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This turkey sweet potato chili recipe is healthy, ultra cozy and comforting, and easy to cook! It makes fantastic leftovers.

Try my Easy Turkey Meatballs, Easy Turkey Chili, and Easy Ground Turkey Burgers next if you’re looking for more tasty ways to use ground turkey.

a bowl of sweet potato turkey chili with toppings

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
ingredients for turkey sweet potato chili in prep bowls

Tools for this recipe

Check out Natasha’s favorite kitchen essentials, gadgets, and cookware!

  • 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.

sauteing onion and ground turkey in a soup pot for chili

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.

adding beans and sweet potatoes and seasoning to a soup pot with turkey chili

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.
a pot of turkey chili with a ladle

If you made this sweet potato turkey chili, please leave a star rating and review below. Leave a comment if the blog post didn’t answer your question. You can find me on Instagram too!

a bowl of sweet potato turkey chili with toppings
4.95 from 34 votes

Turkey Sweet Potato Chili

This turkey sweet potato chili recipe is healthy, ultra cozy and comforting, and easy to cook! It makes fantastic leftovers.
Prep: 10 minutes
Cook: 35 minutes
Total: 45 minutes
Servings: 6

Ingredients 

  • 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.

Instructions 

  • 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.

Notes

  • 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

Calories: 271kcal, Carbohydrates: 32g, Protein: 26g, Fat: 5g, Saturated Fat: 1g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g, Monounsaturated Fat: 2g, Trans Fat: 0.01g, Cholesterol: 42mg, Sodium: 455mg, Potassium: 714mg, Fiber: 8g, Sugar: 6g, Vitamin A: 6921IU, Vitamin C: 6mg, Calcium: 92mg, Iron: 4mg

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!


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90 Comments

  1. Ardell says:

    My daughter -in-law made this at our Christmas visit and I’m hooked. I am making it tomorrow for myself. Delicious!!!

    1. Natasha says:

      Wonderful!! 😀 Thanks for letting me know!

  2. CICi says:

    Great recipe. Simple and delicious. Thank you

    1. Natasha says:

      You are very welcome!

  3. Noelle says:

    5 stars
    I had a bunch of sweet potatoes from my garden so I decided to make this yesterday when I wanted something to make me feel cozy. It was excellent. I will definitely make this again.

    1. Natasha says:

      Fantastic! Thanks for your review, Noelle! 😀

  4. Kelli says:

    4 stars
    Delicious!
    But for those who don’t appreciate heat, I would recommend cutting way back on the chili powder. I used only one tablespoon and it was still too much for me.
    I would make it again though!

    1. Natasha says:

      I’m glad you liked it, Kelli! So, I think there’s regional differences. Any curry powder I’ve ever bought here in Canada has been mild. I know that some brands in the States are spicier, and some are even marked as “hot”, so it is a good idea to keep that in mind. I do discuss this in the ingredients section of the post too. 🙂

  5. Csaulvey says:

    5 stars
    Delicious

    1. Natasha says:

      Thanks!!

  6. Jo says:

    Can I make this vegetarian by leaving out the mince?

    1. Natasha says:

      Sure!

  7. Patsy M says:

    5 stars
    Love 💕 it!!!!
    It’s the only chili 🌶️ I serve now 🙂

    1. Natasha says:

      Wonderful!! 😀 Thank you!

  8. Michela Dicicco says:

    Can you do this in a crock pot?

    1. Natasha says:

      I’ve only tested it as written, but I think that should work. You’d still want to do the searing steps on the stove, however.

  9. Melodi says:

    5 stars
    I love this chili! I have made it multiple times and it is true, it is very forgiving. Sometimes I have more or less sweet potatoes or beans. Today I forgot kidney beans so I used pinto and I’m sure it’ll be just fine. Love it!

    1. Natasha says:

      I’m thrilled to hear that!! Thank you for your review!

  10. Lauren says:

    5 stars
    This caught my eye on Instagram so I knew I had to make it. So easy to make and totally delicious. A fast, hearty meal. Can’t beat it.

    1. Natasha says:

      I’m thrilled you saw the recipe and tried it, Lauren!! 😀 Thanks so much for your 5-star review!