Oct 31, 2013

No Bean Turkey and Sweet Potato Chili



A quick and easy chili made with ground turkey, sweet potatoes and spices – the perfect weeknight meal. It has just the right amount of spice to compliment the sweet potatoes without being too spicy for those of you who prefer a milder chili (you can of course bump up the heat if you wish).


I served this with some sweet potato chips which I found in the grocery store and set out some chopped cilantro, scallions, sour cream and cheddar on the side as optional toppings. Because this has no beans, it's perfect for picky eaters (my youngest daughter is not a fan) and it's also gluten-free and Paleo-friendly. This will be a part of my regular rotation, I highly recommend this one… enjoy!!

No Bean Turkey and Sweet Potato Chili
Skinnytaste.com
Servings: 5 • Serving Size: 1 cup • Old Points: 5 • Weight Watchers Points+: 6 pts
Calories: 235 • Fat: 8 g • Carb: 14 g • Fiber: 2 g • Protein: 23 g • Sugar: 4 g
Cholesterol: 81 mg • Sodium: 578 mg (without salt)

Ingredients:

  • 20 oz 93% lean ground turkey
  • kosher salt, to taste
  • 1/2 cup onion, chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic, crushed
  • 10 oz can Rotel mild tomatoes with green chilies
  • 8 oz can tomato sauce
  • 3/4 cup water
  • 1/2 tsp cumin, or to taste
  • 1/4 tsp chili powder
  • 1/4 tsp paprika
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 medium sweet potato, peeled and diced into 1/2-inch cubes
  • fresh cilantro, for garnish


Directions:

In a large skillet, brown turkey over medium-high heat, breaking it up as it cooks into smaller pieces and season with salt and cumin.


When meat is browned and cooked through add onion and garlic; cook 3 minutes over medium heat. Add the can of Rotel tomatoes, sweet potato, tomato sauce, water, cumin, chili powder, paprika, salt and bay leaf.

Cover and simmer over medium-low heat until potatoes are soft and cooked through, about 25 minutes stirring occasionally. Add 1/4 cup more water if needed. Remove bay leaf and serve.

94 comments :

  1. yum! think you could sub butternut squash for sweet potatoes?

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    1. I'm going to sub butternut squash for the sweet potatoes, I usually do. Or kabocha squash if I can find it anywhere.

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    2. Was thinking of kabocha as well. Thank you!

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    3. Sure! No rules in cooking : )

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    4. This looks fab! sorry I am in the UK what do you mean by Rotel tomatoes, and tomato sauce? our brands are quite different.

      Love all your recipes!!

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    5. Rotel tomatoes are a tin of diced tomatoes with diced green chillies. The result is spicy diced tomatoes. You can probably make your own by dicing the veg, adding water and salt, and letting them sit in the fridge for a day or two.

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  2. Yummmmmm!!!! I love the combination of turkey and sweet potato and I really dislike beans so this is right up my alley. I'll be making this Monday night for dinner.

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  3. THIS is dinner on Sunday! Thank you...it looks delicious!

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  4. I'm making my spiked chili this weekend and just might have to add in sweet potatoes after seeing your post! Thank you!

    http://bevyrichmond.blogspot.com/2013/02/spiked-chili.html

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  5. Can this be done in a crock pot?

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  6. This sounds wonderful! I love the sweet potato/turkey combo.

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  7. The only ground meat around here is beef, venison, or pork--is there really that much difference between ground turkey and drained ground beef? My parents butcher their own cattle, so we get whatever mix they grind it at--probably 80/20. I was just curious, since I've noticed that a lot of your recipes use ground turkey and I'd never heard of it before I started reading this site and still have yet to see any.

    Anyway, I'm seriously considering this for supper in the very near future--how could I not?! You had me at "no bean" and "sweet potato". ;-)

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    1. This looks like a good article on it:
      http://www.livestrong.com/article/527288-nutritional-value-of-ground-beef-vs-ground-turkey/

      I use ground sirloin which is lower in fat than most ground beef.

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    2. I personally prefer ground turkey because of the taste and the 93% lean variety is lighter. Not a big fan of any other ground meats.

