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Bowl of sweet potato chili with toppings and spoon beside.
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Slow Cooker Sweet Potato Chili

Nothing beats a bowl of chili on a cold day! This Slow Cooker Sweet Potato Chili is full of flavor and the perfect cozy meal for the family. Put everything in the crock pot in the morning and come back later to dinner!
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time4 hrs
Total Time4 hrs 15 mins
Course: Main Course, Soup
Cuisine: American
Servings: 6
Calories: 278kcal
Author: Lorie Yarro


  • 3 large sweet potatoes skin removed and cut into cubes
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 3-4 garlic cloves minced
  • 2 can diced tomatoes (15 oz. each)
  • 1 can tomato sauce (15 oz. each)
  • 1 can pinto beans
  • 1 can black beans
  • 1 can kidney beans
  • 2 bell pepper, diced (any color works!)
  • 1 T cumin
  • 2 T chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika (optional)
  • ¼ - ½ teaspoon red chili flakes
  • ½ teaspoon pepper
  • ½ - 1 teaspoon sea salt, more or less to taste
  • c tomato paste more to thicken as desired


  • Combine all ingredients except the tomato paste into slow cooker. Stir well to combine. Cook on high 4-6 hours or low 6-8 hours or until sweet potatoes are soft.
  • When sweet potatoes are fully softened, add in tomato paste to thicken chili. Allow to sit for several minutes before serving.
  • Serve with shredded cheese, avocado or a bit of cilantro. This is even better the second day so leftovers are a bonus! Store in an air tight container in the refrigerator for 5 days or freeze for up to 3 months.


  • The best way to tell if this sweet potato chili is ready is by the sweet potatoes. When the sweet potatoes are soft, you are basically good to go. I like to make sure as many of the sweet potatoes as possible are on the bottom of the pot so that they are more likely to evenly soften.
  • You can add some meat into the mix if you would like--I do quite often to make the hubby happy. When I add ground beef or turkey, I cook it in a skillet first and then add it in. If you find the chili to be a bit too thick once adding meat in, add an extra can of tomato sauce.
  • Add some heat to your slow cooker sweet potato chili as desired.Toss in some hot sauce, dice up a jalapeño or add some cayenne. Tossing in some smoked paprika is also a great idea if you want a smoky flavor--I do it so often now, I added it as an option for the recipe.


Calories: 278kcal | Carbohydrates: 57g | Protein: 14g | Fat: 2g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 1247mg | Potassium: 1464mg | Fiber: 16g | Sugar: 14g | Vitamin A: 10440IU | Vitamin C: 58mg | Calcium: 165mg | Iron: 7mg