Turkey Sweet Potato Chili is amazing, and this no-bean chili recipe will be a winner for anyone who loves savory sweet potato recipes!

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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’re an occasional treat for me, I have to have sweet potatoes occasionally in the fall.

So 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 on the web for chili with sweet potatoes! But I think my version is 100% delicious and leaving out the beans makes this a lower-carb sweet potato chili; hope you will try it!

What ingredients do you need?

  • Olive Oil (affiliate link)
  • ground turkey
  • green pepper
  • onion
  • Minced Garlic (affiliate link)
  • Spike Seasoning (affiliate link), or other all-purpose seasoning blend
  • Chili Powder (affiliate link)
  • ground Ancho Chiles (or use more regular chili powder if you don’t have Ancho)
  • ground Cumin (affiliate link)
  • canned diced green chiles (affiliate link), use Anaheim chiles, not Jalapenos
  • canned petite diced tomatoes
  • canned tomato sauce
  • canned beef broth or homemade beef stock
  • sweet potato
  • Green Tabasco Sauce (affiliate link), or other green hot sauce
  • salt and fresh ground pepper to taste

How can you make this no-bean chili even lower in carbs?

This recipe calls for a large sweet potato, but use a bit less sweet potato if you want to make this recipe lower in carbs.

Want Low-Carb Chili Recipes?

Check out Amazing Low-Carb and Keto Chili Recipes if you want to see lots of variations for chili that’s really low in carbs. Or if you don’t care so much about the carbs you can find lots of tasty chilis included in Healthy Chili Recipes Your Family Will Love!

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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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Weekend Food Prep:

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Turkey Sweet Potato Chili finished chili in bowl
Yield: 6 servings

Turkey Sweet Potato Chili

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.

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Low-Carb Diet / Low-Glycemic Diet / South Beach Diet Suggestions:
Chili with sweet potatoes may be too high in carbs for traditional low-carb diet plans; check the nutritional information to see if this no-bean chili with sweet potatoes will work for you. 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.

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Historical Notes for this Recipe:
This recipe was posted in 2015. It was last updated with more information in 2021.

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