Hearty Sweet Potato Pumpkin Chili

Such a comforting meal when you want to warm up your belly and take a new twist on a favorite classic.
Sweet Potato Pumpkin Chili | Real Food RN

Okay, so I can’t take full credit for this recipe. The truth is my Mom made it and brought us a large mason jar full of it one day. She called it chili, so I naturally assumed that my kids would say, “It’s too spicy.”

So, I reserved it for my husband and me that night for dinner. I made something else for the kiddos. My daughter decided that she needed to taste what Grandma had made and to my astonishment not only did she like it but she ate my husband’s entire bowl! Both of my kids loved it!

Sweet Potato Pumpkin Chili | Real Food RN

So, I got the recipe from my Mom and made it my own version with the addition and subtraction of a few things. Such a comforting cold weather meal: sweet potato pumpkin chili!

Sweet Potato Pumpkin Chili | Real Food RN
Sweet Potato Pumpkin Chili | Real Food RN
Yield: About 4 Quarts

Sweet Potato Pumpkin Chili

Such a comforting meal when you want to warm up your belly and take a new twist on a favorite classic.


  • 2 Tbsp coconut oil, divided (you can also use butter or bacon fat)
  • 2 medium sweet onions, diced
  • 6-8 cloves garlic, peeled and minced (to flavor preference)
  • 2-3 large green bell peppers, diced (to flavor preference)
  • 2 jalapeños, minced
  • 1.5 pounds ground turkey (or you can use cooked and shredded turkey - we use Butcher Box meat)
  • 2 cups shitake mushrooms, cleaned and chopped into large chunks
  • 5 tsp cumin
  • 2 tsp sea salt
  • ½ tsp black pepper
  • 1 tsp oregano
  • 2 tsp chili powder
  • 1 1/2 tsp smoked paprika
  • 1.5 lbs sweet potatoes, peeled and diced into 1/2 inch cubes
  • 1 (20 oz) jar tomatoes (we only use tomatoes from glass jars due to the BPA lining in canned tomatoes)
  • 2 (15 oz) cans organic black beans, drained and rinsed
  • 4 cups bone broth (we prefer chicken bone broth for this recipe, but you can use beef)
  • 1 (15 oz) can organic pumpkin puree
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 2 Tbsp coconut sugar (optional, my kiddos like the sweet flavor)
  • 2 Tbsp cocoa powder


  1. In a large skillet over medium heat, sauté 1 Tbsp coconut oil with onion, garlic, mushrooms, and peppers until tender (about 5 minutes).
  2. Dump those into your crockpot.
  3. In the same skillet, sauté the turkey in another Tbsp of coconut oil.
  4. Add spices to the turkey as it cooks.
  5. Cook until the meat is nicely crumbled and cooked.
  6. Add to the crockpot with the other vegetables.
  7. Add the rest of the ingredients to the crockpot and cover.
  8. Cook 8-10 hours on low.


Learn how to make your own bone broth here.

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