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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