Hamburger Chili

Sweet Potato Hamburger Chili {Paleo, Gluten-Free}

  • Author: Carrie Forrest, MPH in Nutrition
  • Prep Time: 30 min
  • Cook Time: 1 hour
  • Total Time: 1 hour 30 minutes
  • Yield: 4 1x
  • Category: Stews
  • Method: Crockpot
  • Cuisine: Paleo


This chili recipe is made legume-free, but with the delicious and hearty ingredients of sweet potato, vegetables, and ground beef. Make a double batch to enjoy the rest of the cold weather season.


  • 2 large sweet potatoes, peeled and chopped
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 1 red bell pepper, chopped
  • 1 head of celery, ribs removed and chopped (about 2 cups)
  • 1 cup tomato sauce, your favorite brand
  • 1 tablespoon dried oregano or Italian seasoning blend
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • salt and pepper, to taste
  • 1 pound grassfed ground beef
  • 1 bunch green onions, chopped (for topping)


  • Place the chopped sweet potatoes, onion, red bell pepper, and celery into the base of a medium-sized crockpot.
  • Pour the tomato sauce over the top of the vegetables, along with the oregano and salt and pepper.
  • Place the lid on the crockpot and cook on high for 3-4 hours, or on low for 5-6 hours. The vegetables should be soft and the sweet potatoes should be cooked through.
  • Just before serving, you’ll need to cook the meat to add to the vegetables. Heat a large non-stick skillet on the stovetop. Add the ground meat and use a spatula to break it up. Cook for about 5 minutes or until the meat is cooked through.
  • Transfer the cooked meat to a paper towel-lined plate to absorb any excess grease.
  • Then, carefully add the meat to the crockpot and stir to combine.
  • Serve the chili with about a tablespoon of chopped green onions per person.
  • Refrigerate or freeze any leftovers and re-heat on the stovetop.