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Sunday, October 9, 2011

Clean Eat Recipe :: Crock Pot Black Bean and Sweet Potato Turkey Chili

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Our lives are busy. We barely have time for each other and all of the tasks that annoyingly cloud our to-do lists. Some of us even make a list to make lists! Why not take a little bit of time to slow cook a pot of crock pot black bean and sweet potato chili. Chances are, it will be ready when you are!


Ingredients:
1 small yellow onion
2 cloves garlic
1 15 oz can black beans
2 cups sweet potatoes, peeled and cubed
1 lb turkey breast, ground
1 bayleaf
3/4 tsp cumin
1/2 tsp oregano
1/8 tsp sea salt
1/2 tsp coarse grind pepper
2 tbsp chili powder
1.5 cup water


Directions:
1. Put vegetables and beans in the bottom of the crock pot.
2. Layer ground turkey breast, spices, seasoning and water.
3. Place lid on crock pot and cook on low for eight hours. (He & She Tip: If you are pressed for time, 1 hr on high equals 2 hours on low.)
4. Carefully remove lid and stir chili. Adjust seasonings to taste.
5. Replace lid, cook for an additional 20-30 minutes on low. Serve.

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Go ahead - Simmer!
Tiffany


114 comments:

  1. This looks good except I may omit the black beans. That's just me. LOL.Or maybe I should just try it. Can I substitute chicken in place of the turkey? Just wondering.I heard chicken chili is pretty good.

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    1. Absolutely! Sub the turkey for chicken.

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    2. I was disappointed with this meal. It wasn't a very tasty combination.

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  2. Hi Brenda! I think it would be good with chicken! Usually you can substitute chicken for turkey for most recipes. We do it all the time when we cook! Let us know how it turns out!

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  3. the turkey is raw when you put it in the crock pot, correct?

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    1. Yes, the turkey is raw! Good luck - let us know how it turns out!

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  4. We had this for dinner tonight. It's the third time I've made it! It's easy and soooooo yummy! Thanks for the recipe.

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    1. So excited that you liked it! It's a great one to keep around for those "rushed" days!

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  5. This was soo yummy! My husband loved it too. We put a little light sour cream on top and it was great :)

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    1. Amanda! That is awesome! I am so glad that you enjoyed the recipe! Please keep trying others and let us know what you and the hubby think!

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    2. You can also use greek yogurt instead of sour cream. taste exactly the same and much better for you

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  6. What are the serving sizes?

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    1. Serving size is approximately 1 cup with a little more broth.

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  7. Looks delish! Will try out the recipe this week. What is the nutritional value for this meal?

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    1. The nutritional value is (according to myfitnesspal.com):

      215 calories
      26 g carbs
      1 g fat
      25 g protein

      Hope that helps!

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    2. Hi Dawn - Serving size is approximately 1 cup with a little more broth.

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  8. Are the cloves of garlic going in whole or are they minced?

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  9. This looks amazing! How much does it make? Wondering if I should make a double batch in my large crock pot to have extras to portion out and freeze.

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    1. It makes approximately 6 1-cup servings.

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  10. Hi Tiffany. Thank you for all this great info. I am super busy and the crock pot saves my life and keeps our family eating at home. Can you point me to other clean eating crock pot recipes or do you know if there is a section on crock pot cooking in Tosca Reno's book?

    I get to the gym for boot camp, body pump type classes every week but I know my problem area is eating. You guys are such an inspiration.

    Thank you,
    Jessica

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    1. Hi Jessica! I'm so sorry - your comment got sandwiched between two others and I missed it. I haven't come across a specific clean crock pot book yet, but I am sure we will find one (or write one!). Keep checking the blog because we will definitely post more of our own.

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    2. The blog http://crockpot365.blogspot.com/ has gluten free crock pot recipes that could be changed just a tad to be made "clean". I've been using her recipes for years.

