Turkey Sweet Potato Chili

Our CSA farm has produced some wonderful sweet potatoes this year. I like to add them to turkey chili to add sweetness and a nice boost of vitamin A. I used cannellini beans in this version, but was thinking of swapping in black beans for an orange and black Halloween dinner. I ate mine over wilted kale, while the toddler and husband had it over leftover macaroni and cheese. This is also great for early self-feeding toddlers, especially if you cut the sweet potatoes just big enough for little fingers.

Recipe: Turkey Sweet Potato Chili


  • 1 pound ground turkey
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 medium yellow onion, diced
  • 3 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 2 large sweet potatoes, peeled and diced small
  • 1 tablespoon cumin
  • 1 tablespoon dried oregano
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 14 ounces crushed tomatoes
  • 1 can cannellini beans*, drained and rinsed
  • 1 cup chicken broth
  • 1 cup water
  • shredded cheddar cheese and/or sour cream
  • fresh parsley or cilantro, optional

Instructions: Heat dutch oven over medium heat. Add olive oil, onion and garlic and cook 3-4 minutes until translucent. Add turkey and cook until no trace of pink remains. Stir in sweet potato and seasonings and cook 2 minutes. Add tomatoes, beans, broth and water and bring to a gentle boil. Reduce heat to medium-low, cover and simmer for 20 minutes, until sweet potatoes are tender and most liquid is absorbed. Top with shredded cheese and/or sour cream and fresh herbs. Makes 6 servings. Enjoy!

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9 Responses to “Turkey Sweet Potato Chili”

  1. Jenn (The Green Parent)

    This recipe has me absolutely drooling! I’m so trying this!!

  2. foodietots

    @ Jenn – Thanks, I hope you enjoy it!

  3. Jill

    Will definitely try this as sweet potato is currently the only orange vegetable N will eat.

  4. foodietots

    @ Jill – Hope N likes it. My crazy kid is always excited by the idea of carrots, but doesn’t want to actually eat them, so I was surprised he dug right in when making the sushi. He also informed me, “no like squash” when we had butternut risotto, which he used to love. (Although he did eat a few pieces, anyway.) Sweet potatoes still seem to be consistently popular.

  5. Jill

    I made this on Sunday, but it wasn’t done until N was in bed, so he just had plain sweet potato for dinner (his fave). We thought it was delicious!

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