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Slow Cooker (or not) Turkey and Sweet Potato Chili
with spicy guacamole

Active: 30 min Total: 7 hr 30 min
We've updated this unique chili that was first introduced to our meal plan service back in 2015.
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Ingredients

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Servings:
4
Sweet Potato Chili:
  • Sweet potatoes - 1 lb, diced
  • Onions, medium - 1, diced
  • Garlic - 3 cloves, chopped
  • Turkey, ground and lean - 1 1/2 lbs
  • Cumin - 2 tsp
  • Paprika - 2 tsp
  • Chili powder - 2 tsp
  • Salt - 1 tsp
  • 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, chopped, green and white parts combined
  • Hot sauce (opt) - to taste
Spicy Guacamole:
  • Shallots - 1/2 clove, diced
  • Jalapenos - 1, finely diced
  • Avocados - 2
  • Limes, juice of - 1/2

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Prep

  1. Sweet potatoes / Onions / Garlic / Shallots / Jalapenos - Prep as directed. Store sweet potatoes, onions, and garlic separately. Combine shallots and jalapenos. (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. 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, 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)
  4. Green onions - Chop green onions.
  5. Make guacamole - Mash avocados with shallots and jalapenos. Add lime juice and season with some salt and pepper.

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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, 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 and guacamole for topping. Enjoy!

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Reviews

Ratings

Original (61)
Gluten-free (4)
Paleo (19)
Vegetarian (14)

Most Helpful

Made this twice, once with the turkey and once with lentils, and I actually like it better with lentils! And not too spicy. Kids liked the sweet potatoes and beans from it, but they are not partial to tomato based things. The 8 serving does not fit in my IP!

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

63 reviews

Updated for pressure cooker. Nice and simple :)

By: Seren
Posted: Sep 08, 2021
Diet: Original
0 Helpful

I used all crushed tomatoes and added two cans of kidney beans, but otherwise made as is. It was delicious! Would definitely make again with these same modifications.

By: Margaret
Posted: Mar 04, 2021
Diet: Original
0 Helpful

I enjoyed this dish, with a different flavor than I’m used to in chili. I thought it got better and better with every bite! Topped with sriracha.

By: Sara
Posted: Feb 15, 2021
Diet: Original
0 Helpful

I made this with beef instead of turkey (didnt have it) and diced tomatoes instead of crushed tomatoes (also didnt have those) and I added an extra tsp of chili powder. Slow cooked it and it was yummy!

By: Taylor
Posted: Jan 12, 2021
Diet: Original
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I made this in our InstaPot. Substituted one 15oz can of drained and rinsed black beans for the kidney beans. Cooked on the soup setting for 5 minutes on high power, because all you have to do is soften up the sweet potatoes. Served with Tostitos Scoops. - Timothy

By: Darla
Posted: Feb 27, 2020
Diet: Original
0 Helpful

Excellent. Easy to make. Loved by young (2yrs) and "old" my husband 66. Second time to make this as my daughter (a mom) Loved it!

By: Meg
Posted: Feb 25, 2020
Diet: Original
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