No Bean Turkey and Sweet Potato Chili

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This Turkey Sweet Potato Chili recipe is so good, you might want to double it! It’s made with no beans, but you can of course add them if you wish!

This Turkey Sweet Potato Chili is so good, you might want to double the recipe!! It's made with no beans, but you can of course add them if you wish!
Turkey Sweet Potato Chili Recipe

This Whole30 chili friendly recipe 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). A quick chili ready in under 30 minutes. If you love chili as much as me, you may also enjoy this Quick Beef Chili Recipe or my most popular Slow Cooker Chicken Taco Chili.

This Turkey Sweet Potato Chili is so good, you might want to double the recipe!! It's made with no beans, but you can of course add them if you wish!

How To Make This No Bean Turkey Sweet Potato Chili Recipe

This is one of my favorite chili recipes I make all year once the weather gets cold. You can swap the sweet potato for butternut squash if you wish.

I have provided both stove top and pressure cooker directions if you have an Instant Pot (this is the one I have) afilliate link. Either way you make it, it’s a quick chili recipe.

For topping you can serve it with chopped cilantro, scallions, sour cream and cheddar on the side. Since this has no beans, it’s perfect for picky eaters (my youngest daughter is not a fan) and it’s also gluten-free, Whole30 and Paleo-friendly. It freezes well and makes a great lunch if you have leftovers!

This Turkey Sweet Potato Chili is so good, you might want to double the recipe!! It's made with no beans, but you can of course add them if you wish!

This Turkey Sweet Potato Chili is so good, you might want to double the recipe!! It's made with no beans, but you can of course add them if you wish!

This Turkey Sweet Potato Chili is so good, you might want to double the recipe!! It's made with no beans, but you can of course add them if you wish!
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No Bean Turkey and Sweet Potato Chili

235 Cals 23 Protein 14 Carbs 8 Fats
Prep Time: 5 mins
Cook Time: 30 mins
Total Time: 35 mins
Yield: 5 servings
COURSE: Dinner
CUISINE: American
This Turkey Sweet Potato Chili is so good, you might want to double the recipe!! It's made with no beans, but you can of course add them if you wish!

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

Instructions

Stove Top:

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

Instant Pot:

  • Press saute, spray the pot with oil and brown the turkey 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.
  • Add the can of Rotel tomatoes, sweet potato, tomato sauce, water, cumin, chili powder, paprika, salt and bay leaf.
  • Cover and cook high pressure until potatoes are soft and cooked through, about 15. Natural release.
  • Remove bay leaf and serve.

Nutrition

Serving: 1cup, Calories: 235kcal, Carbohydrates: 14g, Protein: 23g, Fat: 8g, Saturated Fat: 1g, Cholesterol: 81mg, Sodium: 578mg, Fiber: 2g, Sugar: 4g
WW Points Plus: 6
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487 comments

  1. This was delicious, I made a couple small changes, but kept the recipe mostly in tact.  First I like a bit more spice, so I upped the heat a bit with some red pepper flakes and chipotle Chile pepper.  I also had some frozen hatch chili peppers in the freezer and added them as well.  I’m trying to eat healthier, less beef and pork, so ground turkey is a good substitute, however to give more of a pork taste, I ground up a bit of fennel seed and added it to the spice mixture while sautéing the turkey.  A welcome improvement to the ground turkey blandness!  

  2. Hi, approximately how long does the turkey take to brown & cook through? Do the tomatoes need to be Rotel? I’m new to cooking so thank you for your help!

  3. Loved it the way it is! Would it be as good if I used left over Turkey chopped up?

  4. I love this stuff!!! I have made it many times. I make a few modifications though.  I like the tomato flavor so double the diced tomatoes and add a small can of tomato paste. I am generous with the cumin and chili powder and also add a can of chipotle in adobo. This gives it a wonderful smoky spicy flavor! The 4 stars is due to the modifications. 

  5. This recipe is in constant rotation for us. My kids love it and they can be fussy eaters. I sneak in some cooked quinoa sometimes too and they don’t even notice! 

  6. This was really good. I found I did need to up the amounts of spices, i.e. cumin, chili powder and paprika. I did use smoked paprika also. I love Gina’s recipes particularly for her use of spices and herbs. She is a master at that. I turn to her recipes all the time for guidance.

  7. I made this but a crock pot version – browned the meat then the onion and garlic as stated in the recipe.  Then I through it into the crockpot with everything else listed for 6 hours on low.  I adjusted spices (doubled) as noted by others and it came out perfect!

  8. Very good and easy and filling. I added a tablespoon of tomato paste and cooked it down when sautéing onions. Also added a few tablespoons of chipotle in adobo and used smoked paprika instead of regular. Added a can of rinsed black beans. Rotel gives it the perfect medium spice level I prefer. The sweetness of the sweet potatoes play nicely with the smokiness and spiciness. Will definitely make this again.