Apple Sage Turkey Chili (Gluten-Free)
Apple Sage Turkey Chili recipe. A delicious and comforting turkey apple chili recipe made with ground turkey, diced apples, carrots and sweet potatoes and seasoned with sage, cinnamon and chili powder. It’s the perfect Fall chili recipe.
This Apple Sage Turkey Chili is one of my absolute favorite chili recipes. When ground turkey is combined with sage and apples, wonderful things happen. And when they are used to create a chili, it’s AMAZING. It makes your apple chili, a little sweet, a little spicy and so incredibly comforting.
This autumn chili is filled with carrots, sweet potatoes, and apples, and is naturally Gluten-free, Dairy-free, and easily made Paleo and Whole30 ( by omitting the beans ).
The flavors make it super cozy and delicious.
Note: this recipe was originally published 12/18/2014 and updated 04/16/2020.
Ingredients needed to make this Turkey Apple Chili :
- olive oil
- onion powder
- garlic powder
- salt and pepper
- rubbed sage
- ground turkey
- sweet potatoes
- tomato paste
- chili powder
- crushed tomatoes
- strained tomatoes
- kidney beans ( note: omit the beans to make this Paleo or Whole30 )
How to make this apple chili recipe:
To start off, you are going to cook your diced apples, sliced carrots and sliced sweet potatoes with some spices for a few minutes.
Make sure the sweet potatoes are sliced and quartered and that they are sliced thin enough. This ensures they will be cooked through in time.
Then you’ll add your ground turkey to the pot and cook it until browned. I like using lean or regular ground turkey. I used to use only lean, but I find that regular ground turkey has more flavor.
Once you add tomato paste and some more seasoning to the pot, you’ll add your crushed and strained tomatoes to the pot.
However, I’ve used marinara instead of strained tomatoes before and it worked well! Basically just use what you have on hand!
Lastly let the whole mixture lightly boil for 20-30 minutes, until all the veggies are cooked through. Chili, like meat sauce, tends to taste better the longer you cook it, but it isn’t necessary here. Just do what works for you.
Add the beans at the very end.
I also like adding a little bit more spices on top of my bowl of chili at the end. For good measure.
What to serve this Fall chili recipe with:
The possibilities are endless! But I love eating this Apple Sage Turkey Chili with…
- plantain chips ( I love crushing up a bunch of plantain chips and covering my chili with them. YUM)
- Good Foods dairy-free queso
- shredded lettuce
- diced raw apples (this adds great crunch!)
Also, if you are able to tolerate dairy, add a sprinkle of cheddar cheese. SO so good.
I also love adding this autumn chili to my baked potatoes. It takes them to a whole other level! Stuffed baked potatoes are the way to go.
I’m also a huge fan of adding this chili to scrambled eggs. It makes a fancy breakfast real quickly and is incredibly filling.
Other Chili recipes you may enjoy:
This Kid-friendly Chili from Food Doodles. It’s got celery, carrots and spinach hidden inside!
This Slow Cooker Shredded Chicken and Vegetable Chili. This healthy chili has shredded chicken and lots of veggies inside. Yum.
This White Chicken Chili from Healthy Seasonal Recipes. It’s got great flavor from the peppers, cumin and cayenne pepper. NOM.
If you are looking for a different kind of chili, this Smokey Coffee and Cocoa Chili is for you! It tastes like regular chili, just with an elevated flavor!
Enjoy this chili with apples!
Apple Sage Turkey Chili (Gluten-Free)
- 1 Tbs olive oil
- 2 cups sliced carrots
- 2 cups sliced sweet potatoes, halved and quartered
- 2 cups diced apple
- 1 tsp onion powder
- 1 tsp garlic powder
- 2 tsp salt, divided
- 1/2 tsp pepper
- 1 1/2 tsp rubbed sage, divided
- 1/2 tsp cinnamon
- a sprinkle nutmeg
- 2 lbs ground lean turkey
- 3 Tbs tomato paste
- 2 tsp chili powder
- 3 cups crushed tomatoes
- 2 cups strained tomatoes, (or a Paleo marinara sauce)
- 1-2 cans kidney beans
- Put 1 Tbs of olive oil into a large pot and turn the stove top up to medium heat.
- Add the diced apples, sliced sweet potatoes, and sliced carrots to the pan. Top with onion powder, garlic powder, 1 tsp of salt, 1/2 tsp pepper, 1 tsp of rubbed sage, 1/2 tsp of cinnamon, and a sprinkle nutmeg. Mix with a spatula and cook for 5 minutes, mixing every now and then.
- Add the ground turkey meat, and cook for 5 minutes.
- Add the tomato paste, 2 tsp chili powder, 1/2 tsp sage and 1 tsp salt to the mixture and mix until the tomato paste is evenly distributed.
- Then add the crushed tomatoes and strained tomatoes to the pot, and mix.
- Reduce the heat to low-medium and cook for 20-30 minutes. If you are adding kidney beans, add them at the end.
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