Make a classic recipe even BETTER with this healthy Turkey Sweet Potato Chili– It’s the BEST recipe to cozy up with all Fall and Winter long! Ground turkey, sweet potatoes, black beans, and corn are cooked to sweet and spicy perfection for a hearty family-friendly dish to serve on game day, or freeze for busy weeknights!

A bowl of Sweet Potato Chili is loaded with ground turkey, sweet potato, and seasonings for a fall meal!

Favorite Sweet Potato Turkey Chili Recipe

To say this sweet potato turkey chili recipe is one of my family’s favorites would be a massive understatement.

In fact, it is THE dish I often recommend to friends when they are looking for an easy, healthy, and filling dinner to feed picky eaters during the Fall and Winter months.

This healthy chili recipe also makes enough to feed a small crowd and even freezes exceptionally well!

The delicious chili flavors meld together beautifully with the subtle sweetness of the potatoes. So it truly gets even better as leftovers.

What exactly is it that makes this ground turkey chili so exceptional? 

Well if you haven’t already noticed, it’s full of sweet potatoes!

Yes. I said sweet potatoes- it’s what MAKES the BEST turkey chili recipe you’ve ever had.

Throw in some canned black beans and a little corn (you’ve got to trust me again!) and it’s like you have a hearty chili mixed with delightful Mexican cuisine flavors that are out-of-this-world delicious!

Want more classic chili recipes? Make sure you check out these Instant Pot Beef Chili and Instant Pot Turkey Chili recipes.

Ground turkey, sweet potatoes, onion, corn, beans, chicken broth, and other ingredients come together in this healthy chili recipe.

Ingredients

The ingredients you need to make this healthy turkey chili recipe include:

  • Ground Turkey. A rather lean, 93/7 blend, is recommended when making this chili. You get enough fat to have some flavor but it’s still lean enough to not add too many calories. Ground beef, chicken, or even venison may also be substituted.
  • Sweet Potatoes. Two to three medium-sized sweet potatoes will be needed in order to give you 4 cups. Read more information below about the best way to prepare the sweet potatoes for this recipe.
  • Tomatoes. One 28-ounce can of crushed tomatoes makes up the bulk of the sauce part in this recipe. It’s not recommended to substitute with tomato sauce or marinara sauce.
  • Seasonings. There are quite a few herbs and spices that comprise the authentic chili flavors found in this dish. If you have either a store bought chili seasoning mix or you’ve already made your own homemade chili seasoning, feel free to substitute with that!
  • Corn. Canned sweet kernel corn is used but frozen corn that has been thawed may also be substituted.
  • Beans. Black beans pair wonderfully with the sweetness of the potatoes and the corn. However, you can also try out red kidney beans or even white navy beans for a little variety.
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How to Make

The basic steps for making sweet potato turkey chili are simple to follow:

  1. Drizzle olive oil into a Dutch oven and toss in the onions and garlic.

    Sauté over medium heat for 2-3 minutes. You can also use a large pot. Diced onions are sautéed in a skillet before using in this sweet potato chili.

  2. Push onions to the side and add the ground turkey.

    Continue cooking over medium heat for 6-8 minutes, or until turkey is almost cooked through. Crumble cooked turkey using a potato masher. Add ground meat to the skillet with the sautéed onions.

  3. Mix in the sweet potatoes and sauté for another 2 minutes.

    You want them to just begin to soften.Cubed sweet potatoes are added tp the onion and ground turkey mixture in the dutch oven on the stove.

  4. Pour crushed tomatoes, chicken broth and seasoning ingredients into the chili mixture.

    Combine chili thoroughly and reduce to low heat. Cover pot with a lid and simmer for 20-25 minutes.

  5. Rinse and drain the corn and black beans and stir into the chili.

    Cover and simmer for an additional 5-10 minutes. Canned corn and black beans are drained and rinsed before adding to this stew like chili.

  6. Serve and enjoy!

    Make sure to check to see if the sweet potatoes are fork-tender before serving. Pair with corn tortilla chips, sour cream, and fresh cilantro.All the ingredients are mixed together for this game day food.

Preparing the Sweet Potatoes

For this particular recipe you will need to peel and then cut the sweet potatoes into cubes.

A peeled sweet potato is cut into cubes.

You can choose to leave the skin on for a bit of added fiber. But do know, the skin tends to separate from the potatoes after a prolonged amount of time cooking. The best and easiest way to peel potatoes is to use a potato peeler. You can also carefully remove the skin with relatively sharp paring knife.

Once they are peeled, cut the potatoes into ½-inch cubes. If you cut them any bigger than this they will not cook up fully. Smaller cubes will get mushy instead of keeping their shape in the chili.

Seasonings and spices used in a homemade chili seasoning mix.

