turkey tenderloin stew

Have you ever searched for a recipe ingredient that seemed very basic but turned out to be really hard to find? That’s what happened to me with this stew. Apparently turkey tenderloins are a rare find, at least in the Indianapolis area. After going to two different grocery stores, I ended up settling for a pre-marinated turkey tenderloin, hoping the flavor would fit well in the stew.

The thing I love about cooking though is that almost anything can be replaced with something else. Now baking is a different story, don’t try to replace ingredients when baking unless you know what you’re doing.

If you can’t find turkey tenderloins (even the pre-marinated kind), you may use chicken breast tenderloins or even use beef!

A couple of weeks after making this stew I went to a Kroger that was remodeled and expanded recently and it had all kinds of turkey products – ground turkey, turkey tenderloins, even turkey drumsticks! I know where I’m going for turkey from now on!

Here is a tip to prevent boredom from eating the same stew all week, or however long it lasts in your kitchen: mix it up from eating it on its own to pouring it over polenta, over rice, over quinoa, or even put it in lettuce wraps! I’m not joking – I made lettuce wraps with this. I spread a little sour cream on each piece of lettuce and put the stew mixture inside. Just don’t put the liquid in the lettuce wraps or you’ll have a big mess!

Turkey Tenderloin Slow Cooker Stew
Recipe type: Stew
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This turkey tenderloin stew is made with lean turkey - a healthy and delicious alternative to beef.
  • 2 lb turkey tenderloins, cut into ¾ inch pieces
  • 1 can diced tomatoes (no salt added or low sodium)
  • 1 can red kidney beans, drained (no salt added)
  • 1 yellow bell pepper, cut into ¾ inch pieces
  • 2 zucchinis, cut into ¾ inch pieces
  • 6 oz red pearl onions
  • 1 cup baby carrots, cut into bite size pieces
  • 1½ cup roasted garlic pasta sauce (I like Classico)
  • 3 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 1.5 tsp chili powder
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • ¼ tsp cumin
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ½ tsp pepper
  1. Place turkey in slow cooker. Top with can of tomatoes.
  2. Add in bell pepper, zucchinis, onions, and carrots.
  3. Add seasonings and minced garlic.
  4. Add beans and pasta sauce and mix well.
  5. Cover and cook on LOW for 5 - 6 hours.
If you ended up using beef, increase the cooking time by 1 to 2 hours.
This recipe was adapted from The Slow Cooker Bible.