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January 3, 2020

Instant Pot Sweet Potato Chili (Paleo, Whole30)

Instant Pot Sweet Potato Chili — Ready in just 30 minutes! Loaded with ground beef, chunks of tender sweet potato, and hearty veggies, this sweet potato chili is perfect for any time of the year. Paleo and Whole30 too!

Instant Pot Sweet Potato Chili

I’ve been loving this Instant Pot Sweet Potato Chili Recipe. I’ve had my Instant Pot for over a year now, and am ashamed to admit that I’ve only used it a handful of times.

Honestly, it’s a bit intimidating. There are so many different settings, and ways to cook foods in it. But, with time and practice, I have gotten adjusted to using it, and enjoy cooking in it now! In my opinion the best things to cook in it are chili’s, soups, or stews because it’s so much faster than cooking on the stove top or slow cooker!

Don’t worry, if you don’t have an Instant Pot, the slow cooker works just fine for this recipe. Let’s get in to making this delicious chili!

WHY YOU’LL LOVE THIS INSTANT POT SWEET POTATO CHILI RECIPE

  • Adding sweet potatoes make for a sweeter and chunkier version of the classic chili recipe, without beans.
  • This instant pot chili is super easy and takes under 20 minutes to make!
  • It is Paleo and Whole30 compliant. Feel free to add beans if you want!
  • Sweet potato chili is a perfect meal for leftovers or meal prep!
  • It’s the perfect high-protein meal to keep you full and satisfied until your next meal.
Instant Pot Sweet Potato Chili in white bowl with cilantro, lime wedges, and blue napkin.

WHAT’S IN THIS SWEET POTATO CHILI?

Don’t let this long ingredients list fool you. Prepping for this recipe is just a short 5-10 minutes, and none of these ingredients are hard to find in your grocery store. After browning the garlic, onion, and ground beef, you can just dump all the rest of the ingredients into the instant pot.

Here is what you’ll need for this chili recipe:

  • Avocado oil– You could also use olive oil, ghee, or grass-fed butter.
  • Garlic
  • Onion – I used a yellow onion, for some added sweetness, but you could also use red, or white.
  • 2 lbs grass-fed ground beef – You could also use ground turkey, ground chicken, or ground Italian sausage.
  • Spices– oregano, cumin, chili powder, paprika, sea salt
  • Sweet potatoes– look for firm sweet potatoes without brown spots. Make sure to get sweet potatoes and not yams. Look for sweet potatoes with reddish/copper colored skin and orange/golden flesh.
  • Bell pepper- I used a red bell pepper, but you could use yellow, orange, or green as well. I prefer to buy organic, as bell peppers are on the EWG’s dirty dozen list.
  • Diced tomatoes– if you don’t have diced tomatoes, use tomato sauce.
  • Tomato paste
  • Bone broth
Diced sweet potatoes, diced tomatoes, ground beef, bell pepper and tomato paste in instant pot

HOW TO MAKE INSTANT POT SWEET POTATO CHILI

  1. Prep your ingredients: mince the garlic, dice the onion, cube the sweet potatoes, and chop the bell pepper.
  2. Saute garlic and onions in pressure cooker/instant pot.
  3. Brown ground beef.
  4. Add spices, bell pepper, sweet potato, diced tomatoes, tomato paste, and bone broth to the instant pot.
  5. Cook on high pressure for 15 minutes.
  6. Quick release, and serve.
  7. Top your chili with: sliced avocado, jalapenos, sliced radishes, squeeze of lime juice, or tortilla chips.
Sweet potato chili in instant pot

CROCK POT SWEET POTATO CHILI

Making slow cooker chili is just as simple as making it in the instant pot. You will follow the same steps as the instant pot recipe, but use the slow cooker instead.

Start by sauteing the garlic and onions in a large skillet over medium-high heat for 2-3 minutes, or until onions are softened. Add the ground beef to the skillet and brown, breaking up chunks, until no longer pink.

