Crock Pot Sweet Potato and Quinoa Turkey Chili


Gluten-free Crock Pot Sweet Potato and Quinoa Turkey Chili packs a double protein punch with the addition of both lean ground turkey breast and quinoa.

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Happy Monday, everyone – I hope you had a wonderful weekend!

I had a “me day” on Saturday which included getting together with some girlfriends in the morning then spending what felt like 2 hours at Whole Foods. Like I said – a “me day”! Grocery shopping is one of my favorite things to do, and when I get to leave the sweet babe at home and do it leisurely – umm, even better.

The day was topped off by snacking on fresh gac-“kale”-mole from Whole Foods. They were making and sampling a HUGE vat of it right inside the front door, and I was hooked after a sample. Super garlicky swirled with flecks of chopped kale. As if guacamole couldn’t get any healthier or more mouthwatering.

I brought a tub home to share with Ben…

It lasted maybe 5 minutes, then there was a fight over who got to scrape the last bits from the container (yours truly was victorious – muwahaha!) Moral of the story? Try this if you can!

Lincoln slept until nearly 8am on Sunday (don’t worry, after waking up to eat at 2:30 and 6!) so after sleeping in for a bit Ben and I dropped him off at my parent’s house then headed out for an impromptu day date. Brunch downtown then over to World Market to get a new dining room table (finally!) It’s got a bench seat which I recently decided I can’t live without, aka, I am so pumped to have it delivered. I’ll show you when it’s all setup! Update: yeah, never bought it! :/

We also grazed on Crock Pot Sweet Potato and Quinoa Turkey Chili all weekend long. I made a huge batch of it Thursday evening and it just got better and better each time I reheated a bowl!

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Crock Pot Sweet Potato and Quinoa Turkey Chili packs a double protein punch from the addition of both lean ground turkey breast and quinoa. A little sweet from chopped sweet potatoes and a can of baked beans, plus a little heat from classic chili spices makes this dish ultra-tasty, healthy, and filling.

Plus, how you gonna hate on any recipe that calls for topping it with shredded cheese and tortilla chips? I must confess, making chili always gets me a little giddy as it’s basically an excuse to eat nachos. As if I needed an excuse, but you know what I mean!

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Start by browning 1lb ground turkey breast with 1 chopped shallot in a large skillet over medium-high heat. I KNOW – I usually hate crock pot recipes that require cooking steps ahead of time, but it’ll only take a few minutes. Promise! Season liberally with salt and pepper then stir in 3 cloves minced garlic and cook for 30 more seconds.


Add the cooked turkey to the bottom of a 6 quart crock pot then add 1 large peeled then chopped sweet potato (about 1lb) and a bevy of chili-inspired spices including chili powder, paprika, cumin, salt, and red chili pepper flakes. 


Next add a 15oz can of baked beans (I like ’em sweet) plus 28oz crushed tomatoes.


Finally add 3 cups chicken broth and 1 cup uncooked, rinsed quinoa. The quinoa will continue to absorb chicken broth as the chili cools, so make sure you have some extra on hand for re-heating.


Mix the ingredients together then pop the lid on top and cook on high for 3 hours or low for 6 hours. That’s it!


Ladle the hot and hearty chili into bowls then top with lots of shredded monterey jack cheese, crushed tortilla chips, and fresh avocado.

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Crock Pot Sweet Potato and Quinoa Turkey Chili

serves a crowd


Gluten-free Crock Pot Sweet Potato and Quinoa Turkey Chili packs a double protein punch with the addition of both lean ground turkey breast and quinoa.


  • 1lb ground turkey
  • 1 large shallot or 1 small onion, chopped
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • salt and pepper
  • 3 cups chicken broth (plus extra for reheating)
  • 28oz can crushed tomatoes
  • 15oz can baked beans (I like sweet baked beans)
  • 1 cup uncooked quinoa, rinsed
  • 1 large sweet potato (about 1lb,) peeled and chopped small
  • 2 Tablespoons chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/4 teaspoon red chili pepper flakes
  • Toppings: shredded Monterey Jack cheese, chopped avocado, tortilla chips, green onions


  1. Add ground turkey and shallot to a large skillet over medium-high heat. Season liberally with salt and pepper then cook until no longer pink, breaking turkey up as it cooks. Add garlic then cook for 30 more seconds then add to a 6 quart crock pot. Add remaining ingredients, except toppings, into crock pot then cook on high for 3 hours, or low for 5-6 hours, or until sweet potatoes are tender. Serve with toppings. May need to add more chicken broth when reheating.

This recipe is courtesy of Iowa Girl Eats,

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Warm, and ultra-filling – I hope you’ll love this chunky chili with loads of good-for-you ingredients!

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  1. You are using all of my favorite things here…the crock pot, sweet potatoes, quinoa and turkey! I love the idea of using quinoa in a chili…genius!

