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Sweet Potato and Black Bean Chili with Ground Turkey

Posted by Courtney Yablonsky
Courtney Yablonsky
Courtney is a Registered Dietitian and Certified Dietitian/Nutritionist with a passion, and open-mindedness, f...
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on Monday, 27 March 2017 in Recipes


Recipe submitted by Whitsons' Registered Dietitian, Courtney Yablonsky.

Courtney’s note: I love this recipe because it combines all essential nutrients into one pot. The sweet potato adds a nice sweet twist to an otherwise savory dish, making the chili burst with flavor. I personally like my chili thick and hearty, so the amount of water added can be variable to your preferences (add more water if you prefer your chili to be thinner).  Sweet potatoes are an excellent source of vitamin A, C, B6, potassium, and fiber. Black beans alone make a great plant based protein that helps protect against heart disease, weight gain, diabetes and more. This recipe combines all the benefits in a bowl.


If you are looking to manage your sodium intake, you can choose to eliminate salt from the chili seasoning. To top it off I usually slice some avocado, sprinkle some low fat cheese, or add a dollop of low fat sour cream as a garnish. The only thing left to do then is eat and enjoy. 




Sweet Potato and Black Bean Chili with Ground Turkey

Makes 4 servings.



2 Tbsp Olive Oil

2 sweet potatoes, peeled and diced

1 small sweet onion, diced

1 cup water

1 pound ground turkey

Chili Seasoning

1 Tbsp chili powder

1 tsp ground cumin

¼ tsp cayenne pepper

¼ tsp garlic powder

½ tsp onion powder

1 tsp salt

¼ tsp (approximately) freshly ground pepper

1 (12 ounce) can black beans, drained and rinsed

1 (8 ounce) jar salsa



Heat oil in a large saucepan over medium-high heat. Add onion and potato and cook, stirring often, until the onion is slightly softened, about 4 minutes.  Add water, bring to a simmer, cover, reduce heat to maintain a gentle simmer and cook until the potato is tender, 10 to 12 minutes. While this is simmering, heat a separate large skillet over medium-high heat and stir in ground turkey. Cook and stir until meat is crumbly, evenly browned, and no longer pink, 10 to 15 minutes. Drain and discard any excess grease.  Add all of the Chili Seasoning ingredients to a bowl and stir to combine.  Add in chili seasoning, black beans, and salsa to the ground turkey.  Add in the sweet potato and onion mixture to the ground turkey, stirring until well mixed.  Cook until flavors have blended, 5-7 minutes. Serve warm.


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Courtney is a Registered Dietitian and Certified Dietitian/Nutritionist with a passion, and open-mindedness, for weight training and cardiovascular exercise. She focuses on educating individuals on the importance of balancing nutrition and exercise to promote an overall healthy lifestyle. Her positive and upbeat attitude contributes to her passion for nutrition and her willingness to help others, creating an informative and enjoyable work atmosphere. She has previous experience in food service management, as a ServSafe instructor, and counseling individuals to help meet their personalized goals.


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