Smoky Chipotle Turkey and Sweet Potato Chili (Instant Pot + Stove Top)

Smoky Chipotle Turkey and Sweet Potato Chili; this uber easy and crazy flavorful chili recipe has both Instant Pot and stove top instructions!

Smoky Chipotle Turkey and Sweet Potato Chili; this uber easy and crazy flavorful chili recipe has both Instant Pot and stove top instructions!

Confession: 90% of the chilis I make around here are vegetarian.

I know, I know… so not the norm but so super delicious! Of course every once in a while I like to throw my t-rex husband a bone and make a big bowl of meaty chili for him.

My kind gesture is usually followed up by my attempt to stuff as many veggies as humanly possible into the chili. I can’t help myself. Besides, mo’ veggies = mo’ flavor!

 

This chili is packed with the perfect protein to veggie ratio with a kick of chipotle for good measure! This tasty turkey chili is deliciously smoky and a teeny bit spicy with layer of savory sweetness in every bite from the red bell peppers and sweet potatoes.

I’ve made sweet potato chili before but this one totally takes the cake! It is hands-down the best turkey chili I’ve ever had!

I think it’s the kiss of chipotle pepper that really sets this bowl-o-comfort apart. The smoky chipotle flavor pairs great with turkey, fabulous with sweet potato, and when you simmer it all together in a big pot of saucy veggies pure magic happens. I know I’m being totally dramatic here but I straight up LOVE this chili! I fully plan on doubling the ingredients next time so I have lots of tasty leftovers to scarf.

Smoky Chipotle Turkey and Sweet Potato Chili

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Smoky Chipotle Turkey and Sweet Potato Chili; this uber easy and crazy flavorful chili recipe has both Instant Pot and stove top instructions!

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Smoky Chipotle Turkey and Sweet Potato Chili

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This uber easy and crazy flavorful smoky chipotle turkey and sweet potato chili recipe has both pressure cooker and stove top instructions!

Ingredients

  • 1 lb ground turkey
  • 1-2 tsp olive or avocado oil
  • 2 shallots
  • 1 chipotle chile pepper in adobo sauce
  • 1 sweet potato
  • 1 red bell pepper
  • 1 TBSP chili powder
  • 1 TBSP ground cumin
  • 1/2 tsp dried oregano
  • 1/2 tsp smoked paprika
  • 1/4-1/2 tsp cayenne pepper, or to taste
  • 1 TBSP tomato paste
  • 1 cup crushed tomatoes
  • 1 cup canned tomato sauce
  • 1 cup vegetable broth
  • salt and pepper to taste*

TASTY TOPPINGS - choose your favorites!

  • fresh diced jalapeño 
  • fresh cilantro
  • sour cream or greek yogurt
  • grated cheddar cheese
  • minced red onion
  • corn chips
  • sliced or diced avocado

Instructions

  1. Below are the Instant Pot pressure cooker instructions. For stove top instructions, see blog post below.
  2. First peel and chop your sweet potato, chop your bell pepper, then peel and finely chop your shallots. Chop/mince your chipotle pepper. Measure out remaining ingredients for quick + easy chili assembly.
  3. Switch your pressure cooker to the sauté funtion and add 2 tsp oil.
  4. Sauté shallots for 3-5 minutes, until edges are golden and browned.
  5. Next add your ground turkey and cook until medium-rare and browned.
  6. Add remaining chili ingredients: sweet potato, red bell pepper, chipotle pepper in adobo, chili powder, cumin, oregano, paprika, cayenne pepper, tomato paste, crushed tomatoes, tomato sauce, and veggie broth. I saved some of the bell pepper for topping my chili, feel free to do the same if you'd like!
  7. Switch IP off, then set to HIGH for 9 minutes with lid and vent sealed.
  8. Allow 5 minutes of natural pressure release, then quick release the vent to release the remaining pressure.
  9. Allow a spoonful to cool, give it a taste, and adjust spices if needed. You may also season with salt and pepper to taste if desired. I didn't add any since my broth and tomatoes had enough salt to carry the dish.
  10. Pile on the toppings and dive on in! This chili is great right away and stellar the next day too!

Notes

Recipe yields 2 large meal-sized bowls or 4 small sides.

As written, the chili is medium. Add a little less cayenne pepper for a mild cup of chili or add extra chipotle and cayenne for a spicy pot of fire! Let your tastebuds be your guide here, you can always add more at the end so play it safe with the recipe as written and then add any extras you desire afterwards. Enjoy!

Feel free to adjust the consistency of the chili to your liking. As written it's perfectly thick and full of delicious texture, but can be thinned with a little broth or tomato sauce if desired! If you add a lot of extra liquid, consider amping up the spices a bit to compensate. Craving beans in your chili? Feel free to add them!

A Note on Salt and Pepper :: I leave salting the dish to the end to prevent over-seasoning. Depending on the brand and type of broth, tomatoes, and beans that you use, the sodium content will vary. I used low sodium broth, regular organic canned tomatoes, and didn't salt my chili.

Pressure cooker recipes always leave out the details so here's a breakdown of what you can expect time-wise: About 13 minutes to come to pressure plus 9 minutes cook time and 5 or so to release pressure. You won't need to be anywhere near your kitchen for this all to partake, the Instant Pot will handle it all! So fabulous right?

