Slow Cooker Sweet Potato Turkey Chili

Slow Cooker Sweet Potato Turkey Chili!

This Slow Cooker Sweet Potato Turkey Chili is the perfect easy recipe when you want comfort food with no fuss & minimal cleanup! It simmers away in the slow cooker all day filling the house with mouth watering smells that will make you hungry when you walk through the door. It’s bean free and perfect for loading up with all sorts of toppings. It’s also Whole30, paleo, and gluten free as well.

Slow Cooker Sweet Potato Turkey Chili

I really hated chili growing up. I mean we’re talking so much dislike that I would gladly go without dinner if I could. Whenever chili was on the menu, I would eat about 1/4 cup chili with a big bowlful of toppings, (yay for toppings)!

It wasn’t until I was older I realized that is wasn’t the chili so much as the kidney beans that I hated. And I’ll admit I still don’t like them despite my best efforts. Lately though, one of my friends has been making chili with sweet potatoes, and that got me thinking I should give chili another chance. This time around without any beans whatsoever!

So… that brings us up to the present, and I’ve just had this chili 4 DAYS IN A ROW and I’m loving it. This is a definite success on the chili front! I’m head over heels for the way the spicy meat pairs with the sweet potato.

And of course… there’s nary a mealy / chalky kidney bean in sight. I’ve also added a few new toppings as an adult. And I must say that avocado, lime wedges, and cilantro are just the thing to take chili to the next level!

Slow Cooker Whole30 Turkey Chili

So that’s the story for how I ended up loving chili. And maybe if you’re not the hugest fan of chili, this might be the recipe that changes your mind. I even fed this to a family member who hates sweet potato and he ate several bowls!

The combination of chili spices with the sweetness of sweet potatoes is so good. Also as a bonus this chili recipe ended up being allergy friendly since it’s gluten free, paleo, and Whole30 as well.

Now let’s dive right in and make this Slow Cooker Sweet Potato Turkey Chili recipe step by step!

Prepped onions for Slow Cooker Sweet Potato Chili!

We’re going to start by dicing up the onions.

One key to this recipe is to cut the onions into a small dice, otherwise they’ll be a tad crunchy.

First the ground turkey is mixed with spices and onion in the slow cooker!

Next we’ll mix together the ground turkey with the spices and diced onions.

Then the onion mixture is topped with the sweet potato for the slow cooker paleo chili!

For the sweet potatoes, cut off both ends and trim any bad spots. My sweet potatoes were only a couple of inches in diameter, so I cut them in quarters and then, cut the quarters crosswise into 1 -1/2 inch chunks. Feel free to peel you sweet potatoes as well if they have lots of spots on the skin or smell musty.

Finally the tomato sauce is poured over the top of the chili ingredients!

After the sweet potatoes are added to the slow cooker, pour the blended tomato sauce mixture over the top.

The final step is to stir all the ingredients for this sweet potato chili and turn on the slow cooker!

Mix everything together and choose a slow cooker time – 8-10 hours on low or 4-5 on high. When the chili is done, season to taste with salt and serve with toppings galore.

What toppings go with chili?

  • Diced red onion or sliced green onion.
  • Avocado which is probably my favorite!
  • Chopped fresh cilantro.
  • Sour cream/dairy free alternative.
  • Sliced jalapenos for a touch of spice.
  • Grated cheddar cheese if you can have dairy.
Slow Cooker Sweet Potato Turkey Chili!

A couple tips & notes about this Slow Cooker Turkey Chili:

1. Everyone’s slow cooker seems to work at different speeds. Mine took 10 hours to cook my sweet potatoes all the way through. I would recommend trying this or any slow cooker recipe the first time on a day when you’re home. That way, you’ll be around when it’s ready and you can add your own notes about cooking time to the recipe.

2. The whole tomatoes, combined with the tomato paste really adds to the chili experience. I added the tomato paste in an effort to make a fuller sauce, not quite so watery. It worked wonders for the texture, adds a natural sweetness that cuts the acidity, and adds depth to the sauce. This also makes for a super thick chili. If it’s too thick for your taste, feel free to add some broth at the end of the cooking time.

3. The recipe calls for ancho chile powder which is really tasty, (try it as a rub on grilled chicken or fish). If you can’t find it, don’t worry, you can use regular chili powder with great results!

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Slow Cooker Sweet Potato Turkey Chili!

Slow Cooker Sweet Potato Chili


  • Author: Get Inspired Everyday!
  • Prep Time: 15 mins
  • Cook Time: 10 hours
  • Total Time: 8 hours 15 mins
  • Yield: 6 1x
  • Diet: Gluten Free

Description

This chili is one of the easiest and tastiest dinners you’ll ever make! It’s also Whole30 and perfect for loading up with every topping imaginable.


