Sweet Potato Chili

Hearty and filling sweet potato chili that is full of yummy black beans, ground beef and flavor. You’re going to love this different take on a classic chili recipe, especially if you’re a fan of sweet potatoes!

Sweet Potato Chili

Sweet Potato Black Bean Chili

Have you ever had sweet potato chili? I love this recipe variation. There are so many ways to make a good chili but the chunks of sweet potato take this chili to an all new delicious level! The sweet potatoes go perfectly with all of the spices, tomatoes, beans, corn, and ground beef. It’s one big bowl of YUM. You’re going to want to try this recipe when it’s a little bit crisp outside and you or your family want something comforting and warm. Another idea is to make this chili totally vegetarian by taking out the ground beef. It would still taste incredible because of the chunks of sweet potato. Perfect for a “meatless Monday” dinner idea.

The sweet potatoes in this black bean chili recipe add a lot of nutrition to the meal. Everyone could always use a little more nutrition in their life right? I love that this chili is super tasty and also super healthy. Tons of protein and veggies add to all of that good flavor. The sweet potatoes add just a little sweetness and I love the combination of the sweet, salty, and spicy in this dish.

Sweet Potato Black Bean Chili

How to Make Sweet Potato Chili

Be prepared to LOVE how easy this sweet potato chili is to make. Here are the easy steps you’ll need to take to make this yummy sweet potato black bean chili:

  1. Peel and cube the sweet potatoes so that you can just throw them into the pot when it’s time. Put the sweet potatoes into a microwave safe bowl with a ¼ inch of water on the bottom. Cook them for about 4 minutes.
  2. Grab your slow cooker (and a slow cooker liner for easy clean up!) and place the sweet potatoes, canned tomatoes, tomato sauce, water, and all the seasonings inside. Cook everything on high for about 2 hours. Make sure to stir the chili occasionally!
  3. After 2 hours, brown the ground beef in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Drain any excess grease from the beef. Add the cooked beef, corn, and beans to the slow cooker. Cook the chili for an additional 1-2 hours or until it tastes right to your liking.

You’ll serve a bowl of this delicious chili with all your favorite toppings. Some of our favorites include: sour cream, chives and green onions!

Sweet Potato Chili Recipe

If you love sweet potatoes, you definitely need to give this recipe a try. As mentioned, there is a tidbit of sweetness in the chili with the sweet potatoes and cinnamon, but it actually works quite well with all the other savory ingredients.

You’re going to make this sweet potato chili right? I’ve totally convinced you, I’m sure! 😉 I really hope you love it!

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Sweet Potato Chili Recipe

5 from 1 vote
Hearty and filling sweet potato chili that is full of yummy black beans, ground beef and flavor. You're going to love this different take on a classic chili recipe, especially if you're a fan of sweet potatoes!
Course Soup
Cuisine American
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 4 hours
Total Time 4 hours 20 minutes
Servings 6
Calories 298 kcal
Author Lil' Luna


  • 2 sweet potatoes peeled and cubes
  • 2 (14.5 oz) cans diced stewed tomatoes with chili seasonings
  • 1 (8 oz) can tomato sauce
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1 tsp chili powder
  • 1 tsp ground cumin
  • dash of cinnamon
  • 1 pinch salt
  • 1 pinch pepper
  • 1 pinch garlic powder
  • 1 pinch onion powder
  • 1 lb ground beef
  • 1 (12oz) can black beans drained and rinsed
  • 1 can corn


  • Peel and cube sweet potatoes. Place in a microwaveable bowl with ½ cup water and cook for 4 minutes.
  • Place sweet potatoes, tomatoes, tomato sauce, water, and all seasonings in a slow cooker on high for 2 hours, stirring occasionally.
  • Brown beef in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Drain and discard any excess grease.
  • Add cooked ground beef, black beans, and corn to the slow cooker. Cook an additional 1-2 hours, until flavors have blended together. Serve warm. 


  • DIFFICULTY: easy
  • ANY CHANGES MADE:  no onion, celery, cayenne pepper, or turkey, used less chili powder and cinnamon. Added corn and more ground beef.

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  1. 5 stars
    Sweet Potato is one of my favorite Sweet Dish. But after reading your potato sweet dish, its something different, want to try this at home.

  2. why didn’t I think of this? Love traditional chili, love sweet potatoes, so…this! thank you for such a great recipe idea!

  3. Excellent recipe – super easy. Can use ground beef, ground turkey, ground chicken or omit meat totally. Leave the skins on sweet potatoes for more nutrients. Could even use Trader Joes pre-diced fresh sweet potatoes to make it quicker. Also, crushed tomatoes work well if you don’t have chili seasoned tomatoes – just increase the spices to your taste preference. Add more cinnamon than a dash – gives it a great flavor.

    1. I’m so glad you liked this recipe! Thanks so much for all of your tips and suggestions. They sound heavenly! 🙂