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Sweet Potato & Turkey Chili

This is our favorite chili recipe for many reasons: it's inexpensive, it's healthy, and it's crazy delicious.

With a kick of spice and sweetness, sweet potatoes make the coziest chili ever. This recipe makes enough for dinner and lunch the next day. Get creative and add in your favorite spices, beans and enjoy all season long. 

Sweet Potato & Turkey Chili

Servings: 6-8 | Prep Time: 45 minutes


2 tablespoons Olive Oil, divided

3 tablespoons Taco Seasoning, divided

2 tablespoons Chili Powder, divided

3 cloves Garlic, minced, divided

3/4 teaspoon Cinnamon

1 pound Ground Turkey*

1 onion, chopped

2 large Sweet Potatoes, chopped

2 cups Water

2 cups Chicken or Vegetable Stock

1 can Black Beans

1 can Chickpeas (aka Garbanzo Beans)

Salt and Pepper, to taste

Sour Cream, for serving

Avocado, for serving

*Try lentils instead of ground turkey for a vegetarian option


1. Over medium heat, add 1 tablespoon of the oil in a large gumbo or deep stock pot. Once hot, add in the turkey, onion, 1 tablespoon of the taco seasoning, 1 tablespoon of the chili powder and 1 clove of garlic. Cook and stir for around 10 minutes, or until turkey is browned and cooked through (you may need to add water if turkey begins to dry out while cooking). Pour into bowl and set aside.

2. In the same pot over medium heat, add 1 tablespoon of the oil and the chopped sweet potatoes. Add in the last 2 tablespoon of taco seasoning, the last tablespoon of chili powder and 3/4 teaspoon cinnamon. Cook for 2-3 minutes to lightly brown.

3. Add in the last 2 cloves of garlic, the water and the broth to the pot with the sweet potatoes and bring to a low boil. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Boil until sweet potatoes are soft.

4. Using an immersion blender or countertop blender, puree the sweet potato mixture until smooth (or mash by hand).

5. Stir in the black beans, chickpeas and reserved cooked ground turkey and simmer on low for a couple of minutes until beans are warmed through.

6. Spoon into serving bowls, top with sour cream and black pepper. Avocado is also a great choice.

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