The winter time is the perfect time for a spicy and hearty bowl of chili, and this sweet potato turkey chili offers a healthy (and bean-free) version of the classic. But while many of us love the flavor of sweet potatoes, we may not be as familiar with the true value of this amazing vegetable.
Sweet potatoes have a long history as a staple food of the human diet—and for good reason. A 2005 study demonstrated that sweet potatoes can play a powerful role in preventing vitamin A deficiency, especially in children. This turkey chili also offers a high fiber content thanks to those same sweet potatoes. In addition, sweet potatoes rank high on “satiety,” i.e. making you feel full, which means you’re less likely to overeat something that contains sweet potatoes.
Finally, and perhaps best of all, sweet potatoes are named appropriately—they taste a bit sweet. So, if you’re having a craving for less-than-healthy refined carbs, something as simple as this sweet potato turkey chili can do the trick to eliminate those cravings.
Sweet potatoes can be found in many colors—white, yellow, purple, and others—but for the nutritional benefits outlined here (and for the best flavor in this chili), look for the orange-colored sweet potatoes in your grocery store.
Sweet Potato Turkey Chili
Garnish with fresh cilantro, jicama sticks, or healthy topping of your choice.