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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 mins
COOK: 4 hrs
TOTAL: 4 hrs 10 mins


  • 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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22 thoughts on “Beef and Sweet Potato Chili”

  1. Justin Jones

    I made this chili 5 years ago, as I was doing that whole 30 thing.. lol I made this for the first time and decided to make it for my family’s chili contest, and I ended up winning!! I really enjoy this chili!!! I need to make it again!

  2. Yum!
    I added a few things to the recipe and it’s awesome! I fixed 1/2 the recipe and added chipotle powder, a little cinnamon and sugar and black beans. Added extra salt when done. I’ll make it again! Thanks!

  3. Can you please give me some of the nutritional values of this dish, namely calories? Just made it today and love it!

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    I take pleasure in, end in I uncovered what exactly I’m searching for. You have broken this 5 day time extended search! Goodness Many thanks man. Have got a great day.. paleo desserts Cya

  5. Can I add beans to this recipe or does the sweet potatoes take the place of the beans? It’s cooKing now and smells great. Just trying to decide to add beans or no.

  6. Thalia @ butter and brioche

    This chili looks so hearty, delicious and comforting – it is all that I am craving right now Christin.

  7. Sarah@Whole and Heavenly Oven

    Sweet potatoes in chili is absolutely my FAVORITE! I can hardly stand how hearty and amazing this chili looks, Christin! Gorgeous, gorgeous photos! I just might have to try this. 🙂

  8. Sometimes I don’t mind chili even on hot day 🙂 with sweet potato it looks really really good 😀

  9. I can’t believe I’ve never put sweet potatoes in my chili. This needs to change immediately!!

  10. Jess @ On Sugar Mountain

    Oh you read my mind, Christin. I’ve been itching to make some chili lately (with all the snow up here in NJ it’s definitely needed!) and this looks perfect! Pinned. 😀

  11. Ashley | The Recipe Rebel

    I’ve never had sweet potatoes in chili, but I think I need to try it. Sounds like an awesome combination!

  12. Chili is the best comfort food on a cold blistery day! I love how hearty and delicious this looks! The sweet potatoes sound perfect in here!

  13. Kristine @ Kristine's Kitchen

    I need easy meals like this one in my life right now, and this chili looks packed with flavor! I love sweet potatoes in chili too. I’d top mine with avocado, cilantro, and a scoop of Greek yogurt!

  14. Dannii @ Hungry Healthy Happy

    I love adding sweet potato to my chillies. It just makes it so comforting.

  15. Ashley | Spoonful of Flavor

    A perfect hearty bowl of beef chili! I love the addition of the sweet potato. I wish I had a big bowl on this cold winter day!

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