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Gwyneth Paltrow Recipes: Sweet Potato and Black Bean Chili

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If you’re like me, you’ve essentially decided that regardless of her disconnectedness with reality… Gwyneth Paltrow can do no wrong. In her latest cookbook “It’s all good” Gwyneth has developed this stunning and super tasty turkey chili recipe. Thick and smoky, this chili isn’t like grandma’s. I highly recommend both the conventional and vegetarian adaptations (omit turkey, add an extra can of black beans) as both versions are absolutely delicious.



  • 14 ounces sweet potatoes, peeled and cut into 3/4-inch chunks
  • 1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • Coarse sea salt
  • 1 large yellow onion, diced (1 1/2 cups)
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin, or more to taste
  • 1/2 teaspoon sweet Spanish smoked paprika (pimento dulce), or more to taste
  • 1/2 teaspoon mild chili powder, or more to taste
  • 1 pound ground turkey, preferably dark meat
  • 28 ounces canned, no-salt-added whole peeled tomatoes, plus their juices
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 14 ounces cooked or canned no-salt-added black beans (if using canned, drain and rinse; see headnote)
  • Chopped fresh cilantro, for serving
  • Chopped fresh scallions, white and light-green parts, for serving



Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Line a rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper or a silicone liner.

Toss the sweet potato chunks with 2 tablespoons of the oil until well coated, then spread on the baking sheet in a single layer. Sprinkle with a good pinch of the sea salt. Roast for about 20 minutes or until softened, stirring a few times. Let cool.

Meanwhile, heat the remaining 2 tablespoons of oil in a large, heavy-bottomed pot over medium heat. Once the oil shimmers, add the onion, garlic, cumin, paprika, chili powder and a big pinch of salt, stirring to coat. Cook for 8 to 10 minutes, until softened.

Add the turkey; cook, stirring a few times, until the meat is cooked through and its moisture has evaporated, which should take about 20 minutes. The turkey should be well incorporated into the onion mixture.

Add the tomatoes and their juices and a big pinch of salt; increase the heat to high and add the water. Once the mixture comes to a boil, reduce the heat to low and cook, uncovered, for 20 minutes.

Stir in the beans and the cooled sweet potatoes; taste, and adjust the seasoning as needed. Cook for 15 minutes to blend the flavors.

Divide among individual bowls; top with the cilantro and scallions. Serve hot.


Recipe Source:

Adapted from “It’s All Good: Delicious, Easy Recipes That Will Make You Look Good and Feel Great,” by Gwyneth Paltrow and Julia Turshen (Grand Central Life & Style, 2013).


One thought on “Gwyneth Paltrow Recipes: Sweet Potato and Black Bean Chili

  1. Pingback: Sunday Supper: Gwyneth Paltrow’s Turkey Chili | Must Bring Buns

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