Slow Cooker (or not) Indian Chili with Ground Turkey
and baked sweet potatoes
For a creative twist on chili, we use an Indian flavor profile with garam masala, curry powder, and fresh ginger. Served over buttery and spiced sweet potatoes, you'll love this cozy meal whether you choose to make it with the slow cooker, Instant Pot, or stove top!
- Garam masala - 2 tsp
- Curry powder, mild - 2 tsp
- Cumin, ground - 1 tsp
- Coriander, ground - 1 tsp
- Red pepper flakes - 1/2 tsp
- Salt - 1/2 tsp
- Onions, medium - 1, chopped
- Bell peppers - 1, chopped
- Garlic - 3 cloves, chopped
- Ginger, fresh - 2 tsp, grated
- Oil, cooking - 1 Tbsp
- Turkey, ground - 1 lb
- Indian Curry Spice Mix (ingredients listed separately) - 5 tsp
- Tomatoes, crushed (14 oz / 397 g) - 1 can
- Stock, any type - 2 cups
- Green onions - 2 stalks, chopped, green and white parts combined
- Sweet potatoes, medium - 4
- Butter - 1 Tbsp
- Indian Curry Spice Mix (ingredients listed separately) - 1 tsp
- Make spice mix - Combine garam masala, curry powder, cumin, ground coriander, red pepper flakes, and salt. (Can be done up to 5 days ahead)
- Onions / Bell peppers / Garlic / Ginger - Prep as directed. Combine onions and bell peppers in one container. Combine garlic and ginger in a second container. (Can be done up to 5 days ahead)
- If making chili in the slow cooker: Heat a skillet over medium-high heat. Add oil and then onions and bell peppers to heated oil. Saute until softened, ~3 minutes. Add turkey and spice mix (portion for chili). Cook turkey, breaking it apart as it cooks, until browned, 5 to 7 minutes. Transfer to the bowl of a slow cooker. Add crushed tomatoes, garlic, ginger, and stock. Cook on low for 5 to 6 hours or high for 2 to 3 hours. (Can be done up to 3 days ahead)
- Cook sweet potatoes - Prick sweet potatoes with a knife. Cover with a damp paper towel and microwave on high until tender, 8 to 10 minutes. This will vary based on the size of potatoes; continue cooking until potatoes are soft enough to cut into with a fork. (Alternatively, you can bake the potatoes in a 425F / 218C oven for 45 minutes to 1 hour.) (Can be done up to 5 days ahead)
- Green onions - Chop green onions and combine green and white parts. (Can be done up to 2 days ahead)
- Turn on the oven’s broiler.
- If cooking chili on the stovetop: Heat a Dutch oven over medium-high heat. Add oil and then onions and bell peppers to heated oil. Saute until softened, ~3 minutes. Add turkey and spice mix (portion for chili). Cook turkey, breaking apart as it cooks, until browned, 5 to 7 minutes. Add crushed tomatoes, garlic, ginger, and stock. Bring to a boil. Cover with a lid and reduce heat to maintain a low simmer. Simmer chili for 20 minutes to let the flavors come together.
- Melt butter in the microwave just until soft. Stir in spice mix (portion for sweet potatoes).
- Slice sweet potatoes in half and place on a sheet pan, cut-side up. Lightly mash the top of the sweet potatoes with a fork (this will create some texture on the surface of the potatoes to soak up butter). Spread butter over top of sweet potatoes.
- Transfer potatoes to the oven and broil until the tops are golden brown and toasted.
- Taste chili and season with some salt and pepper.
- Serve chili over sweet potatoes with green onions on the top. Enjoy!
I used peas instead of green peppers because that's what I had and loved it!0 Helpful
I doubled the spices in the chili and it was delicious! Very filling!0 Helpful
Hubby and I really enjoyed it. Wasn’t my daughter’s favorite. I’d make it again!0 Helpful
It was more soupy than chili-ish, and I think my spices need a refresh, but this was pretty good.0 Helpful
Made the original recipe but substituted veggie crumbles for ground turkey, used the slow cooker. It was really good, we hosted friends for dinner and they liked it, too. There were no leftovers because we ate every last bite! The toasted naan chips really were a nice addition, don't skip those.0 Helpful
Yum! We loved this. We added more of the spices, as we usually do for these recipes, and subbed tofu for paneer. A tasty, flavorful, hearty meal that we'll definitely make again.0 Helpful