Paleo Sweet Potato Chili

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Indulge yourself in a bowl of Paleo Sweet Potato Chili that is spicy and full of beef. It’s thick, rich and slightly sweet while being grain free, sugar free and dairy free.


Slow Cooker Sweet Potato Chili

There’s nothing that says “fall” like a bowl of chili.  It hasn’t always been this way for me. When I was younger, I was never a chili lover. I remember my mom making a pot of chili and making a small pot of the same chili without beans for us kids. Chili was tolerable. Chili with beans was not tolerable.


Times have certainly changed. I’d make a big pot of chili to eat on every week if it were up to me. What made me fall in love?  Our favorite sweet and spicy chili recipe that you can find here. It’s thick. It’s meaty. It’s full of beans and tomatoes. And it’s slightly sweet. I love my chili just a tad bit sweet.

Is chili on the paleo diet?

Well…that depends on how it is made. We love sweet chili but obviously not many sweet things are on the paleo diet. This chili has sweet potatoes but everything is A.OK. for both the Whole30 and the Paleo diet. As always, check recipes and the ingredient labels to be sure the recipe and ingredients are compliant.

Paleo Chili Recipe without Beans

Since we are trying the best we can to eat a paleo diet at meal times, my favorite, most-loved chili recipe was off-limits.  One of my goals this fall was to take that recipe and make it fit into a paleo, clean-eating diet.  With no beans and no sugar, how did we do it?  We added in veggies! Carrots and sweet potatoes to be exact.

When I took the first bite of this paleo sweet potato chili after it had simmered in my slow cooker all day, I was so pleasantly surprised. It actually tasted sweet! You see, those wonderful little sweet potatoes baked right into this chili and gave it the perfect amount of sweetness. Learning how to cook without sugar, grains and dairy hasn’t been easy, so when I have a victory like this, it makes my week!

Homemade Chili Powder

Sometimes sugar can be hiding in store-bought spice mixes. We’re crazy for our homemade, sugar free chili powder that seasons this chili perfectly. Find our recipe here.


Healthy Slow Cooker Chili

And it can easily be made in the slow cooker, making it easy for you to throw together in the morning and have it calling your name when you get home at night. Instead of simmering the chili on the stove, you can brown the ground beef, drain off the fat and place it into the slow cooker. Add the other ingredients and let it simmer on low all day (6-8 hours on high for 4-5 hours).

What vegetables can I add to chili?

We’ve had questions about what else you can add to this chili. We’ve heard zucchini, cauliflower, and butternut squash. We love all of these ideas to help make it a little more low carb.

Can I use ground turkey in chili?

Yes! We’ve used both ground beef and ground turkey in this Whole30 chili. You can even use ground chicken if you’d like. Each meat will change the flavor of the soup so pick whichever you like best.

You added ½ cup of chili powder? That has to be wrong!

Nope! It’s not. This chili gets RAVE reviews using this amount of chili powder. As with any other spice, you can always use less if you’d like!

What to Serve with Chili

Do you need a grain free bread to go with this soup? Try it with these dinner rolls. If you’re not limiting grains, may I suggest this Asiago Cheese Bread? It’s simply amazing with a bowl of hearty soup.

A delicious Whole30 Sweet Potato Chili recipe!

This paleo sweet potato chili recipe will make a decent sized batch of chili, so you’ll be sure to have leftovers for a busy night or for lunches.

Read our Ultimate Guide to the Whole30 Challenge here.

