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.
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!
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.
Make this recipe step by step
Step 1: We’re going to start by dicing up the onions.
Step 2: Next we’ll mix together the ground turkey with the spices and diced onions.
Make sure to break up the ground turkey well as you mix.
Step 3: 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.
After the sweet potatoes are added to the slow cooker, pour the blended tomato sauce mixture over the top.
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.
Best toppings for 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.
Tips & Tricks
- 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.
- 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.
- The recipe calls for ancho chili 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!
More slow cooker recipe inspiration
- Rosemary Chicken with Butternut Squash
- Slow Cooker Applesauce
- Honey Lime Teriyaki Chicken
- Slow Cooker Chipotle Chicken
- Slow Cooker Salsa Beef
I hope you get a chance to make this Slow Cooker Sweet Potato Chili, and if you do, I hope you’ll leave me a comment/rating below. I always love hearing from you here in the comments. And also over on Instagram where you can tag me at #getinspiredeveryday with your photos of what you make.Print
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.
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
1 – 28 ounce can whole tomatoes
1 – 6 ounce can tomato paste
lime wedges, cilantro, sliced avocado or guacamole, sour cream, grated cheddar, sliced jalapenos, diced red onions or sliced green onions
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.
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.
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.
- Prep Time: 15 mins
- Cook Time: 10 hours
- 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