Sweet potato chili with a Mexican flare! Turkey Mole Sweet Potato Chili is an easy turkey chili recipe that is delicious! A hearty protein packed, paleo, healthy chili recipe made with an easy homemade mole sauce. Great to feed a crowd, for meal prep, or to use up 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 sweet potato 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, such as:
- dark chocolate
- chili powder
- cocoa powder
- hot peppers, and
- some fat (like oil or lard)
All these ingredients you probably already have in your pantry. I use 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 mole sweet potato 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 sweet potato chili 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 mere 45 minutes. Yup, start to finish. You’ll get a big pot of Paleo Sweet Potato Turkey Chili in lickity split! People still use that term, right?
How to Make Sweet Potato Mole Sauce
All you gotta do is:
- steam some sweet potatoes
- heat up the chocolate and chili powder
- blend it, then mix it into the pot of chili.
The healthy chili recipe? 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 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 Chili recipe on file, or Pin it.
Yes, Crazy Cotter says do it! Why? Because it’s one of those REPEAT turkey chili 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, the VEGGIE packed goodness make this sweet potato chili recipe SIMPLE, WHOLESOME, RESOURCEFUL. Plus it’s a freezer friendly meal. Killing 2 (or 3) birds with one stone here.Print
Sweet potato chili with a Mexican flare! Turkey Mole Sweet Potato Chili is an easy turkey chili recipe that is paleo friendly, healthy, and delicious!
For the pot (or Dutch oven):
- 16 oz ground lean turkey
- 2/3 c chopped onion
- 1 tbsp olive oil
For Mole Sauce:
- 2 c sweet potato mashed (no skin) or 1–2 small potatoes (no skin)
- 1 tbsp chili powder
- 2 tbsp creamy almond butter
- 1 tsp cumin
- 1/4 tsp cinnamon
- pinch of ground cloves (optional)
- 1 tsp olive oil
- 2 garlic cloves (or 1 tsp minced)
- 1/2 c chopped red onion or shallot
- 1/4 c (around 1- 2 oz) baking chocolate (or dark chocolate works ). To reduce sugar I used unsweetened dark chocolate.
- 2 c Chicken or Vegetable broth
- 1 tsp cocoa powder
- Pinch of sea salt
To add to the pot after adding the mole sauce:
- 2 c chopped bell pepper
- 1 can (14 oz) fire roasted tomatoes (or salsa)
- 1/2 tsp sea salt
- 1/2 tsp cayenne
- 1 tsp minced garlic
- 1/2 tsp pepper
- 1 more tbsp chili powder
- Sliced jalapeños
- Any extra spices you’d like.
- Pepitas (pumpkin seeds)
- shredded cheese (not paleo)
- paleo sour cream
Note before you begin, I would cut/clean/peel prepare all your veggies so they are ready to use.
- First, brown meat in large pot with 2/3 cup chopped onion and 1 tbsp oil. Drain fat where needed. Once browned, keep the meat in the pot on low/simmer .
- While meat is browning, make mole sauce.
For the mole sauce,
- Peel sweet potatoes then steam in microwave for 3 minutes or until sweet potatoes are soft. Place cooked sweet potatoes in a bowl and mash all together. If you want to use a canned sweet potato puree, that is fine too. Sauce will be thinner but delicious.
- Next, blend the garlic cloves/onion/olive oil together until smooth. Add that mixture to a separate small pot then add in your chocolate, creamy almond butter, salt, and other spices listed for the sauce.
- Melt all together on medium to medium high until creamy.
- Next add your cooked sweet potato mash and broth to the “mole” mixture in the small pot. Stir together then simmer 20 minutes.
- Once melted together, use a blender or Immersion Blender to make the sauce smooth.
Put it all together!
- Add your mole sauce to your pot with browned turkey mixture. Stir together.
- Next place the rest of ingredients; chopped bell pepper, fire roasted tomatoes (or salsa), sea salt, tsp cayenne, minced garlic, pepper, 1 more tbsp chili powder into the large pot with the meat/mole.
- Mix together and then simmer for 20 minutes. Taste and adjust spices if needed.
- Garnish with cilantro, pepitas, and jalapeños .
- Optional: Cheese or sour cream
- You can use semi sweet chocolate but it will definitely be sweeter. For the unsweetened chocolate, I used this baking chocolate
- You can make this chili extra thick with less broth or thinner with extra broth.
- Adjust the spice level to your liking. Throw some ancho peppers in the mole sauce if you’d like!
- Nutrition shown below is without toppings
- Category: main, dinner
- Method: stove top
- Cuisine: American, Mexican
- Serving Size: 1
- Calories: 361
- Sodium: 477.3mg
- Fat: 18.7g
- Saturated Fat: 5.4g
- Carbohydrates: 19.8g
- Fiber: 6.2g
- Protein: 29.3g
- Cholesterol: 89.5mg
Keywords: sweet potato chili, turkey chili, turkey mole, healthy chili recipe
Now, before we part our “group hug” ways, I must confess the other reason for this Turkey Chili, with the extra sweet sweet potato mole sauce.
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 turkey mole sweet potato chili 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 Turkey Sweet Potato Chili for the win!
HOLY MOLE, let’s EAT!
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