Made with a quick mole sauce, ground turkey, and fresh veggies, this no-bean Turkey Sweet Potato Chili is the perfect comfort food recipe for fall. Make it ahead of time for a nourishing gluten free meal in minutes!
Why You’ll Love this Turkey Sweet Potato Chili
I don’t know about you guys, but as soon as the weather starts to drop, and cooler breezes roll in, I find myself making all the comfort food recipes like my favorite soups and casseroles. Then, I always make Gluten Free Potato Bread without Yeast or Homemade Nut and Seed Paleo Bread for the ultimate cozy meal. So, with fall in full swing, I knew it was time to get in the kitchen and whip up some chili! Luckily, I had some leftover quick mole sauce in the fridge to help me out.
Combining no-bean chili ingredients with my homemade sauce, I managed to create a Mexican chili recipe that is full of authentic flavors and super easy to make! Not to mention, it’s made with fresh veggies for a nourishing meal that leaves you feeling warm and satisfied. Plus, it’s great for meal prep!
Personally, I love to load mine up with all the toppings, but this recipe is super adaptable to fit your preferences and totally kid-friendly! I’ve even given you a few shortcuts to make the cooking process easier. So, whether you make it all from scratch or use a little help from the grocery store, you can have a delicious homemade meal on the table in about 30 minutes! Keep reading to see how it’s done.
Basic Ingredients for Sweet Potato Chili
Mole Sauce: I used a homemade allergy-friendly quick mole sauce for authentic flavor without any gluten or peanuts. However, feel free to substitute it with a store-bought mole sauce or enchilada sauce.
Nutrition Tip: If opting for a store-bought mole sauce, make sure to double-check the ingredient list to guarantee that it is gluten free!
Turkey: Both ground turkey or leftover cooked turkey that has been diced can be used. Just skip the browning if you’re using pre-cooked turkey.
Veggies: Chopped onions, bell peppers, and sweet potatoes combine to create a slightly sweet and slightly spicy flavor while also adding tons of fiber and nutrients to keep you full!
Swap: Want more heat? Try replacing the bell peppers with jalapeños or poblano peppers!
Seasonings: For authentic Mexican flavors, add in minced garlic, salt, cayenne pepper, and pepper.
Fire Roasted Tomatoes: If you want to add extra volume and bulk this Turkey Sweet Potato Chili up a bit, you can also include chopped tomatoes. However, fire-roasted tomatoes are crucial to help create a smoky flavor.
Note: If your Mexican chili is too thick for your liking, include chicken broth as needed to help thin it out.
Mexican Chili Toppings
Of course, you can add as little or as much to your chili as you want. However, if you need some inspiration, take a look at some of my favorite toppings below!
- Sliced Jalapeños
- Chopped Cilantro or Parsley
- Pepitas (Pumpkin Seeds)
- Sour Cream
Regional Variations for this Mexican Chili Recipe
When it comes to chili, there are many variations depending on where you go. From beans to no beans, noodles, and more, everyone seems to have their own spin on such a classic recipe. Therefore, when you add mole sauce and Mexican inspiration, the number of recipe variations grows even more!
For our version, we enhanced the Mexican flavors of chili with our quick mole sauce. Not only does it add a hint of spice, but it also helps thicken the chili without the need for beans which traditional recipes do not include. Learn more about the origins here!
How to Make No Bean Chili
Gone are the days of spending hours in the chicken slaving over a hot stove! This no-bean chili is ready with just a few simple steps in no time at all so you can get back to dinner.
- Make Mole Sauce. Start with this mole sauce recipe, or find your favorite from the store.
- Cook Turkey. Once the mole sauce has been prepared, add 1 tablespoon of oil to a large pot or Dutch oven over medium-high heat, and add the turkey. Cook the turkey for about 4-5 minutes or until it has browned, remove it from the pot, and set it aside.
- Sauté. Then, add the onion and garlic to the pot, and let it sauté for about a minute or until it becomes fragrant.
- Cook. Next, add the peppers, spices, and chopped sweet potato, stir to combine all of the ingredients, and let them cook for 4 minutes. You want the sweet potatoes to begin to soften but not be fully cooked.
- Add Ingredients. Place the cooked turkey back in the pot along with the fire roasted tomatoes, and 1 cup of mole sauce. Stir to combine the ingredients, and let them simmer on low heat for 20 minutes or until the sweet potatoes have softened.
- Serve & Enjoy. To finish, ladle your chili into bowls, and your favorite toppings, and dig in!
What to serve with Turkey Sweet Potato Chili
This chili recipe is so filling, you can serve it all by itself. However, if you’re looking for sides, try pairing it with homemade bread (I love it with this almond flour bread), sweet potato skins, or baked tortilla chips for easy dipping, dunking, and topping!
Pro-Tip: This is a great chili recipe to use up any leftover turkey! To do so, just skip the browning of the meat, and use shredded or diced leftovers.
One of the best things about this Mexican chili recipe is how great it is for meal prep!
Refrigerate: Store this chili in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 4 days.
Freeze: For longer storage, place your chili in the freezer for up to 3 months.
To reheat any leftovers, first, let them thaw if frozen. Then, heat your chili on the stovetop over medium heat until the desired temperature has been reached. Or, if you’re in a pinch for time, pop it in the microwave for a minute or 2 or until heated through!
Yes! If you don’t want to use turkey, ground beef or chicken can be used for this recipe. However, keep in mind that any alterations will affect the taste of your chili depending on what protein you use.
Sure! To make this turkey chili recipe, swap out the turkey for a vegetarian protein source such as tempeh. Or, leave it out altogether.
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That’s it, ya’ll! This Turkey Sweet Potato Chili with Mole Sauce is one of my favorite recipes, and I hope you love it, too! What are your go-to comfort foods? Let me know in the comments below!