This no-bean Turkey Sweet Potato Chili will be a winner for everyone who loves chili and savory sweet potato recipes! And although sweet potatoes have a few carbs, I’ve updated the recipe with some slight changes to make it quite low in net carbs!
I never liked sweet potatoes until I became a food blogger and discovered savory sweet potato recipes. Now even though they’re an occasional treat for me, I just have to have sweet potatoes occasionally.
And a few years ago when I was brainstorming recipe ideas with my niece Kara, we came up with this recipe for Turkey Sweet Potato Chili. We experimented with ingredients a few times until we loved this slightly-spicy no-bean turkey chili with sweet potatoes.
Of course, leaving out the beans makes this a lower-carb sweet potato chili! But recently I was making the original recipe and decided to try some slight changes that made this recipe even lower in carbs for a chili recipe with sweet potatoes! And I took new photos to entice some of the other sweet potato fans to try this delicious chili recipe!
What ingredients do you need?
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- Olive Oil (affiliate link)
- ground turkey
- green pepper
- Minced Garlic (affiliate link)
- Spike Seasoning (affiliate link), or other all-purpose seasoning blend
- Chili Powder (affiliate link)
- ground Ancho Chiles (or use more regular chili powder if you don’t have Ancho)
- ground Cumin (affiliate link)
- canned diced green chiles (affiliate link), use Anaheim chiles, not Jalapenos
- canned petite diced tomatoes
- canned tomato sauce
- canned beef broth (affiliate link) or use homemade beef stock if you have some
- sweet potato
- Green Tabasco Sauce (affiliate link), or other green hot sauce
- salt and fresh ground pepper to taste
- sour cream and grated Monterey Jack cheese for serving, optional
Are they yams or sweet potatoes?
This recipe uses the type of orange-flesh sweet potatoes that are sometimes called yams or sweet yams in U.S. grocery store. But they’re sweet potatoes, please trust me on that! You can read here about the difference between yams and sweet potatoes if you’re not convinced!
How did I make Turkey Sweet Potato Chili even lower in carbs?
For this updated version of the recipe I used more turkey and an extra green pepper and which makes this no-bean sweet potato chili only have about 10 carbs per serving. And if you use even less sweet potato than I did you can make a version that’s even lower in carbs!
Can you use ground beef in the sweet potato chili recipe?
If you’re not such a fan of ground turkey just use ground beef for an equally delicious sweet potato chili recipe!
Is the Turkey Sweet Potato Chili gluten-free and dairy-free?
As long as you make sure ingredients like the canned beef broth are gluten-free, the turkey chili will be a gluten-free recipe. And if you skip the optional sour cream and cheese for serving, this recipe is also dairy-free.
Want more ideas for tasty chili without the carbs?
Check out 20 Amazing Low-Carb and Keto Chili Recipes for tasty ideas for chili without beans from around the web. Or if you don’t care so much about the carbs, you can find more tasty chili recipes in my collection of Healthy Chili Recipes Your Family Will Love!
How to make Turkey Sweet Potato Chili:
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- Brown the turkey and put in the soup pot.
- Then cook the chopped green peppers, chopped onion, and spices in the same pan.
- Put that mixture in the soup pot along with the petite diced tomatoes, tomato sauce, beef broth, canned green chiles, and Green Tabasco.
- Start to simmer the chili on low while you chop up the sweet potato.
- Add sweet potato to the chili and simmer on low for an hour, adding a little water if it gets too thick.
- Season Turkey Sweet Potato Chili to taste with Green Tabasco Sauce (affiliate link), salt, and pepper; then serve hot, with optional sour cream and cheese to add at the table if desired!
- This Turkey Sweet Potato Chili will keep 4-5 days at least in the fridge and it also freezes well.
Make it a Low-Carb Meal:
I’d probably just eat a bowl of this Turkey Sweet Potato Chili and call it a meal! But if you wanted to add something else this would be delicious with toasted Olive Bread or Savory Almond Flour Bread. And if you wanted a salad on the side, I’d serve this with Spicy Mexican Slaw.
Weekend Food Prep:
This sweet potato chili recipe has been added to a category called Weekend Food Prep to help you find recipes you can prep or cook on the weekend and eat during the week!
- 2 T olive oil, divided
- 1 1/2 lbs. lean ground turkey
- 2 green peppers, seeds and stem removed and chopped
- 1 small onion, chopped
- 1 T minced garlic
- 1 T Spike Seasoning (optional, but recommended; see notes)
- 1 T chili powder
- 1 tsp. ground Ancho Chiles (or use more regular chili powder if you don’t have Ancho)
- 1 T ground cumin
- two 4 oz. cans diced green chiles (Anaheim chiles, not jalapenos)
- one 14.5 oz. can petite diced tomatoes
- one 8 oz. can tomato sauce
- two 14 ounce cans beef broth (see notes)
- 1 large sweet potato, diced into cubes (see notes)
- 1 T Green Tabasco Sauce (or more, to taste)
- salt and fresh ground pepper to taste
- Heat 1 T olive oil in a heavy frying pan, add ground turkey, and cook over medium-high heat until the turkey is well-browned and all liquid has evaporated. (I like to break it apart with an old-fashioned potato masher (affiliate link) as the meat cooks.)
- Put the browned turkey into a medium-sized soup pot.
- Add the other T of olive oil to the frying pan, add the chopped green pepper and chopped onion, and saute about 3-4 minutes over medium heat.
- Add the minced garlic, Spike Seasoning (affiliate link) if using, chili powder, Ancho chile powder, and ground cumin and cook 1-2 minutes.
- Add the pepper-onion-spices mixture to the soup pot.
- Then add the diced green chiles with juice, petite diced tomatoes, tomato sauce, and beef broth to the soup pot and start to simmer the chili on low.
- While the chili simmers, peel the sweet potatoes and dice into pieces about 3/4 – 1 inches square.
- Add sweet potatoes to the chili and simmer about an hour, adding a little water if it gets too thick.
- Taste for seasoning and add Green Tabasco Sauce (affiliate link), salt, and fresh ground pepper to taste.
- Serve hot, with optional sour cream and cheese to add at the table if desired.
- This will keep in the fridge for at least 4-5 days or can be frozen.
Amount Per Serving:
Calories: 282Total Fat: 14gSaturated Fat: 3gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 10gCholesterol: 88mgSodium: 1312mgCarbohydrates: 14gFiber: 4gSugar: 6gProtein: 27g
Nutrition information is automatically calculated by the Recipe Plug-In I am using. I am not a nutritionist and cannot guarantee 100% accuracy, since many variables affect those calculations.
Low-Carb Diet / Low-Glycemic Diet / South Beach Diet Suggestions:
This Turkey Sweet Potato Chili has a lot of ground turkey and green pepper and no beans, so it’s quite low in carbs for a chili recipe with sweet potato, but it may be too high in carbs for Keto; check the nutritional information. If made with lean ground turkey, this chili recipe would be approved for phase 2 or 3 of the original South Beach Diet.
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Historical Notes for this Recipe:
This sweet potato chili recipe was first posted in 2015. It was last updated with new photos and some slight changes to make it lower in carbs in 2024.
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