Crockpot Sweet Potato Chili

Crockpot Sweet Potato Chili | Get Inspired Everyday!

Crockpot Sweet Potato Chili | Get Inspired Everyday!

I hated chili as a kid, I mean we’re talking so much dislike that I would gladly go without dinner if I could. Whenever chili was on the menu, I would eat about 1/4 cup chili with a big bowlful of toppings, (Yeah for toppings)! It wasn’t the chili so much as the kidney beans, and I’ll admit I still don’t like them despite my best efforts. Lately though, one of my friends has been making chili with sweet potatoes, and that got me thinking I should give it another go, this time without any beans whatsoever!

Crockpot Sweet Potato Chili | Get Inspired Everyday!

So… here we are, and I’ve just had this chili 4 DAYS IN A ROW and I’m loving it – definite success on the chili front! I’m head over heels for the way the spicy meat pairs with the sweet potato. Nary a mealy / chalky kidney bean in sight. I’ve added a couple new toppings as an adult; avocado and lime wedges are just the thing to take chili to the next level!

Crockpot Sweet Potato Chili | Get Inspired Everyday!Crockpot Sweet Potato Chili | Get Inspired Everyday!

One key to this recipe is to cut the onions into a small dice, otherwise they’ll stay crunchy.

1. Cut both the ends off the onion, cut it in half, and then peel it.

2. With each onion half, make a cut from the top down towards the core lengthwise.

Crockpot Sweet Potato Chili | Get Inspired Everyday!Crockpot Sweet Potato Chili | Get Inspired Everyday!

3. Lay each onion half face down and make cuts across the top, not cutting through the core because that’s what holds it all together.

4. Thinly slice and watch the small dice fall miraculously away from you knife. (Maybe I get a little too excited about the little things!)

Crockpot Sweet Potato Chili | Get Inspired Everyday!

For the sweet potatoes, cut off both ends and trim any bad spots. My sweet potatoes were only a couple of inches in diameter, so I cut them in quarters and then, cut the quarters crosswise into 1 -1/2 inch chunks.

Crockpot Sweet Potato Chili | Get Inspired Everyday!Crockpot Sweet Potato Chili | Get Inspired Everyday!Crockpot Sweet Potato Chili | Get Inspired Everyday!A couple of final notes:

1. Everyone’s crockpot seems to work at different speeds. Mine took 10 hours to cook my sweet potatoes all the way through. I would recommend trying this or any crockpot recipe the first time on a day when you’re home. That way, you’ll be around when it’s ready and you can add your own notes about cooking time to the recipe.

2. The whole tomatoes, combined with the tomato paste really adds to the chili experience. I added the tomato paste in an effort to make a fuller sauce, not quite so watery. It worked wonders for the texture,  adds a natural sweetness that cuts the acidity, and adds depth to the sauce.

3. The recipe calls for ancho chile powder which is really tasty, (try it as a rub on grilled chicken or fish). If you can’t find it, don’t worry, you can use regular chili powder with great results!

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Crockpot Sweet Potato Chili
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Serves: 6
  • 1 pound ground turkey, (I like dark meat)
  • 1 onion, about 12 ounces, diced very small
  • 3 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 1 Tablespoon chili powder
  • 1 Tablespoon ancho chili powder, (or 1 additional Tablespoon chili powder)
  • 1 Teaspoon ground cumin
  • ½ Teaspoon dried oregano leaves
  • 2 Teaspoons sea salt
  • 2½ pounds of sweet potatoes
  • 1 - 28 ounce can whole tomatoes
  • 1 - 6 ounce can tomato paste
  • Toppings:
  • lime wedges, cilantro, sliced avocado or guacamole, sour cream, grated cheddar
  1. Place the ground turkey, onions, garlic, spices, and sea salt in a 4-quart crockpot. Use a wooden spoon to break up the turkey and mix everything together.
  2. Cut the ends off the sweet potatoes and trim off any unsightly bits. Then, cut them into quarters lengthwise. Cut the quarters crosswise into chunks about 1½ inches in size.
  3. Place the sweet potatoes over the top of the turkey mixture.
  4. Place the whole tomatoes and tomato paste in a blender and blend until combined but still chunky. Pour the tomato mixture over the top of the sweet potatoes and turn the crockpot to low.
  5. Cook for 8-10 hours, or until the sweet potatoes are tender. Taste the chili and add salt to your taste.
  6. Serve with any and all toppings you desire.

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38 Comments on “Crockpot Sweet Potato Chili”

  1. Melissa

    Hi -do you take the skin off the sweet potatoes before dicing?

    Also, is the chili too thick? My other recipe for turkey chili calls for a can of diced tomatoes and a can of tomato soup. That consistency was nice (just not sure Campbell tomato soup is compliant)

    1. Kari

      I don’t peel the sweet potatoes before dicing, but you could if you don’t like the skin. This chili is pretty thick, but if you prefer a thinner consistency, you can add a bit of chicken stock towards the end of the cooking time until your desired consistency is reached. I would salt to taste towards the end of the cooking time if you’re using chicken stock because the different brands really vary on sodium content, so how much salt you’ll need for the recipe will vary accordingly. I hope you enjoy the recipe, be sure to let me know how it goes and if you have anymore questions!

  2. Sam

    My coworker makes this recipe and has it for lunch all the time. Tonight is my first time trying it!

    Do you need to mix everything up in the crockpot? Or should I just leave it layered? Also – can I cook it on the high setting to get a faster result?


    1. Kari

      I would mix everything in the crockpot, it helps to breakup the ground turkey, that way so there isn’t any bigger chunks of meat. I don’t see any reason you couldn’t cook it on high, it’s usually about half the cooking time as low heat. I haven’t actually cooked this recipe on high yet, but since it’s a very thick chili, I would check often and stir it towards the end of the cooking time to make sure it’s not sticking to the bottom of the crockpot. Let me know how it goes and if you have anymore questions!

  3. chris

    I too despise kidney beans and love sweet potatoes! Trying this one tomorrow but I had some ground lamb and pork I needed to cook up so substituting that for the ground turkey. Hopefully my 5 year old will eat all of her dinner for a change.

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