A quick and easy chili made with lean turkey, sweet potatoes, and black beans. The sweet potatoes along with the spices makes a perfectly flavored chili with just a hint of sweetness.

turkey-sweet-potato-black-bean-chili

I am a big fan of sweet potatoes.  I especially love topping my sweet potato with things like taco meat, meatloaf, and chili.  When coming up with this recipe I thought why not add sweet potatoes cubes right into the chili and save a step.  The combination of spices and the potato cubes makes the best sweet and savory chili.  This is the perfect recipe for this time of year, when it’s cold and people are thinking about making healthier choices.  Using lean ground turkey (I used Jennie-O) rather than beef makes the chili a little lighter and the addition of sweet potatoes adds in an another vegetable.  Win-win.

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The other day I found some 1 pound bags of Great Northern beans on sale at Kroger.  I decided to buy a few bags and try them out in some white chicken chili.  Instead of using the several cans of beans called for in most recipes, I thought I’d try dried beans and cook them in the chili all day.  For this particular recipe I used some pre-cooked shredded chicken (from a rotisserie chicken) but you can use raw chicken breasts and cook them directly in the chili along with the beans. The inspiration for using dried beans in the chili came from this recipe.

The next time you want some chicken chili, save a few bucks and try using dried beans instead of canned!

slow cooker chicken chili

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