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Chocolate Spice Turkey Chili

This bean-free chocolate spice turkey chili is hearty, healthy and flavorful. The chocolate adds richness and depth of flavor, and pairs perfectly with the spices. A bowl of this is the best and tastiest way to warm up on a chilly day!

Course Dinner, Main Course
Cuisine Dairy-free, Gluten-free, Grain-free
Keyword bean-free chili, chili, turkey chili
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 35 minutes
Total Time 55 minutes
Servings 6


  • 1 Tbsp avocado oil, grass-fed butter or ghee
  • 2 lb ground turkey (ground beef or bison would be great too)
  • 1 yellow onion, chopped
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 medium white or orange sweet potatoes, peeled and cubed
  • 2 Tbsp chili powder
  • 1 Tbsp cumin
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp turmeric
  • 28 oz can diced tomatoes
  • 2 oz good-quality unsweetened 100% baking chocolate chips or bar, roughly chopped (if using bar)
  • 2-3 cups good-quality chicken broth
  • 1 lime, juiced
  • 2-3 Tbsp raw honey
  • 1 cup frozen kale
  • 2 tsp sea salt or to taste
  • Black pepper, to taste
  • Cilantro, for garnish
  • Avocado slices, for garnish


  1. Add avocado oil, butter or ghee to a large pot over medium heat. Once hot, add the onion and garlic, and sauté a couple minutes. Next, add the ground turkey and continue to cook 7-10 minutes or until meat is browned. Then, add the sweet potato, chili powder, cumin, cinnamon, turmeric, sea salt and black pepper. Stir well to coat and cook another 1-2 minutes. 

  2. Next, add the tomatoes, chicken broth, lime juice and chocolate. Bring to a simmer and continue to cook over medium-low heat for 12-15 minutes, stirring occasionally. Taste and adjust flavor as desired and add extra broth, if needed.

  3. Lastly, stir in the frozen kale and cook another 2-3 minutes. Serve with fresh cilantro and avocado slices, if desired. 

Recipe Notes

I used this brand of 100% unsweetened dark chocolate chips.