Healthy turkey chili

This is adapted from my recipe for Easy Skinny Quinoa Chili. I wanted to see what sweet potatoes would do for the flavor and they are awesome. I added a secret ingredient too – cinnamon. You can't be afraid of spices when you are making chili because they add so many layers of tastiness...

Turkey can be a real diet saver and I try to fit into our weekly meal plan whenever I can. I prefer 85% lean ground turkey. Any less fat and it will have no flavor. Ground turkey can be used in place of ground beef in just about any recipe. We like it in spaghetti sauce, meatballs, tacos and turkey burgers.

Or try some of these creative ways to use ground turkey...

  • Lasagna
  • Taco salad
  • Enchiladas
  • Stuffed shells
  • Rigatoni bake
  • Curried turkey and rice
  • Turkey sliders
  • Sloppy joes
  • Turkey stuffed sweet potatoes
  • Sheet pan turkey nachos

Healthy Turkey Chili
Serves: 8


  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1¼ lbs ground turkey (85% lean)
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 3 garlic cloves, chopped
  • ½ tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tbsp chili powder
  • 1 tbsp cumin
  • 1 28 oz can of diced tomatoes with juice
  • 2 cups chicken stock or broth (gluten free)
  • 2 cups diced sweet potatoes
  • 1 can black beans, rinsed
  • Salt and pepper
  • Shredded cheddar for serving


  1. Put a swirl of olive oil in a dutch oven and brown turkey until cooked. Remove and set aside.
  2. Brown onion and garlic in another tsp of olive oil until done.
  3. Add turkey back to pot with onions and add spices. Stir and cook for one minute.
  4. Add tomatoes and juices, chicken stock, beans and sweet potatoes.
  5. Bring to a simmer and cook for about 10 minutes or until potatoes are softened.
  6. Salt and pepper to taste.
  7. Top with cheese and serve hot.

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