Comfort Food: Healthy Sweet Potato Chili

What a week! Between the this crazy election season coming to a close and my hectic schedule in preparation for Sunday’s benefit performance, things have been a bit chaotic. So this week, I’m sharing a little comfort … in the form of comfort food!

Last month I shared with you my attempt at the Whole30. Well, 30 days have come and gone, but I feel so great I’m sticking with it. In addition to feeling good, the Whole30 has introduced me to so many fabulous recipes. One of my favorites is this Slow Cooker Sweet Potato Chili. It’s super easy to make and so yummy … oh and it’s pretty healthy too! I use ground turkey, but you can use beef. Give it a shot, and let me know what you think!

Comfort Food: Healthy Sweet Potato Chili

Comfort Food: Healthy Sweet Potato Chili


  • 1 cup diced yellow onion
  • 1 lb ground grassfed beef (or ground turkey)
  • 1 tsp sea salt
  • 1 yellow bell pepper, diced
  • 2 carrots, sliced
  • 3 sweet potatoes, peeled and cubed (about 5 cups)
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 (28oz) can diced tomatoes (include liquid)
  • 1 (28oz) can tomato sauce
  • 1 cup bone broth (beef or chicken)
  • 2-3 Tbsp chili powder
  • 1 Tbsp of all-purpose herb seasoning
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 3/4 tsp sea salt
  • 2 small zucchini, cubed (about 2 cups)


  1. In a large skillet over medium-high heat, sauté the onion in one tablespoon of olive oil for 1-2 minutes, until fragrant. Add the ground beef (or turkey) and sprinkle with 1 tsp sea salt. Cook meat until cooked through.
  2. Add the meat mixture to a 6-quart slow cooker. Then add all of the remaining ingredients, except the zucchini. Stir well to combine.
  3. Cover and cook on low for 7-8 hours. Be sure to add the cubed zucchini during the last hour of cook time.
  4. When ready, remove bay leaf and re-season to taste with additional chili powder and salt. Top with diced avocado and sliced green onions.


  1. This chili is delicious. I was looking for a recipe I could eat with having Crohn’s. The first time I made it I LOVED it but I didn’t save the recipe! This morning I was almost in tears because I couldn’t find it again on the internet. I made the chili from memory and just found the actual recipe again (which I have now printed!). I did pretty well remembering the ingredients and hope it’s as delicious as the first time.

  2. I made the chili tonight and it was fantastic! I added some fresh cilantro at the end along with the avocado. It’s nice to find a chili recipe that doesn’t have beans which I can’t eat because if Crohn’s disease. Thanks for posting Mary Beth!

  3. I am eating ketogenic now and this is a must try! Thanks!

  4. Angie Albertson

    I made this for dinner tonight with grass-fed beef, and holy moly is this delicious! Definitely going in the favorite recipe box. Thanks so much for sharing!

  5. We made the chili today. Three of the kids out of five liked it, so it was a success. The other two only eat pizza and mac&cheese.

    Thanks for sharing the recipe.

  6. Jacqueline Sallemi

    I printed the recipe. This is going to be lunch tomorrow. I can’t wait to taste this. Beef this time. I am going to add a dollop of either sour cream or plain yogurt. Thanks Mary Beth.

  7. Susan Nolen (Suzzy1969)

    This sounds absolutely yummy!…can’t wait to try this!…as always thanks for sharing with us fans!

  8. Susan Denaux

    Sounds yummy! I will try soon.

  9. Mary Sivak

    This sounds wonderful.. and with my Vitamin K restrictions –this is actually a dish I can eat. Thanks!

  10. This is a must try. I get overwhelmed with recipes on line so you always make it easier for me when you share one. I am still getting requests to repeat your tofu stirfry recipe. Thank you for sharing!

  11. I make chili all the time and am so bored. Been trying to motivate at myself to find a new chili recipe that’s not so involved that i abandon it. This looks exactly right for my family. Will definitely try this one. Healthy and flavor!

  12. This sounds amazing! I really love sweet potatoes so I can’t wait to make it. Or…have my daughter make it since I don’t like to cook. LOL Thank you for the great dinner idea!

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