CrockPot Sweet and Spicy Ground Turkey and Sweet Potato Stew with Coconut Milk (Video)
Try this delicious CrockPot Sweet and Spicy Ground Turkey and Sweet Potato Stew with Coconut Milk for something a bit unusual to make in the slow cooker. This is great over cauliflower rice, and it’s gluten-free, dairy-free, low-glycemic, and South Beach Diet phase two. Use the Recipes-by-Diet-Type Index to find more recipes like this one.
Watch the video to see if you’d like to make CrockPot Sweet and Spicy Ground Turkey and Sweet Potato Stew with Coconut Milk!
I’m still engaged in the ongoing process of updating older recipe favorites where I feel the photos are not up to current standards, and if you scroll down and see the original photo for this CrockPot Sweet and Spicy Ground Turkey and Sweet Potato Stew Recipe with Coconut Milk, you’ll understand why I wanted better photos! The recipe started out as a sweet and spicy pork stew I spotted in Real Simple Magazine years ago, and my version with ground turkey has had quite a few fans through the years.
Of course you know how I am; when I’m updating a recipe I often make a few small changes that I feel will improve it from the original version. In this recipe I originally added a little brown sugar to balance out the flavor of the sweetener, but this time I used a blend of Stevia-in-the-Raw granulated sweetener and my new favorite granulated Monkfruit sweetener with good results. (Read here about why I like Monk Fruit Sweetener if it’s new to you.) I also upped the amount of turkey for more protein and this time I ate the stew over cauliflower rice instead of the Uncle Ben’s Brown Rice I used in the original recipe.
This recipe cooks on high in the slow cooker and it’s done in about three hours, so it would be a good option to start after lunch on the weekend, and if you’re lucky you might even have some leftovers to eat during the week!
Heat 2 tsp. olive oil and cook the ground turkey until it’s nicely browned. Spray slow cooker insert with olive oil and put the browned turkey into the slow cooker. Then add the other tsp. of oil and brown the onion. Add it to the slow cooker over the turkey.
While the turkey and onions are browning, peel the sweet potatoes and cut into 1 inch pieces. Mix together the soy sauce, chicken stock, sweetener of your choice, Chili Garlic Sauce, minced ginger, and minced garlic. Add the sweet potatoes to the slow cooker and pour the sauce over. Cook on HIGH for 2 1/2 – 3 hours, or until the sweet potatoes are soft and starting to break apart.
When sweet potatoes are done, add a can of coconut milk and sliced green onions, turn heat to low, and cook 30 minutes more. Make the cauliflower rice (or cook some brown rice) during this time if desired.
Serve hot over cauliflower rice or cooked brown rice if desired. I like it with more sliced green onions to garnish!
More Tasty Ideas with Ground Turkey:
Taco Turkey Black Bean and Rice Bowls ~ Aggie’s Kitchen
Cheesy Stuffed Poblanos with Ground Turkey ~ Kalyn’s Kitchen
Turkey Stuffed Zucchini Boats ~ It’s Yummi
Asian Lettuce Cups with Spicy Ground Turkey Filling ~ Kalyn’s Kitchen
20 Minute Turkey and Bean Soup ~ Rachel Cooks
CrockPot Sweet and Spicy Ground Turkey and Sweet Potato Stew with Coconut Milk
Try this delicious CrockPot Sweet and Spicy Ground Turkey and Sweet Potato Stew with Coconut Milk for something a bit unusual to make in the slow cooker.
- 1 3/4 lbs. lean ground turkey (Or use 2 pounds if that’s the size package you find.)
- 2 tsp. + 1 tsp. olive oil
- 1 onion, chopped in pieces about 1/2 inch
- 2 large orange sweet potatoes, peeled and cut into pieces about 1 inch (often called yams or sweet yams in U.S. grocery stores)
- 1/2 cup low-sodium soy sauce (gluten-free if needed)
- 1/2 cup chicken stock
- 1/3 cup Stevia-in-the-Raw granulated sweetener (or other sweetener of your choice
- 2 T granulated Monk fruit sweetener (or other sweetener of your choice; I used brown sugar in the original version)
(Use any sweeteners you prefer in the amounts above, although I feel a blend of sweeteners gives the best flavor.)
- 2-3 T Chili Garlic Sauce (I used 2 T, which was plenty spicy for me!)
- 2 tsp. minced ginger (I used minced ginger from a jar)
- 2 tsp. minced garlic (I used minced garlic from a jar)
- 1 can coconut milk (Use regular or light coconut milk, your choice)
- 1/2 cup green onions sliced in 1 inch pieces + more thinly sliced green onion for garnish if desired
- cooked cauliflower rice or Uncle Ben’s Brown Rice for serving, or serve as a stew without rice
- Spray CrockPot with non-stick spray. I used a 3.5 quart CrockPot for this recipe.
- Heat 2 tsp. olive oil in a heavy frying pan and brown the ground turkey, breaking it up with the turner as it cooks. This may take 7-8 minutes but don’t rush the browning step.
- Put browned meat into the CrockPot.
- Add 1 tsp. more olive oil if you need it and cook the onions until they are soft and lightly browned, about 4-5 minutes.
- Add onions to the CrockPot.
- While the turkey and onions are cooking, peel the sweet potatoes and cut into pieces about 1 inch square.
- Add sweet potatoes to the CrockPot.
- Mix together the soy sauce, chicken stock, Stevia-in-the-Raw granulated sweetener , granulated Monk fruit sweetener, or sweeteners of your choice, Chili Garlic Sauce , minced ginger, and minced garlic and pour over ingredients in the CrockPot.
- Cook on HIGH for 2 1/2 to 3 hours, or until sweet potatoes are done and starting to fall apart just a little. (I stirred it a couple of times, but it’s not essential.)
- When the sweet potatoes are done, add the can of coconut milk and the green onion pieces, turn heat to low, and cook 30 minutes more.
- Serve hot, over cauliflower rice or Uncle Ben’s Brown Rice if desired, and garnished with thinly sliced green onions.
To Make This Recipe with Leftover Turkey:
Follow instructions above to cook sweet potatoes in the slow cooker with the sauce, then add 3-4 cups diced leftover chopped turkey about 10-15 minutes before you add the coconut milk.
Recipe inspired by Sweet and Spicy Asian Pork Shoulder from Real Simple Magazine.
Low-Carb Diet / Low-Glycemic Diet / South Beach Diet Suggestions:
Sweet potatoes are a low-glycemic ingredient, but they probably have too many carbs to make this CrockPot Sweet and Spicy Ground Turkey and Sweet Potato Stew suitable for a stricter low-carb eating plan. Sweet potatoes also make this recipe limited to phase 2 or 3 on South Beach, and if you’re making this for South Beach, they would recommend lean ground turkey (with less than 10% fat) as well as light coconut milk. Obviously, serving over cauliflower rice would make this lower in carbs, and I think a low-carb version with more turkey and with a low-carb vegetable like red bell pepper, green beans, or broccoli replacing the sweet potaotes would also be really good.
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