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Turkey & Sweet Potato Southwest Chili1

Turkey & Sweet Potato Southwest Chili.

My motivation for this dish was to deliver a flavor packed hearty chili (you know…the kind your manly man will eat) but with less calories.  Because lets face it, most of us don’t need the extra calories and are perfectly happy as long as we’re satisfied.  This chili is definitely satisfying.

Turkey & Sweet Potato Southwest Chili

The sweet potato is the star ingredient as it balances the chili seasonings so well.  Because I was making this chili to {Share the Love} with one my work family members, I kept the heat out of it and instead focused on flavor.  Chili powder, ground oregano, garlic powder, and cumin will never let you down.

If you want to stretch this Turkey & Sweet Potato Southwest Chili a little farther (or maybe your manly man is extra hungry), double the quantity of diced tomatoes and season accordingly.  I hope you’ll give this dish a try and as always I welcome and enjoy your feedback.

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Recipe inspiration.  My Healthy Choices lunch buddy shared a new favorite dish, which was baked sweet potato topped with taco seasoned ground turkey and salsa.  It was delicious and has been lingering in my mind ever since.

Turkey & Sweet Potato Southwest Chili

Libby with Lemony Thyme
5 from 1 vote
Cook Time 30 mins
Total Time 30 mins
Servings 8
Calories 218 kcal


  • 1 lb. lean ground turkey
  • 2 small sweet potatoes peeled & cubed (about 2 cups)
  • 2 Tbl. olive oil divided
  • 1 med. onion diced
  • 1 28- ounce diced tomatoes
  • 1 4.5- ounce can diced mild green chiles
  • 1 14- ounce can black beans drained & rinsed
  • 1 cup frozen corn
  • 2 Tbl. chili powder
  • 1 Tbl. dried oregano
  • 1 Tbl. garlic powder
  • 1 Tbl. cumin
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • cayenne pepper optional


  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  • Spread diced sweet potatoes on a cooking spray coated baking sheet. Bake for 15 -20 minutes or until just tender.
  • Meanwhile in a Dutch oven, add 1 Tbl. olive oil and brown ground turkey. Remove from pan and reserve. Add additional 1 Tbl. of olive oil and diced onion to pot. Saute until onion is tender. Add in tomatoes, chiles, black beans and seasoning and bring to a gentle simmer; cook for 10 minutes.
  • Add cooked sweet potatoes and ground turkey to the pot; heat through. Adjust seasoning to taste.
  • Serve with favorite toppings, such as shredded cheddar cheese, sour cream, cilantro.


Seasoning chili should be done according to taste. Adding gradually as the dish builds is how we arrive at the right balance.