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Turkey Sweet Potato Chili

Introducing Turkey Sweet Potato Chili! I love regular chili, but I’m telling you, I’m loving this ground turkey, no bean, sweet potato version even more!

Turkey Sweet Potato Chili is a fun and healthier twist to traditional chili, but it still retains that slightly spicy, tomato-y flavors and hearty textures that we all know and love.

Stirring a bowl of turkey sweet potato chili topped shredded cheese, avocados and cilantro

Love chilis? Don’t forge to also check out my Texas Red Chili and Healthy Turkey Chili recipes!

Turkey Chili with Sweet Potatoes

This turkey sweet potato chili recipe is very similar to my Healthy Turkey Chili, but loaded with lots of yummy sweet potato chunks and has a slightly sweeter twist to it. The slight sweetness in the broth goes perfectly with those wonderful sweet potatoes.

Having a fervent passionate love for all things sweet potato, it is no surprise that I am loving this sweet potato version of turkey chili so dang much.

Sweet Potato Turkey Chili is a chunky, cozy soup filled with ground turkey, tomatoes, and sweet potatoes (well duh…), then garnished with avocados, cheese, and cilantro.

My opinion about garnishes is that they are just as important as the chili itself. So whenever I am having a bowl of any chili, you better believe it is loaded with garnishes.

If you aren’t a garnish person, it’s okay we can still be friends! 😉

Add lots of garnish, add no garnish at all, or somewhere in between…it’s all yummy, and you should enjoy this sweet potato turkey chili however way you want!

Turkey Sweet Potato Chili is a delicious bowl of soup to enjoy in this beautiful Fall weather that is slowly but surely coming upon us.

Top down view of a bowl of chili topped with sliced avocados, cheese and cilantro

Ingredient Notes

Here are the key ingredients for this turkey chili with sweet potatoes:

  • Ground turkey – ground chicken works great for this as well. I like to use lean ground turkey.
  • Sweet potatoes – use 1 large, or 2 small sweet potato(es). Cut into cubes about 1-inch wide. If sweet potatoes are too big, it’s takes longer to soften them.
  • White or sweet onions
  • Garlic – fresh garlic brings the best flavor. Mince or chopped up the garlic cloves.
  • Canned tomatoes – using both canned petite diced tomatoes and canned tomato sauce. Canned whole tomatoes can be used instead of diced tomatoes.
  • Chicken broth
  • Spices – we are using chili powder, smoked paprika, ground cumin to bring on lots of delicious flavors
  • Frozen corn – canned or fresh work as well.
  • Sugar, salt and black pepper to taste – this will help open up the flavors of the chili!

Let’s make Turkey Sweet Potato Chili

Turkey Sweet Potato Chili is a one-pot, 30-minute, easy meal that that anyone can put together, even on a busy evening!

You’ll want to heat a large pot, add some cooking oil, then saute minced garlic and diced onions until fragrant. This is an important step to bring out the flavors of the garlic and onion.

Next, add ground turkey to the pot. Season with salt and black pepper, then saute ground turkey until they are no longer pink

After that, add canned tomatoes and chicken broth

Satue-ing onions, and then add tomatoes and chicken broth to the pot

Next, add cubed sweet potatoes and stir to combine.

Add spices such as ground chili powder, ground cumin and smoked paprika. …and bring turkey sweet potato chili to a boil.

Adding cubed sweet potatoes to the pot, and then adding spices

Let the chili simmer and cook so that chili thickens and the flavors come together.

It is done when sweet potatoes are soft and can be pierced easily with a fork…about ~15 minutes or so.

I wait until our turkey sweet potato chili is almost done before adding frozen corn because they don’t take long to cook. We are basically just heating them up.

So at the end, add frozen corn and bring heat to medium high, cook for another few minutes until liquid comes to a boil again.

Taste (always, always taste your food!) your sweet potato chili, and then add salt and black pepper to open up the flavors as desire.

A large pot containing ground turkey and sweet potato chili

Variations and Substiution

There are so many ways to make turkey sweet potato chili. Here are some variation suggestions. Feel free make this chili your own by jazzing it up with the ingredients below:

  • Bell peppers – red, green, orange…
  • Beans – black, pinto, any kind!
  • Ground beef or pork or chicken – use in place of ground turkey if desire!

Keep in mind that if you add a lot of additional ingredients you will need to add more liquid and spices to balance out the flavors and thickness of the Turkey Sweet Potato Chili as well. So adjust accordingly!