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    3. Thanks! Since it sounds like ground beef is higher in iron (and I'm always low on that since I can't keep the supplements down), I'm just going to stick with beef. Plus, I know where my beef comes from!

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  8. So comforting!! I'm fine with zero beans :)

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  9. Making this over the weekend!!!!

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  10. Like several others have said, I love that this is no beans; my boyfriend and I both do not like beans.

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  11. Wow I don't know if it is the photos that's making everything look so good or not but wow. The food looks wonderful. Thanks for your post

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  12. Would it be okay to add beans? Would black beans go okay with it or would you recommend something else?

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    1. I dont mind beans in my chili as well. I was wondering which bean would work.

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    2. I would love to add beans as well. Which would be best?

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    3. I would add white northern or black beans, honestly whatever beans I have on hand go in my chili.

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    4. I added cannellini beans!

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    5. I added black beans and was delish! I also used 97% lean turkey and calculated just 3 PointsPlus per cup.

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  13. Delicious and I don't usually like sweet potatoes.

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  14. I made this tonight and it was amazing! My picky eater husband went back for seconds!

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  15. Thank you so much for this recipe - I love chili, but my teenage son won't touch beans. he said he would eat this! Can't wait to try it! --Melissa

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  16. I am so glad you posted this recipe Gina! I love chili but beans and I just don't do well and I've been trying to figure out how to fill out chili without beans as just meat seems like too much meat to me. I don't know how long it would have taken me to come up with sweet potatoes or squash on my own. Thanks so much!!

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    1. Yeah, both are wonderful and balance so nice with the spices.

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  17. hi, do you think this recipe can be made in a crock pot?

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    1. Sure, brown the turkey first then proceed with the rest, I might use a little less water since it doesn't evaporate like it does on the stove.

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  18. I love beans as well and would like to add to this recipe. Do you know now many PP+ a can of beans would add to the recipe? Thank you for all you do for us Gina!

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    1. Sorry I don't, keep in mind it would make more also so use recipe builder.

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  19. I made this last night... and as I stated yesterday.. I added beans (red kidney) . Also sauteed green, red, yellow peppers and jalapeno and serano peppers for added color/flavor. AND I did a little something extra. I roasted the sweet potatoes in oven for 30 minutes (cubed). They were seasoned with oil, chipolte chili powder and salt. This is soo good! and will be good with black beans as well..

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    1. Excellent! Yes, this is so easy to adapt as you like : )

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  20. This is PERFECT! I can't stand beans so I never eat chilli! I will be making this over the weekend for sure!

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    1. I used to be like that as a kid, luckily I outgrew it for the most part!

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  21. I made this last night. It was really good! Looking forward to the left overs for tonight's meal.

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  22. Beans are my favorite part of chili, however your use of sweet potato here is what's got my interest spiked! I think I'll be trying this! Thank you!

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    1. You can add the beans, still would be good : )

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  23. Looks AWESOME! I will make this weekend :) I am thinking of adding some diced red bell pepper. :)

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  24. Great recipe to try! Thanks.

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  25. I made this last night for supper it was delicious! Had it with corn muffins made in the oven delicious! This was a hit especially since my husband is not a fan of beans.

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  26. Made this dish this afternoon -- and it was delicious!! My husband was a bit skeptical at first, but after bite #1 he was a fan. This one will go into our regular rotation. It is especially nice that you get big flavor w/o a long cook time!

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  27. What a cozy bowl of chili - and just in time for game day!

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  28. This was awesome! I kicked the spices up a notch, because I'm a fan of heat. Such wonderful flavor. Plus, the sweet potatoes were a wonderful touch. Never would have thought they would meld so well with the other flavors in the chili. Definitely cannot wait to have some for lunch tomorrow!

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  29. We had this tonight and it was delish !

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  30. made this last night and my whole family loved it! The sweet potato substitution was a hit. Everyone agreed they preferred it over the beans. I don't mind the beans in my chili but now it will be hard to go back to doing it any other way. By the way, not sure if it was intentional or not but I see your reflection on the spoon in the photo above. Kinda cute since it's you upside down;-)))

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  31. Made this tonight and it was delicious. Thank you for the recipe!