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Smoky Chipotle Turkey and Sweet Potato Chili; this uber easy and crazy flavorful chili recipe has both Instant Pot and stove top instructions!

special diets and swaps

Looking for a VEGAN or VEGETARIAN chili? No worries! Try my Vegan Lentil Chili and/or Healthy Vegetarian Quinoa Chili and prepare to swoon!

NO TURKEY? No problem! This chili can also be made with ground beef.

Ready to pile on the toppings? Customize your bowl with all your favorites. My go-to toppings are usually cheddar, jalapeño, sour cream, and fresh cilantro with a hunk of fluffy warm cornbread on the side. YUM!

Making this PALEO or for WHOLE30? As long as your toppings follow suit you’re good to go! Try cilantro, jalapeños, and extra red bell pepper or even some fresh avocado and red onion too!

stove-top instructions

No Instant-Pot? No problem! This comfort food classic can be made on the stove just as easily. Use the recipe in the recipe card above then follow these steps:

  1. Grab a large pot and bring to medium-high heat with 2 TBSP oil.
  2. Brown turkey until medium rare, then add shallots and bell pepper. Cook until softened, approx. 2-3 min.
  3. Add tomato paste, chopped/ minced chipotle pepper in adobo, and spices. Mix well and cook for an additional minute.
  4. Next stir in your sweet potato, crushed tomatoes, tomato sauce, and veggie broth.
  5. Bring to a boil then reduce to simmer, stirring occasionally.
  6. Cook until sweet potato is fork-tender and the chili has thickened, approx. 25 minutes.
  7. Pile on your favorite chili toppings and dig in!

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Looking for something to pair with your chili? Try my Quick and Easy Homemade Cornbread or squeeze in some extra veggies with this Healthy Tomato Cucumber Avocado Salad.

If you get a chance to try this Smoky Chipotle Turkey and Sweet Potato Chili let me know!

You can leave me a comment here (LOVE checking those daily!) or tag @PEASandCRAYONS #PEASANDCRAYONS on Instagram so I can happy dance over your creations! I can’t wait to see what you whip up!

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Comments

Richard

This looks stunning Jenn and great photography. Love chipotle, never had it with turkey before thought so I must try this combination out. Thanks! Rich

Amy

This looks amazing!!! I’m hoping to expand my repertoire of recipes and I’m definitely giving this a try. Miss you and that precious, curly head girl of yours. Hope you’re having the best summer!!
Amy Partington

    Jenn

    Ahhhh Amy we miss you so so much! Mia plays school at least once a week and talks about you and Angela nonstop! Summer is fun but we’re also so excited for August too!

elsie

Absolutely amazing! I must try out this

    Jenn

    Thanks Elsie – hope you get a chance to try it soon! 🙂

Deano

I absolutely love sweet potato right now. Tastes nice, it’s good for you and it fills you up! I love the idea of smoky chipotle with the turkey.

    Jenn

    We’re loving it too! It tastes great with so many flavor profiles – such a great option! 🙂 Thanks Deano!

Jenn

Thanks Lisa! Love how customizable all the toppings are – no two chilis have to be alike!

Val

This looks yummy! The fact that’d gluten-free is perfect for me too. Thanks! Val x

Lisa | Garlic & Zest

I’m having a problem getting my spoon through the screen. Should I reboot? This looks absolutely incredible!

    Jenn

    Ohmygosh I just laugh-snorted. Come on over Lisa and I’ll whip you up a bowl! xoxo

Amanda

What more could you want? Cooking options, simple, a little heat and veggies all in one is my kind of recipe! Sounds delicious!

    Jenn

    Thank you Amanda! It’s total comfort in a bowl! 🙂

Denise Wright

Such a comforting dish! I can’t wait to try it!

Laura

this recipe sounds delicious and I agree with you all the vegetables add so much flavour. Very quick to make with the pressure pan, and I am sure my boys will love it. Thank you for this

Tina Dawson | Love is in my Tummy

I love how colorful and flavor-packed this is! And thanks for the stovetop instructions, I don’t own an instant-pot (yet!) 🙂

Carol

Recipe looks amazing and I’m looking forward to making it. A couple of questions. Step 4 of the instant pot directions says add garlic but garlic is not listed as an ingredient. How much garlic? Also chipotle and sweet potatoes are listed in ingredients but the directions never say when to add them. Thanks!

    Jenn

    Thank you so much Carol! I don’t know how I had the instructions all there in the stove-top version and then spaced out, astronaut style, when I was drafting up the IP version. Thanks so so much for letting me know — everything is completely sorted out now! You’ll add the SP and chipotle along with all the spices, no garlic for this batch (though I do use it for my vegan and vegetarian chilis) but feel free to sauté a clove if you’re a big fan of garlic in your chili!

Allison

If I double the recipe, how should I adjust the cooking time??

    Jenn

    Hey Allison! The cooking time should stay the same! (Here’s some handy dandy info on doubling: How to Double Pressure Cooker Recipes) My only concern with doubling recipes in the IP is always “will it fit?” and I believe this will be a-ok for the 6 and 8 qt pots as long as the ingredients don’t fill the pot past 2/3 full 🙂

Karly

FEED ME ALL OF THIS DELICIOUSNESS! Seriously, this looks incredible- love the twist on your typical chili recipe! Need to try!

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