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Turkey Sweet Potato Chili (Video)

Turkey Sweet Potato Chili is amazing, and this no-bean chili will be a winner for anyone who loves savory sweet potato recipes! And this tasty chili with ground turkey, green pepper, and sweet potatoes is gluten-free and dairy-free.

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Turkey Sweet Potato Chili finished chili in bowl

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 even though they are an occasional treat for me, I often 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, which led to the Turkey Sweet Potato Chili you see here. We experimented with ingredients and loved the slightly-spicy no-bean turkey chili we came up with.

Later 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 sweet potatoes in chili is too much of a carb splurge for you, check out 10 Amazing Low-Carb Chili Recipes. You may also like Healthy Chili Recipes Your Family Will Love! for some family friendly chili favorites. If you’re a fan of savory sweet potato dishes, check out Favorite Healthy Sweet Potato Recipes!
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How to Make Turkey Sweet Potato Chili:

Scroll down for complete printable recipe including nutritional information.)

  1. Brown the turkey and put in the soup pot.
  2. Then cook the chopped green pepper, chopped onion, and spices in the same pan.
  3. Put that mixture in the soup pot along with the petite diced tomatoes, tomato sauce, chicken stock, canned green chiles, and Green Tabasco.
  4. Start to simmer the chili on low while you chop up the sweet potato.
  5. Add sweet potato to the chili and simmer on low for an hour, adding a little water if it gets too thick.
  6. Season Turkey Sweet Potato Chili to taste with Green Tabasco Sauce (affiliate link), salt, and pepper; then serve hot and enjoy! 

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10 Amazing Low-Carb Chili Recipes ~ Kalyn’s Kitchen
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Amy’s Amazing White Chicken Chili ~ Kalyn’s Kitchen
Instant Pot Low-Carb Ground Beef Olive Lover’s Chili ~ Kalyn’s Kitchen

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This recipe has been added to a category called Weekend Food Prep to help you find recipes you can prep or cook on the weekend and eat during the week!

Turkey Sweet Potato Chili finished chili in bowl

Turkey Sweet Potato Chili

Yield 6 servings
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 30 minutes

This Turkey Sweet Potato Chili is amazing, and this will be a winner for anyone who loves savory sweet potato recipes!


  • 1 T olive oil, divided
  • 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; see notes)
  • 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
  • two 4 oz. cans diced green chiles with juice (Anaheim chiles, not jalapenos)
  • one 14.5 oz. can petite diced tomatoes
  • one 8 oz. can tomato sauce
  • 2 cups homemade beef stock (see notes)
  • 1 large sweet potato, diced into cubes (see notes)
  • 1 T Green Tabasco Sauce (or more, to taste)
  • salt and fresh ground pepper to taste


  1. 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 (affiliate link) as the meat cooks.)
  2. Put the browned turkey into a medium-sized soup pot.
  3. 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.
  4. Add the minced garlic, Spike Seasoning (affiliate link) if using, chili powder, Ancho chile powder, and ground cumin and cook 1-2 minutes.
  5. Add the pepper-onion-spices mixture to the soup pot, rinsing out the pan with a little water.
  6. Then add the diced green chiles with juice, petite diced tomatoes, tomato sauce, and homemade beef or chicken stock to the soup pot and start to simmer the chili on low.
  7. While the chili simmers, peel the sweet potatoes and dice into pieces about 3/4 – 1 inches square.
  8. Add sweet potatoes to the chili and simmer about an hour, adding a little water if it gets too thick.
  9. Taste for seasoning and add Green Tabasco Sauce (affiliate link), salt, and fresh ground pepper to taste.
  10. Serve hot. This will keep in the fridge for about a week or can be frozen.


If you don’t have Spike Seasoning (affiliate link), substitute any all-purpose seasoning blend. Use beef or chicken broth from a can or carton if you don’t have homemade stock. You need about 1 lb. diced sweet potato cubes.

Recipe created by Kalyn and Kara.

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 292Total Fat: 12gSaturated Fat: 3gUnsaturated Fat: 8gCholesterol: 79mgSodium: 1405mgCarbohydrates: 24gFiber: 5gSugar: 13gProtein: 25g

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!

Low-Carb Diet / Low-Glycemic Diet / South Beach Diet Suggestions:
If made with lean ground turkey, this Turkey Sweet Potato Chili would be approved for phase 2 or 3 of the original 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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    29 Comments on “Turkey Sweet Potato Chili (Video)”

  1. This was awesome! Whole family loved it.

  2. I’ve made this and it is one of the best soup/chili/stew recipes.  Love the flavors all coming together so deliciously.  I am making it again today with the first snowfall.  This freezes nicely too.

  3. This has been one of my go-to recipes for years! Do you know how I might be able to make this in the Instant Pot?

    • I wish I was more experienced with the Instant Pot, but without trying it I couldn’t really tell you. I know you can brown the meat in the IP, push it over and cook the pepper and onion. But I really don’t know about the timing under pressure. I’m guessing it would be really quick because sweet potatoes wouldn’t take much time. And you would need less stock too, but without trying it I am not sure just what the right amount would be. If you experiment I’d love to hear how it works!

  4. 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

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

  6. 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!!

  7. 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.

  8. 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.

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

    • Adrienne, I am pretty sure they were from Williams-Sonoma. I have the same one with kind of yellow-green with the gray.

  10. 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!

  11. 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.

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

  13. 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!

  14. 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!

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

  16. 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.