Sweet Potato Chili

Prep Time:

6-8 Hours

Cook Time:

6-8 Hours


8 Servings



About the Recipe

This Taylor family classic will fill up both your stomach and your heart! I have been eating this every fall/winter for as long as I can remember thanks to my grandmother. This recipe is a play on traditional chili, with a fun harvest twist: Sweet Potatoes! For lovers of classic spicy chili, feel free to add additional peppers and different varieties to kick it up a notch! The sweet potato will bring something sweet to an otherwise very hearty and filling bowl of deliciousness.


  • 2  ea. Sweet Potatoes, Diced   

  • 2  (14.5oz) Cans Stewed Tomatoes, Diced *  

  • 1 (8 oz.) Can Tomato Sauce   

  • 1  Cup Onion, Diced

  • 2-3  ea. Jalapeno Peppers, Diced

  • ½ Cup Celery, Chopped   

  • ½ Cup Water 

  • 1 Tbsp. Chili Powder   

  • 1 Tsp. Cumin, Ground   

  • ½ Tsp. Cinnamon, Ground   

  • Salt As Needed

  • Pepper As Needed

  • 1/8 Tsp. Cayenne Pepper   

  • 1 Pound Turkey, Ground**   

  • 1 (12 oz) Can Canned Black Beans, Drained   

  • 1 Cup Canned or Fresh Corn   

  • Plain Greek Yogurt  Garnish

  • Scallions, Sliced  Garnish

* If tomatoes are still in season, substitute one of the canned stewed tomatoes with fresh 3 Roma tomatoes. Give them a nice rough chop or dice and toss them in with the sweet potatoes at the beginning. Adding 1 tablespoon of tomato paste can help bring some of that “cooked” tomato flavor when using fresh tomatoes. It will also help balance out the juice from the tomatoes.

**If you want to turn this into a vegetarian/vegan recipe, substitute ground turkey with any alternative meat brand like ImpossibleTM. If you want to use vegetables instead, jackfruit is a perfect substitute.


1.  Place the sweet potatoes, stewed tomatoes, tomato sauce, onions, jalapenos, celery, water, chili powder, cinnamon, salt, black pepper, and cayenne powder into a slow cooker.

2.  Cook on high, stirring occasionally, for 4 hours.

3.  Heat a separate, larger skillet over medium heat. Stir in ground turkey (or substitute) and cook until meat in crumbling and evenly brown (5-7 minutes)

4.  Drain and discard extra grease. Add the ground turkey, black beans, and corn to the slow cooker and cook for an additional 1-2 hours until flavors blend together.

5.  Serve warm with desired toppings.