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  32. I am making this today with turkey breast I cut up. I added a can of black beans. I hope it tastes as good as the picture looks. I hope the turkey breast works because I do not have ground turkey.

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  33. I made this last night and lunch time cannot come around fast enough! So simple and delicious. Really comforting (without being heavy) as the weather gets A LOT colder.

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  34. This was delicious! It was gone in a matter of minutes. So good!!!

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  35. We made this last night for dinner, and it was really good. My husband said a couple of times how much he enjoyed it. We'll definitely be keeping this recipe handy for many more nights this fall and winter. I think we'll mix in black beans next time to mix it up! and then maybe try other variations after that.

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  36. Made this recipe last night! I loved smelling the yummy spices in the kitchen as I cooked. Perfect chili for a cold Fall day. Would definitely do this again.

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  37. I made this last night and both myself and my husband absolutely LOVED it!!! I used butternut squash instead of sweet potato which I roasted before adding it to the chili, I added some sauteed chopped red pepper and I replaced the tomato sauce and water with salsa. Soooo yummy, can't wait for the leftovers tonight. I love your recipes!

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  38. This is sooooooo much better the second day! Thank you for telling us about sweet potato chips. I didn't know they existed, I had some for a snack today.

    I added kidney beans to mine becuase I like beans and just wanted more fiber. My 5 and 1 year olds loved it! My husband even liked it.

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  39. I made this recipe tonight and it was amazing. Made exactly as the recipe. Wow - so easy and so so good. I topped mine with Trader Joes Kale and Yogurt dip, and my Mom used sour cream, and my husband topped with crackers. all amazing.

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  40. I made this tonight and added a can of Ranch Style Beans. It is absolutely delicious! I have added you to my Pinterest and also my Google+. Your recipes are wonderful and I am enjoying preparing them for myself and my family.

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  41. Just made this for dinner tonight and it was absolutely delicious! I added some cayenne pepper instead of chili powder to kick up the spice factor even more and it was amazing. Thanks for sharing this!

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  42. Made this tonight & it was (is!) SOOOO good!! I put in more diced tomatoes & tomato sauce than i meant to, so i ended up adding an extra sweet potato & some ground beef. DELISH! My husband keeps on saying how good this is! I never imagined sweet potatoes in chili, but - YUM!!! :) Thank you!!!!

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  43. I just made this last night for my boyfriend and I. I did find myself adding more spices and salt that was called for (that may be because the tomato sauce and tomatoes I bought did not have salt), but it was sooo good! Hit the spot on a cold night! My boyfriend never had chili before and he thought it was good! We ate it with toasted bread but this would be great with tortilla chips or rice too!

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  44. I wrote a comment but it disappeared!
    I made this in the slow cooker. Substituted a 28 oz can of crushed tomatoes for the canned tomatoes and sauce (it's what I had in the cupboard!). I also added some diced yellow, orange, and red peppers and bumped up the amount of chili powder a little. Spooned it over a serving of Zoodles...I know that may sound odd but it was great! Thanks! Will make again!

    ps. this recipe makes me think of the Big Bang Theory episode where Sheldon says that chili doesn't have beans! :)

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  45. I'm making this tonight. I did add black beans. My family and I LOVE your recipes!! I am always recommending your site to everyone I know and then some :)

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  46. Made this for dinner tonight & it was delicious. I used lean ground beef instead of ground turkey, added a can of black beans & used a little curry powder instead of ground cumin the chili was Fantastic!!!! I will definitely make this again and again.

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  47. Hi, I'm making this right now, it's simmering on the stove, smell great! One thing though, the directions say twice to add the salt and cumin, but the ingredient list doesn't divide them. Should they go in at the beginning with the ground turkey browning or at the end with all the other ingredients?

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    1. I think you just season the meat with a little salt and cumin to taste in the beginning, then add the measured amounts when you are cooking everything. At least, it turned out good when we did it this way! :-)

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  48. I made this tonight, soooo good! I can't wait to have some tomorrow. I used a small sweet potato so I added some black beans, and I used ancho chili powder.

