Apple & Honey Sweet Potato Turkey Chili

Finely chopped fall harvest apples and sweet potatoes, combined with honey and spices, help to make this autumn turkey chili both sweet and spicy.

I don’t know what you use your guest bedroom for but I can admit that I use mine mostly for storage. Now, if you were to walk straight into the guest room and take a quick look around, I’m fairly certain you wouldn’t notice right away that the room is really just a big ol’ pantry in disguise. Nope, you’d almost definitely have to take a closer look and let your eyes wander around a bit in order to catch a glimpse of bottles of olive oil and mustard strategically hidden on bookshelves or peek under the bed to see a humungous stockpile of jams and jellies. You would also have to open the large metal bin in a tucked away corner to discover several bags of flour and brown sugar, and then risk your own life by opening the closet door to find honey, sprinkles, and cake baking supplies carefully stashed away. Basically, when it comes to baking and cooking items, I become a crazy hoarder.

So what food item do I tend to hoard the most? Well, without a doubt, it has got to be honey. I can’t seem to go on any vacation or visit any state without leaving with at least a jar or two. It’s almost a sickness. There are times when I open a cupboard or guest bedroom door, and even I am shocked by the number of honey jars stashed within. Thankfully, this month’s honey themed Fantastical Food Fight gave me the perfect excuse to use some of my ever-growing honey reserves and thank God B.O.B. Bob is a man and tends not to notice these types of things, or else I’m pretty sure he would be hosting an intervention for my honey stashing ways. If you’re looking for a healthy, sweet, and flavorful chili with just the right amount of heat, this is the recipe for you. And if you’re in need of a jar or two of honey, just ask to spend a night or two in my guest room. After your departure, I’ll do my very best not to notice that a few jars just so happened to go missing.

Finely chopped fall harvest apples and sweet potatoes, combined with honey and spices, help to make this autumn turkey chili both sweet and spicy.

Ingredients:

  • 2 Tablespoons Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • 1 Large Sweet Yellow Onion, Finely Chopped
  • 2 Pounds Ground Turkey
  • 1 (32-oz.) Carton Low-Sodium Chicken Broth
  • 1 (28-oz.) Can Petite Diced Tomatoes
  • 3 Fuji Apples, Peeled & Finely Chopped
  • 2 Large Sweet Potatoes, Peeled & Finely Chopped
  • 5 Tablespoon Honey
  • 2 1/2 Tablespoons Ground Cumin
  • 2 1/2 Tablespoons Chili Powder
  • 2 Teaspoons Dried Oregano
  • 2 Teaspoons Paprika
  • 1 Teaspoon Garlic Powder
  • 1 Teaspoon Onion Powder
  • 1 Teaspoon Kosher Salt
  • 1/2 Teaspoon Finely Ground Black Pepper
  • 1/2 Teaspoon Ground Chipotle
  • 3 Small Bay Leaves

Finely chopped fall harvest apples and sweet potatoes, combined with honey and spices, help to make this autumn turkey chili both sweet and spicy.

Directions:

  1. Place the olive oil in a large Dutch oven over high-heat.
  2. When the oil is hot, add the chopped onion and ground turkey. Cook, stirring often until all of the liquid from the ground turkey has disappeared and the meat begins to brown.
  3. Add the remaining ingredients to the Dutch oven and bring to a boil.
  4. Reduce the heat to low, cover, and cook for two hours, stirring at least every half an hour.
  5. Remove the lid and cook for an additional hour, or until chili consistency is reached.
  6. Remove the bay leaves before serving.

Finely chopped fall harvest apples and sweet potatoes, combined with honey and spices, help to make this autumn turkey chili both sweet and spicy.

Suggestions:

  • At first, it might not seem like there is enough liquid in this chili, however, please remember that the apples will let out a significant amount of moisture as they cook down.
  • You can use any large heavy-bottomed pot to make this recipe, however, I feel that a Dutch Oven works best.
  • I prefer my chili to be thick, which is why I simmer mine for an additional hour uncovered.
  • I like to use premium honey in all of my cooking and baking. Invest in local honey or buy honey like this Savannah Bee Company version. It will make a huge difference when it comes to the taste of your food.

  • Remember to remove all of the bay leaves from the chili before serving.

Finely chopped fall harvest apples and sweet potatoes, combined with honey and spices, help to make this autumn turkey chili both sweet and spicy.

Improvements:

  • Add more chipotle or hot sauce to the chili to make it spicier.
  • Serve this chili with grilled cheese sandwiches. If you have a firepit, use these Mountain Pie Cast-Iron Sandwich Makers to toast them.
  • Replace the ground turkey in this recipe with ground pork.

