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Sweet Potato Turkey Chili

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


  • 1lb ground turkey
  • Salt, to taste
  • 1/2 tsp cumin
  • 1/2 cup onion, chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 10oz can mild tomatoes with green chiles
  • 8oz can tomato sauce
  • 1 medium sweet potato, peeled and diced
  • 3/4 cup water
  • 1/4 tsp chili powder
  • 1/4 tsp paprika
  • 1 bay leaf


  1. Heart a large pan or skillet to medium-high.
  2. Once hot, add the ground turkey to the pan. Season with salt and cumin and cook until the meat is browned, breaking it up into small pieces.
  3. Once the turkey is browned, add the onion and garlic. Cook for about 3 minutes.
  4. Add the tomatoes, tomato sauce, sweet potato, water, chili powder, paprika, and bay leaf. Stir until thoroughly mixed.
  5. Cover and simmer on medium-low until potatoes are cooked through, about 25 minutes.
  6. Remove bay leaf and serve.

Garnish with fresh cilantro, jicama sticks, or healthy topping of your choice.

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