Chili Seasoning

As you can see in the recipe card, there are quite a few spices and dried herbs that are needed in this chili recipe.  Most of them are pretty common and can be found at your local grocery store.

  • Chili Powder
  • Ground cumin
  • Paprika – You can try a mix of regular and smoked for a more smokey flavor.
  • Salt and Pepper – To taste.
  • Cinnamon – This adds a subtle earthy note that is incredible!

Learn how to make homemade chili seasoning to use in future recipes!

A cozy bowl of ground turkey chili is topped with sour cream for a healthy meal.

Meal Prep and Storage

  • To Prep-Ahead: Since the flavors get better with time, this makes a great make-ahead meal.
  • To Store: Keep in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3-4 days.
  • To Freeze: Place in a freezer-safe airtight container and freeze for up to 5-6 months.
  • To Reheat: Add back to a saucepan or skillet and cook until heated through.

FAQs

How can I thicken up chili?

If you would like a slightly thicker chili, mash some of the sweet potatoes to help thicken it up.

Do I have to add the corn?

The corn can be optional and you can choose to leave it out completely or replace it with more beans.

Does chili freeze well?

Much like other soups and stews, chili freezes exceptionally well. To freeze simply place in a freezer-safe container and freeze for up to 5-6 months.

What is the best secret ingredient for chili?

Ground spices such as nutmeg or cinnamon add a beautiful flavor. Worcestershire sauce, soy sauce, or liquid smoke are also great options.

Can I make this in a Crock-Pot?

To change this into a slow cooker recipe simply sauté the onions and turkey in a saucepan until cooked through. Add to a 6-quart slow Crock-Pot along with the other ingredients on High for 2-3 hours, or until sweet potatoes are cooked through.

A ladle is used for serving this ground turkey chili with sweet potatoes.

Expert Tips and Tricks

  • Go homemade. Mixing up your own chili seasoning mix allows you to adjust to your taste preferences.
  • Dress it up. Serve alongside tortilla chips, sour cream, and cilantro for a Mexican chili flair.
  • Take it slow. Cook this chili in a slow cooker and keep it warm until dinnertime.
  • Prep it. Make extra and store the rest for easy freezer meals.
  • Add more flavor. Experiment with different spices and sauces to change the flavor profile.

More Sweet Potato Recipes

If you love this sweeter spud in savory dishes, then you’ve got to check out these Mashed Sweet Potatoes, Sweet Potato au Gratin, and Skillet Sweet Potatoes next!

Like it on the sweeter side? Try these Hasselback Sweet Potatoes and this classic Sweet Potato Casserole.

Other Chili Recipes

When comfort food calls, chili is there to cozy up with. In addition to this turkey sweet potato chili, try these easy recipes:

Instant Pot Ground Turkey Chili and Instant Pot Beef Chili are both so quick to make!

Pumpkin Chili and Slow Cooker White Chicken Chili both have unique flavors.

Or spring for unique twists on the classic with Whole30 Chili and Brisket Chili.

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Turkey Sweet Potato Chili Recipe

Make a classic recipe even BETTER with this healthy Sweet Potato Turkey Chili– a quick and cozy meal that is PERFECT for Fall weather and game days.
A ladle is used for serving this ground turkey chili with sweet potatoes.
Yield 6 servings
Prep 15 minutes
Cook 35 minutes
Total 50 minutes

Ingredients 

  • 2 Tbsp. olive oil
  • 1 small sweet onion coarsely chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic finely minced
  • 1 lb. ground turkey 93/7 or 90/10
  • 4 cups sweet potatoes peeled and cut into ½-inch cubes
  • 2 Tbsp. chili powder
  • 2 tsp. cumin
  • 1 tsp. paprika can use smoked paprika if you prefer
  • 2 tsp. salt to taste
  • ¾ tsp. pepper
  • tsp. cinnamon
  • 28 oz. crushed tomatoes canned
  • 1 cup chicken broth or water
  • 15 oz. sweet whole kernel corn canned, drained
  • 15 oz. black beans canned, drained
  • Tortilla chips optional
  • Cilantro optional
  • Sour cream optional
  • Cheese optional

