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Paleo Turkey Sweet Potato Chili

For everyone who loves savory sweet potato recipes, this Paleo Turkey Sweet Potato Chili is amazing, and this tasty low-glycemic Paleo chili is also Whole 30  gluten-free, dairy-free, and South Beach Diet Phase Two! Use the Recipes-by-Diet-Type Index to find more recipes like this one.

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Paleo Turkey Sweet Potato Chili found on KalynsKitchen.com

I never liked sweet potatoes until I became a food blogger and discovered savory sweet potato recipes. Now I love things like Spicy Sweet Potato Fries, Twice-Baked Sweet Potatoes, and Sweet Potato Gratin, and I always have sweet potatoes in the pantry at my house. One day I was brainstorming recipe ideas with my niece Kara, and she remembered seeing a recipe that used sweet potatoes in chili. We both loved that idea, which led to the Paleo Turkey Sweet Potato Chili you see here. We experimented with ingredients and loved the slightly-spicy turkey chili we came up with.

Later when I edited the photos of our Paleo Turkey Sweet Potato Chili, I googled my proposed recipe title and realized there were quite a few recipes out there for chili with sweet potatoes! Luckily it seems like every blogger has a slightly different take on this combination; check after my recipe to see some other blogs that like the idea of sweet potatoes with chili as much as we did!

If you want to skip the photos below and watch a video instead, here is a video of how to make this recipe. See more recipe videos on My You Tube Channel.

Paleo Turkey Sweet Potato Chili found on KalynsKitchen.com
This chili is easy enough to make  on a work night, although it benefits from an hour of simmering once you’ve added all the ingredients. Brown the turkey and put in the soup pot; then saute the chopped green pepper, chopped onion, and spices in the same pan. Put that mixture in the soup pot along with the petite diced tomatoes, tomato sauce, chicken stock, canned green chiles, and Green Tabasco. Start to simmer the chili on low while you chop up the sweet potato. Add sweet potato to the chili and simmer on low for an hour, adding a little water if it gets too thick.

Paleo Turkey Sweet Potato Chili found on KalynsKitchen.com
Season to taste with Green Tabasco Sauce, salt, and pepper; then serve hot and enjoy! And if you’re not Paleo this is amazing with a squeeze of sour cream on top.

Paleo Turkey Sweet Potato Chili
(Makes about 6 servings; recipe created by Kalyn and Kara.)

2 tsp. + 1 tsp. olive oil
1 lb. lean ground turkey
1 small green pepper, seeds and stem removed and chopped
1 small onion, chopped
1 T minced garlic
1 T Spike Seasoning (optional, but recommended. If you don’t consider Spike to be Paleo, substitute any approved all-purpose seasoning blend.)
1 T chili powder
1 tsp. ground Ancho Chiles (or use more regular chili powder if you don’t have Ancho)
2 tsp. ground cumin
2 cans (4 oz. each) diced green chiles with juice (Anaheim chiles, not jalapenos)
1 can (14.5 oz.) petite diced tomatoes
1 can (8 oz.) tomato sauce
2 cups homemade beef stock (or use beef or chicken broth from a can or carton if you don’t have homemade)
1 large sweet potato, diced into cubes (about 1 lb. diced sweet potato cubes)
1 T Green Tabasco Sauce (or more, to taste)
salt and fresh ground pepper to taste


Heat 2 tsp. olive oil in a heavy frying pan, add ground turkey, and cook over medium-high heat until the turkey is well-browned and all liquid has evaporated. (I like to break it apart with an old-fashioned potato masher as the meat cooks.) Put the browned turkey into a medium-sized soup pot.

Add the other teaspoon of olive oil to the frying pan, add the chopped green pepper and chopped onion, and saute about 3-4 minutes over medium heat. Add the minced garlic, Spike Seasoning (if using), chili powder, Ancho chile powder, and ground cumin and cook 1-2 minutes. Add the pepper-onion-spices mixture to the soup pot, rinsing out the pan with a little water. Then add the diced green chiles with juice, petite diced tomatoes, tomato sauce, and beef or chicken stock to the soup pot and start to simmer the chili on low.