When Turkey Sweet Potato Chili is done, garnish with some or all of the below!

  • Cilantro (something about cilantro in sweet potato chili just rounds out the flavor so well!)
  • Shredded cheese
  • Avocado
  • Tortilla chips or corn chips
  • Jalapeños
  • Sour cream
  • Cornbread
Using a spoon to scoop out some chili from a bowl

Tips and Tricks

A few tips for making Turkey Sweet Potato Chili:

  • Cut sweet potatoes into ~1 inch cube. Avoid cutting it in large pieces because it will take longer to cook.
  • Salt is used to open up flavors, not just to add saltiness to the chili. Taste chili when it is fully cooked, and if it is not as flavorful as you like, try adding a dash or two of salt. You’ll be surprise what a little bit of salt can do to bring the flavors to the next level!

Meal prep

Turkey Sweet Potato Chili makes great meal prep because it stores really well. In fact, I might argue that it tastes even better after sitting for a few days as the chili powder, cumin and smoked paprika would have fully permeated the soup and the other ingredients such as the ground turkey and sweet potato.

I’m definitely one of those people who loves leftover chili and look forward to it. Especially when they are as tasty as this one.

Whenever I make Turkey Sweet Potato Chili I typically double it and store one batch in the freezer for busy weeks.

There’s nothing quite like warm homemade comfort food that is already done and only needs to be microwaved on a busy weeknight.

Storage and Reheating

Store sweet potato chili in air tight container in the fridge for up to 4 days, or freezer for up to 2 months.

If storing in the freezer, bring to refrigerator to fully defrost chili 24 hours prior before microwaving it to heat it up.

A bowl of sweet potato turkey chili with toppings such as shredded cheese, chopped cilantro and sliced avocados

Serving Turkey Sweet Potato Chili

Here are some delicious recipes to serve with it:

After many, many hot days this summer, I am so ready to make a big bowl of this cozy Sweet Potato Turkey Chili, put on my comfy sweater, and kick off Fall season.

Wanna join me?? 😄

Frequently Asked Questions

How do I cook this in the slow cooker?

Start by browning ground turkey on a skillet. Then add ground turkey, along with all the ingredients into a slow cooker. Cook on high for 2 hours or low for 4-5 hours.

Can I freeze chili?

Absolutely! They freeze really well. Make sure to bring to cool and then store in an airtight container. Store in freezer for up to 3 months.

What’s a good substitute for ground turkey?

Ground chicken taste so similar I can’t tell a difference! Ground beef can work too.

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A bowl of sweet potato turkey chili

Turkey Sweet Potato Chili

30-minute delicious and healthy sweet potato chili recipe! Ground turkey, sweet potatoes, tomatoes cooked in a delicious thick hearty broth, garnished with avocados, cilantro and cheese.
4.98 from 34 votes
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Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Servings: 4 people
Calories: 577kcal
Author: MinShien


  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1/2 sweet onion diced
  • 5-7 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 lbs ground turkey
  • 28 oz petite diced tomatoes canned
  • 16 oz tomato sauce canned
  • 1/2 cup chicken broth
  • 1 large sweet potato 1-inch cubed (~12 oz)
  • 1 tbsp chili powder
  • 1 tsp smoked paprika
  • 1/2 tsp ground cumin
  • 1 tbsp granulated sugar
  • 1 cup frozen corn
  • salt to taste
  • black pepper to taste


  • 1/4 cup cilantro chopped
  • 1/3 cup cheddar cheese shredded
  • 2 avocado sliced


  • In a large pot, add olive oil, diced onions and minced garlic. Saute under medium heat for 1-2 minutes or until fragrant.
  • Add ground turkey to pot, break up the ground turkey if it is clump together. Sprinkle one or two pinches of salt and pepper to turkey. Cook until turkey is almost done (no longer red/pink).
  • Add diced tomatoes, tomato sauce, chicken broth, diced sweet potatoes, chili powder, smoked paprika, ground cumin and sugar to pot. Bring to a boil, then lower to medium heat, and cook for another 15 minutes, or until sweet potatoes are soft and can easily be pierced with a fork. 
  • Add frozen corn. Bring heat to medium high, cook for another few minutes until liquid comes to a boil again. Add salt and pepper to taste. Remove from heat.
  • Serve by dividing chili into a few bowls, and garnish with all or some of the garnish ingredients! We recommend garnishing with at least one or two of them. Enjoy!


