slow Cooker
Servings: 8 people
Calories: 253kcal
Author: Gale Compton


  • 1 pound lean ground turkey about 93% lean (optional, lean ground chicken or beef)
  • 1 sweet onion small
  • 30 ounces kidney beans canned, drained
  • 15 ounces black beans canned, drained
  • 14 1/2 ounces diced tomatoes canned
  • 6 ounces tomato paste canned
  • 2 1/2 tablespoons chili powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon kosher or sea salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
  • 1 cup tomato juice or veggie juice
  • 3 cups water for a thicker chili, use 2 1/2 cups


  • Cook turkey and onion in a skillet on medium 
heat, breaking up into small chunks. Cook until no longer pink. Drain off fat and discard.
  • Add cooked meat and all other ingredients to slow cooker, cook on low 6-8 hours. 4-6 quart slow cooker recommended. Add diced onions and cheddar cheese, if desired.


If you prefer spicier chili use our recipe for Turkey Sausage in place of using just ground turkey.


Serving: 1.5cups | Calories: 253kcal | Carbohydrates: 32g | Protein: 20g | Fat: 6g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 49mg | Sodium: 671mg | Fiber: 11g | Sugar: 7g
SmartPoints (Freestyle): 7

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55 Comments on "Slow Cooker Momma’s Roadhouse Chili"

  1. Susan  February 8, 2012

    Made this last night! Delicious and even better tonight!

    • Skinny Ms.  February 8, 2012

      Susan, GREAT! I agree with you…better the second night. 🙂

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  3. Tammy  May 3, 2012

    This is a great recipe…everyone that got a taste of it loved it! Thanks for sharing.

    • skinnyms  May 3, 2012

      I'll let Momma know! 🙂

  4. Tracy  June 10, 2012

    My family and I love this recipe!

  5. Jeanne  October 1, 2012

    Weight Watcher Points Plus = 6 instead of 5

    • Skinny Ms.  October 2, 2012

      Jeanne, Thanks for letting us know…got that backwards! I must have been falling asleep when I calculated the points. lol 🙂

  6. Debi  November 4, 2012

    This is gonna go good while watching football. So easy – who says healthy has to be hard or boring. thanks.

  7. Kate Felts  November 4, 2012

    Love this recipe!! My family loves chili and this is smart chili!!!

  8. Jennifer j  November 4, 2012

    chili is a fall staple in our house…..everyone loves this!!!! Even the kids!!!

  9. Wendy Langston  November 4, 2012

    Delicious! Always on the lookout for good chili recipes. One of the best parts of fall.

  10. Beva Bradford  November 4, 2012

    Yum, thank you for the recipe, can't wait to cook this

  11. Elizabeth  November 4, 2012

    I have some awesome chili recipes but this is my favorite! My husband and kids devour it every time!

  12. Monica  January 3, 2013

    I usually make this in my slow cooker, LOVE IT! I'm short on time….any way to make it stove top?

    • Skinny Ms.  January 5, 2013

      Monica, Sure…just add all the ingredients to a large pot, cover and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and cook about 1-2 hours.

  13. Mickym96  March 28, 2013

    Mine is in crockpot now and smells delish. I didn't have black beans so I used Kidney and Canelli. Can't wait to try it.

    • Skinny Ms.  March 29, 2013

      Micky, I do that all the time. How’d it turn out?

  14. Erin Fraser  April 5, 2013

    This was so good! Made it for dinner tonight and it's gone. My kids, ages 5 and 3, loved it!! Thank you! Better than my old recipe and healthier too. 🙂

  15. Raelyn Wilson  September 25, 2013

    Can you freeze leftover chili in a container for later?

    • Skinny Ms.  September 26, 2013

      Raelyn, Yes…allow to cool to room temp before freezing.

    • SkinnyMs  March 3, 2014

      Yes, chili freezes really well for up to 4 months.

  16. Tracey  October 7, 2013

    Made this chili last night for dinner this evening. LOVED IT! My kids totally loved it! I loaded several of your recipes and grocery lists! Made shopping a breeze!

    • Skinny Ms.  October 8, 2013

      Tracey, Thanks so much. We’re working on an app now, should make shopping even easier! 🙂

  17. Allan Spraight  February 18, 2014

    Chili is one of my favorite meals in the winter. We had a few friends over last weekend so I thought I would try your recipe and I have to say it was a big hit. It was so good, everyone wanted the recipe. Thanks, well done!

    • SkinnyMs  February 19, 2014

      Thank you!