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bowl of sweet potato chili
bowl of sweet potato chili

Paleo Sweet Potato Chili

4.72 from 100 votes
Indulge yourself in a bowl of Paleo Sweet Potato Chili that is spicy and full of beef. It’s thick, rich and slightly sweet while being grain free, sugar free and dairy free.
Servings 10 servings
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 35 minutes
Total Time 55 minutes


  • 2 lbs hamburger
  • 1 red onion chopped
  • 1 teaspoon minced garlic
  • 1 can tomato sauce 29.5 ounces
  • 2 cups petite diced tomatoes with juice
  • 3 cups beef stock
  • 1 cup carrots sliced
  • 5 cups sweet potatoes peeled and cubed
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1/2 teaspoon thyme
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons black pepper
  • 1/2 cup chili powder
  • dash of oregano
  • dash of red pepper flakes


  • In a large saucepan, brown hamburger, onions and garlic. Drain off the fat. 
  • Add the remaining ingredients to the saucepan. Mix well, bring to a boil and simmer, covered, for about 30-40 minutes or until the sweet potatoes and carrots are cooked through.
  • Remove and discard the bay leaves. Then serve!
  • Slow Cooker Option: Instead of simmering the chili on the stove, you can brown the ground beef, drain off the fat and place it into the slow cooker. Add the other ingredients and let it simmer on low all day (6-8 hours on high for 4-5 hours).



Calories: 361kcal | Carbohydrates: 69g | Protein: 13g | Fat: 3g | Sodium: 1527mg | Potassium: 900mg | Fiber: 6g | Sugar: 15g | Vitamin A: 11970IU | Vitamin C: 13.8mg | Calcium: 216mg | Iron: 5.1mg
Author Lizzy T
Course Main Dish
Cuisine American
Calories 361

Paleo Sweet Potato Chili

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7 years ago

5 stars
I can already tell this is a keeper recipe, and can’t wait to try it on my first Whole30 (started it today!).

As far as the Whole30 goes, the only things to watch are to make sure the tomato sauce and beef broth are both ingredient-compliant — and hey, for the latter, that’s an awesome opportunity to make one’s own beef broth.

Thank you!

Carlos A. Ilarraza
7 years ago

how many carbs.per serving. I’m Diabetic and sweet potatoes has sugar.

7 years ago


This was soo tasty and super good. I was just curious to know what you consider a serving size?

7 years ago

I made this tonight and it was delicious!! I did cheat and add some brown sugar since I’m not on a paleo diet but everything else stuck to the recipe. Thanks so much for sharing 🙂

7 years ago

5 stars
Hi! I made this last night for some friends and everyone loved it! Thanks so much for sharing. It was the perfect mix of sweet and spicy. My friends and I are from Jamaica and Trinidad so we love our spice lol

B.D. Matt
7 years ago

The Sweet Potato Carrot Chili sounded enticing and I sought out most the ingredients but I question 1/2 Cup of Chili Powder. A little spice goes a long ways but I wonder if 4 oz. of spice will make it unpalatable.

7 years ago

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7 years ago

I just love paleo. It’s the best diet I have ever tried. I lost weight, and feel so much better and healthier. And the meals don’t suck,
like in most diets.
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7 years ago

This is such a great variation on chili! We have it quite often and I love how much it makes do we have lunch for the whole week. I just have to cut down the chili powder because it was too spicy the first time. Tonight I have some veggies I need to use up so I’m adding bell peppers, mushrooms, and zucchini. I just added extra stock since it made so much!

7 years ago

5 stars
This was amazing! I made it this weekend in the crock pot and it turned out wonderful. Can’t wait for the left overs tonight.

7 years ago

This was really good. I live in Jamaica where we never have snow days, but we do like our soups and stews. I added pumpkin, kidney beans (sorry) and extra seasoning the first time and it was seriously enjoyed. Doing it with chicken mince, pumpkin and cannelloni beans today and it smells so good.

7 years ago

5 stars
I make a lot of chili and have tried many recipes. This is now, by far, my favorite. So rich tasting, but super easy. Love the carrot and sweet potato in it. YUM!

7 years ago

5 stars
Just started my 2nd Whole 30 and I LOVE this chili!! I make a big batch and keep it on hand during the week for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Its great in the morning with a fried egg on it or for lunch with some sliced avocado. So versatile!

7 years ago

5 stars
This was excellent and perfect for the Whole 30. I did make some tweaks… Sharing on my blog with a link back to you… but your picture is so much better!

7 years ago

This looks so good! I’m gonna try it but one question. Will the potatoes get to mushy if you slow cook all day