Want something for dinner tonight that is delicious, healthy and only takes 5 minutes to make? Look no further–this slow cooker turkey and mushrooms dish fits the bill.
(This is an updated post from February 2015. Skyler decided to get in on the fun and make dinner. Watch how this recipe is so easy that a 6 year old can literally make dinner. And make sure to subscribe to my YouTube channel!)
This recipe was one of those happy accidents that happened. I had some mushrooms in the fridge that needed to be used up. And as I cleaned out my pantry (it was bad, people) I found the homemade gravy mix that I made for this 3 packet roast recipe. I decided to put both into my crockpot along with some ground turkey. The results were awesome. My husband was working from home and he scarfed it down almost before I could snap a few pictures. I was originally going to make it into a stroganoff type meal with cream cheese and sour cream but decided it tasted great as it was. We served ours over brown rice but you could make some egg noodles or mashed potatoes or even serve it as a lettuce wrap if you’re carb conscious.
Slow Cooker Ground Turkey and Mushrooms
- Cook Time: 2 hours on high, 4 hours on low
- Total Time: 8 minute
- Yield: 4-6 servings 1x
- 1 lb uncooked ground turkey
- 1 lb white mushrooms, sliced
- 1/4 cup of homemade gravy mix or a gravy packet (see recipe below for making homemade gravy mix)
- 1/2 cup water
- Green onions, optional
- Add ground turkey to the slow cooker and break up the turkey with a spoon.
- Add in sliced mushrooms, ¼ cup of gravy mix (recipe below) and water. Stir with a spoon.
- Cover and cook on LOW for 3-5 hours or on HIGH for 2-3 hours. Remove lid and break up the turkey with a spoon. Salt and pepper to taste if needed.
- Serve turkey and mushrooms over rice, noodles, potatoes or in lettuce wraps. Garnish with sliced green onions, if desired.
Homemade Gravy Mix Recipe: 3 Tbsp beef bouillon granules, 1 tsp onion powder, 1 tsp garlic powder, 1/2 tsp thyme, 1/2 tsp pepper, 1/2 cup flour. Run all the ingredients through a blender or food processor. Pulse about 10 times until all the granules are the same consistency. Store in an airtight container.
Variations: Add in 4 oz cream cheese and 1/2 cup sour cream after the turkey is cooked, for more of a creamy, stroganoff type meal. You can also make this with lean ground beef or ground chicken instead of ground turkey.
Ideal slow cooker size: 4-6 quart
To make gluten free: Substitute flour for a GF flour blend or cornstarch
Can this be frozen?
Yes I think it would work well frozen
Wow, this did not turn out well at all! Just wasted my time, and made a mess! I think you need to better clarify the gravy part of the recipe. The way it’s written, it’s confusing, as others have commented.
Just wanted to clarify, are you supposed to use fresh or frozen ground turkey?
Can I make this in a 3qt Slow Cooker?
Also in a pinch, can you use canned or bottled mushrooms?
Oops, I put in the wrong email… Thanks for the help with my questions about making this in a 3qt slow cooker, using a jar of mushrooms, and fresh or frozen turkey
it was fresh ground turkey, and 3 quart is great, canned mushrooms work well, just drain first.
Retta S Jones says
I have a 5lb ground Turkey tube that a visiting relative left. I need to use the whole thing once its defrosted. I would like to use ingredients I have on hand, like canned cream of mushroom soup and canned mushrooms + turkey gravy packets. What quantities of each ingredient would you recommend? I have a large crockpot.
Hi Retta, I would use 3 cans of mushroom soup, 3 cans of drained mushrooms and 2 turkey gravy packets.
Retta Jones says
I absolutely love this recipe but my husband says it is too bland. Any suggestions?
salt and pepper to wonders. hot sauce?
audrey anderson says
Can you use gravy packets? If so what flavor?
Yes I be that would be great. I would use a chicken or turkey gravy packet.
