A Turkey Chili with a Mexican flare! Quick Sweet Potato Mole Turkey Chili that’s Paleo friendly, simple to make, and healthy! A hearty protein packed chili made with an easy homemade sweet potato mole sauce. Great to feed a crowd, for meal prep, or to use up those holiday leftovers.
I think we all could use a little comfort today. And a lot of love and compassion for each other. Starting with a big bowl of Paleo Sweet Potato Mole Turkey Chili and a big group hug. Just sayin. It’s been a rough few months with that little thing called… election. Let’s move forward, together, and be FULL of sweetness.
Yes, Corny Cotter at your service. But in all reality, don’t you think a group AMERICAN hug is needed? I I digress…
Now to talk about other sweet things. Um, like Sweet Potato Mole Turkey Chili. Have you ever had mole? Like the sauce? Oh girrrrrllll (or guy)! You gotta try it, and then you gotta put it in EVERYTHING! Chicken, Paleo Chili, tacos, you name it. It will “sweeten” up your day in no time.
So what is mole sauce and why does it belong in turkey chili? You didn’t ask, but I’m gonna tell ya. Mmm k?
Mole sauce is a common (and popular) Mexican sauce. I know every Mole sauce is different, depending on the dish or region, but the basics of Mole sauce include some pretty flavorful ingredients. Ingredients such as dark chocolate, chili powder, cocoa, cinnamon, hot peppers, and a type of fat (like oil or lard); just to name a few. All these ingredients you have probably already have in your pantry. I promise! I used the dark chocolate, almond butter (instead of traditional Mexican lard), and chili powder to keep it simple, full of antioxidants, and super tasty!
Now, to make things sweeter (because we need some extra sweetness today), and to thicken up this Paleo Turkey chili, I blended cooked sweet potatoes INTO the mole sauce. HOLY MOLE! Haha, see what I did there?
Ya’ll, this thick sweet savory mole sauce is what makes the Turkey Chili um…. EPIC!
I know what you’re thinking. Uh. “Lindsay, that’s nice but that sounds so complex.” You were thinking that, right? I’m a mind a reader. Well, I have good news. It’s a SUPER QUICK dish to make. The whole recipe takes a mer 45 Minutes. Yup, start to finish. You’ll get a big pot of Paleo Sweet Potato Mole Turkey Chili in lickity split! People still use that term, right?
All you gotta do is steam some sweet potatoes, heat up the chocolate and chili powder, blend it, then mix it in with your pot of Turkey Chili. The turkey chili? Well, it’s just tomatoes, onion, peppers, browned turkey, a wee bit of broth, and seasoning. You see, it’s the THICK sweet potato mole sauce that rounds it out and does all the work. CRAZY GOOD!
My only suggestion. Don’t make the sweet potato mole sauce the day before. Why? Because you kinda want to eat it up with spoon. Is that wrong? Maybe. But I won’t judge. Same thing happened to me when making the sweet potato pie. Gah, the batter is just so freakin good.
Anyway, back to chili.
Wait, I lied. I have a second suggestion. Keep this Paleo Sweet Potato Mole Turkey Chili recipe on file. Yes, Crazy Cotter says do it! Why? Because it’s one of those REPEAT recipes. You will most likely have leftover turkey, sweet potatoes, chocolate, and veggies in the fridge and pantry this season. Sounds like a weird combination, but you get my point. The MOLE sauce, the turkey chili, the VEGGIE packed goodness make this recipe SIMPLE, WHOLESOME, RESOURCEFUL. Plus it’s a freezer friendly meal. Killing 2 (or 3) birds with one stone here.
Estimated Nutrition per Bowl without the Toppings.
Now, before we part our “group hug” ways, I must confess….
The other reason I made this Turkey Chili, with the extra sweet sweet potato mole sauce, was because I played the horrible wife card the other week and needed to make it up to my husband. Trust me, I was crazy brain wife and all. My husband’s favorite type food is Mexican and and any type of meaty Chili. Hence this recipe. Oh he forgave me, phew! Plus, look at us, eating TURKEY! Figured we better give it some love this month anyway.
Have you ever made Mole Sauce before? Are you needing a little extra comfort today?
Awww. I feel ya. HUGS and Paleo Sweet Potato Mole Turkey Chili for the win!
HOLY MOLE, let’s EAT!