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This Slow Cooker Sweet Potato Chili is made with a mixture of extra-lean ground turkey, sweet potato, onion, bell pepper, tomato & beans. It is a perfect hearty bowl of chili for a cold day!
For me, there’s nothing that says “winter” like a bowl of slow cooker chili. These days have been very cold and the only thing I would like to eat is warm and comforting foods like chili. So, here I am again with one more chili recipe, but this time I tried to make it even healthier by adding sweet potato. I also used extra-lean ground turkey since it has a lower fat content.
I would have never thought that sweet potatoes would be good in a chili, but they are really tasty! It makes it slightly sweet and I love my chili just a bit sweet. It’s also thick and meaty, full of beans, and sweet potatoes that are simmered in a hearty tomato-based sauce in a slow cooker. This time I made a double batch of this sweet potato chili and my husband and I ate it for lunch all week. But you can also freeze the extras for a busy night or for lunches.
For this recipe I used my slow cooker that has an awesome automatic switch to warm and comes with this Little Dipper for warming dips and keeping sauces at desirable serving temperature. I totally love my slow cooker to make delicious and comforting food especially now that the weather is really cold.
- 1 tbsp olive oil
- 1 cup diced onions
- 2 garlic cloves, minced
- 3⁄4 lbs extra-lean ground turkey
- 1 cup red bell pepper, seeded and diced
- 1⁄2 cup diced celery
- 1 cup diced carrots
- 2 cups sweet potato, diced
- 1 can (19 oz/ 540 ml) diced tomatoes, undrained
- 1 cup tomato sauce
- ½ cup chicken broth
- 2 tsp red pepper flakes
- 2 tsp ground cumin
- 2 tsp paprika
- 1⁄2 tsp ground coriander
- Salt and pepper
- 1 can (19 oz/540 ml) red kidney beans, drained and rinsed
- Chopped green onions for garnishing
- Heat olive oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat.
- Add onion and sauté for 3 minutes, then add garlic and sauté for 30 seconds longer.
- Add extra-lean ground turkey and cook, breaking up the turkey with a wooden spoon, until the turkey is cooked through, about 5 minutes.
- Pour browned ground turkey into slow cooker.
- Add peppers, celery, carrots, sweet potato, diced tomatoes, tomato sauce, ½ cup chicken broth, red pepper flakes, cumin, paprika, coriander, salt and pepper to taste.
- Stir mixture, cover with lid and cook on low heat for 5 - 6 hours.
- Add red kidney beans and allow to heat through, about 10 minutes.
- Top with green onions.
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