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    3. Hi Tiffany!! Thank you for all of the gifts you give to us in your wisdom and fantastic recipes. Im making this tomorrow!! In answer to Jessica...you may want to check out Maria Emmerich's books. She just put out a new ebook which I have not tried yet but have made many of her other recipes and they are good:) http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00COWEN32

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  11. I made this last night and didn't have any roasted tomatoes so I used some roasted red peppers I had on hand and it turned out great! My boyfriend and I topped it with chopped raw onions and a dallop of light sour cream and we both loved it. Thanks so much for the recipe! Any other crockpot recipes that you may have I would LOVE to try them.

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    1. The roasted red peppers sound great - thanks for sharing! We will hopefully have some more crockpot recipes for you soon!

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  12. This has become a staple in our house!! Both my husband and I love this recipe!! I have tried many of your recipes! I love them all! Would love to see more crockpot recipes. Thank you so much for this blog!!

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    1. Thank you for taking the time to comment & try our recipes Christine! We hope to have more crockpot recipes coming soon!

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  13. This was SO good! My 3 girls (2, 4 & 5 years old) all loved it too. Love crock pot cooking...thanks for the delicious recipe! :)

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    1. Thanks Amber! We are glad you liked it! ;-)

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  14. Making this tonight. Actually, made it 3 hours ago, but you get the point. Looking forward to it! Extremely simple to make.

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  15. This recipe is AMAZING! I fed it to my poor unsuspecting husband -- he went back for seconds and thirds and all the while had no idea he was eating clean! I used chicken rather than turkey because that is what I had available, and I cooked it in my oven rather than crock pot because it was a cold rainy day. =) Oh my word, a repeat recipe for sure. THANKS so much and hope you keep them coming!!! P.S. You guys are inspirational! Lots of love!

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    1. Thank you so much for your kind words Kayla! We are glad you liked the recipe! We will keep them coming for sure! :-)

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  16. This was delish! This dish passed for hubby, and girls 6 & 3 :) My husband said, "If eating green was this good I would eat it every day." (As we are on our 2nd day of eating green)

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    1. That's great! How is the clean eating going?

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    2. We are now on week 4 & the past week I wasn't as prepared, resulting in my body letting me know that I better get back on track! That said, it was a honor to get back to the grocery store and prepare the dishes for the week ahead!

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  17. Is a serving of this good for dinner, or lunch for that matter? I know it is packed with protein but the carb amount seems high. I am trying to lean out so I am eating my carbs in the morning and after my workout. Would this fit in to my plan since I am trying to lean out?

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    1. If you are trying to lean out, I would consider having this for an earlier meal, probably meal 2 or 3.

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  18. I made this for dinner thursday night and it was delish! My fiancé was really skeptical when I told him the ingredients....but he loved it! He eats clean because I'm eating clean! LOL!

    I only used half the chili powder and it was plenty spicy for me....I cooled it off with some greek yogurt! This is going in my rotation to make again! thank you for this great recipe!

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    1. You are so welcome! It's one of my favorites. Sorry - Jim and I like ridiculously spicy food ;)

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  19. I'm going to try this recipe soon! Would it be okay to use 1.5 cups of homemade chicken stock for the water. There is no added salt or fat in my stock. I boiled a chicken with black peppercorns, strained and refrigerated the stocked and skimmed off the fat.

    Thanks for the recipe!

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    1. Absolutely! That sounds like a great idea!

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  20. Just found your site from my cousin who posted it on Facebook!
    I started eating clean TODAY! (YAY) and I have 3 pounds of ground turkey in my freezer that I had no idea what to do with!
    Thanks for the idea :)

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    1. Absolutely Natalie. I hope you enjoyed it!

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  21. I made this with the chicken stock and had it today. It was AMAZING! Thank you for the great recipe!

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  22. This is amazing! My husband is not home yet so he hasnt tasted it. I am a little worried about he reaction because he is not a big fan of sweet potatoes in chunks. He LOVES pumpkin though - do you think I could use a can of raw pumpkin in it next time and still have good results? I am sure that sweet potatoes are more nutritious...but that might be a variation worth trying!

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    1. Did he like it Melinda? I hope so - I LOVE IT!!!
      If you try the pumpkin, please share and tell us how it is!

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  23. What are your tips for making this dish if I do not have a crock-pot available?

