Turkey and Sweet Potato Chili

turkey and sweet potato chili top view with tortilla chips

This healthy, deliciously satisfying, richly flavored Turkey and Sweet Potato Chili is THE BEST dish to serve up on Super Bowl Sunday.

Let’s Make Turkey and Sweet Potato Chili!

You can have it all when you serve up this amazing chili – feed your family something healthy that they will really love AND have time to enjoy the day with your people instead of getting stuck prepping and cooking the spread while others enjoy all the other things going on. Whip up this chili in around 30 minutes and the rest of the day is yours!

turkey and sweet potato chili served with tortilla chips and a drink

Build Your Flavor Base

This chili starts like all good soups, by building your flavor base. First up, aromatics. This refers to things like onions, garlic, often some veggies that take longer to cook, and sometimes some spices. They are called aromatics because of – you guessed it – the amazing aroma you get when you saute them in a little oil. Here, we start with onion but add bell pepper, garlic and spices a bit later. Saute the onion until it softens.

Add Your Meat and Veg

Now’s the time to cook your turkey, breaking it up and stirring it until it is no longer pink. Once it’s browned through, add some diced yellow bell pepper for both color and flavor, along with some garlic. Cook until the garlic is fragrant and the pepper softens.

Smell that flavor goodness! Is your mouth watering yet?

Often things like bell pepper and garlic are added at the beginning, with or just after the onion. We are adding them a bit later here because we don’t want the garlic to burn or the pepper to become mushy while waiting for the turkey to cook. Onions will hold up, but peppers, garlic, and spices might now. So, add them now after cooking the meat to continue building that flavor!

turkey and sweet potato chili topped with cilantro

Finish Cooking Your Turkey and Sweet Potato Chili

Now we add all the liquid ingredients along with the sweet potato. It all simmers together until the potatoes are cooked through. Need this to go a bit more quickly? Simply cut the sweet potato into smaller cubes for faster cooking. 

Boil away until the sweet potatoes are fork tender. And, just like that, you are done! Easy peasy.

Serve Your Turkey and Sweet Potato Chili

This chili is delicious on it’s own, but you can serve it with your favorite chili toppings. Choose any or all of these toppings to make it your own:

  • Cilantro (one of our favorites!)
  • Sour cream or it’s healthier dupe, Greek yogurt
  • Shredded cheese (cheddar is great here)
  • Thinly sliced green onions

These sides are amazing with chili, perfect for crumbling on top or dipping:

turkey and sweet potato chili

Don’t Forget Dessert!

This should be our mantra. We love a sweet bite after a meal!

Check out these recipes for amazing treats that are perfect for Super Bowl Sunday and a tasty end to this Turkey and Sweet Potato Chili meal:


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Turkey and Sweet Potato Chili

This healthy, deliciously satisfying, richly flavored Turkey and Sweet Potato Chili is THE BEST dish to serve up on Super Bowl Sunday.
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Course Gluten Free, Main, Soup
Cuisine American, Mexican
Servings 6 people


  • 2 teaspoons vegetable oil
  • 1/2 cup diced onion (1 small onion)
  • 1 pound ground turkey
  • 1 cup diced yellow bell pepper (1 medium pepper)
  • 3 cloves garlic minced
  • 2 tablespoons chili powder
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/2 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1-1/2 cups diced sweet potato (1 medium or 2 small, cut into ½-inch cubes)
  • 3 cups chicken broth
  • 1 15-1/2 ounce can cannellini beans drained and rinsed
  • 1 14-1/2 ounce can fire roasted diced tomatoes
  • 1 28 ounce can crushed tomatoes
  • 1/2 cup chopped cilantro optional


  • Heat the oil in a large pot, then add the onion and saute until it starts to soften.
  • Add the turkey and cook, stirring occasionally to break up the meat, until it is no longer pink.
  • Once the turkey is cooked through, throw in the yellow pepper and garlic. Cook for 1-2 minutes or until the pepper begins to soften and the garlic is fragrant.
  • Stir in the spices, coating the meat with them, then add the sweet potato, broth, beans, and both types of tomatoes. Bring to a boil over high heat then reduce the heat and simmer until the potatoes are tender, about 20 minutes.
  • Top with cilantro, if desired.


There is enough cayenne here to give a hint of the pepper flavor while keeping the chili mild. If you like it spicy, add more cayenne to increase the heat level overall.
Keyword chili, sweet potato, turkey
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