Transfer the garlic, onion, and ground beef mixture to the slow cooker. Add the seasonings, sweet potatoes, bell pepper, diced tomatoes, tomato paste, and bone broth to the crock pot and give it a good stir. Place the lid on the crock pot and cook the sweet potato chili on low for 6-8 hours, or high for 4-6 hours.

STOVE TOP SWEET POTATO CHILI

In a large pot over medium heat, heat avocado oil. Saute the garlic, onion, and bell pepper for 2-3 minutes until the onion has softened. Add the ground beef and brown, breaking up chunks, until no longer pink (5-7 minutes).

Sprinkle in the oregano, cumin, chili powder, paprika and sea salt. Add the sweet potatoes, bell pepper, diced tomatoes, tomato paste, and bone broth and give everything a good stir.

Bring the pot to a boil, and then reduce to simmer, stirring occasionally. Cook the sweet potato chili until sweet potatoes are tender when poked with a fork, and the chili has thickened (20-30 minutes).

white bowl filled with chili

TIPS AND VARIATIONS

  • Sweet potatoes – instead of the sweet potatoes you can substitute or add butternut squash, black beans, or kidney beans.
  • Make this sweet potato chili in your slow cooker – follow the exact directions in the recipe card, but use the slow cooker instead of the instant pot.
  • To make this recipe vegan/vegetarian – sweet potato chili is so easy to make vegan or vegetarian. Sub the ground beef for black beans, kidney beans, pinto beans, or other lentils. You can also add quinoa.
  • Sub the ground beef for ground turkey, Italian sausage, ground chicken, or chicken breast. The sky is the limit here.

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Instant Pot Sweet Potato Chili in white bowl with gold spoon, and lime wedges, and cilantro on white background

Instant Pot Sweet Potato Chili (Paleo, Whole30)

  • Author: Abbey Blackwell
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 20 minutes
  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: 68 1x
  • Category: Main Dish
  • Method: Instant Pot
  • Cuisine: American
  • Diet: Gluten Free

Description

Instant Pot Sweet Potato Chili — Ready in just 30 minutes! Loaded with ground beef, chunks of tender sweet potato, and hearty veggies, this sweet potato chili is perfect for any time of the year. Paleo and Whole30 too!


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Ingredients

  • 1 tablespoon avocado oil
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 medium yellow onion, diced
  • 2 pounds grass-fed ground beef
  • 2 teaspoons oregano
  • 1 tablespoon cumin
  • 1 tablespoon chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt
  • 2 large sweet potatoes, diced into 1” cubes
  • 1 red bell pepper, chopped
  • 2 14-ounce cans diced tomatoes
  • 1 6-ounce can tomato paste
  • 1 16-fluid ounce carton bone broth

Toppings

  • fresh cilantro, chopped
  • avocado, sliced
  • jalapenos, sliced
  • squeeze of lime juice
  • radishes, sliced
  • grain-free tortilla chips

Instructions

  1. Set instant pot to saute setting. Add avocado oil to the interior pot, followed by the garlic, and onions. Saute for 3-5 minutes, or until onion begins to soften. Add ground beef, and cook breaking up chunks and browning meat until no longer pink.
  2. Add the oregano, cumin, chili powder, paprika, and sea salt. Stir into ground beef mixture. Turn the instant pot saute setting off, by pressing cancel. Add the bell pepper, sweet potato, diced tomatoes, tomato paste, and bone broth. Stir well.
  3. Put the instant pot lid on, and set the vent to “sealing”. Cook on high pressure (manual) for 15 minutes. The Instant Pot may take 10-15 minutes to warm up, and then the timer will start to count down from 15 minutes. Once the timer goes off, quick release to vent the pressure immediately. Serve warm.


Notes

Slow cooker: Dump all ingredients into slow cooker, and cook on low for 6-8 hours, or high for 4-6 hours.

To reheat: to reheat sweet potato chili, place in the microwave, covered, for 1-3 minutes.

Storage: store sweet potato chili in a glass food storage container in the fridge for up to 1 week, or in the freezer for up to 3 months. If storing in freezer, allow chili to cool before putting in freezer safe containers.

Keywords: paleo sweet potato chili, sweet potato chili instant pot, whole30 sweet potato chili

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