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    1. You can use a large stock pot. Just make sure you have a lid and cook it for several hours on a lower temperature (possibly medlow temp).

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  24. I like this recipe a lot, I pinned it and I am interested in your clean food choices, but I have to tell you... The facebook "like" prompt that pops up on EVERY page view is very discouraging to further exploration of your site. I don't use facebook, but even if I did I doubt this would be an effective tactic. It comes off as very aggressive.

    Thanks anyway though.

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    1. It could be the browser you're using or that you have cookies turned off. It never pops up for me anymore.

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  25. Delicious!!! I've been food prepping and Eating clean for about 5 weeks now. I've been going thru each of ur recipes and trying a new one each week. Today was the chili and it was fabulous!!! I've dropped 4 pound and feel healthy just from doing the prep. Please keep adding recipes!!! You r helping so much!!!

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    1. Awesome Nancy! Keep up the great work! Good luck! :-)

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  26. Incredible recipe. Just the right amount of spice. I don't like the texture of cooked sweet potatoes, so I shredded them instead of the cubing them. They cook down right into the stock and add a great texture.

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    1. You could also take a food processor of a stick blender and blend them for more of a creamy soup texture!

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  27. YUM! I made this tonight, and it was family approved!

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  28. This Chili was amazing! I omitted the onion because I am not a fan. I also cooked it on the stove (3 1/2 hours on low) because unfortunately I do not have a crock pot, but I think santa is bringing me one this year. YUMMY!!!!!

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    1. I hope Santa does bring you one!! It's the best thing ever! Glad you still enjoyed the chili! ;-)

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  29. Hi! Looks great and going to def. try this weekend, subbing in tofu! One question: do you drain the beans?

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    1. I always rinse the beans, it rinses some of the extra sodium off of the canned beans, and it turned out great!

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    2. Absolutely!! Rinse the beans, stir and rinse again!

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  30. I made this last night - it was soooooo good!!! I am so excited to have discovered your website, and I can't wait to start eating clean! I had already started cutting back on my processed foods and have felt much better, but I am ready to make the full-time commitment! Thank you for the wonderful recipe ideas - I am not adept in the kitchen at all so without these there is no way I would even know where to begin!

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    1. Hi Stefanie! I hope everything is going well! Keep it up!

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  31. 100% Delicious and satisfying! You've made me a believer in ground turkey! Lots of yummy flavor and still clean and healthy... thanks for sharing!!!

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    1. Thanks so much Cassie! This is one of my favorite recipes as well!

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  32. Hi! I just stumbled upon your blog yesterday and am so thankful I did! I have been eating clean for a few years now and love it! I got married this past summer and since then my diet has changed drastically with a hubby who loves anything deep fried and chocolate! :-) I have gotten him on board to move back towards a "clean" diet I just didn't know how to cook meals like I used to because they just wouldn't satisfy a 6'3 210lb man! haha I was pretty clueless until I found your blog! I have already made the quiche recipe for lunch and my husband loved it! I am planning on trying out your recipes all week! Tomorrow I am making this chili! I can't wait! Thanks for all of your recipes and tips for eating clean married! :) Also- if I make this in the morning and don't come home until 9ish hours or so later will that be okay or will it over heat?

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    1. HI Jennifer! No worries - you can totally satisfy a larger guy with clean food - Jim is similar in size to your hubby! Let me know how the recipes go!
      Just put this on low and you should be ok - don't put it on high heat!

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  33. This was an amazing recipe. My incredibly picky husband and 2 young kids LOVED it! We put a little greek yogurt on top. Keep the great recipes coming (especially the crock pot ones) :D

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  34. Does the turkey break apart since you aren't browning it first? Or do you have to break it apart before putting it jn

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    1. It actually just breaks apart as it cooks since there is nothing to bind it together!

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  35. Does this recipe freeze well? Thanks!

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    1. It does! Just make sure that the containers you freeze it in are very air tight or you will have freezer burn on the beans.

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  36. I made this Saturday...very delicious!! My husband couldn't believe how good it was..We've been eating clean since January..Thank you guys so much for all information you give on your website!! We love everything...Not one bad recipe...You guys are inspiration!!..Thanks again :)

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    1. Thanks so much Becky! Hope the clean eating is going well.

