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Slow-Cooker Sweet Potato and Turkey Chili

Bold flavors make this Slow Cooker Sweet Potato & Turkey Chili! Omit the meat and you’ve got yourself a great vegetarian chili as well!

This recipe originally appeared on Catz in September 2013. The post needed a little TLC – some new pictures, an updated recipe and recipe card – and we were only too happy to oblige, as it is an easy, tasty, soul-warming meal!

I always feel like I’m getting away with something when I make chili because Josh loves it. He’s not so much a soup person, but he does enjoy a good bowl of chili during the colder months and if I can serve up some bowls, heaping with yummy ingredients, then I’m a happy girl. 

I always make chili on Halloween. I feel like it is the perfect dinner to have my little ones eat before they hit the streets trick or treating. In Oregon, we’re lucky if it doesn’t rain on Halloween night, but it is almost always very cold. But with warm chili in my kids bellies, I doubt they ever feel the cold!

I actually made this chili last year for Halloween and loved it. Then I lost the recipe and I couldn’t remember where I found the original. I blame last year’s pregnancy brain. I was misplacing and forgetting a million things last year. But, I came across the recipe about a week or two ago when I was cleaning out one of desk drawers and I was so excited to make it again.

It was just as good as I remembered and made a ton of food, just like the last time I made it. I remember that because all of Grace and Eden’s friends who went trick or treating with us came back to our house famished and there was hardly any left in the crockpot. That’s when you know you’ve made a good recipe!

I love the chunky texture of this one. Its got beans and browned turkey, with cubed sweet potatoes all mixed together in a spiced tomato broth. It is the perfect chili for any cold night!

Slow Cooker Sweet Potato & Turkey Chili

Slow Cooker Sweet Potato & Turkey Chili

Yield: 10
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 8 hours
Total Time: 8 hours 15 minutes

Bold flavors make this Slow Cooker Sweet Potato & Turkey Chili! Omit the meat and you've got yourself a great vegetarian chili as well!


  • 1 can (28 oz) crushed tomatoes
  • 1 can (14 oz) diced tomatoes, with liquid
  • 1 can (15 oz) black beans, with liquid
  • 1 can (15 oz) kidney beans, with liquid
  • 2 large sweet potatoes, peeled and chopped into 1 inch pieces
  • 1 medium onion, chopped finely
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 lb ground turkey breast, browned
  • 2 tbsp chili powder
  • 1 tbsp ground cumin
  • 2 tsp smoked paprika
  • 1 tbsp brown sugar
  • 1/2 tsp salt


  1. In a medium-large skillet, brown turkey breast until cooked through. Pour into slow-cooker.
  2. Combine the rest of the ingredients into slow-cooker and stir. Place lid on slow-cooker and cook on low for 8-10 hours.
  3. Serve alongside cornbread for a complete meal!


Original Recipe from Andie at Can You Stay for Dinner?

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 10 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 170Total Fat: 2gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 1gCholesterol: 32mgSodium: 380mgCarbohydrates: 23gFiber: 4gSugar: 9gProtein: 18g


Monday 9th of March 2020

Honest to God this is delicious. So so good curry but I'm questioning the nutritional information? How can it be 1764 calories in one serving? Is that accurate?

Joshua Rief

Monday 9th of March 2020

Ha, hi, Christina! No, that is definitely NOT accurate. We've been slowing migrating our recipe cards to a newer platform, and this was one of the old ones. Apparently, it was calculating the total if you ate the whole thing yourself! Updated now - it's showing 170 cal per serving, which seems much more reasonable...

Chipotle Turkey Chili with Apples and Cheddar - Catz in the Kitchen

Wednesday 1st of November 2017

[…] food. Chili is comforting and this is hands down, probably my favorite chili recipe with the crockpot sweet potato and turkey chili coming in a close second. You have no idea HOW MANY TIMES I’ve made this chili, with the […]

Cheryl Wills

Sunday 2nd of February 2014

I am making this today. First time for your recipe. Looks great. Can't wait! THANKS

Chels/Catz in the Kitchen

Tuesday 4th of February 2014

Oh great! How did it turn out? Thanks for commenting :)

Colleen @ What's Baking in the Barbershop?!

Monday 16th of December 2013

I made this for my family today, on a snowy, cold day in New England, and we loved it! Soooo good. Thanks for a great recipe! :)

Chels/Catz in the Kitchen

Monday 16th of December 2013

I'm so glad everyone enjoyed it Colleen! Thank you so much for writing me and letting you know you liked it!


Thursday 3rd of October 2013

Yum!!! I might have to make this fabulous chili on Halloween night too! That sounds like a great idea! ;)

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