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Sweet Potato Turkey Chili

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Sweet Potato Turkey Chili is loaded with lean ground turkey, chopped sweet potatoes, tomatoes, beans, and plenty of spices. This chili is full of flavor, is both hearty and lean at the same time, and cooks up pretty quickly. Everything you need for a weeknight meal.

For a classic chili recipe, try my Easy Slow Cooker Chili. For a vegetarian one, be sure to take a peek at my 3-Bean Pumpkin Chili! Or try a spicy version that’s more of a soup – this Green Chili Chicken Soup!

Two hands holding a white bowl of sweet potato turkey chili, with a blue napkin in the background.

Sweet Potato Chili

I love how food takes me back to some memory hidden away in my brain. Like the homemade cookies my mom used to make that lined the back kitchen counter. Warm cookies after school with a big glass of milk to dunk them in. Really, nothing better. Or the nachos my hubby and I used to eat (BEFORE the pizza!) at our favorite pizza joint during our college years. I remember the breakfast burritos I used to cook up for the kids for dinner, after a long evening of running them to sports and activities. And then there is the countless pans of mac and cheese I made during their “picky” years (with perhaps a hidden veggie or two they didn’t know about).

Chili is definitely one of these meals. Mom used to make it all winter long, and she filled a big roasting pan for our family of eight. Dad loved beans AND chili powder, so it always had loads of that. To this day, chili really isn’t chili unless it has plenty of beans and chili powder (and for me, jalapeños!).

Quick poll. What is your “must-have” ingredients for your chili? Do tell!

One thing I’d never had, until I concocted this recipe, is sweet potatoes IN my chili. Seems like a weird concept at first, until you try it. But I must admit. The mixture of the sweet from the potatoes is a perfect combo with the spiciness of the chili. SO good, and I think you will soon be a fan!

Overhead shot of a large stock pot of sweet potato turkey chili, on a wooden board with a blue napkin.

Sweet Potato Turkey Chili Ingredients:

Ya’ll know I’m a Tex-Mex girl, and I love anything spicy. This soup has basically all of my favorite ingredients PLUS spice. To make this chili, you will need:

  • Ground turkey – I use a lean version.
  • The fresh veggies – onion, jalapeño, garlic, and of course, sweet potatoes.
  • Canned goods – fire roasted tomatoes, tomato paste, and beans.
  • The spices – chili powder, cumin, kosher salt, and freshly ground black pepper
  • Chicken broth – lower sodium, preferred
  • Plus toppings galore!

I’m a sucker for a big bowl of soup or chili. Give it to me ANY cool night of the week and I’m a happy girl.

Overhead ingredient shots of 1) ground turkey plus onions, jalapeno, and garlic, 2) the spice combo in a white bowl, 3) bowls of the tomato mix and the chipped sweet potatoes, and 4) a bowl of the white beans.

How to make Sweet Potato Turkey Chili:

  1. Brown Turkey. In a large saucepan, over medium high heat, add olive oil. Then add ground turkey, onion, jalapeños, garlic, and seasonings (chili powder, cumin, salt, and pepper).
  2. Add liquids. Then add the chicken broth (start with 6 cups), the fire roasted tomatoes, tomato paste, and beans. Bring this to a boil.
  3. Add sweet potatoes. When mixture is boiling, add cubed sweet potatoes. Turn heat down to a simmer (bubbling slightly). Let the chili cook until sweet potatoes are fork tender.
  4. Check seasonings. Test the chili to determine if additional seasonings are needed.
  5. Serve. Serve chili with your choice of avocado slices, shredded cheese, sour cream, and crushed up tortilla chips.

There are several ways you can adjust this recipe to your liking.

  • Use ground beef instead of ground turkey.
  • Try another type of bean instead of the cannellini beans. Black beans, chili beans, pinto beans, you name it.
  • Don’t like spicy? Use regular diced tomatoes instead of fire-roasted, go easy on the chili powder and cumin, and skip the jalapeño (or just the seeds).
  • Don’t like sweet potatoes? Oh c’mon try them anyway! 🙂

Chili toppings are key, so don’t forget to load it up. Use any variety you like.

  • avocado slices
  • shredded cheese
  • sour cream
  • crushed up chips
  • extra jalapeños

Enjoy!

Overhead shot of one bowl and one partial bowl of sweet potato turkey chili, with a spoon in it.

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xoxo ~Sue

Two hands holding a white bowl of sweet potato turkey chili, over a wooden background with a blue napkin.

Sweet Potato Turkey Chili

Sweet Potato Turkey Chili is loaded with lean ground turkey, chopped sweet potatoes, tomatoes, beans, and plenty of spices. This chili is full of flavor, is both hearty and lean at the same time, and cooks up pretty quickly. Everything you need for a weeknight meal.
4.92 from 12 votes
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Course: Soup
Cuisine: Mexican
Keyword: chili recipe, sweet potato turkey chili
Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 45 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 15 minutes
Servings: 8 servings
Calories: 412kcal
Author: Sue Ringsdorf

Ingredients

  • 1 Tablespoon olive oil
  • 2 pounds lean ground turkey
  • 1 large onion – chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic – minced
  • 2 large jalapenos – diced (without seeds, unless you like spicy!)
  • 3 Tablespoons chili powder
  • 2 Tablespoons cumin
  • salt and pepper – to taste
  • 6 – 8 cups chicken broth – may need to add more
  • 15 oz. can fire roasted tomatoes
  • 4 Tablespoons tomato paste
  • 30 oz. cannellini beans, canned
  • 4 medium sweet potatoes – peeled and cubed
  • avocado slices, shredded cheese, sour cream, crushed up chips, cilantro – to serve

