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Slow Cooker (or not) Turkey and Sweet Potato Chili
with avocados / sour cream / tortilla chips

Active: 30 minTotal: 7 hr 30 min
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We've updated this unique chili that was first introduced to our meal plan service back in 2015. Thanks to community member feedback, we've added beans and more spices to this long-time favorite.
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Ingredients

Servings:
4
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Sweet Potato Chili:
  • Sweet potatoes - 1 lb, diced
  • Onions, medium - 1, diced
  • Garlic - 3 cloves, chopped
  • Turkey, ground and lean - 1 lb
  • Cumin - 2 tsp
  • Paprika - 2 tsp
  • Chili powder - 2 tsp
  • Salt - 1 tsp
  • Beans, kidney (14 oz / 397 g) - 1 can, drained and rinsed
  • Oil, cooking - 1 Tbsp
  • Tomatoes, crushed (14 oz / 397 g) - 1 can
  • Tomatoes, diced and preferably fire-roasted (14 oz / 397 g) - 1 can
  • Stock, any type - 1 1/2 cups
  • Green onions - 2 stalks, chopped, green and white parts combined
  • Avocados - 1, cubed
  • Hot sauce (opt) - to taste
  • Sour cream - for serving
  • Tortilla chips (opt) - for serving

Nutrition Facts

Serving Size: 1 serving
Servings Per Recipe 4
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Prep

  1. Sweet potatoes / Onions / Garlic - Prep as directed. Store separately. (Can be done up to 5 days ahead)
  2. Season turkey - Combine turkey with cumin, paprika, chili powder, and salt. (Can be done 1 day ahead)
  3. Beans - Drain and rinse beans.
  4. If cooking chili in the slow cooker: Heat a skillet with oil over medium heat. Add onions and saute until soft, 3 to 5 minutes. Stir in garlic and turkey and saute, breaking it apart as it cooks, until brown, 5 to 7 minutes. Transfer turkey to slow cooker and add sweet potatoes, beans, crushed tomatoes, diced tomatoes, and stock. Cook on low for 7 to 8 hours or high for 3 to 4 hours. (Can be done 1 day ahead)
  5. Green onions / Avocados - Prep as directed.

Make

  1. If cooking chili on the stovetop: Heat a Dutch oven with oil over medium heat. Add onions and saute until soft, 3 to 5 minutes. Stir in garlic and turkey and saute, breaking it apart as it cooks, until brown, 5 to 7 minutes. Add in sweet potatoes, beans, crushed tomatoes, diced tomatoes, and stock. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer, covered, until sweet potatoes are tender, ~20 minutes.
  2. When chili is finished cooking, taste and season with some salt and pepper. Add some hot sauce if you’d like it spicier.
  3. Serve chili with green onions, avocados, and sour cream for topping. Enjoy with tortilla chips on the side for dipping or crumbled over top.
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Reviews

This meal has 57 reviews

Veggie version was good - almost forgot it didn't have meat!

By: Marin
Posted: Jun 12, 2019
Diet: Vegetarian

This is a really good turkey chili recipe. My husband doesn't like sweet potatoes much, but he doesn't mind them in this. I like how soft the sweet potatoes are for the kids, but overall it was too spicy for them, but we can change that next time. I made the mistake of trying to fit the 8 serving recipe into my instant pot. It was too full, and when I slow cooked in on high it took like 6 or more hours! Next time will do 6 servings.

By: Kristine
Posted: May 03, 2019
Diet: Original

My family and I liked it - even the in-laws :) I left it not-spicy so my kids would like it and those who wanted added some spice. I plan to do this again, especially on a day when I can't get home to make dinner in time (like this week!).

By: Cathleen
Posted: Apr 05, 2019
Diet: Original

It was good but very similar to other slow cooker meals this winter.

By: Caitlin
Posted: Mar 12, 2019
Diet: Paleo

Easy, delicious and definitely a meal to return to.

By: Carri
Posted: Mar 12, 2019
Diet: Original

Loved this. Served it to guests who loved it too. I subbed black beans for kidney beans. Excellent!

By: Kelley
Posted: Feb 27, 2019
Diet: Original