Easy Weeknight Dinner with Diet Coke

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Easy Weeknight Dinner with Diet Coke

I’m baaaack! I’ve been away for a hot second due to travel and schoolwork, but I’m finally back. And I’m celebrating my return by teaming up with Diet Coke® to share one of my all-time favorite easy weeknight dinner recipes with y’all!

If you haven’t hit up your local Kroger recently, you probably haven’t seen the brand-new designs for Diet Coke… or any of the new flavors! You can still get classic Diet Coke (the original flavor, my personal fave), but now they’ve also launched flavors like Diet Coke® Feisty Cherry, Diet Coke® Ginger Lime, Diet Coke® Twisted Mango, and Diet Coke® Zesty Blood Orange. Each is available in 8-packs or in single cans for on-the go. You can find the flavor that best fits you and your personality here! For this post, I decided to feature classic Diet Coke – a longtime staple in my fridge – alongside my recipe for crockpot turkey chili (aka the perfect easy weeknight dinner!).

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Best dinners to pair with Diet Coke

When I was in high school, Diet Coke was my drink. I was hardly ever seen without a can in my hand… and a spare (or two) in my bag! To this day, whenever my friends from high school come over, they always bring Diet Coke with them. Or, when we go to dinner (and I inevitably show up late), they still know to have a Diet Coke waiting for me at the table.

These days, I see a can of Diet Coke as my special treat. It’s a sweet reward at the end of the day, my favorite way to break from my ordinary, everyday routine. So when I heard that Diet Coke was getting a facelift, I was eager to see the new designs!

And lo and behold: turns out classic Diet Coke pairs perfectly with my favorite easy weeknight dinner recipe for Crockpot Turkey Chili! Here’s the recipe so y’all can discover this delicious pairing for yourselves:

Slow Cooker Turkey Chili, new Diet Coke can design

Easy Crockpot Turkey Chili
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Prep Time: 25 minutes

Cook Time: 4 hours

Total Time: 4 hours, 25 minutes

Category: Dinner, Crockpot

Cuisine: American

Yield: 8

Serving Size: 1 1/2 cups

Calories per serving: 280.64 kcal

Fat per serving: 8.61 g

Saturated fat per serving: 1.86 g

Carbs per serving: 33.56 g

Protein per serving: 21.26 g

Fiber per serving: 10.47 g

Sugar per serving: 10.55 g

Sodium per serving: 1004.4 mg

Trans fat per serving: 0.06 g

Cholesterol per serving: 41.96 mg

This dish is the perfect dinner to make while you're away at work all day. It takes less than 30 minutes to prep, and will be ready and waiting for you upon your return from a long day at the office (aka when nobody wants to lift a finger to cook dinner). I like to make it while I meal prep for the week, and then put it in tupperware to eat all week long! By the way, this turkey chili is also fantastic on a baked potato. And super filling. Just reduce your serving to 1/2 cup or 3/4 cup of the turkey chili and spread it all over your baked potato. Use the same toppings and dive in for a super-filling meal!


    For the chili:
  • 1 tablespoon of olive oil
  • 1 pound of 99% extra lean ground turkey (feel free to sub beef!)
  • 1 large yellow onion, finely chopped
  • 3 cloves of garlic, finely minced
  • 2 15-ounce cans of tomato sauce
  • 2 15-ounce cans of diced tomatoes, rinsed and drained
  • 1 15-ounce can of dark red kidney beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 15-ounce can of light kidney beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 cup of low-sodium chicken broth
  • 2 tablespoons of chili powder
  • 2 teaspoons of ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon of paprika
  • 1 teaspoon of ground coriander
  • 1 teaspoon of garlic powder
  • salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
    For serving (optional... but delicious!):
  • shredded cheddar cheese, to taste
  • shredded Mexican blend cheese, to taste
  • light sour cream, to taste
  • green onions, chopped, to taste
  • cilantro, chopped, to taste


  1. Begin by heating the oil in a pan on the stove over medium/high heat. Add the turkey, stirring constantly as it cooks so it breaks apart into smaller pieces. When the turkey is lightly browned, remove the pan from the heat and pour the cooked turkey into the crockpot.
  2. Add the remaining ingredients (chopped onion, minced garlic, tomato sauce, diced tomatoes, dark red kidney beans, light kidney beans, chicken broth, and spices) to the crock pot. Stir to combine, making sure to mix the turkey with all of the other ingredients.
  3. Cover and set the crockpot to cook on high for 4 hours or low for 6 hours.
  4. When the chili is done cooking in the crockpot and you're ready to eat, spoon about 1 1/2 cups of chili into a bowl. Top it with a dollop of sour cream, chopped green onions, chopped cilantro, and cheese... and dive in!


Nutritional information is based off of the turkey chili recipe - it does not include any of the toppings.


A big thank you to Collective Bias, INC. and The Coca-Cola Company for sponsoring this post. All opinions are my own. #ItsAMatch, #DietCoke #CollectiveBias