Instructions

  • In large saucepan, heat oil over medium heat. Add ground turkey, onion, garlic, jalapeños, chili powder, cumin, and salt and pepper. Cook until turkey is browned and crumbled, and the veggies are soft, stirring often.
  • Then add the chicken broth, fire roasted tomatoes, tomato paste, and beans to the pot. Bring mixture to a boil, and add sweet potatoes
  • Turn heat to a simmer (just bubbling slightly), and cook until the sweet potatoes are fork tender, approximately 40-45 minutes.
  • Serve chili with shredded cheese, sour cream, avocado slices, and crushed up tortilla chips.

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Notes

There are several ways you can adjust this recipe to your liking.
  • Use ground beef instead of ground turkey.
  • Try another type of bean instead of the cannelloni beans. Black beans, chili beans, pinto beans, you name it.
  • Don’t like spicy? Use regular diced tomatoes instead of fire-roasted, go easy on the chili powder and cumin, and skip the jalapeño (or just the seeds).
  • Don’t like sweet potatoes? Oh c’mon try them anyway! 🙂

Nutrition

Calories: 412kcal | Carbohydrates: 53g | Protein: 39g | Fat: 6g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 62mg | Sodium: 1747mg | Potassium: 1734mg | Fiber: 10g | Sugar: 7g | Vitamin A: 17136IU | Vitamin C: 39mg | Calcium: 173mg | Iron: 7mg

23 Comments

  1. Absolutely delicious! Will make again for sure.

    1. Suebee Homemaker says:

      That’s great! Thanks for your feedback, Jennifer!

  2. Jale Breidenstein says:

    Do you have instructions to make in slow cooker

    1. Suebee Homemaker says:

      I do not. This cooks fairly quickly so I don’t think using a slow cooker is really worth the extra dishes, etc.

  3. Ok, I was really skeptical about this one! My crew won’t eat sweet potatoes (except Thanksgiving when it is covered in butter, sugar & nuts!) Wish you could have seen the looks on the kids faces when they heard what I was making for dinner! Ha! Ha! But, gotta say this was REALLY good! My hubby thanked me several times for making it! (I took Mike’s advice and bought several avacados!) I did use half turkey & half lean beef. Another awesome recipe Sue! Thanks for sharing!

    1. Suebee Homemaker says:

      Thanks Cathy! I’m so glad you tried it. Those sweet potatoes sure do add a surprisingly great taste to chili! 🙂

  4. Josh Ringsdorf says:

    Very easy and fun to make! Best soup I’ve ever had!

    1. Suebee Homemaker says:

      That’s awesome, Josh! Thanks for the review! 🙂

  5. SUPERRRRR YUMMY !!!!!

    1. Suebee Homemaker says:

      Awww thank you Tiffany!! So glad you enjoyed it! Mwah! 🙂

  6. Your Mom was a very smart lady to make tons of chili! But this one is awesome! My key topping is the avocado slices. Well done!

  7. Lauri Arndorfer says:

    Awesome chili! I used hamburger and a little sugar as I like a little sweetness in my chili. I will try the turkey next time. I did not use jalapenos but it was the right amount of spice for me. And I love the sweet potatoes . A new favorite for me!

    1. Suebee Homemaker says:

      So glad you enjoyed the chili, Lauri! The sweet potatoes give it that extra special something. Thanks for your review! 🙂

  8. I made the chili before I read the other comments so I didn’t make any changes. It was excellent and might be a new “go-to” for me. Easy to make with no difficult to find ingredients. It’s excellent. Try it!

    1. Suebee Homemaker says:

      So glad you enjoyed the chili, Dave! Thanks for your feedback. 🙂

  9. Jackie Thill says:

    I made this soup a second time and adjusted it a bit. The first time I made it I had too much fun pureeing the sweet potatoes and didn’t have enough broth to add extra, so it was pretty thick. Since I prefer a brothy soup, I made sure to puree less and add more broth. I adjusted the seasoning just a little as well, because I used a spicy gound turkey and was afraid it would have too much heat. It was perfect for my taste!! This is a worthwhile chili to make – both nutritious and delicious.

    1. Suebee Homemaker says:

      Great idea on pureeing less! I seem to make it different every time. Thanks for your review Jackie! 🙂

  10. Karol Gustafson says:

    This is a favorite! I love the hearty flavor, but it doesn’t leave you feeling stuffed. I’m actually having this soup for lunch today.

    1. Suebee Homemaker says:

      So true. It’s healthy so you can eat more of it!

  11. Shari Musoke says:

    I am a huge fan of “comfort” food so this was right up my ally. I was very easy to make if you buy precut sweet potatoes as I did. Next time I would but them smaller and probably not use the immersion blender. The flavors are fantastic, will make again soon.

    1. Suebee Homemaker says:

      I love comfort food too!! 🙂

  12. Jackie Thill says:

    This is a very hearty chili, and definitely serves as a complete meal. I liked that the immersion blender was used for half the potatoes, because it thickened the chili, but you could also eat it without doing that if you prefer. Delicious!!

    1. Suebee Homemaker says:

      Thank you Jackie!! I’m glad you enjoyed it. 🙂

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