chocolate chipotle sweet potato chili

Posted by on Feb 1, 2013 in entree, soups | 0 comments



Ravens or 49ers?  Who are you rooting for on Sunday?  I was asking my kids that same question this week, as I don’t know much about either team this year.  Kayley said – doesn’t Michael Oher (Blindside) play for the Ravens?  We looked it up, and sure enough, he does.  So, we’ve got ourselves a team to root for on Sunday.  My family loves that movie.


Does your family have any traditions for Superbowl Sunday?  Thinking back over the last few years, I think we’ve done something different to watch the game every year.  This year we are watching the game with good friends.  The only tradition I can think of is that we love to have chili in some form on game day.  I make a baked chili dip we all look forward to, or I throw together some kind of chili stew in the slow cooker.


This year, I am making a new recipe that I tried out a couple of weeks ago.  Rob insisted we have it again this weekend because he liked it, but also so he will have something healthy to bring to work for lunch next week.  And, it’s also nice for our family to have a tradition to look forward to every year for the Superbowl.


Traditions are good for our family because they bond us together.  Traditions are unique to each family, and having them is a great reminder that we belong to something special and are all part of the same team.  Traditions are also like coins in the memory bank that stay with us as we grow older and move through different stages of life.  My kids will grow up and have their own families one day, and those traditions will hopefully be fond and sometimes funny memories.  I’m sure they will not like some of the traditions our family has and be happy to ditch them with their own families, but some they will treasure and want to continue.


I hope you enjoy our family’s Superbowl tradition with this game day chili recipe!  And let me know how you like it!


chocolate chipotle sweet potato chili
Recipe type: main dish, soup
Serves: 6 – 8

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 diced onion
  • 1 pound ground turkey
  • 3 tablespoons maple syrup
  • 2 tablespoons chile powder
  • 4 tablespoons raw cacao
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • ½ teaspoon black pepper
  • ¼ teaspoon sea salt
  • 2 (14.5-ounce) cans diced fire roasted tomatoes, undrained
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 can chipotle chiles in adobo sauce, diced
  • 2 sweet potatoes, peeled and cubed
  • optional: ½ cup plain Greek yogurt for garnish

  1. Heat olive oil in a large pan over medium heat.
  2. Add onion and turkey to pan, and sauté until the turkey is browned and onion is tender.
  3. Transfer to a slow cooker, and add all ingredients except sweet potato.
  4. Cook on low for 6 – 8 hours.
  5. About 2 hours before serving, add sweet potato.
  6. Optional: garnish with Greek yogurt.


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