When I was a chef, I created several dishes that were just delicious. One of the most popular was my chili. It was thick, sweet, and had a nice touch of spice at the end. So what made it so delicious?
Sugar. Lots and lots of brown sugar.
In the last year, I have really become more conscious of my sugar intake, so I’ve been cutting it down and cutting it out of as many recipes as possible. I recently found my sugar alternative for my chili. A steamed sweet potato! The sweet potato gives the chili that little bit of sweetness and also gives it a nice little thickness! I also caramelized the onions which gave even more natural sweetness.
This recipe is pretty versatile. I used leftover roasted turkey breast as my protein but you could swap it out for lean beef, ground turkey or even leave it out completely. You can also use a different kind of bean, just read the label and make sure it doesn’t contain corn syrup or any other necessary ingredients. The chili also has a good amount of heat in it, so if spicy isn’t your favorite, cut down on the jalapeño and the spices.
I topped mine with a little hot sauce, avocado, raw onion for some crunch, and cashew “sour cream”. The recipe for the sour cream is below as well.
“Sweet” and Spicy Chili
1 medium sweet potato, peeled and chunked
1.5 tsp olive oil
1 sweet yellow onion, diced
1 colored bell pepper, diced
4 cloves of garlic, minced
3 cans chili beans
2 tbsp tomato paste
8 oz cooked Turkey breast (or other protein), cut in small cubes
1-2 jalapeños, minced
1 Tbsp Cumin
1 Tbsp Chili Powder
- Steam sweet potato chunks, mash in bowl when soft
- Add olive oil to bottom of pot, add onions and cook slowly to allow onions to caramelize. Once soft and slightly golden, add garlic and bell peppers
- Add in chili beans, tomato paste, mashed sweet potato, turkey, jalapenos, and seasonings.
- Simmer on low heat for 15 to 20 minutes
Cashew “Sour Cream”
1 cup cashews
¼ teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon apple cider vinegar
Juice of one small lemon
- Soak cashews for a few hours
- Drain cashews, puree in food processor with remaining ingredients.