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Bison Sweet Potato Chili

October 18, 2018

Sweet Potato Chili really has a special place in my heart.

Sweet Potato Chili-The Seasonal Junkie

Sweet potato chili is a smokey little bowl of fall love, and if that’s not enough to have your attention, I don’t know what will. It’s just one of those recipes. You know, the kind that by the time the cooler weather is over everyone is like “If I never have to eat sweet potato chili”…… But then when the first hint of Fall hits, it’s on like Donkey Kong. Everyone is just waiting for me to whip out that crock pot and get a chopping.

Here is another recipe to warm you up! Try this Smokey Fall Pumpkin Soup!

Because it’s the best in my not so humble opinion.

Why is my sweet potato chili the best, you ask? Well for starters it makes a TON of chili. Especially since there is just two of us. So what usually happens is I’ll let the sweet potato chili slow cook all day long on Sunday, and eventually my apartment turns into this chipotle wonderland just waiting for us to ring the dinner bell. Now if you don’t like they idea of a chipotle wonderland, I’m concerned. And when it’s all said and done I will have a million pounds of chili that we will be able to eat for most of the week. Which if you know anything about sweet potato chili, or really any soup for that matter….

The longer it sits the better it tastes.

Sweet Potato Chili-The Seasonal Junkie

And I’m sure you guessed it by the crock, but my sweet potato chili is super easy to make. Crock pot food used to get a bad rep in my house. Baylen literally referred to it as “Peasant” food. (You can imagine my disbelief, as beef stew happens to be one of my FAVORITE foods.)  So if you are currently reading this and thinking to yourself, Bison Chili?! One, calm down- It is actually really good and two, basically in this recipe, you can use any type of ground meat like, beef, turkey, or chicken. But I use ground bison, which is a leaner meat, but gives you a ton of flavor. And the meat and onions are the only thing I cook before throwing into the crock. Everything else just gets tossed in afterwards, so clean up is a breeze.

Now between the ground bison, sweet potato, and beans this hearty sweet potato chili is healthy. It throws its punches with protein, fiber, and a lot of other great nutrients. But take one bite and you will quickly forget that you are eating anything related to a health food. It is that good. And you can tell everyone that you have had bison chili, because that just sounds exotic.

So whip this bison sweet potato chili up and Fall in love….

Sweet Potato Chili-The Seasonal Junkie

You see what I did there, right?! Enjoy this sweet potato bison chili!

Bison Sweet Potato Chili

Serves: 6-8
Cooking Time: 6-8 Hours


  • 28-oz can Crushed Tomatoes
  • 1 large Sweet Potato, skin peeled and diced
  • 1 Red Bell Pepper, diced
  • 1 Green Bell Pepper, diced
  • ½ Red Onion, diced
  • 2 tbsp Garlic, minced
  • 1 Jalapeno, seeds removed and diced
  • 1-14-oz can Black Beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1-14-oz can Kidney Beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1.25 pounds, Ground Meat of Choice (I used bison)
  • Lime, juiced
  • 1-2 cans Chipotle in Adobo Sauce (I only use one pepper and all the sauce in the can, if you use more than one, it will get very spicy, very fast)
  • 1 ½ tbsp Chili Powder
  • 1 tbsp Dried Oregano
  • Salt and Pepper to taste
  • Cilantro, chopped
  • Optional Toppings: Cheese, Tortillas, Sour Cream or Greek Yogurt, Avocado



Heat 1 tbsp of oil sauté pan, add garlic and onion and allow to cook while stirring until fragrant.


Add in ground meat and break up.


Cook until browned


Add cooked contents to crock pot


Add all of the other ingredients into the crock pot with the exception of the cilantro and optional toppings


*I only add one of the chipotle peppers, chopped up and the sauce in the can. If you used more than one it will get very spicy*


Cook in crock pot on low for 6-8 hours until sweet potatoes are done cooking


Taste to see if you need more salt and pepper


Once you have poured it into a bowl add whatever toppings you would like and enjoy!

Sweet Potato Chili-The seasonal junkie

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    October 21, 2018 at 1:17 am

    Chili is da bomb! And I adore the idea of a sweet potato chili. Yum! Thanks for sharing.

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      October 22, 2018 at 1:30 am

      I hope you enjoy it Sara! And I definitely agree, chili is da bomb!

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