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Smoky Turkey-and-Sweet Potato Chili

Photo: Hector Sanchez; Styling: Caroline M. Cunningham

Hands-on time 30 mins
Total time 8 hrs, 30 mins

Makes about 4 1/2 qt.

Chipotle chiles add a kick, but sweet potatoes balance the heat. Adjust the spice in this homey chili by increasing or decreasing the amount of chipotle to suit your taste. Buy the large dried lima beans if you can find them. They really look amazing and also give the chili a decidedly Southern accent.


  • 1 1/4 pounds ground turkey
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon tomato paste
  • 1 cup Mexican beer
  • 1 cup dried pinto beans
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons chopped canned chipotle peppers in adobo sauce
  • 1 tablespoon kosher salt
  • 2 teaspoons ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 medium-size green bell peppers, coarsely chopped
  • 1 (8-oz.) package dried lima beans
  • l large onion, coarsely chopped
  • 5 cups unsalted chicken cooking stock
  • 2 1/2 cups 1/2-inch peeled sweet potato cubes
  • Garnishes: green onions, cilantro, sweet mini pepper slices

How to Make It

  1. Season turkey with kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper. Sauté turkey in hot oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat 4 minutes or until browned. Transfer mixture to a 6-qt. slow cooker.

  2. Add tomato paste to skillet, and cook, stirring often, 30 seconds. Add beer, and bring to a boil, stirring to loosen browned bits from bottom of skillet. Boil 2 to 3 minutes or until reduced by half; stir into turkey mixture. Add beans and next 8 ingredients; stir in stock. Cover and cook on HIGH 7 hours. Stir in sweet potatoes; cover and cook on HIGH 1 hour or until potatoes are tender.

Cook's Notes

We tested with Modelo Especial beer and Swanson Unsalted Chicken Cooking Stock.