AIP chili may seem like somewhat of and impossibility, without tomatoes, beans and peppers there really isn’t chili is there? Which is hard this time of year, because how many of us used to look forward to a nice bowl of chili and a piece of cornbread on a nasty February night? Well, it is true that AIP chili, in the traditional sense, is kind of impossible, but if you reimagining what chili can be you can end up with a delicious result. To me, chili is really just a hearty meal that is not watery like a soup, is more chunky like a stew but still not quite as liquidy, and possesses at least a little bit of spice. This is what led me to create my original white chili recipe and now I am reimagining chili again in the form of this hearty turkey chili. This is a very filling meal that has a lot of satisfying flavors in it. The red onion adds a lot of flavor as does the oregano, the turkey, sweet potatoes and zucchini give you a variety of textures and the ginger packs the punch of spice. If you added in some root vegetable biscuits or plantain crackers you would have a super hearty meal that rivals the chili and cornbread of your past, I promise you. For me, this recipe is easy because it uses ingredients that are easy to find and work with and it isn’t really trying to mimic traditional chili (which only leads to disappointment). It is a unique recipe all on its own that serves a similar purpose as the traditional dish.
Let me know in the comments if you were a fan of chili in the past. Did you have a secret family recipe?
Sweet Potato Turkey Chili (AIP/Paleo)
1 lb Ground Turkey
1 Red Onion, chopped
2 medium Zucchini, diced
3 cloves of garlic, minced
½ tsp sea salt
1 tsp dried oregano
½ tsp black pepper (optional)
1 tsp ground ginger (or more, to taste)
3 cups of bone broth
3 Medium Sweet Potatoes, peeled and cubed
In a large pot or dutch oven brown your ground turkey over medium heat, as it is browning add in your red onion, zucchini, garlic and seasonings until the turkey is mostly cooked and the onion is beginning to get soft. Add in your bone broth and add in your sweet potatoes. Bring to a boil and then reduce to simmer until the sweet potatoes are tender. Serve and Enjoy.