Sweet Potato and Turkey Chili

Sweet Potato and Turkey Chili


Sweet Potato and Turkey Chili

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Chili is a hearty and comforting dish that is perfect for a cold winter night. The combination of spices, beans, and meat make it a filling meal that can be easily customized to suit different tastes. In this recipe, we will be using sweet potatoes and turkey as the main ingredients. Sweet potatoes are an excellent source of fiber and vitamins, while turkey is a lean protein that is low in fat. Together, they create a delicious and healthy dish that is sure to become a family favorite.


  • 1 pound ground turkey
  • 1 large sweet potato, peeled and diced
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 1 red bell pepper, diced
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 can black beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 can diced tomatoes
  • 1 tablespoon chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 2 cups chicken or vegetable broth
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • Optional toppings: shredded cheese, chopped cilantro, sliced avocado, sour cream

Preparation Method:

  1. Heat the olive oil in a large pot over medium-high heat. Add the ground turkey and cook until browned, breaking it up into small pieces with a wooden spoon.

  2. Add the onion, bell pepper, and garlic to the pot and cook until the vegetables are softened, about 5 minutes.

  3. Stir in the sweet potatoes, black beans, diced tomatoes, chili powder, cumin, smoked paprika, salt, and black pepper.

  4. Pour in the chicken or vegetable broth and stir to combine.

  5. Bring the chili to a boil, then reduce the heat to low and let it simmer for 20-25 minutes, or until the sweet potatoes are tender.

  6. Serve the chili hot, topped with shredded cheese, chopped cilantro, sliced avocado, and sour cream if desired.

 Questions and Answers:

  1. Can I substitute ground beef for the ground turkey? 

  2. Yes, you can use ground beef or even ground chicken instead of the turkey.

  3. Can I use canned sweet potatoes instead of fresh? 

  4. While you could use canned sweet potatoes, the texture and flavor may be different than using fresh sweet potatoes.

  5. Can I make this recipe in a slow cooker? 

  6. Yes, you could adapt this recipe for a slow cooker. Brown the turkey in a separate pan before adding it to the slow cooker with the rest of the ingredients. Cook on low for 6-8 hours.

  7. Can I freeze leftovers? 

  8. Yes, this chili freezes well. Let it cool completely before transferring it to an airtight container or freezer bag. It will keep in the freezer for up to 3 months.

  9. Can I add other vegetables to the chili? 

  10. Yes, you could add other vegetables like zucchini, corn, or carrots to the chili.

  11. Can I make this recipe vegetarian? 

  12. Yes, you could omit the ground turkey and use vegetable broth instead of chicken broth to make a vegetarian version of this chili.

  13. How spicy is this chili? 

  14. This chili has a medium level of spiciness. If you prefer it to be milder, you can reduce the amount of chili powder and smoked paprika.

  15. Can I use a different type of bean? 

  16. Yes, you could use kidney beans, pinto beans, or any other type of bean that you prefer.

  17. How many servings does this recipe make? 

  18. This recipe makes 4-6 servings.

  19. Can I serve this chili with rice or cornbread? 

  20. Yes, this chili would be delicious served with rice or cornbread

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