Instructions 

  • Saute Onions: In a large saucepan, or Dutch oven, drizzle olive oil. Add onions and garlic. Saute over medium heat for 2-3 minutes.
    2 Tbsp. olive oil, 1 small sweet onion, 2 cloves garlic
  • Cook Turkey and Sweet Potatoes: Push onions to the side and add ground turkey. Continue cooking over medium heat for 6-8 minutes, or until turkey is almost cooked through. Crumble cooked turkey using a potato masher. Add sweet potatoes and saute for another 2 minutes.
    1 lb. ground turkey, 4 cups sweet potatoes
  • Mix Chili Seasonings: In a small bowl combine chili powder, cumin, paprika, cinnamon, salt and pepper. (You can also use 3 tablespoons of a homemade chili seasoning with additional salt and pepper to taste.) Mix to combine.
    2 Tbsp. chili powder, 2 tsp. cumin, 1 tsp. paprika, 2 tsp. salt, ¾ tsp. pepper, ⅛ tsp. cinnamon
  • Pour in Tomatoes, Broth, and Cook: Pour crushed tomatoes, chicken broth and seasoning ingredients into the chili mixture. Mix chili thoroughly and reduce heat to low. Cover pot and simmer for 20-25 minutes.
    28 oz. crushed tomatoes, 1 cup chicken broth
  • Add Corn and Beans: Mix in drained corn and black beans. Cover and simmer for an additional 5-10 minutes. Check to see if sweet potatoes are fork-tender before serving. If you would like a slightly thicker chili, mash some of the sweet potatoes to help thicken it up.
    15 oz. sweet whole kernel corn, 15 oz. black beans
  • Serve chili over rice with corn chips, cilantro and sour cream.
    Tortilla chips, Cilantro, Sour cream, Cheese

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Notes

  • To Store: Keep in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3-4 days.
  • To Freeze: Place in a freezer-safe airtight container and freeze for up to 5-6 months.

Nutrition

Calories: 375kcal, Carbohydrates: 51g, Protein: 29g, Fat: 9g, Saturated Fat: 1g, Cholesterol: 42mg, Sodium: 1128mg, Potassium: 1372mg, Fiber: 14g, Sugar: 11g, Vitamin A: 14769IU, Vitamin C: 19mg, Calcium: 138mg, Iron: 7mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

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  1. 5 stars
    I made this today and also added 1 small bunch chopped cilantro, 1 small can chopped green chilies, and 1/4 cup lime juice. We did all the chopping earlier in the day to make putting it together easy. This was a major hit, and I will definitely be making this again. Thank you for the recipe!

    1. Yay! So happy to hear you enjoyed the recipe, Carol! That sounds great. Thanks so much for taking the time to leave a comment and rating!

  2. 5 stars
    I need to leave this review and let you know I never leave reviews because I typically modify the recipe a lot. This recipe is amazing. Perfect just as written. Thank you for sharing.

    1. Yay! I am so happy to hear you enjoyed the recipe, Cindi! I appreciate you for taking the time to leave a comment and rating!

    1. Yay! So happy you’re enjoying the recipe. It’s one of our faves, too! Thanks for taking the time to leave a comment 🙂

  3. 4 stars
    This chili is a great departure from the regular version. I love the amount of cumin but others might appreciate less. I simply loved the deep flavor. When sautéing the sweet potatoes, I merely pushed the Turkey onion mixtures to the side. I believe I will add some of the spices to the potatoes while sauteing to give them more flavor. They are bland. This is a perfect healthy entree for those nights you need comfort food. Thank you for this!

    1. You’re very welcome. And yes, feel free to season it as you wish! Thanks for taking the time to leave a comment and rating 🙂

  4. 5 stars
    I’ve made this three times this winter and everyone loves it BUT for my family it’s just 1/2 tsp chili powder. The first time I followed the recipe required excess sour cream to tolerate.

    1. Totally understand that, Julie!! I prefer my food on the milder side, too. Happy to hear the reduction in chili powder worked for you. Thanks so much for your comment and rating 🙂

  5. 4 stars
    This is an easy and quick healthy weeknight meal. It made enough to have 5 nights through my work week without having to come home & scavenge for food. I dont eat corn so I swapped it for some chickpeas. Added some cayenne pepper for heat as well as a chopped Adobe & it’s liquid. Garnished with diced avocado & a small dollup of fat free sour cream.
    Pretty tasty

    1. Oh I love the substitution with chickpeas!! Bet that was super tasty. Thanks so much for your comment and rating!

  6. 5 stars
    Have made this many times and love it. Was wondering if it could be done in the Instant Pot, and how long you’d cook it for?

    1. Yes, Erica! You absolutely can. I would try cooking it on High Power for 13-17 minutes with a 10 minute NPR. (Shorter for more firm sweet potatoes and longer for softer sweet potatoes.). Hope you enjoy!

  7. Hello
    I have a quick question. I’m allergic to beef, chicken and turkey. Would ground pork the a suitable substitute?
    Thank you
    Beth

    1. Hi Beth! Yes, you can get the mild ground pork (not the spicy Italian kind) or you can even use ground venison if you’re not allergic to that either!

  8. 5 stars
    This chili was incredible! It called for very little cinnamon, and yet it was such a stand out flavor that played surprisingly well with everything else. I LOVED it! Saving and will definitely be making again. 🙂