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  37. I made this recently and I have to admit that I was pretty sceptical. I didn't think my hubby would go for it, especially with the sweet potatoes in it. But we both really liked it. My husband took leftovers to work for lunch the next day (that's the true test to see if he really likes something) and was disappointed the next day when it was gone and he couldn't take it to work again. Thanks for the great recipe!

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    1. That's so exciting Emily! I'm glad you both enjoyed it!

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  38. We absolutely luv this recipe and have gotten several friends hooked on it as well! when all of my 7 kids love it I know its a winner:)

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    1. That's exciting! Glad they all like it!

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  39. Can I use venison for the meat?

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  40. I loved this recipe. My ground meat was cooked and not raw, but it still turned out fabulously. I am a huge fan of your site. Thank you for all the great ideas.

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    1. So glad you enjoyed it! Happy to have you as a follower!

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  41. This is cooking away in the crock pot as I type this. It should be done in about an hour but it still seems very watery. I'm not sure if I should empty some of the juices out - Any suggestions would be appreciated. :)

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  42. The recipe is delicious! It tasted even better than I thought it would:)

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  43. This chili is some of the best chili I have made! My husband and I love things spicy and this recipe did not disappoint, it is so flavorful and spicier than adding one of the chili packets from the grocery store. This is def. going to be a staple in our house this winter :)

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  44. This was amazing!! My hubby is so picky and hates sweet potatoes - he had seconds!! Thanks for the great recipe - it's a keeper!!

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  45. This was the perfect dinner for a cold winter night. I've had some nasty congestion as well and the spiciness of this chili helped clear my sinuses. I'll be enjoying this for a few days, so delicious.

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  46. Love this recipe ! Can I put all ingredients together and freeze, then thaw and cook in crockpot when we're ready for it?

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  47. Hello! I was wondering, do you cook the ground turkey prior to placing in the crockpot? Thank you!

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  48. How long will this stay fresh in my fridge? My husband and I recently started following your blog and we love it. We are in our first week of food prep and I'm still new to it and unsure how long the food stays good in the fridge after we prep it on a Sunday. Thank you!

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  49. can you make this without a crockpot just on the stove? what would cooking times be?

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  50. Hi there! Just wanted to let you know I tried this recipe for my blog and it was AMAZING!!!! I absolutely loooooved it! It is probably the most flavourful chilli I've ever had. Thanks so much! Feel free to check out my site! I try recipes I've pinned on Pinterest and see what works and what doesn't. www.pinkapron.weebly.com

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  51. I am eating this now and it's AMAZING!!! Perfect on a chilly, rainy fall day! Thank you for sharing.

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  52. I made this last week and absolutely amazing. Had it ready when we got home from my daughters dance class. She is 5 years old and loved it!! I love showing and teaching her a healthy lifestyle. Thank you for your amazing recipes, can’t wait to try more.

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    1. Thank you so much for commenting Sara! We are glad you loved it (and your family did too)!

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  53. I love this recipe! I make it at least once a month. It's the perfect dish for anyone that's on the go but still wants to eat healthy. Thank you for sharing.

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  54. This looks and sounds great! My husband isn't a fan of ground meat. Could I use chicken/turkey breast and shred them after 8 hours of so? Thanks so much!

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    1. Hi Jennifer! I've never made this recipe that way but I don't see a reason why that wouldn't work! Let us know if you try it and how it turns out!

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  55. I was wondering if anyone has made this without the sweet potatoes? I don't know if it would be too thin without the sweet potatoes. I have made this recipe several times with the sweet potatoes and love it, but now I can no longer have sweet potatoes :(

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    1. Hi Denise! I have never made this particular one without the sweet potatoes but we do have other chili recipes on the website that do not include sweet potatoes! I hope you find some you like!

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  56. Had this for dinner tonight and it was delicious. This will be in the rotation for sure. Thank you for sharing!

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  57. Are there macros available for this recipe? :)

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  58. I am going to try this with butternut squash instead of sweet potatoes. 😄

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  59. Where can I find the nutrition information on your recipes?

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