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Sweet potato turkey chili

A Children’s Health registered dietitian shares a healthy and hearty recipe perfect for the cooler weather

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This hearty chili tastes indulgent, but it is actually good for you! The carrots and sweet potatoes pack a healthy punch with vitamin A, potassium and fiber, while the spices add flavor.

Yields 4 servings


  • 1 pound lean ground turkey
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • ½ white onion, chopped
  • 1 large carrot, finely diced
  • 1 sweet potato, peeled and diced into ½ inch cubes
  • 1 15-oz. can of low-sodium tomato sauce
  • 1 15-oz. can of mild diced tomatoes with chilies (liquid included)
  • 1 tablespoon chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • ½ teaspoon salt

Optional ingredients:

  • 1 can low-sodium black beans (drained and rinsed)
  • ¼ teaspoon cayenne pepper (if your family likes spicy food)

Optional toppings:

  • Cilantro
  • Non-fat Greek yogurt
  • Green onions
  • Slices of avocado


  1. Mix the chili powder, cumin, dried oregano and salt together in a small bowl, and set it aside. Add the cayenne pepper to this mix if desired.
  2. Heat olive oil on medium-low heat in a large pot, and add the garlic and turkey. Break up the turkey into small pieces while cooking.
  3. Once the turkey is cooked-through, drain off the excess fat.
  4. Add chopped carrot and onion to the turkey and cook until soft.
  5. Add spice mixture to the turkey, carrots and onions, mixing it together well so that all of the turkey mixture is coated with seasoning.
  6. Add the tomato sauce, diced tomatoes with chilies and diced sweet potato. If you like black beans, add them now. Add a small amount of water (about ½ cup) if more liquid is needed.
  7. Cover the pot and allow the chili to cook on medium-low heat for 25-30 minutes, or until sweet potatoes are soft, stirring occasionally.

*Optional: Top the chili with fresh cilantro, non-fat Greek yogurt, sliced green onions or ¼ of an avocado.

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