While the chili simmers, peel the sweet potatoes and dice into pieces about 3/4 – 1 inches square. Add sweet potatoes to the chili and simmer about an hour, adding a little water if it gets too thick. Taste for seasoning and add Green Tabasco Sauce, salt, and fresh ground pepper to taste. Serve hot.

This will keep in the fridge for about a week or can be frozen.

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Low-Carb Diet / Low-Glycemic Diet / South Beach Diet Suggestions:

If made with lean ground turkey, this chili would be approved for phase 2 or 3 of the South Beach Diet and is also Paleo. Chili with sweet potatoes is probably too high in carbs for traditional low-carb diet plans.

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More Tasty Ideas for Chili:

Slow Cooker Chili Recipes Photo Index Page ~ Slow Cooker from Scratch

Amy’s Amazing White Chicken Chili ~ Kalyn’s Kitchen

Easy CrockPot Sweet Potato Turkey Chili ~ The Iron You

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Paleo Turkey Sweet Potato Chili found on KalynsKitchen.com
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23 comments on “Paleo Turkey Sweet Potato Chili”

  1. I love using sweet potatoes in chili, especially when there's a spicy kick to it! I've never been a fan of the sweet recipes that use brown sugar or maple syrup — or marshmallows.

  2. I love sweet potatoes and I definitely love this chili!

  3. This was fantastic! I did modify slightly I am incapable of following a recipe, it seems) to cut down the heat (husband is highly intolerable of spiciness). Then I used it for the chili part of I Breath I'm Hungry's Cheesy Chili Spaghetti Squash (http://www.ibreatheimhungry.com/2013/12/cheesy-chili-spaghetti-squash-casserole-low-carb-gluten-free.html), and that took it to new levels of wonderful. Thanks for a great recipe!

  4. This was fantastic and I say that as someone who makes a lot of different chili recipes. I think this will become my new go-to chili recipe. The only thing I did differently was I added a splash of liquid smoke and some hickory-smoked sea salt, which added just a little more depth. But thank you so much…this is a keeper!

  5. Thanks for the very kind feedback Rick, so glad you enjoyed it!

  6. For the probably well-meaning person who left a link to a chili contest sponsored by a company that makes beans, I'm pretty sure a bean-free chili is not going to win! And I don't let people post link in the comments; it leads to links to things I don't want to promote.

  7. Tried this recipe tonight. It was delicious. Even my boyfriend, who has liked very few of the paleo recipes I've tried and doesn't like chili at all, LOVED it and went for seconds! I made slight modifications. Ground lamb instead of Turkey, added parsnips during the simmer stage, and baby spinach at the end just until withered. It was so yummy and there's plenty leftovers to carry for work lunches!

  8. Hey, so I know this post is old, but I LOVE your napkins. Where are they from?

  9. I made this before on the stove and it was amazing! Do you think i can make this in a slow cooker?

    • I'm sure it will work in the slow cooker, although I have done it that way so I can't give you an exact recipe. I would definitely reduce the amount of beef stock, maybe by about half. I might use a little more sweet potato for the slow cooker too.

  10. how much is a serving? 1 cup?

    • One reason I don't want to try to calculate nutritional information is I'm not really sure how much the average person will eat, and I am certainly not trying to tell people how much of something they should eat. In estimating this to be about six servings, I don't measure out the servings, but I'd say it's probably slightly more than a cup.

  11. This was absolutely delicious. I'm a good recipe reader and was eyeing another. I thought, no, I gotta try this one. So glad I did! I don't think I'll ever look at another one again. Thank you, thank you!!

  12. I wasn’t sure about this one, but it was really tasty! Both hubby and I enjoyed!

  13. What a simple but brilliant idea!! Thank you so much for the inspo! I have pinned the recipe so I can make it soon! x

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