Apple & Honey Sweet Potato Turkey Chili

Apple & Honey Sweet Potato Turkey Chili

Ingredients:

  • 2 Tablespoons Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • 1 Large Sweet Yellow Onion, Finely Chopped
  • 2 Pounds Ground Turkey
  • 1 (32-oz.) Carton Low-Sodium Chicken Broth
  • 1 (28-oz.) Can Petite Diced Tomatoes
  • 3 Fuji Apples, Peeled & Finely Chopped
  • 2 Large Sweet Potatoes, Peeled & Finely Chopped
  • 5 Tablespoon Honey
  • 2 1/2 Tablespoons Ground Cumin
  • 2 1/2 Tablespoons Chili Powder
  • 2 Teaspoons Dried Oregano
  • 2 Teaspoons Paprika
  • 1 Teaspoon Garlic Powder
  • 1 Teaspoon Onion Powder
  • 1 Teaspoon Kosher Salt
  • 1/2 Teaspoon Finely Ground Black Pepper
  • 1/2 Teaspoon Ground Chipotle
  • 3 Small Bay Leaves

Directions:

  1. Place the olive oil in a large Dutch oven over high-heat.
  2. When the oil is hot, add the chopped onion and ground turkey. Cook, stirring often until all of the liquid from the ground turkey has disappeared and the meat begins to brown.
  3. Add the remaining ingredients to the Dutch oven and bring to a boil.
  4. Reduce the heat to low, cover, and cook for two hours, stirring at least every half an hour.
  5. Remove the lid and cook for an additional hour, or until chili consistency is reached.
  6. Remove the bay leaves before serving.
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Finely chopped fall harvest apples and sweet potatoes, combined with honey and spices, help to make this autumn turkey chili both sweet and spicy.

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  • Wendy Klik

    I cannot wait to try this chili. What a great flavor profile. I use my garage for my hoarding LOL

    • Nice to know I’m not the only one Wendy…the garage is where I store all of my Bundt pans, ice cream machine, extra dishes, baking pans…the list goes on and on. B.O.B. Bob puts up with me but I know he hates me sometimes!!!

  • Amy (Savory Moments)

    Yum – this chili looks so flavorful and different!

    • Thanks Amy! I really loved it, especially because it’s fairly healthy and needs nothing added to it. It’s pretty rare when I don’t throw cheese, sour cream, etc. on top of a big ol’ bowl of chili!

  • nichole l

    I hoard mini chocolate chips and almond bark. I have a turkey sweet potato chili recipe pretty similar to this and I would have never thought to add apples and honey, but it looks amazing.

    • I understand the mini chocolate chips…there is only one store that sells the ones I prefer so I’m always stockpiling those too!!!

  • oh perfect! love the idea of a savory honey recipe. 🙂

    • Me too Sarah! My favorite thing ever is honey on fried fish…there’s something just yummy about it!

  • Have you been in my guest bedroom? Not only is there an overflow of ingredients, but serving dishes too.

    P.S. Your chili sounds delectable.

    • You know me…always peeking around in other people’s guest rooms! Most of my serving dishes are in the garage or in the dining room in huge piles. My father is making me a new rather large cabinet for storage and I can’t wait until he’s finished. I’m a little tired of tripping over dishes or having them fall out at me whenever I open a cabinet door!

  • Barrie

    I have never put honey in chili- so interesting! My guest bedroom is all toys, toys, toys- I am very jealous of your honey stash at this moment!

    • Toys are good too…especially if they’re good ones! I’m a little jealous of you!

  • Lynda E

    Wow – this sounds so good! I’m going to give it a try soon!

  • The moment i saw the pic on FB I was drooling.. I always thought chili had some kind of beans to it.. this sounds and looks more like goulash.. but whatever we call… this is so so so droolicious.. I am savourytoothed and anything like this bowl of chili can satisfy me and another this is chocolate cakes and brownies.. 🙂 About hoarding…. it is all kind of spices.. and nuts. and cream cheese. 😛

    • I thought about putting beans in this chili but then decided that the thought of apples and beans together wasn’t very appealing! Cream cheese is a pretty good thing to hoard by the way…and spices…I can never have enough spices!

  • Michaela Kenkel

    This looks fantastic!

  • Allison Boyer

    LOL the way you are with honey is the way I am with sprinkles… I cannot resist them. It is getting a little out of hand. :-p

    • Sprinkles are hard not to buy…I just bought two bottles the other day for Halloween. Did I need them? No. Did I want them? Yes.

  • Sprinkles and cupcake liners are my weakness but we have recently begun gathering local honey because my husband makes mead. He actually picked up 15 lbs in one of the Carolinas (can’t remember which) when he was coming home from military training. Now I’m definitely going to have to pick some up in each state we visit – I never really thought to do that. Love this stew. Honey is such a great sweetener in savory dishes. It’s one of my favorite things to add into stir frys and I love putting it in my pizza crust. I will definitely have to try it in soups and stews like this one!!

    • 15lbs of honey…now that’s a lot of honey! The mead sounds delicious! Lucky you!

      • I’m not a big fan of it LOL *ducks and hides* but I do enjoy helping him brew! 🙂

        • That’s how I feel about BBQ…I only eat a little…but I’m more than willing to help come up with a spice rub and sauce recipe when the occasion arrives!

  • Love this different version of chili! These flavors look yummy! Thanks for linking up at the Friday Frenzy Link Party! Pinned!

  • Rafeeda A. Raheem

    I like the combination of the sweet and spice in this chilli… a very interesting recipe! I guess hoarding comes naturally to us women, just that everybody has a different interested object! 😀

  • Alicia

    This chili has all the flavours I associate with Fall! So perfect!

    • I have so many apples right now!!! It’s a good problem to have!!!

  • Jan Thomas

    I can’t wait to try this! I just harvested a TON of sweet potatoes! I will be making this one! Thanks for linking up at Celebrate 365 blog party! This one has me super excited!

  • Kelleyn Rothaermel

    This looks so delicious! I can’t wait to try it! Yummy!