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Turkey Sweet Potato Stew

Try this delicious Turkey Sweet Potato Stew for something that’s a bit unusual to make in the slow cooker. This stew has ground turkey, sweet potatoes, soy sauce, garlic, ginger, chili garlic sauce and coconut milk, and and it’s great served over cauliflower rice or rice!

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CrockPot Ground Turkey and Sweet Potato Stew finished stew in serving bowl

I’m still updating older recipe favorites where I feel the photos are not up to par, and I’m happy to have new photos for this Turkey Sweet Potato Stew! 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 Golden Monkfruit Sweetener (affiliate link), which I thought was great in this. (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!

What ingredients do you need for this recipe?

What gives Asian flavor notes in this turkey and sweet potato stew?

For sure this is not an authentically Asian dish. But the stew has lots of Asian flavor notes from chili garlic sauce, ginger, garlic, and coconut milk.

Want more ground turkey recipes with Asian flavors?

Thai-Inspired Turkey Larb Salad
Thai-Inspired Ground Turkey Stir Fry
Asian Lettuce Cups with Spicy Ground Turkey
Thai Turkey Lettuce Wraps
Grilled Sriracha Turkey Meatballs

CrockPot Sweet and Spicy Ground Turkey and Sweet Potato Stew process shots collage

How to make Turkey Sweet Potato Stew:

(Scroll down for complete printable recipe, including nutritional information.)

  1. Heat 2 tsp. olive oil and cook the ground turkey until it’s nicely browned.
  2. Spray slow cooker insert with olive oil and put the browned turkey into the slow cooker.
  3. Then add the other tsp. of oil and brown the onion. Add it to the slow cooker over the turkey.
  4. While the turkey and onions are browning, peel the sweet potatoes and cut into 1 inch pieces.
  5. Mix together the soy sauce, chicken stock, sweetener of your choice, chile garlic sauce (affiliate link), Minced Ginger (affiliate link), and Minced Garlic (affiliate link).
  6. Add the sweet potatoes to the slow cooker and pour the sauce over.
  7. Cook on HIGH for 2 1/2 – 3 hours, or until the sweet potatoes are soft and starting to break apart.
  8. When sweet potatoes are done, add a can of coconut milk and sliced green onions, turn heat to low, and cook 30 minutes more.
  9. Make the cauliflower rice (or cook some brown rice) during this time if desired.
  10. Serve hot over cauliflower rice or cooked brown rice if desired. I like it with more sliced green onions to garnish!

Turkey Sweet Potato Stew shown in serving bowl over rice

More Tasty Ideas with Ground Turkey:

Asian Lettuce Cups with Spicy Ground Turkey
Cheesy Stuffed Poblanos with Ground Turkey 
Thai-Inspired Ground Turkey Stir Fry
Turkey and Pinto Bean White Chili 
Ground Turkey Soup with Mushrooms and Spinach

CrockPot Ground Turkey and Sweet Potato Stew finished stew in serving bowl

Turkey Sweet Potato Stew

Yield 6 servings
Prep Time 35 minutes
Cook Time 2 hours
Additional Time 1 hour 25 minutes
Total Time 4 hours

Try this delicious Turkey Sweet Potato Stew with coconut milk for something a bit unusual to make in the slow cooker.

Ingredients

  • 2 lbs. lean ground turkey
  • 1 T olive oil (divided)
  • 1 small onion, chopped in pieces about 1/2 inch
  • 2 large orange sweet potatoes, peeled and cut into pieces about 1 inch (see notes)
  • 1/2 cup low-sodium soy sauce (gluten-free if needed)
  • 1/2 cup chicken broth
  • 1/3 cup  plus 2 T Golden Monkfruit Sweetener (see notes)
  • 2 T Chili Garlic Sauce (see notes)
  • 2 tsp. minced ginger (see notes)
  • 2 tsp. minced garlic (see notes)
  • 1 can coconut milk
  • 1/2 cup green onions sliced in 1 inch pieces + more thinly sliced green onion for garnish if desired

Instructions

  1. Spray CrockPot with non-stick spray.  I used a 3.5 quart CrockPot (affiliate link) for this recipe.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. Mix together the soy sauce, chicken broth or stock, Golden Monkfruit Sweetener (affiliate link)or sweeteners of your choice, Chili Garlic Sauce (affiliate link), minced ginger, and minced garlic and pour over ingredients in the CrockPot.
  6. 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.)
  7. When the sweet potatoes are done, add the can of coconut milk (affiliate link)  and the green onion pieces, turn heat to low, and cook 30 minutes more.
  8. Serve hot, over cauliflower rice  or Uncle Ben’s Brown Rice  if desired, and garnished with thinly sliced green onions.

