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One Pan Turkey & Sweet Potato Chili

Wednesday has became my least favorite day of the week. Monday is, well, Monday. Tuesday is basically the new Monday. And Wednesday is just a cruel reminder that tomorrow isn’t Friday. Thursday’s are usually my busiest days so I tend to spend my Wednesday’s preparing to get through Thursday. Yesterday I spent all day running around Morgantown from meeting to meeting. All I wanted in life was to come home, crash on my couch with Koda, and binge watch Gilmore Girls, only being forced to evaluate my life during the fifteen seconds between each episode.

Unfortunately, I had to study enteral and parenteral nutrition for my medical nutrition therapy and pathophysiology exam the next morning (which I rocked, btw). Cooking is usually one of my outlets, but I just didn’t have the time to spend in the kitchen cooking, followed by cleaning up a big mess of dishes. I had no desire for any of the leftovers in my fridge (of course). All I wanted was comfort food. I kept going back and forth between staring blankly at my fridge and my phone, using all my willpower not to call Papa John’s. I wanted nothing more than to turn a large pizza into a personal pizza. Nothing. More.

I fought the urge, and promised myself I could devour pizza with my friends soon enough if I would just make something now. I searched through my fridge one last time, trying to find a way to turn healthy food into comfort food. That’s when I realized, it is officially fall and I had ground turkey. Perfect. I was making turkey and sweet potato chili. This is easily my favorite fall, go-to, simple recipe I know. The best part? Only dirtying one pan.

You’ll need: 20 oz. of 93% lean ground turkey, ½ cup onion, 3 cloves garlic, 1 10 oz. can diced tomatoes, 1 8 oz. can tomato sauce, 1 16 oz. can black beans, 1 large sweet potato, 1 tsp cumin, ½ tsp chili powder, 1 tsp basil leaves, ¾ cup water.

First, heat your skillet to medium-low heat. Break up your ground turkey and add to skillet. Feel free to use ground beef or chicken. Either works and tastes great! I just prefer the lean ground turkey. While your meat browns, prepare your veggies. Peel and chop your onion. I used a purple onion, but I would recommend a yellow onion. Purple onions are my favorite, so it was all I had on hand. Peel your large sweet potato and dice into small cubes. I had a bag of medium/small sweet potatoes, so I just grabbed two. After your potato is peeled, dice into small cubes and set aside. Remove three cloves from your head of garlic. Peel, remove ends, crush, and mince. Working with garlic is extremely easy. Don’t be intimated! A simple Google search will provide plenty of YouTube videos and WikiHow articles to demonstrate easy ways to work with garlic.

Now that your meat has had plenty of time to cook fully, season with ½ tsp of cumin. Add your chopped onions and minced garlic. Allow to heat for approximately three minutes. Add your can of diced tomatoes, black beans, tomato sauce, water, and remaining seasonings. Feel free to skip the black beans if you aren’t a fan, or sub in another one of your favorite legumes. Black beans just happen to be my favorite.

Stir contents together. Cover with lid and let simmer for 30 minutes, stirring intermittently. That’s it! Ladle into bowl and top with desired toppings. I went with shredded cheese, of course!

One Pan Turkey & Sweet Potato Chili
Recipe type: Main
  • 20 oz. 93% lean ground turkey (1 package)
  • ½ cup onion, chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 10 oz. can diced tomatoes
  • 1 8 oz. can tomato sauce
  • 1 16 oz. can black beans
  • 1 large sweet potato, peeled and cubed
  • 1 tsp basil leaves
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • ½ tsp chili powder
  • ¾ cup water
  1. Preheat skillet to medium-low heat. Add ground turkey, breaking apart. Cook fully, until brown. Drain any grease.
  2. Chop onions, mince garlic, and dice your sweet potato.
  3. Season ground turkey with ½ tsp cumin. Add minced garlic and chopped onions. Heat for 3 minutes.
  4. Add can of diced tomatoes, tomato sauce, black beans, sweet potatoes, water, and remaining seasonings.
  5. Cover and let simmer for 30 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  6. Ladle into bowl, top with cheese, sour cream or any desired toppings.
  7. Enjoy!


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