Slow cooker turkey edamame chili has all of the flavors you love of traditional chili, It's just a little lighter. Plus, edamame is perfect replacement for those who don't prefer beans.JUMP TO RECIPE DETAILS
When it comes to children, the whining wheel often gets the grease. The whining of a child can get under your skin in ways few other man-made noises can.
But there is one sound that bothers me even more. The sound of silent suffering. Especially when it comes from one of my own children.
For years number 3 quietly ate chili. I don't know where my head was or who was distracting me, but I never noticed a lack of enthusiasm.
Until somewhat recently, when she was the only one of her siblings at the dinner table. I noticed she was eating, but very gingerly. When I asked what was wrong she sheepishly replied that she doesn't like beans.
WHAT?!?!? I had been obliviously serving beans for years in various formats. This information rocked my world! Oh the guilt!!!!!! How did I miss this?
Crockpot turkey chili with edamame was born from this guilt. Interestingly, this recipe has become a family favorite. The team requests it more often than my other chili recipes.
To make this slow cooker turkey chili recipe you will need:
- Ground turkey - lean ground turkey is best
- Green pepper
- Diced tomatoes - canned with all juices
- Tomato sauce - canned
- Edamame - shelled. frozen
- Chili seasoning - packaged or homemade (recipe below)
- Dry red wine - or substitute with beef broth
- Kosher salt
- Non-stick cooking spray
🔪Assembling slow-cooker turkey chili
Start by browning your ground turkey mixture. This can be done stove top, or in bulk in your slow cooker.
Spray your slow cooker with a non-stick spray of your choice. Place the cooked turkey into the bottom of your crock pot.
Add in all remaining ingredients and use a wooden spoon to give a quick stir. Cover and cook on low heat for about 8 hours.
There are so many great ways to serve this crock pot turkey chili. We love it in a bread bowl, but it is also delicious served out of a scooped-out bell pepper. It is also yummy served as a topper for sweet potatoes.
The usual chili toppings like shredded cheddar cheese, sour cream, and some freshly chopped red onion are great additions.
On game day, we make a chili bar and serve this delicious recipe next to our other favorites. Chicken chili, classic chili, steak chili , bean free chili and this healthy turkey chili make for the perfect smorgasbord.
Tortilla chips, tortilla strips, tortilla bowls, and corn chips are all great, crunchy companions for this healthy chili dish.
You will want to make a big batch of this comfort food because leftovers store really well. Add your crockpot chili to an airtight container or bag. It can be refrigerated for 3-4 days or frozen for 3-4 months.
If you love this recipe, please let me know in the comment section below!
😉Hint & hacks
- Frozen, shelled edamame is easiest when making this perfect meal.
- I always keep large quantities of browned ground beef and turkey in my freezer for recipes like this one. This way I can take advantage of bulk pricing and always have some around for easy dump and go recipes
- This recipe is also delicious with ground beef or ground chicken,
- One of my favorite things about this recipe is that it isn’t super spicy as written. However, if you like it hot, you can easily dial it up. Hot sauce and diced hot green chilies give added heat as does extra chili seasoning.
- This is a favorite recipe for make-ahead meal prep. The edamame maintains its consistency even after reheating. I love to make a full batch and then freeze it in individual-sized portions. This provides for lots of easy reheat and eat meals, Easy meal prep on a cold day is the best!
- Slow cooker liners make clean up so much easier. However, they are fully optional if you are not a fan.
- The recipe below includes instructions for mixing your own chili seasoning. If you would prefer to skip that step, you can substitute with a pre-mixed chili seasoning such as this one.
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Lazy Turkey Edamame Chili
- 4 qt or larger slow cooker
- Measuring cups/spoons
- large wooden spoon for mixing
- Ladle for serving
- 2.5 lbs browned ground turkey about 3 lbs before browning
- 1 green pepper, chopped
- 30 oz diced tomato I use canned
- 30 oz tomato sauce I use basic canned tomato sauce
- 16 oz frozen edamame shelled
- ⅓ cup chili seasoning (see recipe below) can use a premixed packed of chili seasoning her if you prefer
- ½ cup red wine not sweet
- 2 teaspoon kosher or sea salt
- ½ cup chili powder
- ¼ cup cumin
- 1 tablespoon garlic powder
- 1 tablespoon onion powder
- 2 teaspoon smoked paprika
- Spray slow cooker with non-stick spray
- place browned, ground turkey in slow cooker vessel2.5 lbs browned ground turkey
- add green pepper, diced tomato (along with all the juice from the cans), tomato sauce, frozen edamame, chili seasoning, wine and salt.1 green pepper, chopped, 30 oz diced tomato, 30 oz tomato sauce, 16 oz frozen edamame, ⅓ cup chili seasoning (see recipe below), ½ cup red wine, 2 teaspoon kosher or sea salt
- stir all ingredients to mix
- If you prefer a spicier chili, you can add more of the chili seasoning mix.
- cook 6 - 8 hours on low or 3-4 hours on high.
- add all ingredients to a bowl and stir to combine½ cup chili powder, ¼ cup cumin, 1 tablespoon garlic powder, 1 tablespoon onion powder, 2 teaspoon smoked paprika