Sweet & Savory Chili

It’s certainly getting a little chilly outside on the East coast… perfect weather for some actual chili. After tasting a friend’s pumpkin version (delicious!) last weekend, I was in the mood for more chili this week. Since butternut squash and sweet potatoes are in season right now, there was already a supply in the pantry to get this recipe going…


Sweet & Savory Chili

Adapted From: Skinnytaste No Bean Chili

Serves: 6 (or 2-4 with leftovers for lunches that week)


(2) 16 oz 94% lean ground turkey

Sea salt, to taste

1 yellow onion, chopped

6 cloves garlic, minced

(2) 10 oz can Rotel mild tomatoes with cilantro

(2) 8 oz can tomato sauce

1 cup water

2 tsp cumin, or to taste

1 tsp chili powder

1 tsp paprika

2 bay leaves

1 medium sweet potato, peeled and diced into ½ -inch cubes

1 butternut squash, peeled and diced into ½-inch cubes


In a large pot or skillet, brown turkey over medium-high heat, breaking it up as it cooks into smaller pieces and season with salt and cumin.


When meat is browned and cooked through, add onion and garlic; cook 3 minutes over medium heat. Add the cans of Rotel tomatoes, sweet potato, butternut squash, tomato sauce, water, cumin, chili powder, paprika, salt and bay leaves.


Cover and simmer over medium-low heat until potatoes are soft and cooked through, about 25 minutes stirring occasionally. Remove bay leaves and serve.


This was recipe was easy & delicious (and reheats really well). I highly recommend it as well as everything else I’ve made from Gina’s Skinnytaste website!

For athletes working out 1.5-2 hours per day, add beans or corn into the chili OR some cornbread on the side for increased carbohydrates (aka fuel or energy).


  1. Just found your blog and I love it! I’ve lost 65 pounds over the past year and I feel I’m ready to move from the “weight loss” blogs to something that more fits where I am now. Keeping the diet interesting is a challenge. Your recipes look yummy and I can’t wait to try a few.

  2. I will be trying this one soon! I’m planning trying the pumpkin chili this weekend! My daughter loves pumpkin so I hope she’ll like it, too.

    • Christina Strudwick says:

      Awesome!! I loved the pumpkin chili I tried. You could even combine all three together… Sweet potato, b.squash and pumpkin – wow!

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