Slow Cooker Beef and Sweet Potato Chili is everyones favorite comfort food that is made seasonal by adding sweet potato. Let the slow cooker to the work and all you have to do add your favorite toppings and enjoy!

Slow cooker beef and sweet potato chili in a white bowl garnished with cilantro and avocado

 

When the weather is cold all I want is a big bowl of steaming soup or chili. This is my signature chili that I added sweet potato to that adds a lovely, sweet and creamy texture.

 

This is not a ‘dump and run’ slow cooker dish. I am all about browning the meat and softening the onions before they get added to the slow cooker. I know, it’s not very quick and easy prep, but  this is the only way to get a deep and flavorful chili with crunchy onions. If you skip this step, it is just not the same.

 

Lets talk about spice level because some people like a hot chili, personally, I like a little heat but still able to enjoy it. 1 jalapeño gave this enough heat for me, about a 4 on a scale from 1 to 10. If you want a little more heat, use a serrano pepper and if you want closer to 10, use a habanero pepper (at your own risk).

A spoonful of beef chili waiting to be eaten

 


Slow Cooker Beef and Sweet Potato Chili – Step by Step

To a sauté pan add oil and brown the ground beef.


 

Ground beef is browned in a pan

 


The browned beef is added to a pre-heated slow cooker


Browned ground beef is added to the slow cooker

 

 


Onions and garlic are softened in a sauté pan


 

Onions and garlic are softened in a pan

 


Add the softened onions and garlic to the beef in the slow cooker.


 

The softened onions and garlic are added to the slow cooker with the beef

 


Add diced tomatoes, diced jalapeño and beef stock


 

Diced tomatoes, jalapeño and beef stock are added

 


Add cumin, coriander, oregano, chili powder, salt & pepper.


Cumin, coriander, oregano, chili powder, salt & pepper are added

 


 Add diced sweet potato


 

Diced sweet potato are added

 


Stir all the ingredients until well mixed.


 

All the ingredients are mixed

 


Cover and cook on low for 6 hours.


 

Put the lid on the slow cooker and cook on low for 6 hours

 

 


Serving suggestion

There are so many ways to serve chili, my favorite way is  with tortilla chips. I also like to add it to baked potatoes. As far as toppings, the skies the limit, cheese, sour cream, cilantro, jalapeño, green onion, avocado.  Choose all or some.


Make extra and freeze for future meals

This chili freezes really well also and since this recipe makes enough 6 or more people you may have leftovers to freeze.

Yield: 8

Slow Cooker Beef and Sweet Potato Chili

Slow cooker beef and sweet potato chili served in a white bowl with a spoon

Slow cooker beef and sweet potato chili is everyones favorite comfort food that is made seasonal by adding sweet potato. Let the slow cooker to the work and all you have to do add your favorite toppings and enjoy!

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 3 hours
Total Time 3 hours 15 minutes

Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 1 1/2 pounds (680 grams) ground beef (80/20)
  • 11 ounces/1 large (311 grams) yellow onion, chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, peeled and finely chopped
  • 30 ounces (850 grams) canned diced tomatoes
  • 1 3/4 cups (414 ml) beef stock
  • 1 jalapeño, finely chopped, seeds removed
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon ground coriander
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons chili powder
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons salt (or to taste)
  • 1 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 2 pounds (907 grams) sweet potato or yams, peeled and cut into bite-size chunks
  • 15 ounces (425 grams) canned black beans, drained and rinsed
  • 15 ounces (425 grams) canned kidney beans, drained and rinsed

Instructions

  1. Preheat slow cooker on low.
  2. To a sauté pan add the oil over medium-high heat, add 1 tablespoon oil, half of the beef and cook, stirring until browned. Transfer to the slow cooker and repeat with the other half of the beef, add to the slow cooker. 
  3. Add the remaining 1 tablespoon of oil to the same pan over medium heat, add the onion and cook until they soften. Add the garlic and cook for 1 minute, add to the beef in the slow cooker.
  4. To the slow cooker add the diced tomatoes, beef stock, jalapeño,  cumin, coriander, oregano, chili powder, salt & pepper, sweet potato and, stir. Cover and cook on low for 6 hours or high 3 hours.
  5. 10 minutes before serving stir in the beans and heat through for 10 minutes. Serve with your favorite toppings.

Notes

When it comes to salting, this will depend on how salty your beef stock is. If your stock is salty only add half the salt and taste at the end to see if it needs more

Nutrition Information

Yield

1

Amount Per Serving Calories 375Saturated Fat 9gCholesterol 60mgSodium 686mgCarbohydrates 28gProtein 18g

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