Delight in the comforting and nutritious flavors of Turkey Chili Stuffed Sweet Potatoes, a hearty and satisfying dish that combines lean turkey meat, wholesome brown lentils, shredded carrots, bell peppers, and creamy melted cheese. This recipe offers a delicious twist on traditional chili by serving it in a baked sweet potato, creating a flavorful and visually appealing meal.
To begin, cook the turkey meat in a large pot or skillet until browned and cooked through. Add in the brown lentils, which provide a hearty and fiber-rich component to the chili. The lentils add a satisfying texture and contribute to a well-rounded meal.
Incorporate shredded carrots and diced bell peppers into the pot, adding vibrant colors and essential nutrients. The carrots add natural sweetness while the bell peppers bring a delightful crunch to the dish.
Season the chili with a combination of aromatic spices such as chili powder, cumin, paprika, and garlic powder. Adjust the spices according to your preference, creating a flavor profile that suits your taste buds.
Simmer the chili mixture on low heat, allowing the flavors to meld together and the lentils to cook until tender. This process ensures a robust and flavorful base for the stuffed sweet potatoes.
While the chili is simmering, bake the sweet potatoes in the oven until they are soft and fork-tender. The natural sweetness of the sweet potatoes complements the savory chili filling.
Once the sweet potatoes are ready, carefully slice them open lengthwise and fluff the flesh with a fork. Fill each sweet potato with a generous scoop of the turkey chili mixture, ensuring they are fully loaded.
Sprinkle your favorite shredded cheese on top of the stuffed sweet potatoes, allowing it to melt and create a luscious and cheesy topping. Choose a cheese that complements the flavors of the chili, such as cheddar or Monterey Jack.
Return the stuffed sweet potatoes to the oven for a few minutes, allowing the cheese to melt and the flavors to meld together.
Serve the Turkey Chili Stuffed Sweet Potatoes hot, garnishing them with fresh chopped cilantro or green onions for a burst of freshness and added flavor.
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Turkey Chili Stuffed Sweet Potatoes
Delight in the comforting and nutritious flavors of Turkey Chili Stuffed Sweet Potatoes, a hearty and satisfying dish that combines lean turkey meat, wholesome brown lentils, shredded carrots, bell peppers, and creamy melted cheese.
- Preheat the oven to 400F. Prick the skins of the potatoes and place on a baking sheet. Bake for 60 minutes, or until soft all the way through.
- Heat a large pot over medium heat. Add 1 Tbsp olive oil, garlic, carrots, celery, onion, bell pepper, and spices. Cook, stirring occasionally, until softened, 4-5 minutes. Add lentils, tomato sauce, and broth. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat to low and simmer for 30 minutes, until lentils are soft.
- When the chili is almost done, heat a skillet over medium heat. Add the remaining olive oil and turkey. Cook, breaking apart with a spoon, until crumbly and browned. Add to the soup for the last 10 minutes.
- Carefully slice each sweet potato open and mash the insides. Spoon 1 cup chili over each potato, then top with 2 Tbsp. cheese and green onion.