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white bowls with sweet potato chili

Whole30 Paleo Sweet Potato Chili

Course Dinner
Cuisine American
Keyword gaps chili, paleo chili, sweet potato chili, whole30 chili
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Servings 12 servings
Calories 269kcal
Author Stefani


  • 2 pounds ground beef (organic and grass fed is best!)
  • 2 14 oz cans diced tomatoes
  • 2 14 oz cans tomato sauce
  • 1 large onion, diced
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 bag frozen spinach
  • 3 large sweet potatoes
  • 2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp pepper
  • 2 tbsp chili powder
  • 3 cups broth


  • In the Instant pot, brown the ground beef, onion, and garlic
  • Once the meat is cooked and the onions are translucent (and smelling delicious), add the chopped sweet potatoes, tomatoes and sauce, frozen spinach, broth, and spices.
  • Stir thoroughly to make sure that the sweet potatoes are fully submerged in broth, and put the lid on the Instant Pot.
  • Make sure the valve is closed, and cook on "Soup" or "Stew" for 7 minutes.
  • After it's done cooking, you can release the Instant Pot valve and let it come back down to normal pressure.
  • Stir it while it cools down, to make sure that everything is cooked evenly.


  • This chili would be delicious with either quinoa or rice, if you don't need it to be paleo. In order to add rice or quinoa, rinse 1 cup of the grain of your choice and add to the Instant Pot at Step 3, prior to cooking.  Cook as normal.
  • You can also use cauliflower rice instead of normal rice.  If you want to use that, then be sure to add it as the last step, and then just let the heat from the chili warm the cauliflower rice thoroughly.
  • If you don't have (or don't like) sweet potatoes, you can use butternut squash or acorn squash.  Follow the same directions as with the sweet potato, and enjoy a GAPS friendly chili!
  • Make sure to cut the sweet potato (or butternut squash) into small cubes.  If the cubes are too large, they may still be hard on the inside once the Instant Pot is done cooking, and it won't be as good.  Small cubes ensure that it will be cooked evenly.
  • Add a little bit of cayenne if you want a kick!  I don't personally love spicy chili, but my husband does.  This seasoning is a favorite of his for when I make this sweet potato chili.


Serving: 2cups | Calories: 269kcal | Carbohydrates: 25g | Protein: 32g | Fat: 5g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 49mg | Sodium: 1726mg | Potassium: 266mg | Fiber: 8g | Sugar: 11g | Vitamin A: 5650IU | Vitamin C: 72.6mg | Calcium: 120mg | Iron: 4.9mg