This sweet potato turkey chili has Mexican flare from mole sauce! Make this quick paleo chili recipe for a nourishing gluten free meal.
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 chili and a big group hug. Just sayin. It’s been a rough few months with that little thing called… global pandemic. 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 hug is needed? I digress…
Mole Sweet Potato Turkey Chili
Now to talk about other sweet things. Um, like Mole Sweet Potato Turkey Chili. Have you ever had mole? Like the sauce?
So what is mole sauce and why does it belong in turkey sweet potato chili?
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 chili peppers, and
- 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 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 sweet potato turkey 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, start to finish. You’ll get a big pot of sweet potato turkey chili in lickity split! People still use that term, right?
How to make mole sauce
Making the sweet potato mole sauce is beyond easy; just a couple of steps involved!
- Steam some sweet potatoes.
- Melt the chocolate and spices.
- Use an immersion blender (or transfer to a high speed blender) to puree 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.
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Why? Because it’s one of the best ways to make use of holiday leftovers.
You will most likely have leftover turkey, roasted potatoes, and veggies in the fridge and pantry this season, right?
The MOLE sauce, the turkey, and the VEGGIE packed goodness make this a SIMPLE, WHOLESOME, RESOURCEFUL turkey chili recipe.
Plus it’s a freezer friendly meal. Killing 2 (or 3) birds with one stone here.Print
Keep in mind that this paleo chili recipe is the perfect solution for any leftover turkey. Thanksgiving will be here before you know it!
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