Slow Cooker Sweet Potato Chili

You’ll drool over this Slow Cooker Sweet Potato Chili. The cooked sweet potatoes adds a touch of sweetness and tastes great with the fresh chili flavors. This slow cooker chili is vegetarian, vegan, and gluten-free. You’ll love the extra nutrition provided from this sweet potatoes black bean chili recipe.

Two bowls of vegan sweet potato chili sit one in front of the other. A bit of parsley is in the background.

Sweet Potato Chili Slow Cooker

I decided to make this vegan sweet potato chili using black beans because I had a hunch that the flavors would go well together. I was right.

I also thought it would be nice to make this in a slow cooker to let the flavors simmer together all day. And that worked like a charm too.

But before I go off sounding like the chili whisperer, there’s another reason I used a slow cooker with this recipe: time. Sweet potatoes cook up so easily (thanks to their natural sugars) and so I could throw everything into the slow cooker and let it cook all day, and that’s exactly what I did.

A crockpot is full of sweet potato chili, ready to be served into bowls!

Vegan Chili

If you’re used to putting meat in your chili you might be surprised to learn that you don’t have to. In fact, I wonder if that’s where the whole “con carne” thing comes from in the first. It means, “with meat”. That means chili, in and of itself is at a minimum vegetarian, unless the con carne is added.

If you’re doubtful, I recommend you try this sweet potato chili recipe as an experiment. I think you’ll be pleasantly surprised.

Two bowls of sweet potato chili sit one in front of the other. There are slices of sweet potatoes and a sprig of parsley in the background.

How to make This Chili

There are some ingredients you’ll want to have on hand to make this sweet potato chili recipe:

  • Sweet potatoes
  • Black Beans
  • Canned tomatoes
  • Onions
  • Vegetable Broth
  • Veggie Crumbles
  • Seasonings

It’s all done in the crockpot so you won’t need additional pans to make this recipe work, unless you choose to cook the onions in a skillet. Otherwise, the crockpot will do the trick. I started the crockpot on high to cook the onions, and then switched it over to low to allow the ingredients to simmer all day.

The house smelled so good by the time dinner was ready!

Adapting this Chili Recipe

I love adapting recipes, even my own! Here’s some ideas to adapt this sweet potato chili recipe:

  • I suggest using veggie crumbles, but you can make it with or without veggie crumbles
  • Try adding some chopped red peppers when sautéing the onions
  • For sure add some chopped cilantro when serving this chili
  • If you like it spicy (like me), add additional heat with a teaspoon (or two) of sriracha or crushed red peppers
  • You could add a cup of frozen corn kernels to this recipe.

You can also freeze this chili! Simply let it cool and then pour it into air-tight, freezer compatible containers. Be sure not to fill the containers all the way to the top! Then place the lid on top and place it in the freezer. What we do is put half of this chili in the fridge and half in the freezer. That way we can pull out a “fresh” batch of chili from the freezer after we’re done eating what’s been i the fridge.

Be sure to serve this sweet potato chili with our favorite (and easy) Vegan Cornbread! The two together are fabulous!

Two bowls of sweet potato chili are in this photo. There is one bowl in the front and another behind it. There are slices of sweet potato and a sprig of parsley behind them.

We love this recipe for Slow Cooker Sweet Potato Chili. Check out below where we’ve shared recipes from food bloggers to celebrate National Chili Day! In the meantime, if you decide to make this recipe, please be sure to snap a photo and share it with me using #namelymarly on Instagram or Twitter. We love seeing your photos!

Two bowls of sweet potato chili sit one in front of the other. There are slices of sweet potatoes and a sprig of parsley in the background.

Sweet Potato Chili

This slow cooker chili is vegetarian, vegan, and gluten-free. You’ll love the extra nutrition provided from this sweet potatoes black bean chili recipe.
5 from 9 votes
Print Pin Rate
Course: Soup
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Sweet Potato Chili
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Resting Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Servings: 10
Calories: 99kcal
Author: Namely Marly


  • 1 medium onion , peeled and chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic , minced
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 2 medium sweet potatoes , washed and chopped (see note)
  • 2 15 oz cans black beans
  • 2 15 oz cans diced tomatoes
  • 8 oz tomato sauce
  • 1 cups vegetable broth
  • 3 tablespoons chili seasoning (see note)
  • 1 cup veggie crumbles
  • 2 tablespoons nutritional yeast flakes , optional
  • salt and pepper to taste


  • Place the chopped onions and minced garlic in a slow cooker and drizzle with olive oil. Stir to combine. Set temperature to high and cook for about 10 minutes. See note for stovetop instructions.
  • Turn heat to low and add the chopped sweet potatoes, beans, tomatoes, tomato sauce, vegetable broth, and chili seasoning. Cook for 6 – 8 hours.
  • About 30 minutes before serving, add the veggie crumbles and nutritional yeast flakes. Stir to combine. Add salt and pepper to taste.
  • Serve warm with vegan cornbread.

Celebrating National Chili Day

Did you know it’s National Chili Day? I know, so exciting! I’ve learned that every day is probably a national food day of some sort, and today’s day happens to be chili. We should celebrate, don’t you think?

So, I’ve teamed together with some of my favorite food blog friends to share with you 29 awesome chili recipes! Now, not all my friends are vegan. That means some of the recipes mentioned below are not even vegetarian, let alone vegan. If you like a recipe and would like some help veganizing it, just send me a note and I’ll be happy to do my best.

A collage of various chili recipe photos. The text reads: 29 Hearty Chili Recipes.

Vegan Taco Soup Chili

Instant Pot White Chili by Ashlee Marie

Easy Vegan Chili

Instant Pot Vegan Chili from Brand New Vegan

Homemade 3 Bean Vegetarian Chili thanks to an Italian in my Kitchen

One-Pot Chili Mac and Cheese

Taco Chili by Simply Stacie

Vegan Chili Cheese Dog

Easy Enchilada Chili by Creations by Kara

Easy One-Hour Chili by I Love Vegan

Slow Cooker White Chili via Real Mom Kitchen

White Bean Vegan Chili from Bakerita

Slow Cooker Chili by Pretty Providence

Easy Vegetarian Chili from Eating Well

Creamy White Chili via Isabelle at the Crumb Blog

Instant Pot Chili via Savory Experiment

Accidentally Awesome Vegan Chili by the Kitchen Girl

Verde Chili by the Baker Upstairs

Instant Pot Lentil Chili via 365 Days of Slow Cooking

Red Beans Vegan Chili by the Simple Vegan Blog

Slow Cooker Chili thanks to My Mommy Style

Black Bean Vegan Chili Enchiladas by the Savory Vegan

Easy BBQ Crock Pot Lentil Chili by Cotter Crunch

Killer Vegan Chili by Eat Healthy, Eat Happy

Instant Pot Lentil and Bean Chili from Super Golden Bakes

Vegan Chili with Mixed Beans by Vegan in the Freezer

Jalapeño Popper Chili by Premeditated Leftovers

Instant Pot Vegetarian Chili by Show me the Yummy

Award Winning Crockpot Chili from Heather Likes Food

That’s it for today’s celebration for National Chili Day. Enjoy!

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