Crock Pot Turkey Chili with Sweet Potatoes

My ideal chili recipe is low maintenance, full of flavor, and loaded with good for you ingredients. This Crock Pot Turkey Chili with Sweet Potatoes is just that – and it’s perfect for feeding a crowd!

crock pot turkey chili in bowls with cornbread

The first thing I make when cold weather rolls in is chili. It’s a staple fall food in our house because it is warm and comforting, perfect for when the temperature begins to drop.

One of my goals for this fall and winter is to really utilize my crock pot. For whatever reason, I didn’t pull out my slow cooker much these past two years; but every time that I do, I always tell Pat we need to do so more often! Slow cookers make life so simple. So let’s get to it…

Crock Pot Turkey Chili with Sweet Potatoes

crock pot turkey chili in bowl with cornbread

The prep for this recipe is only 20 minutes long – which includes browning the turkey, chopping up a bell pepper and some sweet potatoes, and getting everything into the crock pot.

minimal effort + maximum flavor = a very happy Ellie

This minimal effort can be done before you head to work in the morning – you only need to wake up a little earlier than normal (or just not snooze your alarm 3 times) and you can come home after a long day to a wonderful smelling house and dinner ready to eat!

Ok, so the prep might take more than 20 minutes… you can bump that up to 30 minutes if you want to have cornbread with your chili. And who in the world doesn’t want cornbread with their chili?! My favorite corn bread mix is from Trader Joe’s – it’s seriously the best.

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To make this crock pot turkey chili recipe, you only need a handful of ingredients:

Ground turkey: I love turkey because it’s a lean protein that takes on any flavor your give it.

Spices: I’m talking chili powder, cayenne, smoked paprika, garlic powder, salt and pepper!

Veggies: Onions, pepper, and sweet potato. Let’s get them all in!

Beans: Beans are an obvious choice for chili, but feel free to sub them out for more potato or peppers if you’re looking to keep this paleo!

Fire roasted tomatoes: For extra heat and flavor!

overhead shot of bowls of crockpot turkey chili with sweet potatoes and cornbread

But the best thing about this is not in the ingredient list, it’s the short and sweet instructions!

How the make the best crock pot turkey chili:

  1. Heat a large skillet, add the ground turkey, and cook until no longer pink. Add the onion, salt and pepper, and cook for 5 minutes.
  2. Add the turkey and onion mixture to the crock pot. Add the remaining ingredients and stir to combine.
  3. Cook on low for 6-8 hours or on high for 3-4 hours.
  4. Serve and enjoy!

If you make this Crock Pot Turkey Chili or any of my recipes, don’t forget to post a picture on social media and use the hashtag #imhungrybynature so that I can see!

Looking for other great chili recipes? Be sure to check out my Paleo Pumpkin Turkey Chili,  my Spicy Korean Chili and my Slow Cooker Buffalo Chicken Chili!

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Crock Pot Turkey Chili with Sweet Potatoes

  • Prep Time: 20 mins
  • Cook Time: 8 hours
  • Total Time: 8 hours 20 mins
  • Yield: 10 servings 1x
  • Category: Soup, Main
  • Method: Slow Cooker

Description

My ideal chili recipe is low maintenance, full of flavor, and loaded with good for you ingredients. This Crock Pot Turkey Chili with Sweet Potatoes is just that – and it’s perfect for feeding a crowd!


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Ingredients

  • 1 2/3 pounds ground turkey
  • 1 large sweet onion, chopped
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 3 small sweet potatoes, chopped
  • 1 bell pepper, chopped
  • 1 14.5 ounce can black beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 14.5 ounce can kidney beans, drained and rinsed
  • 2 14.5 ounce cans fire roasted tomatoes
  • 2 Tablespoons chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon cayenne
  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 bottle of beer
  • 3 cups vegetable stock*
  • Toppings: plan Greek yogurt, cheddar cheese, hot sauce

Instructions

  1. Heat a large skillet, add the ground turkey, and cook until no longer pink. Add the onion, salt and pepper, and cook for 5 minutes.
  2. Add the turkey and onion mixture to the crock pot. Add the remaining ingredients and stir to combine.
  3. Cook on low for 6-8 hours or on high for 3-4 hours.
  4. Serve and enjoy!

Notes

Using 3 cups of stock in addition to the beer yielded a thinner and more brothy chili than I prefer. If you like a thicker and chunkier chili, use 1 cup of stock at the most.

Keywords: chili, slow cooker, ground turkey

Don’t forget the cornbread!

close up of bowl of crock pot turkey chili

The easiest and tastiest CROCK POT turkey and sweet potato chili. This is perfect for fall and football season! | hungrybynature.com

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12 thoughts on “Crock Pot Turkey Chili with Sweet Potatoes

  1. Susie @ SuzLyfe

    This is a must make. I love love love sweet potatoes in these applications, and I love me a turkey chili, so boom!
    Also, CORNBREAD

    Reply
  2. Jenn - a traveling Wife

    Slow cooker meals are key when it comes to cooler temps. I actually just made a chicken taco chili yesterday, but turkey and sweet potato sounds so comforting. And let’s not forget that cornbread!! 🙂

    Reply
    1. Ellie Post author

      Right?! The slow cooker is the best… and seriously, Trader Joe’s cornbread mix is better than anything else I’ve tried (even from scratch!).

      Reply
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