Scale

Ingredients

1 pound ground turkey or chicken, (I like dark meat)

1 onion, about 12 ounces, diced very small

3 cloves of garlic, minced

1 Tablespoon chili powder

1 Tablespoon ancho chili powder, (or 1 additional Tablespoon chili powder)

1 Teaspoon ground cumin

1/2 Teaspoon dried oregano leaves

2 Teaspoons sea salt, or to your taste see notes

2 1/2 pounds of sweet potatoes

128 ounce can whole tomatoes

16 ounce can tomato paste

Toppings:

lime wedges, cilantro, sliced avocado or guacamole, sour cream, grated cheddar, sliced jalapenos, diced red onions or sliced green onions


Instructions

Place the ground turkey, onions, garlic, spices, and sea salt in a 4-quart crockpot. Use a wooden spoon to break up the turkey and mix everything together.

Cut the ends off the sweet potatoes and trim off any unsightly bits. Then, cut them into quarters lengthwise. Cut the quarters crosswise into chunks about 1 1/2 inches in size.

Place the sweet potatoes over the top of the turkey mixture.

Place the whole tomatoes and tomato paste in a blender and blend until combined but still chunky. Pour the tomato mixture over the top of the sweet potatoes and turn the crockpot to low.

Cook for 8-10 hours, or until the sweet potatoes are tender. Taste the chili and add salt to your taste.

Serve with any and all toppings you desire.

Notes

Start with less salt during the cooking time, then test and season to your taste when the chili is done.

The nutrition facts are calculated without the toppings.

  • Category: Dinner
  • Method: Slow Cooker
  • Cuisine: American

Keywords: Slow Cooker Sweet Potato Chili Recipe, Slow Cooker Turkey Chili, Paleo Slow Cooker Chili, Slow Cooker Turkey Chili Recipe

54 Comments on “Slow Cooker Sweet Potato Turkey Chili”

  1. Kari

    I made this with the addition of pan fried corn liberally dusted with smoked paprika to add more texture and another layer of flavor. This is a winner with everyone who tasted it – even those who don’t care for chili, smoked flavors or turkey!

    1. Kari

      I’m so glad to hear everyone enjoyed it! And I can’t wait to try your variation with the corn and smoked paprika, that sounds amazing!

    1. Kari

      You shouldn’t need to adjust the ingredients, I think the cooking time might be a little shorter by maybe an hour or two (just a guess). But if you did want lots and lots of chili, you could make 1 1/2 times the recipe and keep the cooking time the same. Let me know how it goes, or if you have anymore questions! 🙂

    1. Kari

      I didn’t put any beans in this version of chili, but you can sure put some in if you like kidney beans, (black beans would be a great choice as well). I hope you enjoy the recipe, and be sure to let me know if you have anymore questions!

  2. Kari

    If you can’t stand the texture of kidney beans, try mashing the beans that also adds extra thickening to the chili. Also, I’ve found that a tablespoon of molasses takes out any bitterness and gives chili a really good flavor. I’ve not tried this recipe yet but I’m currently making the sweet potato, ground turkey, slow cooker recipe. It smells so good!

    1. Kari

      Mashing the beans sounds like a great idea, thanks for the awesome tip! I hope you enjoy this recipe, this is one of my favorites, especially to make for a crowd!

  3. Kari

    Hi Kari!
    Thanks for the recipe. I was wondering, is it possible to add in a chopped up avocado at the beginning of the process and have it kind of absorb into the recipe? I’ve been wondering about doing this in any slow cooker recipe, as I am not the biggest fan of cold avocado slices, but would like the health benefits of eating avocados. What are your thoughts? Thanks!

    1. Kari

      I wouldn’t add in the avocado at the beginning for a couple of reasons, the first being that avocado shouldn’t be cooked very long in the rare cases it’s heated, and secondly I don’t think you get the same benefits of avocado once it’s cooked. One thing you might try is having your avocado at room temperature so that it isn’t cold on top of your chili, or if plain avocado isn’t your thing you might like my guacamole recipe that’s on the blog as well. If you did want to add it right to the chili, I would stir it in right before you eat it, and only cook it long enough to barely warm the avocado. If you think you might have leftovers, add the avocado just to the amount you’re going to use because avocado tends to turn brown after it’s heated. I hope this helps, and be sure to let me know how it goes, or if you have anymore questions! 🙂

    1. Kari

      It’s uncooked, all the ingredients go in as is, and the slow cooker does the rest. I hope you enjoy the recipe, and be sure to let me know if you have anymore questions! 🙂

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