Slow Cooker Turkey Stew

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When cooking a turkey, there are always leftovers. A tasty way to use up any extra meat is to create a savory Turkey Stew. If you would like more vegetables, you can add green beans, corn, or any of your favorites. It’s the combination of delicious veggies, spices, and shredded turkey that make this stew the ultimate “feel good” meal.

Some other tasty SkinnyMs. stews and soups include:

Slow Cooker Beef Stew
Slow Cooker Lentil and Veggie Stew
SkinnyMs. Chunky Turkey and Vegetable Soup

You might also like some of these other Slow Cooker Recipes by SkinnyMs.

Slow Cooker Turkey Stew

Slow Cooker Turkey Stew

Minimum Crock Pot Size: 5 quarts

Yields: 6 Servings | Serving Size: 1 Cup | Calories: 183 | Total Fat: 4 g | Saturated Fat: 1 g | Trans Fat: 0 | Cholesterol: 47 mg | Sodium: 253 mg | Carbohydrates: 17 g | Dietary Fiber: 4 g | Sugars: 5 g | Protein: 21 g | SmartPoints (Freestyle): 4 |


  • 1 stalk celery, diced
  • 1/2 cup diced onion
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 large potato, cut into 1/2-inch cubes
  • 2 carrots, peeled and sliced
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
  • 1 cup frozen peas
  • 2 cups chicken broth (fat free, low sodium)
  • 1 (14.5 oz.) can fire roasted tomatoes
  • Kosher or sea salt to taste
  • 2 cups (cooked) leftover turkey or chicken cubes


  1. Add all the above ingredients, except turkey to the slow cooker, stir to combine.
  2. Cover and cook on low 8 hours or until carrots are tender. Add leftover turkey, the last 30 minutes of cooking time and cook until heated through.

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23 Comments on "Slow Cooker Turkey Stew"

  1. Leslie  January 14, 2012

    Is that really 2-3 cups turkey meat? If so how many Ounces is that and is it ground turkey, turkey breast or canned turkey?

    • Skinny Ms.  January 14, 2012

      Leslie, The recipe was created for leftover Thanksgiving turkey…so I used turkey meat for the stew. That's where the 2-3 cups come in. Thanks!

    • Tabatha  October 13, 2015

      well I had a food scale, so it was 16 oz of cut up left over turkey meat. I used all the left over sections of the turkey that I had backed. it was breast wing leg meat thigh meat. I used it all.

  2. Amanda  August 15, 2012

    Is the turkey meat cooked or raw?

    • Skinny Ms.  August 15, 2012

      Amanda, It is actually cooked, leftover turkey.

  3. Melissa  August 23, 2012

    I believe it is raw. She usually mentions how to cook something if needed.

    • Tabatha  October 13, 2015

      No it's cooked. You want the turkey meat already cooked. She said left over turkey or chicken meat. Leftover usually means that the meat was already cooked.

  4. kylie  October 16, 2012

    Should I cook the chicken before I put it in the crock pot for 8 hours? The recipe calls for 1″ cubes, but it looks shredded to me? I plan on making this tomorrow, but thought I should ask! Thanks.

  5. Skinny Ms.  October 17, 2012

    Kylie, No..add the chicken raw. You can add cooked chicken or turkey but I prefer raw. Thanks!

  6. Steph  August 24, 2014

    If I wanted to add raw turkey pieces, from cut-up, raw turkey breasts, would I add it at the beginning with the rest of the ingredients? Thanks.

    • SkinnyMs  August 25, 2014

      Steph, Great question! Yes, add the raw turkey at the beginning on top of the vegetables in the slow cooker, and cook with the same directions you would the vegetables.

  7. Carolyn  December 31, 2014

    This is the best turkey soup recipe that I have ever found! I saved time and money by using up my leftovers from the Holidays. The flavor of the spices compliments the flavor of the sweet potato beautifully. My husband complimented me on this meal and that is saying something! I will be making this again.

  8. truefeather77  February 5, 2015

    What good is it to make "stew" without bones? All of the nutrition is lost — you're just cooking a bunch of vegetables for 8 hours! Eight hours? For a bunch of vegetables? Good grief! Then you load it up with brother from a can — full of all the additives I wanted to avoid by making "homemade" soup or stew! This, like so many "slow-cooker" recipes is a hoax.

    Why not give an actual recipe, where you stew a carcass, or meat with bones, to make healthy broth?

    • SkinnyMs  February 6, 2015

      Truefeather, You would do well to make your own broth/ stock. You are correct. Pretty soon we have an article coming out featuring stocks/ bone broth recipes. Stay tuned!

  9. Tabatha  October 13, 2015

    I was really leery about making this for my husband because it was made with sweet potatoes and not regular potato. He loved this recipe. I actually used left over cooked turkey that I made last week and I think it was better than raw. Super tender and flavorful because it was already seasoned from when I backed it.

    • SkinnyMs  October 14, 2015

      That's fantastic, Tabatha! Thanks for sharing this with us.

  10. Donna  October 12, 2016

    This sounds more like a soup then a stew, I think I would thicken the broth / stock with a slurry.( a mix of flour & water or broth) to make it thicker for a stew or leave it as it for a soup.

  11. Joe Bob  March 16, 2017

    This a great receipe! I substituted a cubed sweet potato for the potato.
    In addition, After I put all the ingredients in the slow cooker except for the below. I prepared my “turkey”, a raw leg from a 10 pound free range bird.
    I deskinned it, cut it at the joint and then browned it in Pan with grapeseed oil, the chopped garlic and some chopped onions. After browning it, I put it in the oven (with temp gauges in both pieces) and cooked about 1 hour in oven on a rack partially covered with foil at 350 (with one cup stock in pan for moisture. When Temperature gauges hit 160 remove turkey and add to slow cooker.
    Also while turkey cooking, I add the 2 cooks stock to browning pan and after scraping it to get residual brown bits in stock, add this to slow cooker and start.

    • Gale Compton  March 16, 2017

      Joe, So glad you like the recipe. By the Way, great tips, thank you! 🙂

  12. Donna  October 14, 2017

    I live in Canada and we don’t have fire roasted tomatoes, what can I use in place of them? I also don’t have a gas stove where I can roast my own tomatoes.

    • Nichole Furlong  October 14, 2017

      Great question, Donna! You can use a 14 ounce can of diced tomatoes in place of the fire roasted tomatoes.

  13. Caspersky02  January 2, 2018

    This may be a stupid question but I want to make this for dinner but my slow cooker is only a 4 quart what would be the best way to cut the recipe so it will work in mine?

    • Gale Compton  January 3, 2018

      Hi, Here you go:

      1 stalk celery, diced
      1/2 cup diced onion
      2 cloves garlic, minced
      1 medium potato, cut into 1/2-inch cubes
      1 carrot, peeled and sliced
      1/2 teaspoon black pepper
      1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
      1/2 cup frozen peas
      2 cups chicken broth (fat free, low sodium)
      1 (14.5 oz.) can fire roasted tomatoes
      Kosher or sea salt to taste
      1 1/2 cups (cooked) leftover turkey or chicken cubes

      Should now work fine in a 4 quart slow cooker. 🙂


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