Thursday, April 17, 2014

Chipotle Turkey and Sweet Potato Grilled Southwestern Stir Fry

finally fired up the grill and it sure felt good:@) That meal gave a couple interesting items for a New Food To Me post, have you ever tried turkey tenderloins? They're just as wonderful as chicken tenders and will make some fun shish-ka-bobs in the near future. I also decided it was time to pick up a jar of ground chipotle powder (I've been looking at it for months)... In nosing around I saw that folks say chipotle works well with sweet potatoes so wa-la, the Chipotle Turkey and Sweet Potato Grilled Southwestern Stir Fry was born!
The spice gave me that little bite of heat I was looking for from something labeled "chipotle", and it also has a nice smoky flavor. 
I think I'll get my monies worth from this $1.15 jar of southwestern yumminess:@)
I called this a stir fry because everything is dumped into a hot grill pan and cooked over high heat.
You may want to oil your pan a bit before adding the food, that's your call.

Chiptle Turkey and Sweet Potato Grilled Southwestern Stir Fry
Makes enough for two people, maybe more if served with rice or black beans
One thinner small sweet potato, partially cooked and cooled
1/4 C BBQ sauce-I used Sweet Baby Rays Honey Chipotle
juice of one lime
1/2 tsp chipotle powder-more if you'd like
a healthy Tblsp chopped cilantro
1 Tblsp olive oil
pinch S&P
Approx 1/2 lb turkey tenderloins, cut into 1" cubes
1 medium green bell pepper, 1" diced
1/2 to 1 medium red bell pepper, 1" diced
1/2 baseball sized sweet onion, 1" wedges and separated
  1. Wash sweet potato, prick it with a knife a few times and microwave for 2 minutes. Set aside to cool.
  2. Mix BBQ sauce, lime juice, chipotle powder, cilantro, oil and S&P.
  3. Add turkey, peppers and onion (no sweet potato yet), stir well to coat everything. Let marinate for about 30 minutes.
  4. While that's marinating, heat up your grill. I used a BBQ wok/pan and put that on the grill as it was heating up.
  5. Peel the sweet potato, cut in half lengthwise then into 1" chunks. Add to the meat and veggies and stir well to coat everything. 
  6. When the grill is hot dump everything into the grill pan, spread out and allow the food time to get a little char, then stir. Do this until everything is cooked through, approx 15 minutes.
Eat well and have a happy day:@)

My New Foods List:
(If my sons happen to read this... relax! I still promise fairly "normal" Sunday dinners...)
hominy ~ artichokes ~ fish sauce (I'm scared) ~ almond paste ~ oyster sauce (scared again) ~ gorgonzola ~ dates ~ brisket ~ parsnips ~ adobo ~ meringue powder ~ goat cheese (I'm told to be scared) ~ souffle ~ red velvet anything ~ curry ~ capers ~ chow chow ~ pot stickers ~ pho ~ ponzu sauce ~ fondant ~ fire roasted tomatoes ~ Gruyere ~ Quinoa ~ Tetrazzini any kind ~ Divinity ~ Meyer lemon ~ lemon curd ~ leeks ~ shallots ~turkey tenderloin and Chipotle Powder

I'm Joining:


  1. I love turkey tenderloin. It's one of my favorite go-to foods since the husband likes turkey better than chicken, and this perpetual dieter is always eating chicken. This looks really good (except the sweet potato part. I'm still only able to eat sweet potatoes when camouflaged in a casserole. I need to send this link to my niece. She would love it!.

  2. Hi Lynn, I LOVE sweet potatoes and this looks like a good way to camouflage them for the rest of my family. They will eat anything with chipotle! I noticed that you haven't tackled any of your "scary" new foods yet. :) Linda

  3. I like that it has turkey and sweet potato in it Lynn.

  4. This looks like a great, colorful meal, Lynn, and I'm happy that you could use your grill. I adore sweet potatoes and they're so good for us. I like the idea of using the turkey tenderloin, too, and Chipotle seasoning adds the right smokiness to the dish. I often sprinkle a bit in my cole slaw to spark it up a bit. You're going to find all kinds of uses for it...maybe a little in the melted butter for that artichoke that's in your future?! Happy Easter to you and your family.

  5. Lynn, this looks so good, and I wish you were here to make it for me. am not much of a griller. I did not even know they had the chipotle seasoning in a spice jar. I do like the chipotle in the adobo sauce. This opens my eye to a whole new way of grilling. I hope you have a wonderful Easter. Joni

  6. my mouth is watering this looks so delicious - love the flavors!

  7. What a nifty meal. Looks sooooo good! I may put this in my to grill file. YUM.

  8. Wow! did not know about turkey tenderloin, I mean it makes sense. Love this combination of flavors, looks amazing!

  9. This looks delicious, Lynn. It's almost time to clean and fire up the grill. I almost bought one of those grill pans but changed my mind. I think I better go back and get it.

  10. I always have to giggle when I see the note to your son's when you try something from your bucket list. Looks like a delicious dinner!

  11. Lynn, I've never met a sweet potato I didn't like but I bet it's over the top with the smoky chipolte seasoning! Hurray for grilling season! Wishing you a Happy Easter weekend :)

  12. I've never tried turkey tenderloin, but I think that is about to change. And chipotle gives everything a nice smoky kick. Great dish Lynn.
    Happy Easter,

  13. I am not much of a turkey lover but this sounds good, even without the turkey. I sit on the fence of being a non-meat eater except for (sorry, Earl) pork.

  14. Lynne, this kind of dish is right up my alley. This is one I cannot wait to try. Thanks

  15. What a creative recipe! I bet the flavor combo is wonderful! I've never even heard of turkey tenderloins, I will be on the look out!

  16. Someday I want to somehow disguise a sweet potato in a recipe so that my husband will eat it. This recipe looks so good!


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