Slow Cooker Turkey Quinoa Chili with Sweet Potatoes and Black Beans

Slow Cooker Turkey Quinoa Chili with Sweet Potatoes and Black Beans

I understand intrinsically what chili means in concept: a relaxed atmosphere, warm kitchen, and a certain sense of community that comes from all serving ourselves from the same steaming pot.

The specifics of your chili in particular, however, will remain a surprise to me, until I take my first bite.


The BEST Slow Cooker Turkey Chili with Quinoa Sweet Potatoes and Black Beans




1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
1 pound lean ground turkey
1 large yellow onion, chopped
1 teaspoon kosher salt
1 teaspoon garlic powder
1/2 teaspoon black pepper
1 tablespoon chili powder
2 teaspoons chipotle chili pepper
2 teaspoons cumin
3 small or 2 large sweet potatoes, peeled and diced (about 1 pound)
1 cup uncooked quinoa
1, 28-ounce can crushed tomatoes
1, 15-ounce can black beans, rinsed and drained
1, 12-ounce beer (I used an IPA; any dark or amber beer would be great too!) or substitute additional low-sodium chicken stock
2 – 3 cups low-sodium chicken stock
For serving: cilantro, avocado, shredded cheese, tortilla chips, and sour cream or plain Greek yogurt


Slow Cooker Turkey Sweet Potato Quinoa Chili



  • Step 1

Heat the olive oil in a large skillet or Dutch oven over medium high. Add the turkey, onion, salt, garlic powder, and black pepper.

  • Step 2

Cook and stir, breaking up the turkey as you go, until the turkey is no longer pink, about 5 minutes. Stir in the chili powder, chipotle chili powder, and cumin, then transfer to the bottom a large slow cooker.

  • Step 3

To the slow cooker, add the chopped sweet potatoes, quinoa, beer, 2 cups chicken stock, crushed tomatoes, and black beans.

  • Step 4

Cover and cook on high for 3-4 hours or low for 5-6 hours, until the potatoes are tender. Stir in additional chicken stock if the chili is thicker than you would like (I added about 1/2 cup extra). Serve warm with desired toppings.


Slow Cooker Turkey Chili with Quinoa and Sweet Potatoes



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