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Beef and Sweet Potato Chili

Just about nothing beats a bowl of chili on a cold day. This Beef and Sweet Potato Chili is loaded with ground beef and tender chunks of sweet potato. I’m a huge fan of sweet potatoes in chili. Not only does it add lots of good nutrition,  but the sweetness tastes wonderful with all the spices a good pot of chili has.

Slow Cooker Beef and Sweet Potato Chili in a white bowl.

Slow Cooker Recipe

This one is spiced up with a hefty dose of chili powder, cumin, oregano, Italian seasoning, and red pepper flakes and it cooks in a slow cooker s all the flavors really have a long time to marry.

The chili is started in a pan to brown the ground beef and soften the onion and garlic and then it is transferred to a crock pot to simmer away for hours and build lots of flavor.

Chili in a slow cooker.

Leftovers and Storage

After hours of slow cooking, the flavors are wonderfully blended. It tastes even better the next day if you have any leftover. Sometimes I like to serve the leftovers over a baked potato. This is especially good if you have some leftovers, but not enough for a full meal.

Leftovers will keep for 4 to 5 days in an airtight container in the refrigerator or can be frozen in a freezer bag for up to 2 months.

Beef and Sweet Potato Chili topped with avocado and cilantro in a bowl.

Add Toppings

I wanted to keep this meal as healthy as possible so I only topped it with avocado, red onion, and cilantro. But if you want to load on the cheese and sour cream, all the better.

Thick, hearty, and spicy chili with a little sweetness from chunks of sweet potato – it is sure to be devoured by all.

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Slow Cooker Beef and Sweet Potato Chili in a white bowl.

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Beef and Sweet Potato Chili

Healthy Beef and Sweet Potato Chili is cooked in a crock pot to really marry the flavors. The sweetness of the sweet potato contrasts well with the spices.
PREP: 10 minutes
COOK: 4 hours
TOTAL: 4 hours 10 minutes


  • 2 pounds lean ground beef
  • 1 sweet or yellow onion, chopped
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 5 tablespoons chili powder
  • 2 teaspoons ground cumin
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons dried oregano
  • 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning
  • 1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 1 (28-ounce) can crushed tomatoes
  • 1 (14-ounce) can fire-roasted diced tomatoes, undrained
  • 2 medium sweet potatoes, about 4 cups, peeled and cut in a 1/2 inch dice
  • avocado, red onion, and cilantro for garnish


  • Lightly spray a large nonstick pan with cooking spray and place over medium-high heat. Add ground beef and crumble it with a wooden spoon while it cooks. If it releases a lot of liquid/ grease use a spoon to discard it. After beef has cooked part way, add the onion and garlic and continue to cook until beef is no longer pink.
  • Add all spices to the pan and stir to coat the meat. Transfer meat mixture to a crockpot insert that has been lightly coated with cooking spray.
  • Add all tomatoes and the chopped sweet potato to the crock pot. Stir to mix everything.
  • Place the lid on the crock pot and cook on LOW for 6 to 7 hours or HIGH for 4 to 5 hours.
    Note: Chili is done when the sweet potatoes are tender.
  • Garnish with avocado, red onion, and cilantro.


If you want your chili spicier, add 1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon of cayenne pepper.
Leftovers can be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for 4 to 5 days or frozen for up to 2 months.


Calories: 397kcal
Author: Christin Mahrlig
Course: Chili, Main Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: ground beef, slow cooker

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Originally published February 9, 2015.

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