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

Active: 30 min Total: 7 hr 30 min
This turkey chili is lower in calories than its beef-based counterparts but still offers that cozy, hearty substance you're looking for in chili. Make it in the slow cooker for that simmered-all-day flavor or on the stovetop if you're short on time. This is a classic Cook Smarts meal that was last featured in 2019.
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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 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, chopped, green and white parts combined
  • Avocados - 1, cubed
  • Hot sauce (opt) - to taste
  • Sour cream - for serving
  • Tortilla chips (opt) - for serving

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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. Heat a skillet with oil over medium heat. Add onions and saute until soft, 3 to 5 minutes. Stir in garlic and turkey. Saute until turkey is browned, breaking it apart as it cooks, 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.

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Make

  1. When chili is finished cooking, taste and season with some salt and pepper. Add some hot sauce if you’d like it spicier.
  2. Serve chili with green onions, avocados, and sour cream for topping. Enjoy with tortilla chips on the side for dipping or crumbled over top.

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. Green onions / Avocados - Prep as directed.

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Make

  1. Heat a Dutch oven with oil over medium heat. Add onions and saute until soft, 3 to 5 minutes. Stir in garlic and turkey. Saute until turkey is browned, breaking it apart as it cooks, 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

Ratings

Original (39)
Gluten-free (3)
Paleo (4)
Vegetarian (10)

Most Helpful

I added shredded carrots, bell pepper, and zucchini. Tripled the spices. Next time I might microwave the sweet potatoes for a bit so they cook faster in the chili.

By: Sabrina
Posted: Oct 20, 2021
Diet: Original
1 Helpful

34 reviews

Always a favorite! I made it with Boca crumbles so it was vegan :)

By: Delaney
Posted: May 31, 2022
Diet: Paleo
0 Helpful

Could easily add corn to this.

By: Teresa
Posted: Mar 07, 2022
Diet: Original
0 Helpful

One of our family's top five CookSmarts recipes. Very flavorful, great on a cold day, and great left over! Love it with the tortilla chips. We make the slow cooker version.

By: David
Posted: Jan 09, 2022
Diet: Original
0 Helpful

Delicious as always! Used extra beans and broth and no tomatoes.

By: Shawn
Posted: Oct 31, 2021
Diet: Original
0 Helpful

I added shredded carrots, bell pepper, and zucchini. Tripled the spices. Next time I might microwave the sweet potatoes for a bit so they cook faster in the chili.

By: Sabrina
Posted: Oct 20, 2021
Diet: Original
1 Helpful

I skipped the garlic and used ancho pepper instead of chili powder. I loved it, no one else in the family did.

By: Erin
Posted: Mar 18, 2021
Diet: Original
0 Helpful