Notes

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.

Sweet potatoes are often called yams or sweet yams in U.S. grocery stores. Two tablespoons of chili-garlic sauce was plenty spicy for me but use more if you prefer! I love this recipe with Golden Monkfruit Sweetener, but use any sweetener you prefer. I used minced ginger from a jar and minced garlic from a jar.

Recipe inspired by Sweet and Spicy Asian Pork Shoulder from Real Simple Magazine.

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

6

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 547Total Fat: 34gSaturated Fat: 17gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 14gCholesterol: 158mgSodium: 1090mgCarbohydrates: 18gFiber: 3gSugar: 8gProtein: 46g

Nutrition information is automatically calculated by the Recipe Plug-In I am using. I am not a nutritionist and cannot guarantee 100% accuracy, since many variables affect those calculations.

If you make this recipe I'd love to hear how it turns out. Leave a star rating or share on social media with the hashtag #KALYNSKITCHEN, thanks!

CrockPot Sweet and Spicy Ground Turkey and Sweet Potato Stew Recipe with Coconut Milk found on KalynsKitchen.com.

Low-Carb Diet / Low-Glycemic Diet / South Beach Diet Suggestions:
Sweet potatoes may have too many carbs to make this CrockPot Ground Turkey and Sweet Potato Stew suitable for a strict low-carb eating plan (although check the nutritional info; you may be surprised). Sweet potatoes also make this recipe limited to phase 2 or 3 for the original South Beach Diet, 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 than using rice. 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 potatoes would also be good.

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Historical Notes for this Recipe:
This recipe was first posted in 2011. It was updated with better photos in 2017, and the recipe was last updated with more information in 2021.

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    125 Comments on “Turkey Sweet Potato Stew”

  1. This is a wonderful dish! The flavors are delightful and my husband and I add a little more of the yummy chili sauce before eating to individual spice preference. My only wish is that it took longer to cook so I could prep it in the morning before work and it would be ready when we came home.

    • So glad you are enjoying the recipe. I don’t know what to suggest on the cooking time, but they do have programmable crock-pots that cook for a set amount of time and then keep the food warm.

  2. Where is the print button for the CROCKPOT GROUND TURKEY AND SWEET POTATO STEW, the one without the coconut milk?

    • There is a thumbnail photo in the recipe with a dark green button that says PRINT. It is working perfectly for me. It’s on the right hand side; maybe you didn’t scroll down far enough?

  3. I love this recipe and have made it many times! Have you ever tried it in an InstaPot? I feel like it would work great, I’m just not sure how long it would take the sweet potatoes to soften and wondering if anyone else has tried:) 

    • I haven’t made it in the Instant Pot, but agree it will probably work. I’d Google “Instant Pot Cooking time for Sweet Potatoes” and see what you get. I bet for diced sweet potatoes it would be pretty short.

  4. I have made and enjoyed this recipe many times.  My daughter has now become a vegetarian.  any suggestions on how to convert this to vegetarian?  I was thinking of trying Impossible Burger “meat” in place of ground turkey.  I don’t have any at home now. So perhaps trying chickpeas with the sweet potatoes instead of meat?  open to any ideas. 

    • I’m so glad you have enjoyed it. The dish is mostly turkey, so using a meat substitute might be the best. I don’t really have experience substituting for meat, but I think a curry with chickpeas and sweet potatoes with these ingredients sounds tasty.

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  6. HOLY MACARONI!!! Simply put, this was amazing. The flavors all mixed together so perfectly. I even went back for a hearty second portion : )

  7. Yes, the only change I made was to substitute the monkfruit sweetener for brown sugar. Everything else was the same. (That’s why I mentioned in this recipe that the original recipe used brown sugar. I don’t usually change things without telling people, or if I change it a lot I keep the original printer friendly link.)