Slow Cooker Sweet Potato & Quinoa Chili

Happy Monday, friends!

It has been pretty chilly out here in good ol’ Ohio the past few days (okay… for more than the past few days). I’ve been craving a hearty meal to warm me up on the inside. Comfort food may be great for the soul, but it isn’t always great for our bodies. Don’t get me wrong, it’s okay to indulge and eat all the mac ‘n cheese if that’s really what your body is craving! I have my moments of indulgence, but if there’s a healthier alternative that still tastes great, you better believe I’m going to dive right in.

That’s what I’ve done here. I love a good bowl of chili, especially on a cold winter day. But I doctored up the traditional chili recipe to make it a bit healthier (go ahead, have seconds). This chili recipe has ground turkey, sweet potatoes and quinoa! It’ll make your body happy and your taste buds sing.

Ingredients:

  • 1 tbsp. olive oil
  • 1 large onion
  • 3 garlic gloves, minced
  • 1 lb. ground turkey
  • 2 large sweet potatoes, chopped (1 in. cubes)
  • 2 bell peppers, chopped
  • 1 c. uncooked quinoa
  • 3 c. low-sodium chicken stock (bone broth is better if you have it)
  • 1, 15 oz. can black beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1, 15 oz. can dark red kidney beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1, 15 oz. can light red kidney beans, rinsed and drained
  • 2, 16 oz. cans crushed tomatoes
  • 2 tsp. salt
  • 1 tsp. pepper
  • 1 tbsp. chili powder
  • 1 tbsp. cumin

*I love tons of beans and tomatoes in my chili so you can alter the amount of each if you don’t want quite as much.*

Start by heating up the olive oil in a pan or skillet. While the oil heats, chop your onion and garlic. Saute the onion and garlic in the olive oil until the onions become more translucent and the garlic becomes fragrant. 

Add the ground turkey to the pan and cook until it’s brown and there are no big clumps. Add in the salt, pepper, chili powder and cumin. Stir until distributed evenly throughout.

Put the garlic, onion, turkey and spice mixture into the crock pot. Add in the chicken stock, chopped sweet potatoes, chopped bell peppers, quinoa, tomatoes and beans to the crock pot. Cook on low for 6 hours or until potatoes are soft.

Serve on its own or with toppings like guac, sour cream (or plain yogurt), cheese, crackers, etc.

I hope you enjoy this recipe!

Naturally,

Ari

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