This recipe for Instant Pot Sweet Potato & Ground Beef Chili is a tasty and nourishing dinner that you can throw together in a short amount of time. You can serve it right out of the pot, and then use the leftovers for lunch or dinner the next day. This homemade chili is ready in just 35 minutes!

two bowls of instant pot sweet potato chili with fresh parsley on top

This Instant Pot Sweet Potato Chili recipe has it all: flavorful ground beef, hearty sweet potatoes, super rich tomato paste, and beans. The flavor of the chili is classic and satisfying, without being too spicy.

This recipe is also very versatile. If you don’t want to use ground beef, you can substitute with ground chicken, turkey, or pork. You can also use your choice of beans, such pinto beans, white beans, black beans, or whatever bean have on hand. See my related recipe for Instant Pot Sweet Potato Turkey Chili.

ingredients with labels to make instant pot sweet potato chili with beef

Recipe Steps

If you’ve ever made chili on the stovetop, then you know how long it can take. Homemade chili is usually an all-day affair. This version of sweet potato chili is so much easier because the pressure cooker cuts the cooking time down.

Step One

Sauté the onion and garlic in a little bit of oil using the Sauté mode on your Instant Pot.

process photos for instant pot sweet potato beef chili

Step Two

Add the ground beef and use a spatula to break up the pieces. Let the beef start to cook for about 3 minutes.

Step Three

Add the rest of the ingredients and stir. Lock on the lid and set the time to 8 minutes at high pressure.

As always, please do see the recipe card at the end of this post for the exact ingredients and measurements.

Step Four

Once the cooking time is complete, let the pressure come down naturally for about 10 minutes. Then, use the quick release to get rid of any remaining pressure. Carefully remove the lid, stir, and serve hot. 

cooked sweet potato chili in an instant pot pressure cooker with a serving spoon

FAQs

Is this recipe healthy?

I consider this a healthy recipe as it uses real, unprocessed ingredients and has a balanced mix of protein, complex carbs, and fat.

Is this dish Whole30?

It can be, just leave out the beans!

Is this recipe keto?

No, this recipe is not considered keto or low-carb because the sweet potatoes and beans add carbs.

Can this recipe be made vegetarian?

Yes, just leave out the meat and triple the amount of beans you use.

Can this recipe be made in a 3-quart Instant Pot?

Yes, just cut the recipe in half.

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Instant Pot Sweet Potato & Ground Beef Chili


Description

This recipe for Instant Pot Sweet Potato & Ground Beef Chili is a tasty and nourishing dinner that you can throw together in a short amount of time. You can serve it right out of the pot, and then use the leftovers for lunch or dinner the next day. This homemade chili is ready in just 35 minutes!


Ingredients

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  • 1 tablespoon cooking oil
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 onions, chopped
  • 2 pounds grass-fed ground beef
  • 4 cups low-sodium beef or vegetable broth
  • 4 large sweet potatoes, peeled and chopped (about 1 1/2 pounds)
  • 1 15-ounce can pinto beans, rinsed and drained
  • ¼ cup tomato paste
  • ½ teaspoon chili powder
  • ½ teaspoon ground cumin
  • ¼ teaspoon salt

Instructions

  1. Press the Sauté button on the Instant Pot and pour in the cooking oil. Let the oil heat up for a few minutes.
  2. Add the garlic and onion and let them cook for a couple of minutes so they start to soften.
  3. Add the ground beef and use a spatula or wooden spoon to break up the meat. Cook for 3 minutes.
  4. Add the broth, sweet potatoes, beans, tomato paste, chili powder, ground cumin, and salt.
  5. Lock on the lid and set the time to 8 minutes on high pressure.
  6. When the cooking time is complete, let the pressure come down naturally for about 5 minutes, and then use the quick-release to get rid of the remaining pressure.
  7. Carefully remove the lid, stir, and serve hot.

Notes

  1. This chili will keep in the fridge for up to 4 days, or frozen for up to 2 months.. 
  2. You can substitute the ground beef for ground chicken, turkey, or pork, if you prefer.
  3. You can use whatever type of canned beans that you like. 
  • Category: Main Dish
  • Method: Instant Pot pressure cooker
  • Cuisine: American

Keywords: healthy chili recipe, sweet potato and beef chili, chili recipe for camping

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