Calories: 577kcal | Carbohydrates: 59g | Protein: 39g | Fat: 25g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Cholesterol: 72mg | Sodium: 1449mg | Potassium: 2238mg | Fiber: 16g | Sugar: 22g | Vitamin A: 10110IU | Vitamin C: 46mg | Calcium: 204mg | Iron: 7mg
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Recipe Rating


  1. 5 stars
    The Sweet Potato Turkey Chili Recipe is soooo good. My wife and I ate a whole pot of it the first time we made it. Super easy and super tasty, goes great with cornbread. Highly recommend it!

    1. Joyous Apron says:

      Thanks so much, Seth! So glad!! 🙂

  2. Carleen Johnson Shaffer says:

    5 stars
    I would like to use a crockpot for this recipe. What adjustments do you suggest?

    1. Joyous Apron says:

      Sear the turkey and onions first and then bring everything into the crockpot! Cook on low for 4-5 hours.

  3. Cynthia Coppinger says:

    5 stars
    Hands down my favorite chili recipe.

    1. Joyous Apron says:

      Yay! LOVE LOVE hearing that! 🙂

  4. 5 stars
    This is a wonderful recipe! A new favorite and a new addition to my favorites. Yum!

    1. Joyous Apron says:

      Thank you! I love it so much too. Glad to hear you do too 🙂

  5. Allie Chatham says:

    5 stars
    I love that this is such a quick dinner recipe, and it was delicious! My favorite part was the texture of the sweet potatoes. I haven’t used ground turkey much before, but I thought it tasted great! I will definitely add this to my dinner rotation.

    1. Joyous Apron says:

      I’m so glad you enjoyed it and that it’s added to your dinner rotation! 🙂

  6. 5 stars
    Loving this sweet potato turkey chili. I’ve made it many times and sometimes substitute with ground chicken. Light and flavorful. We love this.

    1. Joyous Apron says:

      Thank you Jess! I’m so glad to hear that you have made this multiple times and are enjoying it.

  7. 5 stars
    This chili is so good! I made it because I’ve made my other chili recipes about a million times. This blew me out of the water, and it’s so healthy, too!

    1. Joyous Apron says:

      Thanks Beth! That’s so awesome that you enjoyed this so much!

  8. 5 stars
    I made this chili for dinner last night and it was the perfect fall meal. So flavorful and satisfying. Not too heavy which I love.

    1. Joyous Apron says:

      That’s great! I love how it’s light yet filling and satisfying as well 🙂

  9. 5 stars
    This was delicious! I tweeked the recipe a little to my own taste adding other ingredients like thyme, basil, parsley, oregano, kidney beans, worchestire sauce, steak sauce, and jalapeños. I will definitely make it again!

    1. Joyous Apron says:

      That sounds so delicious! Thanks for sharing and I’m glad you enjoyed it!

  10. Donna Liberto says:

    5 stars
    I LOVED this recipe-the spice combo was amazing! I added green pepper and black beans to the veggie mix, and wish I had added more sweet potatoes. Loved the spice flavors with the sweet potatoes. I’ll be making this again!

    1. Joyous Apron says:

      Yay! I love hearing that you loved this! 🙂 Thanks for sharing the veggies you added – that sounds delicious!

  11. 5 stars
    My favorite chili recipe.

    1. Joyous Apron says:


  12. Carrie Robinson says:

    5 stars
    This is the perfect hearty comfort food for a chilly day! The flavor was amazing 🙂 Definitely making this again.

    1. Joyous Apron says:

      Thank you Carrie! Glad to hear!

  13. 5 stars
    The whole fam loved this.
    We spiced it up a bit with diced tomatoes with green chilies because we’re kinda spicy people. Super good! Putting this one in the rotation.

    1. Joyous Apron says:

      YUM!! We love spicy!! Sounds amazing. Thanks, Deanna!

  14. Diane Wright says:

    what is the serving size for the nutritional info (cals/carbs, etc)

    1. Joyous Apron says:

      I estimate it’s about 1 1/2 – 2 cups per serving.

  15. Mariellen Payne says:

    5 stars
    This turkey sweet potato chili-LOVE ❤️ So easy, with ingredients I usually have on hand, and soo good! I substituted black beans for the corn and used a bit more sweet potato. Topped with cheddar cheese, avocado and served buttermilk biscuits! Delicious. It’s a keeper!

    1. Joyous Apron says:

      YUM! Buttermilk biscuits sound delicious. Thank you for your kind review! We LOVE this recipe so much as well! 🙂