Easy Sweet Potato Chili | The Recipe Critic

A hearty bowl of chili is a heartwarming meal during the colder months and this Sweet Potato Chili is packed with delicious and healthy ingredients. With options below for making it meatless or changing up the flavor, you’ll want to keep this recipe on repeat.

If you’re looking for some delicious and comforting heartwarming fall chili recipes then try this Slow Cooker Pumpkin Chili, Healthy Turkey Chili, or this Best Ever Chili Recipe.

Sweet potato chili topped with parsley in a white bowl.

Sweet Potato Chili

Chili is probably one of my most favorite meals to prepare for my family or even when hosting guests. It’s extremely versatile and you don’t have to rely heavily on a recipe. It’s Aimee Mars and I want to share with you a healthy and hearty Sweet Potato Chili that’s one of my favorites and perfect for cuddling up to when it’s cold.

You can easily make this recipe meatless or pack it with even more healthy vegetables. Below I’ve got several options for changing up the flavor and instructions on how to cook this recipe in the crockpot.

Ingredients in Sweet Potato Chili

This sweet potato chili is simple to prepare and made with simple ingredients. The beauty of chili is that many of the ingredients can be changed so if you’d prefer to use different gound meat you can, or you can leave it out altogether.

  • Sweet Potatoes
  • Ground Turkey (or pork, beef, chicken)
  • White Onion
  • Chicken Broth
  • Diced Canned Tomatoes
  • Black Beans
  • Garlic
  • Tomato Paste
  • Cumin
  • Paprika
  • Chili Powder
  • Salt and Pepper

How to Make Easy Sweet Potato Chili

  1. Steam the Sweet Potatoes: Quickly steam the sweet potatoes by placing them in a large microwave-safe bowl and tossing them with 2 tablespoons of water. Cook them for 3 to 4 minutes until they become slightly tender to touch.
  2. Sauté the Meat and Onions: In a large Dutch oven or pot heat the olive oil over medium-high heat and add the ground turkey. Break it apart as it browns and continue to cook until there’s no pink left, about 5 minutes. Move the browned turkey to the side of the pot and add the diced onions. Let sauté for about a minute before mixing in with the turkey.
  3. Bring it All to a Boil: Add the steamed sweet potatoes, chicken broth, diced tomatoes, black beans, and garlic. Mix the ingredients together and then add all the spices. Bring the chili to a boil.
  4. Simmer: Reduce the heat to a simmer and cover. Cook for 30 to 45 minutes until the chili begins to thicken and the sweet potatoes are almost falling apart they’re so tender.

Can This Chili Be Made In The Crockpot?

Yes. To cook this sweet potato chili in the crock steam the sweet potatoes as directed in the recipe and then brown the meat and sauté the onions in a skillet. Place these cooked ingredients and the remaining ingredients into your crockpot and mix them together. Cook on high for 1 to 2 hours or low for 2 to 3 hours.

Can This Sweet Potato Chili Be Made Meatless?

Yes. If you’re looking for an easy meatless weeknight meal then you can make this sweet potato chili and leave out the meat. It will be just as tasty and just as filling with the potatoes and beans.

Can You Freeze Sweet Potato Chili?

Yes. Prepare the chili according to the recipe directions and let it cool completely before placing it in an air-tight freezer-safe container or a Ziplock bag. It can be stored for up to 4 months in the freezer.

Can I Leave The Beans Out?

Yes. If you would like to remove the beans from this recipe you can without altering the taste too much.

Additional Ingredients to Add

  • Vegetables: chopped bell peppers, carrots, diced chilies, cauliflower, and zucchini are all great healthy options to toss into this chili.
  • Meat: instead of using ground turkey try ground beef, chicken, or even pork. You could also try some sliced Kielbasa sausage or leave the meat out altogether.
  • Flavor: for a more smokey flavor try adding chipotles in Adobo sauce, additional paprika, or some liquid smoke.

Dutch oven with sweet potato chili and wooden spoon.

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Sweet potato chili in a large bowl topped with parmesan cheese and parsley.

Sweet Potato Chili

Prep Time 15 minutes

Cook Time 55 minutes

Total Time 1 hour 10 minutes

Author Aimee Mars

Servings 6 Servings


A hearty bowl of chili is a heartwarming meal during the colder months and this Sweet Potato Chili is packed with delicious and healthy ingredients. With options below for making it meatless or changing up the flavor, you’ll want to keep this recipe on repeat.



  • 3
    Sweet Potatoes
    peeled and chopped into cubes
  • 1
    tablespoon
    Olive Oil
  • 1
    pound
    Ground Turkey
    beef, pork, or chicken
  • 1
    medium
    White Onion
    chopped
  • 2
    cups
    Chicken Broth
  • 14
    ounce
    Diced Canned Tomatoes
  • 14
    ounce
    Canned Black Beans
    rinsed and drained
  • 3
    Garlic Cloves
    minced
  • 1
    tablespoon
    Cumin
  • 1
    teaspoon
    Paprika
  • 1
    teaspoon
    Black Pepper
  • 1
    teaspoon
    Salt
  • 1/2
    teaspoon
    Chili Powder


Serves: 6

Serving1cupCalories293kcal (15%)Carbohydrates40g (13%)Protein25g (50%)Fat5g (8%)Saturated Fat1g (5%)Cholesterol42mg (14%)Sodium1129mg (47%)Potassium1053mg (30%)Fiber9g (36%)Sugar7g (8%)Vitamin A16354IU (327%)Vitamin C18mg (22%)Calcium101mg (10%)Iron4mg (22%)

All nutritional information is based on third party calculations and is only an estimate. Each recipe and nutritional value will vary depending on the brands you use, measuring methods and portion sizes per household.

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