Cozy up this weekend with a comforting bowl of healthy turkey chili! This lightened up chili recipe is so easy to make and includes peppers, sweet potato, onions, tomatoes and bold seasonings that will keep you yearning for seconds!
Lazy day weekends and busy cold nights definitely call for chili in my book! Not only does it taste delicious, chili is so versatile and tastes even more enjoyable days after it is made!
Today I am so thrilled to share with you this favorable healthy turkey sweet potato chili we have been crushing on for days over here! Chili is one of the easiest meals that is a favorite to almost anyone! It is made in one-pot, or in a slow cooker and contains large amounts of fiber, protein and vegetables.
One-pot easy-peasy and healthy!
This easy recipe has not gotten one bit boring either, because we eat the leftovers in different ways so it lasts far beyond just a bowl of chili! Get ready to learn what makes this chili healthier, than the rest of the crowd, how to top it, all the mouthwatering ways to reuse leftovers into more meals, and how to freeze chili safely.
Related: Ground Turkey Stuffed Peppers
How to make chili healthier
Chili recipes typically use ground beef or ground turkey. For this turkey chili recipe I use 99% lean ground turkey meat so that is lower in saturated fats. The leaner you go, the better for your heart and arteries with thank you 😊. Ground turkey in general is a healthier alternative than beef as it contains less fat and saturated fat, although we have made and love it both ways.
Load it up with vegetables! With the addition of adding extra vegetables you can turn a blah bowl of chili to a well powered bowl of nutrients! Add about 1 cup of each diced: green peppers, sweet potatoes, and onion. You will get more fiber, vitamins and nutrients into your meal without the fuss of having to have a salad on the side😊.
What toppings are good for chili
- Cheese (regular or dairy-free)
- Sour cream (regular or dairy-free available)
- Greek yogurt (more protein baby!)
- Green onions
- Bacon – want to get frisky? Add a few crumbles of turkey bacon or on top!
- Hot sauce – for those who like a little spice!
How to use leftover turkey chili
Night 1: Eat the chili as is! Top it with your favorite
Night 2: Strain any liquid and top it over nachos
Night 3: Strain any liquid and turn it into a burrito stuffed with cheese and top with guacamole and salsa.
Night 4: Eat again as chili! Or just freeze it for next month.
How to safely freeze chili
In a seal-able freezer bag write the name of the item “Healthy Turkey Sweet Potato Chili” and the date with a permanent marker. Add the chili to the bag. Remove as much air from the bag before sealing it closed tightly. Lay it flat in the freezer to freeze.
To reheat let it thaw in the refrigerator first, then pour the turkey chili into a pot. Heat on medium-high heat on the stove until heated through, mixing during the heating process.
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More ground turkey recipes you may enjoy:
- Turkey Meatloaf Recipe Packed with Vegetables
- Thai Peanut Sauce Ground Turkey Cabbage Bowls
- Healthy Italian Turkey Burgers (Paleo and Keto)
- Healthy Oven-baked Turkey Meatballs
Healthy Turkey Sweet Potato Chili
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 1 lb. lean ground turkey
- 2 15 ounce cans kidney beans with liquid
- 2 14.5 ounce cans diced tomatoes with green chili's
- 2 cups chicken broth
- 1 green pepper top and seeds removed, diced into small pieces
- 1 cup sweet potato peeled and diced into small pieces
- 1 cup white onion diced
- 3 tablespoons tomato paste
- 2 1/2 tablespoon chili powder
- 2 tablespoons cumin
- 2 teaspoons garlic powder
- 1 teaspoon pink salt
- 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
- sour cream or Greek yogurt
- In a medium saucepan, add olive oil and ground turkey. Cook on medium-high heat and using a wooden spatula, chop the meat into tiny pieces as it cooks. Continue to flip and chop the ground turkey meat until cooked through. After it cooks make sure to use the end of the wooden spatula to chop the meat into fine pieces.
- In a large pot add the cooked turkey meat, and the rest of the ingredients. Cover and cook on high until it comes to a slight boil on the edges. Turn the heat down to a low simmer and cook covered for 20 minutes.
- Using a potato masher, mash up the chili to break down the beans and thicken the soup. If you want it thicker, let it cook slightly uncovered to remove more liquid.
- Serve and garnish with avocado slices and cilantro. You can also add sour cream and cheese to garnish.