Fall is chili season!
For me, nothing screams fall, like cozy sweaters and a bowl of chili. We haven’t had many sweater days yet here in Philly, but that hasn’t stopped me from making multiple batches of chili. I am currently loving this sweet potato paleo chili that you can make on the stovetop or in your Instant Pot!
The best part about making a big batch of chili is the leftovers. I love this sweet potato paleo chili so much that I was even eating it for breakfast. If you still have any of this chili hanging around after a few days, you can freeze it and enjoy it throughout the winter.
For some people, chili without beans is a major no, but for me, I prefer a paleo chili. Beans are not great for my arthritis or my digestion. I swapped some sweet potatoes for the beans. This comforting and delicious sweet potato paleo chili is also Whole30 friendly.
Make your chili on the stovetop or in the Instant Pot!
This Whole30 friendly sweet potato paleo chili can be made either in your instant pot or on the stovetop. The Instant Pot method is easier in my opinion because you can just set the Instant Pot and walk away. The Instant Pot or pressure cooker method also makes the sweet potatoes a little softer.
To make this sweet potato paleo chili on the stovetop you will want to use a heavy bottom pan. This is good for simmering soup for a long time. I use my cast iron dutch oven to cook all of my soups and stews including this chili.
This rich and comforting sweet potato paleo chili is perfect for a cozy evening at home or for a group during a football game. It is a Whole30 compliant chili and is also great for meal prep. I made a big batch and froze it in freezer-friendly containers so that I can enjoy this chili whenever I want.
Don’t forget to add some toppings!
Sweet potato paleo chili is packed with flavor on its own, but the flavor can be intensified with all kinds of toppings. My favorite chili topping is a homemade cashew sour cream. This cashew sour cream is paleo and Whole30 friendly.
I make the cashew sour cream by soaking 1 cup of raw cashews in water for a few hours. Then, I drain and rinse the cashews and blend them with 1/4 cup lime juice, 1/4 cup of water, and 1/2 tsp salt in a high-speed blender. Finally, I store the cashew sour cream in the fridge and use to top my chili!
Some of my other favorite chili toppings include avocado, pickled jalapeños, cilantro, and green onion. Basically anything green, creamy or cheesy makes a wonderful chili topping. If you aren’t following a paleo or Whole30 diet, Fritos always make a perfect chili topping.
What kitchen tool and ingredients will I need to make this chili?
You only need a few basic ingredients to make this sweet potato paleo chili at home. Start with some oil, onions and ground beef. I always get my meat delivered to my home from Butcher Box.
Then you will need chili powder, cumin, oregano, salt, and cayenne pepper to spice the chili up. If you are cooking for kids or you don’t enjoy spice, I suggest leaving the cayenne pepper out. Finally, you will need some tomato paste and diced tomatoes for that rich tomato flavor.
The last few ingredients I throw into my dutch oven or Instant pot are a diced bell pepper, peeled and cubed sweet potatoes, and some beef broth. It is easier than you might think to make this healthy sweet potato paleo chili recipe.
I put together a quick video tutorial of just how I make this. Hit play on the video above to see the whole process sped up to just one minute.
Let’s make some sweet potato paleo chili in the Instant Pot!
You can find full instructions on how to make this sweet potato paleo chili in both the instant pot and on the stove top below. The general idea is similar for both methods. Start by sautéing the onions in some oil. Then, brown the ground beef and break it up into crumbles.
At this point, if you are using an Instant Pot, you can throw all of the other ingredients into the pot. Then, set the top to sealing, and cook on manual for 14 minutes. When the Instant Pot beeps, manually release the pressure and remove the lid. Finally, allow the chili to cool slightly and enjoy!
Or on the stovetop!
If you are making sweet potato paleo chili on the stovetop, add spices to the browned ground beef and mix thoroughly. Then, add the tomato paste and diced tomatoes, mixing as you go. Finally, add in the bell pepper, peeled and diced sweet potato, and the beef broth.
Bring the chili to a boil and then reduce to a simmer. Simmer in a covered pot for at least an hour stirring occasionally. The longer you cook the chili the softer the vegetables will be and the more intense the flavor will be.