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Turkey and Sweet Potato Chili

November 16, 2019

I think it is fair to say I have particular opinions on food. Anything with ground turkey has never been my jam. And sweet potato not part of a Thanksgiving casserole? Nah. Well, turns out my taste have matured… and these two ingredients are key to my new favorite dish on a cold day: turkey and sweet potato chili. A few months ago a dietitian on campus had us make this and I had a sample. I liked it so much that I have made a version of it TWICE at home in the last month or so. It is healthy, full of flavor, warm on a cold day, and can be pulled together quickly!


Sweet Potato and Turkey Chili- perfect for a cold day!


  • Olive oil (maybe a TBSP)
  • One pound ground turkey
  • One medium yellow onion
  • One medium to large red bell pepper
  • One nice sized sweet potato
  • 32 OZ low-sodium vegetable broth
  • 2 TBSP minced garlic
  • 1 TBSP chili powder
  • 2 tsp cumin
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1 can (15 oz) diced tomato with garlic and oregano or fire-roasted. Go for low-sodium options!
  • 1 can (15 oz) of tri-colored beans (black, kidney, pinto mix). You can really do any type you like.
  • Optional toppings: sour cream, plain greek yogurt, tortilla strips, etc.



1. Prep work: Dice the bell pepper and onion. It is fine if they are mixed together. Peel and cube the sweet potato- keep it separate from onion and pepper.

2. Heat olive oil in dutch oven and saute 1 TBSP of garlic with the onions and peppers until onion is a nice golden brown. About 8 minutes or so over medium. Set aside cooked items.

3. In same dutch oven, brown the remaining garlic and ground turkey over medium heat. Cook until the meat is no longer pink anywhere.

4. Add in the cooked red pepper and onion to the meat. Add in the chili pepper, cumin, paprika, and salt. Cook together for a minute or two.

5. Add in the sweet potato and cook for 3-4 minutes. Stirring often.

6. Add in vegetable broth

7. Add in diced tomatoes, include the juice!

8. Drain and rinse the beans, then add to the pot.

9. Bring the entire thing to a boil. Then reduce to a simmer and cook for 30-45 minutes.

Then make yourself a bowl and serve with whatever toppings you like! It sounds so good typing this, I am going to go and have another bowl!

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