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Sweet Potato Chili Instant Pot

Sweet potato chili Instant Pot style is a quick nutritious stew with beans and chicken if you like. Best way to cook sweet potatoes to tender.

Sweet Potato Chili Instant Pot

If you love one pot meals this one is fabulous, especially during the Fall. You can make Instant Pot sweet potato chili with meat or vegetarian. Packs a ton of flavor in every bite and only takes 20 minutes to cook perfectly. One of many simple Instant Pot recipes we have on our site. (affiliate links present)

Chicken Sweet Potato Chili Instant Pot

We add meat into the mix because it makes it a bit heartier but would be just as good meatless. It doesn’t matter whether you use a Crockpot Express, Mealthy or as a Ninja Foodi recipe. As long as you have the high pressure function it will work.

I just used our 5 ingredient Instant Pot chili as our base and then tweaked it to include this tender veggie. Used poultry instead of beef because I thought the flavors would allow for it and it came out nicely. You could quite easily make this spicy with red pepper flakes or chili powder if you wanted to.

Let’s start with a few basic tips:

For reference, this is the pressure cooker I have and use for all recipe creations.

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Ninja Foodi Sweet Potato Chili

If you have made our Instant Pot sweet potato cubes before you know how easily you can get them tender under pressure. Boiling is not the answer when it comes to this. That leaches out not only a lot of the vitamins inside but it also takes away a lot of the wonderful flavor. Cooking it in a sauce is the answer.

What can I put in chili to make it amazing?

You could replace some of the liquid with beer to add a lot of flavor, more seasonings mean more of a punch, heat can be from Sriracha or diced jalapenos. Add some ground coffee for a unique twist, or chocolate!

What makes Texas chili different?

NO beans! I know, I guess they are anti legume over there but that is the biggest difference. From there I would say that in general TX likes theirs spicier than other states.

You’ll want to start by prepping all of your ingredients. You never want to consume the skin of a sweet potato as it is inedible vs. russets. Meat should be diced into bite size pieces so it cooks at the same rate and it’s easier to scoop up with a spoon.

Sweet Potato Chili No Beans

Sweet Potato Chili No Beans

So if you’re a Texan or just anti bean for some reason you could leave those out. Not a fan of black beans? NO problem, just change to kidney or white instead. If you wanted to cook absolutely from scratch you could first follow our pressure cooker black beans instructions to get them from dry to tender.

From there follow the rest of the instructions below and use about 2 cups drained. Here are the rest of the ingredients necessary;

  • 1 onion diced
  • Bell pepper diced
  • Sweet potatoes skins removed, chopped into cubes
  • Black beans and kidney beans drained, rinsed, optional
  • 1 lb chicken skinless, boneless, cut into small chunks
  • Minced garlic
  • Chili powder
  • Coriander
  • Salt and pepper
  • Broth
  • 1 can diced tomatoes or crushed tomatoes, 14 oz
  • 1/4 tsp tomato paste

As far as liquid you could use more or less depending on how thick you wanted it to be. Keep in mind this will take about 30 minutes to come to pressure, cook, and release the pressure. In that time you can meal prep your sides or dessert.

Spicy Sweet Potato Chili

Spicy Sweet Potato Chili

Heat should be adjusted as you wish. If you have some that want it mild and only a few who want it hot then I would just serve and add jalapenos or red pepper flakes to the remaining batch. Below is mild/medium level.

  • Add your bell peppers and onion to cook in your pot with the sweet potatoes on top of that. We are going to add all the things in layers.
    • if you want to soften the first two you could put on saute setting and soften for 3 min. or so.
    • when using beef that is ground or turkey, saute this with a bit of olive oil until no longer pink first
  • Over that, pour your drained and rinsed beans. Drop the chicken pcs. on top of that and then dot with the garlic.
  • Add all the remaining seasoning over the top with your chicken broth over the seasoning.
  • Allow it to sink into the vegetables. Add the diced tomatoes and dot the top with the tomato paste.
  • Do not stir. Cover and set the valve to sealing.
  • Pressure cook on high for 16 minutes cooking time. Allow the pressure to naturally release for 5 minutes before you quick release of the remaining pressure.
  • Stir the contents together well. Some of the smaller potatoes will liquify and help thicken the soup/chili.

