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Pumpkin & Sweet Potato Turkey Chili (Paleo, Gluten-Free)

on November 18, 2014

One of the meals I miss since I no longer eat beans is chili.  It’s an easy weeknight meal to make, and is a nice comforting meal on a cold night.

I experimented with a few different variations of this recipe and came up with one that’s savory with a bit of sweetness.  The chili powder adds a slight kick, but not enough to consider it spicy.  If you prefer a more spicy chili, you can add some red pepper flakes.  We enjoy this one as is, and the kids gobble it up!  If you have family members or guests that do not follow a Paleo diet, you can serve this with some corn tortilla chips too.


Pumpkin Sweet Potato Chili

Pumpkin & Sweet Potato Turkey Chili
via There is No Secret to Getting Fit


1 tbsp coconut oil
1 sweet onion, diced
1 bell pepper, diced  (any color works well, I like orange or red, but you can add green for a contrasting color)
3 cloves garlic, minced
1 1/2 lb ground turkey
1 large sweet potato, diced
28 oz (about 3 cups) diced tomatoes
2 cups pureed pumpkin
2 tablespoons chili powder
2 teaspoons pumpkin pie spice**
1 tsp freshly ground pepper
sea salt to taste

Step 1:  In a large pot or skillet, melt coconut oil.  Sauté onion and bell pepper until onion is translucent (season with a little s&p).  Add minced garlic and sauté another minute.
Step 2:  Add ground turkey, season with a little s&p and cook until no longer pink.
Step 3:  Add the tomatoes, pumpkin, chili powder, pumpkin pie spice and pepper.  Simmer covered for about 20 minutes, or until sweet potato is cooked through.
Step 4:  Taste for seasonings and adjust as needed.

If you eat dairy, top with a dollop of Greek yogurt or sour cream and a sprinkling of cheese.

**Make your own pumpkin pie spice:  1 1/4 tsp cinnamon, 1/4 tsp ginger, 1/4 tsp nutmeg, 1/8 tsp cloves, 1/8 tsp allspice


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