Crock-Pot, Sweet and Sour Skinny Turkey Kielbasa Stew

This stew is deliciously sweet and tangy, hearty and easy to make! You can cook it in the crock pot or on the stove top. Each generous serving has 254 calories, 5 grams of fat and 9 Weight Watchers SmartPoints. Serve it ladled into a bowl or over 1 slice of toasted bread, like pictured above.  Either way you choose to serve it, it’s so yummy!

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time: 3½ hours on high and 7 hours on low


12 ounces turkey kielbasa, I used Trader Joe’s smoked turkey kielbasa or use your favorite, see shopping tip

1 cup onions, chopped

¾ cup red bell pepper, chopped

3 cups cabbage, chopped small or shredded

1 (20 oz) can pineapple chunks, not drained (in it’s own unsweetened juice)

1 (14.5 oz) can tomatoes, chopped or diced

¾ cup chili sauce, see shopping tips

2 tablespoons rice vinegar or apple cider vinegar

1 tablespoon brown or white sugar


1. Slice kielbasa into about 50 slices. In a large nonstick pan, add kielbasa, onions and red bell pepper. Cook until slightly browned, about 4 minutes. Drain any fat.

2. To cook in crock pot: Add kielbasa, onions and red peppers to crock pot. Stir in remaining ingredients and mix well. Cover and cook in crock pot on high heat 3½ hours or low heat 7 hours, until cabbage is soft.

3. To cook on stove top: In a nonstick pot, add Kielbasa, onions and red bell peppers. Cook until slightly browned, about 4 minutes. Drain any fat. Stir in remaining ingredients and mix well. Bring to a boil, turn down to simmer, cover and cook about 1 hour until cabbage is soft.

4. Serving suggestions: Ladle 1⅔ cups into each bowl. Or, toast 1 slice of whole wheat or multigrain bread for each serving. Line each bowl or plate with 1 slice of toast. Top each with 1⅓ cups stew.

Makes 5 servings, each serving about 1⅔ cup stew
or Makes 6 servings, about 1⅓ cups each over 1 slice of toasted bread

Food Fact

Kielbasa is literally the Polish word for sausage. In the United States, however, the term “smoked Polish sausage” has almost become synonymous with kielbasa. Although most kielbasa is made with pork, there are also many made in the US with turkey.

Shopping Tips
I recently discovered Trader Joe’s Smoked Turkey Kielbasa. It’s delicious. If you don’t have a Trader Joe’s, there are several other brands available in most supermarkets such as Jennie-O and Hillshire Farm.
*I calculated the Skinny Facts based on using Trader Joe’s smoked turkey kielbasa.

I used Heinz Chili Sauce for this recipe. it’s a mild flavored tomato puree sauce. There are other brands available in most supermarkets.


Weight Watchers SmartPoints 9 not including bread
Weight Watchers POINTS PLUS
not including bread
Weight Watchers
(old points) 5
not including bread

SKINNY FACTS: for 1 serving about 1⅔ cups not including bread
254 calories, 5g fat, 1g sat. fat, 42mg chol, 15g protein, 39g carbs, 3g fiber, 1134mg sod, 26g sugarFACTS: for SmartPoints
226 calories, 1g sat. fat, 25g sugar, 14g protein
SKINNY FACTS: for 1⅓ cups including 1 slice of whole wheat or multigrain bread
320 calories, 5g fat, 0mg chol, 18g protein, 54g carbs, 6g fiber, 1095mg sod, 26g sugar

If you make this recipe, let me know how you liked it. Leave me a comment below or give it a rating. Thanks so much. Happy Skinny Cooking!