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This turkey sweet potato chili recipe is healthy, ultra cozy and comforting, and easy to cook! It makes fantastic leftovers.
Why you’ll love it
This turkey chili is everything you love about chili but without being heavy. That’s what makes it the best turkey chili year-round! It can be customized to be as spicy or mild as you like, and it’s hearty and satisfying. It’s basically balanced comfort food.
Meal prep just got a whole lot easier with this healthy turkey chili. The tender sweet potatoes and turkey are simmered in broth with an irresistible homemade seasoning blend, and it’s super simple to make. Lean ground turkey is a tasty alternative to ground beef.
What you’ll need
- Olive oil – for sautéing
- Onion and garlic – our base aromatics. I like sweet (Vidalia) onions.
- Ground turkey – I prefer to use ground turkey thigh as it’s more flavorful and less prone to drying out, but turkey breast works too
- Chili powder – most varieties are quite mild, but be sure to double-check yours first if heat is a concern
- Ground cumin and paprika – these two seasonings are earthy and pack a flavorful punch
- Cayenne pepper – it’s optional but adds a general warmth
- Diced tomatoes – I highly recommend a can of the fire-roasted variety. They add even more flavor.
- Chicken broth – more savory depth and moisture
- Beans – kidney beans add some heartiness and extra protein
- Sweet potatoes – they’re healthy, creamy and a little sweet, and perfect for chili
Tools for this recipe
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- Every kitchen needs a good chef’s knife. It works perfectly here for cutting the sweet potatoes.
- Mincing garlic is really easy with a garlic press since you don’t even need to peel the cloves first.
- Use a sturdy soup pot or Dutch oven for this recipe.
- This is a great ladle for serving up soups, stews, and chilies.
How to make turkey chili with sweet potatoes
This is an overview with step-by-step photos. Full ingredients & instructions are in the recipe card below.
Sauté the onion in a soup post until translucent. Add the garlic and ground turkey, cooking and giving it the occasional stir until the turkey changes to a light color.
Add in the seasoning, broth, sweet potatoes, beans, and tomatoes. Stir, bring to a boil, and then simmer until the sweet potatoes are tender. Season with salt & pepper if desired, and garnish with your favorite toppings.
Substitutions and variations
- I definitely recommend trying out this recipe as written the first time, but you’re welcome to adjust the seasonings to your liking. For example, try smoked paprika instead of the regular kind.
- Want to swap out the kidney beans for a different kind in your pantry like black beans? Go for it. Other readers have snuck in diced veggies like carrots. It’s a pretty forgiving chili, so feel free to experiment after you’ve made it once.
- If you use ground beef instead, it’s likely you’ll have to drain most of the fat.
What to serve with turkey chili
- There’s no right or wrong way to top chili, but our kitchen suggests any or all of the following toppings: shredded cheddar cheese, diced avocado, chopped cilantro, Greek yogurt or sour cream, tortilla strips or chips, and scallions.
- This ground turkey chili is a complete meal, but a side salad to complement it is always a good idea! Try mixed greens with my Creamy Balsamic Dressing or this Lemon Tahini Dressing for something a little different.
Leftovers and storage
- Store leftover turkey chili in an airtight container in the fridge for 3-4 days.
- Reheat in a saucepan over a low heat or in your microwave until warmed through.
- Leftovers of this chili will freeze just fine for 3 months.
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Turkey Sweet Potato Chili
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 1/2 medium onion chopped
- 4 cloves garlic minced
- 1 pound ground turkey
- 1 cup chicken broth
- 1 (28 ounce) can fire-roasted diced tomatoes with juices
- 1 (14 ounce) can red kidney beans drained
- 1 pound sweet potatoes peeled & diced, see note
- 2 tablespoons chili powder
- 1 teaspoon ground cumin
- 1 teaspoon paprika
- 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper optional
- Salt & pepper to taste
- Toppings (optional, to taste): cheddar cheese, cilantro, avocado, sour cream/Greek yogurt, scallions, etc.
- Add the oil to a soup pot and sauté the onion over medium-high heat for 5 minutes.
- Add the garlic and ground turkey to the pot and cook, breaking the meat up with your spoon and stirring occasionally, for 5 minutes or until the turkey turns white on the outside.
- Add the remaining ingredients except for salt & pepper. Give it a good stir.
- Increase the heat and bring the chili to a boil. Once it's bubbling, reduce the heat to medium and cover the pot with the lid slightly open. Let it cook for 15-25 minutes or until the sweet potatoes have softened (depends how big you cut the pieces). I like to give it an occasional stir.
- Season with salt & pepper if needed and serve with desired toppings.
- Sweet potato sizing can vary wildly, so it’s best to go by weight. I used one sweet potato that weighed about a pound (16 ounces). Some grocery stores carry smaller ones, so you may need more than one to make up a pound. I cut my sweet potato into roughly 1″ pieces, but you can definitely chop it smaller.
- You can use hot paprika or smoked paprika instead of regular paprika if you wish.
- This chili is pretty forgiving… you can add more or less turkey and more or less sweet potato… it’s all good. I encourage you to adjust the spices to your taste as well.
Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.
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This recipe was originally published on January 8, 2019. It’s been updated with new photos and better instructions but is the same great recipe!