  2. Joy 01.13.2014

    Thanks for a great giveaway!

  3. Chicago Jogger 01.13.2014

    This recipe looks awesome! I’ve never made chili in my slow cooker but clearly I need to now. Happy Monday!

  4. Jeanie 01.13.2014

    I love the concept of the stirring crockpot. I tend to lift my lid and then regret it instantly! The chili looks yummy too!

  5. Abi@AbsofSteel 01.13.2014

    i would love a crockpot, all the recipes I see using one look so delicious and simple.

  6. Kristen, I love grocery shopping too and can spend an embarrassing amount of time at Trader Joe’s! (The sample guy KNOWS me, lol.) Glad you had some “you” time!
    Love the idea of the quinoa in chilli. Adding it to my next batch!

  7. carol 01.13.2014

    Yum!!!!! Thanks for a chance on that great giveaway.

  8. Robin 01.13.2014

    Love that I have all these ingredients on hand :)
    How do you rinse your quinoa? I have had times where I feel mine still tastes bitter after rinse

  9. I so have to try this! I feel like I have been in a rut with the same rotation of crock pot recipes lately but this one is different and sounds deeee-lish!

  10. girl, you are on FIRE with these quinoa recipes! i am impressed! and a stirring crockpot? are you kidding me?

  11. Kristen 01.13.2014

    Thanks for inspiring our dinner tonight! All your recipes are so tasty! Wondering what measurements of the spices you use? Thanks!

    • Kristen 01.13.2014

      So clearly I didn’t read the recipe at the bottom listing the exact measurements. Mondays…

  12. Jill 01.13.2014

    This looks amazing! I just picked up a huge bag of quinoa at Costco. I think some of it might be destined for this recipe!

  13. mmmmm I’m loving this healthier take on chili — I will def be trying this recipe asap! xo

  14. Tess 01.13.2014

    Yum this looks so good!

  15. Perfect! Love sweet potatoes and chili with sweet potatoes is even better. The bonus is that this will be perfect for dipping those new Guac Blast Tortilla chips I discovered this weekend. Like I need an excuse to eat more of them ;)

  16. theresa 01.13.2014

    I could really use this giveaway as my crockpot’s bottom fell out of it last night. Full. Of. Chili.

    Kristin, do you remember your post with smoothie all over fridge/floor. I thought of you last night when I was covered from head to toe in spicy chili… which got in the grout, under the stove and dishwasher. 5 hours of cleaning later, and my kitchen STILL smells like chili.
    Please, oh please, let me win this.

  17. Elaine 01.13.2014

    This looks so good and I love a crockpot recipe!!

  18. Oh man, this looks good. There’s nothing like a warm bowl of chili, especially when it’s topped with avocado and tortilla chips. Puuurrfection.

    I haven’t seen the guac “kale” mole at WF…what will they think of next? Gah, I love that place.

  19. This looks amazing! Gorgeous photography :)

  20. Dawn 01.13.2014

    What a cool crockpot. I always give in and open up and stir the stuff in mine (naughty I know). I never would have thought of quinoa chili, looks so tasty :)

  21. There’s just something so comforting about chili, and I love that this one is healthier! I’ll take any excuse to dig into my monster bag of quinoa. :)

    And man, how cool is that Crockpot!!

  22. Stephanie Hanson 01.13.2014

    So let’s just say hypothetically your husband HATES baked beans…is there another type of beans that would work well? Chili beans with no meat maybe? I mean…hypothetically speaking ;-)

    • Kristin 01.13.2014

      Haha! I’d use a can of rinsed/drained black beans instead!

  23. Barbie Lane 01.13.2014

    Love a healthier version of Chili!! BTW, not keen on baked beans, could you substitute black/pinto beans?

  24. Sheryl 01.13.2014

    I would love this crock pot! thanks for the giveaway

  25. Tiffany 01.13.2014

    Thanks for the recipe Kristin! I made it tonight and I am thoroughly enjoying it as I type this. Delicious!

  26. Trish 01.13.2014

    I’m kind of a recent quinoa convert and am always on the lookout for new ways to use it. I’ll have to give this a try!

  27. Molly 01.13.2014

    would love to try the recipe– looks delish! Also was excited to enter the giveaway , but can’t see the voting widget you speak of! Is it my computer?!?!

    • Kristin 01.15.2014

      Hey Molly! Are you using Internet Explorer? If so, this widget may not show up on it!

  28. I love doing any type of shopping sans children. It feels like a vacation lol. I used to hate just wandering around stores and now with 2 little girls I can’t wait to do it :)

    Amazing looking chili and who knew they make stirring crock pots?! Genius :)

  29. Nancy A. 01.14.2014

    Thank you for making this giveaway easy to enter! I don’t like the ones where you have to have over a hundred entries earned! This is a beautiful crock pot and digital! My dream! Plus, the stirring would be great!