I was sceptical, but tried it anyway. It was quite good. I used baby portabella mushrooms since that’s what I had on hand. Added Greek yogurt at the end, and served over jasmine rice with a Greek salad on the side. No complaints from my husband.
Your video is super cute! I have mine in the slowcooker now. I added a chopped up sweet potato, and 1 small leek, just cause I had it. Thanks very much for inspiring my dinner tonight. Ill be back for more recipes.
Going to try this. Do you think using baby bella mushrooms instead of white ones work?
Of course! It will be great.
Has anyone tried this with hamburger?
I haven’t but it would work well with lean ground beef.
Making this for my mushroom-loving toddler, planning to put in the cream cheese as you suggested to make it a little more calorie-dense for him! Thanks for a lovely recipe!
You’re welcome Elise! I hope he likes it 🙂
I’m so tired of people and their deceptive food photography!! You know as well as I do that those mushrooms did NOT come out of the slow cooker looking all brown and caramelized like that. In fact, I’m betting it didn’t look anything like that photo.
This is a false claim. The mushrooms looked exactly like that when they came out of the slow cooker.
I just added the cream sauce ingredients, but my mushrooms looked just like this!
Hi! I followed this recipe, and I’m not sure what I did wrong, but it came out with a lot of liquid. Was I supposed to make the gravy and then add it, or just add the dry mix? I thought I was supposed to make the gravy with 2 cups water and then add that, so I imagine that’s what went wrong.
Oh I’m sorry Megan. Yes, just the dry mix.
I’m making this recipe now and I, too, am not clear on the gravy piece. In the ingredients list it indicates 1/4 cup gravy mix. Below, there are instructions to make the gravy that include adding a 1/4 cup to 2 cups water…..just clarify: I am to only add 1/4 cup of the dry mix to the crockpot – not the liquid that is described?
Hi Jada, yes you are right. Just use 1/4 cup of the dry mix.
Georgina Hernandez says
I’m making this recipe right now and I think I just messed up the whole thing! I added everything together, all the dry gravy mix , water, and the 2 cups of milk! Is it going to come out wrong, or too thick or seasoned too much?? Please! Help!
I’m hoping your milk won’t curdle. Let me know!
Does the turkey have to be frozen or is it okay if it’s thawed?
It can be thawed! It will just take less time to cook.
I came across this recipe on Pinterest and I made it for my family tonight. My family and friends includes a husband who rarely compliments my cooking, and 2 little girls age 4 and 6. Everyone loved it! I used an envelope of gravy mix and I served it over quinoa. Thank you so much!
sounds perfect! Thanks for sharing 🙂
Is there a way to convert this recipe to a one pot rice cooker/slow cooker meal. This recipe sounds delicious but since I’m working trying to cut down on steps.
I bet you could put rice and then water in the bottom of the slow cooker and add all the rest of the ingredients as well. I haven’t tried it so I can’t be sure. I would use white rice or minute brown rice if I were you because it will cook close to what the turkey takes to cook!
I’m also using the “better than Bullion” stuff and wondering if I can skip the flour? Thanks! Love your site:)
I can’t say for sure but you should probably be okay to skip the flour!
How does this make enough gravy with just 1/2 cup water? How much would I use with jar gravy?
With the slow cooker there is no evaporation so there will always be a lot of liquid in the bottom of the pot at the end of the day. I’m not sure about the jarred gravy. I would put in how much you think will feed your family. Worst case is that you’ll have extra gravy! Good luck 🙂
i don't have bouillon granules… do you have an equivalent for the 'better than bouillon' type stuff?
[email protected] says
Okay so it's 9 cups of broth basically…so whatever better than bouillon says to make 9 cups of broth. Is it a 1 tsp to 1 cup ratio?
Does the ground turkey need to be browned first, or can it just go in the slow cooker raw?
[email protected] says
It goes in raw!
Can you brown the Turkey first?
Yes you can!
GiGi EatsCelebrities says
Mmmmm turkey! Makes me miss Thanksgiving. Is it November yet? LOL