Slow Cooker Sweet Potato Chili – This paleo sweet potato chili recipe is one of our favorites. It tastes even better the next day! (Gluten-Free, Whole30)
Turns out, I’m one of those people who doesn’t save chili for the fall.
I’m an all-year-round sort of chili person.
Probably, that has something to do with the fact that we’re all home right now, and I’m craving easy comfort food recipes that can last a few days. Chili = THE BEST at this.
This paleo Slow Cooker Sweet Potato Chili has been one of our favorites for the last 5 years. We’ve been making it since 2015 and have no plans to stop any time soon.
For one thing, chili is crazy easy to make (especially when you make it in the slow cooker!). For another, it makes enough to feed a crowd, re-heat leftovers for lunch for a few days, or freeze half for later. AND it gets better with time, so the flavor will be even better the next day when you reheat leftovers.
Here’s all you need to make my easy Slow Cooker Sweet Potato Chili
HERE’S WHAT GOES INTO MY PALEO SWEET POTATO CHILI:
GROUND BEEF, CHICKEN, OR TURKEY. You can use whatever ground meat you like or have on hand for my sweet potato chili recipe. (If I choose beef, I usually buy lean so I don’t need to cook it ahead of time and drain the fat.)
ONION. Onion gives a nice flavor base to this meaty chili. I usually use sweet onions, but most types will work for this recipe!
SWEET POTATOES. There aren’t any beans in this paleo chili, so we fill it out with vitamin-rich sweet potatoes. I LOVE the flavor and texture they lend to this chili!
DICED TOMATOES & TOMATO SAUCE. I use a mix of canned diced tomatoes and tomato sauce for my sweet potato chili. I love that you get nice, thick chili with TONS of flavor! (Note: I like fire-roasted diced tomatoes when I can find them!)
BROTH. Depending on the meat you choose for your chili, you can add beef, chicken, or vegetable broth. Use what you have on hand or what sounds good. I’ve made it with all 3 with great results!
GARLIC + SPICES. Lastly, to pump this up with flavor, I use a blend of garlic, chili powder, cumin, oregano, and salt. I love how the flavor develops over time (it’ll taste even better the next day!
FAQ + TIPS & TRICKS FOR THE BEST SLOW COOKER SWEET POTATO CHILI:
NEED A SLOW COOKER? I have two and love them both. This one is programmable (i.e. less likely to overcook things!) and comes with a lid clip that keeps the lid in place (awesome when you’re carting it to a potluck, friend’s house, or cook-off!). This one is adorable, less expensive, and has fewer bells & whistles, but has been really reliable.
CAN I MAKE THIS AS A DUMP-AND-GO RECIPE? I nearly always do! It works great. You just add all the ingredients to the slow cooker, give it a stir, then cover & cook. No fussy prep, no extra steps. Just easy, yummy slow cooker sweet potato chili!
CAN I MAKE THIS WITH GROUND TURKEY? CHICKEN? PORK? You can use basically any ground meat you like for my paleo sweet potato chili. Over the last 5 years, folks have made it with beef, chicken, turkey, bison, and even venison. I’ve personally only used turkey, chicken, and beef.
DO I NEED TO COOK THE MEAT FIRST? It’s honestly up to you and your personal preference. I usually don’t cook the meat ahead of time because I make it with lean ground beef or use ground chicken, which is already naturally low-fat. (Lower in fat means less fat to drain.) If you’re using less lean ground meats, you may prefer to cook the meat ahead of time, then drain the fat. It’s up to you!
HOW CAN I GIVE THIS MORE KICK? If you like your chili with more kick, you can use 2 Tbsp. chili powder, 1 1/2 tsp. cumin, 1 tsp. smoked paprika, and 1/4-1/2 tsp. chipotle chili powder instead of the mixture below. Or, you can add 1/2-1 minced jalapeño along with the other ingredients.
DOES SWEET POTATO CHILI FREEZE WELL? I’ve frozen my slow cooker sweet potato chili LOTS of times with good results. The sweet potatoes do soften a bit upon thawing + reheating, but that doesn’t bother me.
HELPFUL TOOLS & INGREDIENTS FOR THIS SLOW COOKER SWEET POTATO CHILI:
Recipe originally posted in May 2015. Completely updated April 2020