Turkey chili with a Mexican flare! This Sweet Potato Mole Turkey Chili is Paleo friendly, healthy, and an easy chili recipe! 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 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, or Pin it.
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.Print
- For the pot (or Dutch oven):
- 16 oz ground lean turkey
- 2/3 c chopped onion
- 1 tbsp olive oil
- For Sweet Potato 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 and cilantro. Any extra spiced you’d like. Pepitas (pumpkin seeds)
- Optional – Cheese (not paleo) or 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 with 2/3 cup chopped onion and 1 tbsp oil. Drain fat where needed. Once browned, keep in pot on low .
- While meat is browning, make mole sauce.
- For the mole sauce, peel then heat the sweet potatoes in microwave 3 minutes. Then mash in a bowl. If you want to use a sweet potato puree, that is fine too. Sauce will be thinner but delicious.
- Next, blend the garlic/onion/olive oil together. Add that to a separate small pot then add in your chocolate, creamy almond butter, salt, and other spices listed for the sauce.
- Melt all together, then add your cooked sweet potato mash and broth. Stir together then simmer 20 minutes.
- Once melted together, use a blender or Immersion Blender to make the sauce smooth.
- Add mole sauce to your browned turkey pot mix. Mix together.
- Then add the rest of your ingredients listed to the pot, chopped bell pepper, fire roasted tomatoes (or salsa), sea salt, tsp cayenne, minced garlic, pepper, 1 more tbsp chili powder
- Simmer 20 minutes.
- Taste and adjust to see if you need more spices.
- Ex: smoked paprika, cumin, chili pepper
- 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 to your liking. Throw in some ancho peppers in the mole sauce, etc. if you’d like!
Estimated Nutrition per Bowl without the Toppings.
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 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!