  30. alison 01.14.2014

    Quick (maybe silly) question:

    do you need the stirring crock pot to make this recipe??

    Also, how do you know which quinoa to buy?

    • Kristin 01.14.2014

      Definitely not a silly quinoa! You absolutely do not need a stirring crock pot to make this chili – any crock pot will do! Also, you can buy any quinoa you want – I usually stick with the regular kind (not red, black, etc.!)

  31. Stephanie Rowe 01.14.2014

    Thank you for this recipe and also for the opportunity to win this Crock-Pot which looks absolutely amazing! Crossing fingers!!

  32. Janice 01.14.2014

    Yum!! I may have to half this recipe, but it looks like a wonderful winter treat!

  33. Noelle 01.14.2014

    I’m always looking for new quinoa recipes, this is perfect! In fact, I have it in the crock pot right now and it smells wonderful. I didn’t use sweet potatoes as my husband doesn’t care for them and used pinto beans instead of baked beans. I’m sure it will be just as good. Thanks for the recipe!

  34. Tanya Winston 01.14.2014

    What a wonderful idea- just think of all the fabulous things that go in without a worry.

  35. CakePants 01.14.2014

    Sweet potatoes in chili – I’d never have thought of that myself, but it sounds fantastic! I love all the colors in this dish!

  36. Erin Iossi 01.14.2014

    Made this chili tonight and it was delicious!! Thanks for the recipe. Never thought to put sweet potatoes in a chili recipe before, but they tasted soooo good! Added a real creamy texture to the dish. I’m hosting a baby shower Friday morning and using all IGE recipes (Crockpot Breakfast Casserole, Semi Homemade Caramel Cinnamon Rolls, and Mini BLT Quinoa Cups). Looking forward to trying all of these recipes! Keep up the great work!! Love your blog!

  37. Alexandra Aimee 01.15.2014

    Yumy, this looks amazing, and I am always on the hunt for new crock pot recipes! Thank you for sharing :)

    — Alex at Brainy Girls Beauty

  38. Bailey 01.15.2014

    Thanks for this unique, sweet and spicy chili recipe! I made it last night, and hubby and I both loved it. We are glad to have lots of leftovers, and my husband said this meal needs to become a regular at our house! I read your blog all the time and most of the recipes I try are yours, so my husband and I both thank you for all the delicious meals we’ve enjoyed. :-)

  39. Noelle 01.15.2014

    This chili was fantastic! Thank you again for the recipe. Do you think it would freeze well?

  40. Great looking chili!

  41. Holly C 01.16.2014

    Just tried this recipe! I added quartered brussel sprouts too and it was delicous!!! Many of my favorite things in this chili, and it wasn’t overloaded with heavy meat or too many beans! Thanks for sharing!

  42. AmberLynn Pappas 01.16.2014

    I made this last night for my family, but used left over chicken from a huge bird I’d roasted earlier this week. My 3 year old ate an entire bowl! He’s a great eater anyway, but he commented over and over again about what a great dinner it was. He thanked me almost ten times for making it. That is very unusual for him, so THANK YOU! At least one of those ten belongs to you for the recipe. I hope that Lincoln likes it as much when he gets older.

  43. Jenny 01.17.2014

    Made this last night-my hubby and I LOVED it!!! Super-filling and great for a cold winter’s night! I forgot to add the onion at the beginning so I sauteed it quick and added at the end-I think added a little more sweetness! Will be making more batches of this for sure!

  44. leigha@minougirl 01.17.2014

    WHERE is that placemat from? It is so cute! I’ve been looking for one just like that forever! This chili looks absolutely delicious. I think I’m gonna have to make some this weekend!

    • Kristin 01.17.2014

      It’s actually just a swatch of burlap-y material from the fabric store! :)

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  46. Yum, this chili looks amazing! I made a similar one without quinoa but I will def add it next time. And Guac-Kale_Mole?! What a concept. I love it!

  47. Cathy 01.19.2014

    We made this today and it is wonderful! My husband is on bowl 2 and says “keeper”!

  48. LORI JABLONOWSKI 01.20.2014




    • Kristin 01.22.2014

      If you have 9 woman and a husband to feed, I’d probably make 2 batches!

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  50. Jennifer Leung 01.21.2014

    Hi! So happy I stumbled upon your site. I’ve been trying to find ways to eat healthier and all the ingredients that you list here are conveniently the ones in my pantry! Would you be able to suggest other beans as pairings? Could I use great white or garbanzo beans and do they have to be baked first? My guess is no since everything is going into the crockpot? Thank you forthe recipe.

    • Kristin 01.22.2014

      I would use cooked black beans in place – or even cannelini or Great Northern beans. Really anything you like could work. I might add a touch of brown sugar if you want the sweetness that baked beans bring to the chili.

      • JL 01.22.2014

        Thank you for the suggestions, Kristin! I am going to give it a whirl. Excited! :-)

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