  18. Maria  March 17, 2014

    made this yesterday and everyone loved it!

  19. Katie  June 29, 2014

    Hi there is this very spicy? I have young children who don't tolerate food that is too spicy. Cheers

    • SkinnyMs  June 30, 2014

      Katie, If you omit the cayenne pepper it is not too spicy at all. Add half of the chili powder, and allow to cook for half of the time. Add the additional chili powder if necessary.

  20. Carolyn  February 16, 2015

    I make this recipe at least once a month and my entire family LOVES it. Did this recipe change in the last few weeks? What happened to the sage and oregano that you add to the turkey? Also, I don't remember tomato or veggie juice in the recipe. Thanks.

    • SkinnyMs  February 17, 2015

      Carolyn, Are you thinking of our Slow Cooker Texas Chili

      • Carolyn  February 17, 2015

        No. It was definitely Momma's Roadhouse Chili. I just used this recipe last month. You added sage, oregano, and pepper to the turkey and onion. I make it enough that I have it committed to memory. I just like to check the recipe to make sure I don't forget anything 🙂

        • SkinnyMs  February 19, 2015

          Carolyn, You are correct. Yes, we did change it but just added the recipe for our turkey sausage, which is what was there before. You just needs to go here to get the exact recipe for the ground turkey. Hope that helps:).

          • Carolyn  February 22, 2015

            Thank you!

  21. Melissa Rogers  March 14, 2015

    I think this recipe has been updated. The last recipe had you rub the spices, including oregano, sage, ground cumin (I think) into the ground meat, before cooking the meat. So disappointed this has been changed. It was certainly a favourite and I have no copy.

  22. Katie  April 27, 2015

    SOOOOO yummy! Thanks for the recipe! I used this for one of my meal prep recipes this week and it is delicious and freezes really well. I like mine to have a little kick so i added diced jalepenos and used hot mexican chili powder. This is my new go to chili recipe!!!

  23. Cherie Green  October 18, 2015

    I made this today in the crock pot….yummy!!

    • SkinnyMs  October 19, 2015

      Cherie, Great! This was my mom's recipe with some tweaks. My all time favorite. 🙂 Thanks for the feedback.

  24. Margaret  January 10, 2016

    Can I cook this on high in the crockpot for less time?

    • SkinnyMs.  January 10, 2016

      Margaret, Yes, on high cook in the slow cooker for about 4 hours.

  25. joan  January 24, 2016

    I am making it tonight for the first time.I am cooking it on high for 4 has an hour to go. I tasted it and it has a spicy kick…With all the posts stating children love it I guess I did not expect it to be spicy hot….Can’t wait to have it for dinner tomorrow..we will let you know how we like it

    • Gale Compton  January 24, 2016

      Joan, YAH!!! If you think it’s too spicy for the kids, try one of these tricks for toning down the “heat”:
      – add a little yogurt, sour cream, or milk to their bowls of chili
      – add a touch of honey to individual bowls

  26. Joan  January 30, 2016

    Loved it! Will be my new favorite chili!

  27. Charley  April 9, 2016

    I put this recipe into my food tracker and the calories don’t add up to what is here. It is significantly more than listed. Did this recipe have one can of kidney beans at one time? That’s the only way I could get the calories to add up to what’s listed here.

    • Melissa Bump  April 11, 2016

      Charley, The serving amounts/yield was wrong in the data but has been corrected. This recipe yields 8, 1-1/2 cup servings for 253 calories per serving and 7 SP.

  28. Michelle  January 15, 2017

    do you i need to add the tomato juice or veggir juice?

    • Nichole Furlong  January 15, 2017

      Hi Michelle,

      You can use tomato or vegetable juice. Which ever you prefer. The juice is added with all the ingredients to the slow cooker at the beginning of the recipe.

  29. Corrie  March 25, 2017

    Is it 16 or 6 oz can of tomato paste? It has an x symbol on my phone. I originally read six so bought six but am now looking to make it and don’t want to mess it up

  30. Corrie  March 26, 2017

    Thanks! Its super watery though. I followed all the directions so I am not sure why?

    • Nichole Furlong  March 27, 2017

      Hi Corrie! For a thicker chili you can reduce the amount of water. Try using 2 or 2 1/2 cups next time!

  31. Candice  August 22, 2018

    Hi Gale and SkinnyMs friends,
    Is there a vegetarian version of this chilli. Im doing the 6week emergency makeover.
    Im getting married in October and just got back from a mini holiday in Eataly!
    Would love to hear from you



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