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  49. Made this for dinner last night and it was SO good! I used ground beef instead of turkey just because it's cheaper. Next time I will add an extra sweet potato! Can't wait to eat my leftovers today for lunch!

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    1. I think I may add an extra sweet potato next time, too! It was really good.

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  50. I made this with my husband last night. He doesn't care for sweet potatoes but he took a second helping after having his first bowl! We added black beans too. Everything I've ever made from Skinnytaste is a hit! I can't wait for the release of your cookbook. I'm going to gift it to every woman I know!

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  51. Made this tonight and it was great! Question though, did you use a yam vs. A sweet potato? I bought an actual sweet potato so my chunks are white, whereas yours are orange like a yam. They are often interchanged even though they are distinctly different, so I was wondering if it changed the flavor or consistency.

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  52. This has become such a staple in our house. My beef-eating, skeptical-over-each-new-recipe-I-try husband loves it and says it's the best thing I've ever made! I tripled the recipe this weekend so we could eat on it all week. Thanks, Gina!

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  53. Hi! I am going to be cooking this later today and want to substitute beans for the turkey (I am a very beginner cook). How many oz beans should I add, and do I add it at the same time as the tomatoes?

    Thanks!!! Love your recipes!

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  54. This chili is amazing, Gina! I've made so very many of your recipes and loved them. I actually entered this one in my school's chili contest last Monday (I'm an English teacher) and won runner up. Thanks!

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  55. Cooking this right now on this cold day in Houston. But, I'm adding a can of pinto beans. Why not?

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  56. I made this tonight and it's really good! I added some white beans just to stretch it further. I also made your Dad's cauliflower soup, so I'm going to eat well this week.

    I've lost 12 lbs and 14.5 inches, and your website has been a big part of that. Eating healthy isn't bad with such delicious, skinny recipes!

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  57. I made this for dinner last night; it was soooo delicious!! I added a can of corn- otherwise I followed it exactly. It was so so easy and so good! My room mates loved it and there were no left overs!

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  58. Made it for dinner tonight. Added some avocado and shredded cheese on top of it... SO GOOD!!

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  59. I can finally eat chilli! I don't like beans!

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  60. This was dinner last night and will be lunch today. It's delicious. It goes together very quickly. At my daughter's suggestion--and because I had them to use up--I sauteed about 1 1/2 cups sliced mushrooms with the onions. Topped with sliced radishes for some zip and crunch--a skinny swap for chips I learned a while ago! This was just the thing for the single digit temperatures we are currently having!

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    1. Oh, also since I had it to use up, I subbed apple juice for the water!

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  61. Oh my goodness! This was delish. Thanks so much for sharing. My husband is eating healthier without evening knowing it.

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  62. I made this last night and it was a slam dunk with my family!! I think it might be my new favorite recipe too!! Thank you so much and EVERYONE must try this!!!!!

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  63. Thank you for sharing the recipe...it's delicious, and my husband LOVED it (I didn't tell him that there were sweet potatoes in it, since he thinks he "hates sweet potato"!) I kicked it up a bit with the addition of diced fresh jalapeno and I doubled the spices. mmmm goood...I'm making a second batch now since we loved it so much. thank you :)

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  64. I made this yesterday for lunch, it is awesome!! My kids even loved and asked me to make it for dinner sometime! We ate it with a little sour cream and sweet potato tortilla chips! yum!

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  65. I made this yesterday, substituted butternut squash for the sweet potato so that it is Low Carb, and it is DELICIOUS! Thank you for a wonderful recipe!!! A new staple in my home! :)

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  66. Tried this yesterday... SOOO good. We added some Old Bay Seasonings to add a little spice.

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  67. Thank you for this recipe! I made it tonight with a few substitutions and it was delicious on this cold winter night. I used 14oz can crushed tomatoes instead of rotel and tomato sauce, added small can of diced green chiles, and one deseeded jalapeno, topped with plain nonfat Greek yogurt, avocado, and hot sauce. Will definitely make again!

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  68. This has entered the regular rotation at my house. I can't stand beans, so it's nice to find something with a "filler" other than beans. My husband normally doesn't care for sweet potatoes, but he'll eat them in this since the absorb the spices and don't taste "sweet".

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