Stovetop Sweet Potato, Kale and Turkey Chili

By Jess

5 from 1 ratings

Cozy up to a bowl of this steaming chili, a hearty and healthy option for your everyday meals. Typically, chili takes a lot of time to simmer, but this recipe can be made on the stovetop in about an hour and it still develops great flavor. Sweet potato, kale, and turkey create this quick and easy meal.

Stovetop Sweet Potato, Kale and Turkey Chili- this is a soul-satisfying & comforting dish.

Stovetop Sweet Potato, Kale and Turkey Chili- this is a soul-satisfying & comforting dish.

Turkey adds protein to the dish, but it is not the main ingredient as with traditional chili. Instead, sweet potatoes make up the bulk of the soup, and kale is added at the end for added nutritional value. I have also been toying with the idea of adding chopped Portobello mushrooms as a hearty meat substitute to make this recipe completely vegetarian, so that is another option.

As per the rules of the Paleo diet, there are no beans in this chili (and I know to some people, it can’t be chili without beans) but you won’t even miss them in the end result. Sweet potatoes provide the starchy goodness in place of the beans, while at the same time providing fiber and antioxidants.

chili ingredients

This recipe for sweet potato chili doesn’t require as much cooking time as some other versions. After simmering for awhile on the stove, the chili turns out quite hearty and thick, as you may be able to tell from the photos. If you want it to be more like soup, you can simply add more chicken broth while it’s cooking.

paleo chili

A medley of spices adds a lot of flavor to this warm, comforting dish. The amount of spices goes well with the sweet potatoes to make a milder chili, but the heat can be increased if you wish. My favorite feature of this recipe, besides the depth of flavor and how good it is for you, is that I can make it on Monday and have lunch and dinner ready to go for the next several days. It’s the dish that can be enjoyed again and again.

sweet potato and turkey chili recipe


    • 1 lb. ground turkey
    • 1/2 tsp salt, plus more to taste
    • 1/2 cup onion, chopped
    • 3 carrots, peeled and chopped
    • 3 cloves garlic, minced
    • 2 medium sweet potatoes, peeled and cubed
    • 1 14.5-oz. can diced tomatoes
    • 3/4 cup chicken broth
    • 1/2 tsp cumin
    • 1/2 tsp chili powder
    • 1/4 tsp smoked paprika
    • 1 cup chopped kale
    • Fresh cilantro, for garnish


  1. In a large skillet, cook the turkey over medium-high heat until browned, breaking up into small pieces with a spatula. Season with salt. Add the onion, carrots, and garlic to the pan and cook for 2-3 minutes, stirring often.
  2. Add the sweet potatoes, tomatoes, broth, cumin, chili powder, and paprika to the pan and stir. Bring to a simmer and cover. Cook for 30-40 minutes until the potatoes are soft, stirring occasionally. Adjust salt to taste. Stir in the kale and cooked until wilted. Serve warm, garnished with fresh cilantro.


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  1. I made this almost exactly as written, except I doubled the chicken stock and tomatoes- I thought it was delicious and simple!

  2. My husband and I loved it the “chili”, turned out to be a hearty and satisfying comfort food. It wasn’t clear whether to use the whole can of tomatoes with our without the liquid. I ended up using the liquid from the can and spooning out 3/4 cup of liquid at the very end. I didn’t want it to be soupy. Turned out Yummy.

  3. love love love this recipe. I also added a little cayenne pepper, ground coriander ands hint of cinnamon. I think I would add more turkey next time. I would have liked it a little meatier but the flavor a were amazing!

  4. I agree with the comments. I would add another 1/2 pound of meat to balance it out. I went a little heavier on the flavors. I also agree that draining the tomatoes is a good idea. Too much water left over at the end. Over looks and smells good!

  5. Tried this tonight and it was good, but we needed to turn up the heat. The sweet potato makes the flavor mild and sweet, so I doubled the chili powder and added 1/2 tsp red pepper flakes along with a pinch of cayenne pepper. (Also, used 1.5 lbs of turkey per the other comments and did NOT drain the tomatoes.) Very tasty Will definitely make this again.

  6. This was wonderful! I didn’t miss the beans one bit – this will be my go to base recipe – I did add both green and red peppers cut small along with the carrots – did all of those in the food processor – my kids had no idea they were even there:)

    Rating: 5

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