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Southern Soul Food Chili

This Southern soul food chili combines traditional soul food ingredients & classic chili flavors. You can make this comforting chili recipe in the slow cooker or Instant Pot.
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 3 hours
Servings 6


  • 1 pound ground turkey or chicken
  • 1 pound ground sausage
  • 30 ounces black-eyed peas 2 15-ounce cans drained & rinsed
  • 4 ounces greens, cleaned & chopped
  • 28 ounces diced tomatoes
  • 15 ounces tomato sauce
  • 1/2 cup onion, diced
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 2 tablespoons hot sauce
  • 2 tablespoons chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt (or more)
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 tablespoon oil


Slow Cooker

  • Heat oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add ground sausage & turkey and cook 5-7 minutes, (crumbling the meat as it cooks) or until no longer pink. Drain excess grease and add the ground meat to the slow cooker.
  • Add all ingredients to the slow cooker. Stir to mix well.
  • Cook HIGH 2-3 hours or LOW 4-6.

Instant Pot

  • Turn on the pressure cooker and select sauté. Once hot add oil, ground turkey, ground sausage, and diced onion to the pot. Cook 5-7 minutes, crumbling the ground meat as it cooks. Add garlic and cook an additional minute. You might need to do this in batches. Drain fat excess grease if needed.
  • Stir in black-eyed peas, greens, hot sauce, chili powder, salt, paprika, thyme, pepper, diced tomatoes, and tomato sauce. Stir to mix well.
  • Close lid and seal valve. Cook high pressure for 20 minutes. Natural release pressure for 5 minutes then quick release any remaining pressure. Stir before serving.


Cook time calculated using the slow cooker HIGH setting.
The chili will thicken as it cools.