You can enjoy as is or if you wanted to add something to the top some shredded cheese or feta is a good choice to try out. We sometimes pour this on top of some fluffy Ninja Foodi rice.

Chicken Sweet Potato Chili Instant Pot

Chili with Sweet Potatoes

This is great made as turkey chili too. Just swap out the meat to this and saute just a bit at the beginning. Use a tbsp of olive oil since it’s so low in fat. You don’t need to completely cook it but sauteed just until the outside is no longer pink should do it. It will cook more with the other ingredients beyond that.

Want to try another version similar to this in your Crock pot too? We love our slow cooker venison chili as well, especially if you have a hunter in the house and can get fresh meat. Want to try a third version on your stovetop? Try bloody mary chili! I know, sounds interesting right? And super yummy.

Sweet Potato Stew Vegetarian

Want to make meatless sweet potato chili instead? NO problem, just leave out the chicken and use vegetable broth instead. You could use beer for a bit of the liquid with broth for the remainder too, just sayin’. 😉

Ninja Foodi Sweet Potato Chili

Recipe with Diced Sweet Potatoes

If you want to get more of these into your diet I have a few other ideas. Of course you can bake these whole and fill with savory or sweet toppings but bite sized is kinda’ more fun. You can get more of a crisp on the edges this way too if you make something like air fryer sweet potato cubes. Sweet potato cubes oven baked work the same way.

If you want to make mashed sweet potatoes it is easier to prep them this way beforehand. Then when nice and tender you can just mash as you normally would with a bit of milk, cinnamon and sugar + all the things. It is a nice tweak to regular white versions that typically fall apart whereas this version has a bit more texture.

How to Save Leftover Chili

Have leftovers? This chili really saves quite well. If you wait until it is totally cooled before spooning into a bowl with plastic wrap on top you can save it for up to 3 days. Then transfer into a microwave safe dish and heat in 30 second increments stirring in between until it’s as hot as you want. Then enjoy for a second meal!

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Sweet Potato Chili Instant Pot

Sweet potato chili Instant Pot style is a quick nutritious stew with beans and chicken if you like. Best way to cook sweet potatoes to tender
Course Entree, Soup
Cuisine American
Keyword chili, crock pot express, instant pot, ninja foodi, pressure cooker, soup, spicy, stew, sweet potato
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 16 minutes
Servings 6
Calories 406kcal
Author The Typical Mom

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Ingredients

Instructions

  • Put the onion and bell pepper into your pot with the sweet potatoes on top in layers. Over the sweet potatoes, pour the beans. Drop the chicken pcs. on top of that and then dot with the garlic.
  • Add the remaining seasoning over the top of the chicken and garlic. Pour the chicken broth over the seasoning, allow it to sink into the vegetables. Then, add the diced tomatoes and dot the top with the tomato paste.
  • Do not stir. Cover and set the valve to sealing. Pressure cook high for 16 minutes. Allow the pressure to naturally release for 5 minutes prior to a quick release of the remaining pressure.
  • Stir the contents together well. Some of the smaller potatoes will liquify and help thicken the soup/chili. Serve with shredded cheese, chopped cilantro, etc on top.

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Nutrition Facts
Sweet Potato Chili Instant Pot
Amount Per Serving (2 oz)
Calories 406 Calories from Fat 108
% Daily Value*
Fat 12g18%
Saturated Fat 3g19%
Trans Fat 0.1g
Polyunsaturated Fat 3g
Monounsaturated Fat 5g
Cholesterol 57mg19%
Sodium 1006mg44%
Potassium 1054mg30%
Carbohydrates 51g17%
Fiber 13g54%
Sugar 9g10%
Protein 24g48%
Vitamin A 17550IU351%
Vitamin C 37mg45%
Calcium 100mg10%
Iron 4mg22%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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