Slow Cooker Sweet Potato Chili

Keep dinner simple with this slow cooker sweet potato chili. The cooked sweet potatoes add a touch of sweetness and taste great with the fresh chili flavors. This slow cooker recipe is vegetarian, vegan, and gluten-free.

Add a serving of vegan cornbread on the side for the best meal ever!

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

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 threw everything into the slow cooker and let it cook all day.

Why This Recipe is a Winner

  • Sweet potatoes add flavor and texture throughout this chili
  • Using a slow cooker means that dinner is cooking while you’re doing other things
  • Adding veggie crumbles contributes delicious plant-based protein to every bite!

Ingredients

You can find the full printable recipe, including ingredient quantities, below. But first, here are some explanations of ingredients and steps to help you make this recipe perfect every time.

Here are the ingredients you’ll need for this recipe:

  • Aromatics — We’ll be cooking chopped onion with garlic cloves in olive oil
  • Sweet potatoes — You’ll need two medium sweet potatoes
  • Black Beans — I prefer black beans, but you can substitute dark or light kidney beans
  • Tomatoes — You’ll need two 15-ounce cans of diced tomatoes
  • Tomato Sauce
  • Vegetable Broth
  • Veggie Crumbles — I suggest using veggie crumbles, but you can make it with or without veggie crumbles
  • Seasonings — You’ll be adding Chili seasoning or substitute homemade taco seasoning. You can also add salt and pepper based on your taste preferences.
A crockpot is full of sweet potato chili, ready to be served into bowls!

How to Make Sweet Potato Chili

It’s so easy to make this black bean sweet potato chili because it’s all done in the crockpot. That means you won’t need additional pans to make this recipe work.

  1. Cook Onions & Garlic — Place the chopped onions and minced garlic in a slow cooker and drizzle with olive oil. Set the temperature to high and stir these ingredients so they’re coated with the oil. Cook this for about 10 minutes, until the onions are starting to get tender.
  2. Add Veggies — Turn heat to low and stir in the chopped sweet potatoes, beans, tomatoes, tomato sauce, vegetable broth, and chili seasoning. Cook this for 6 to 8 hours.
  3. Add Crumbles — About 30 minutes before serving, add the veggie crumbles and nutritional yeast flakes. Stir to combine. Finally, add salt and pepper to taste.

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

Marly’s Tips

  • Try adding some chopped red bell peppers when sautéing the onions
  • Garnish individual servings with chopped cilantro
  • 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.

Storage Tips

To store chili, transfer it to an airtight container and store it in the fridge for up to 5 days. You can also freeze it. Store it in freezer comparable containers. Be sure not to fill them all the way. It will keep up 1 to 2 months in the freezer. To thaw it, leave the container in the fridge or overnight, or leave it out at room temperature for a few hours. Heat up individual servings in a microwave or in a saucepan on the stove.

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.

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.

More Vegan Chili

Here’s even more vegan chili recipes (and chili sides) you’ll love:

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.
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
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Course: Soup
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Resting Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Servings: 10
Calories: 99kcal
Author: Namely Marly

Ingredients

  • 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

Instructions

  • 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 to 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.

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Notes

Chili seasoning — I prefer to use taco seasoning because it has a higher ratio of cumin. You can take the basic taco seasoning ingredients and add more chili powder to achieve a homemade chili seasoning that works for you. 
Nutrition Facts
Sweet Potato Chili
Amount Per Serving
Calories 99 Calories from Fat 18
% Daily Value*
Fat 2g3%
Sodium 439mg18%
Potassium 423mg12%
Carbohydrates 15g5%
Fiber 5g20%
Sugar 3g3%
Protein 6g12%
Vitamin A 1265IU25%
Vitamin C 8.3mg10%
Calcium 43mg4%
Iron 2.6mg14%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

The nutrition information shown is an estimate provided by an online nutrition calculator and should not be considered a substitute for a professional nutritionist’s advice.

26 Responses to Slow Cooker Sweet Potato Chili

  1. Avatar thumbnail image for MarlyTraci Reply

    Marly…thanks so much for including my chili in your roundup! Somehow I missed National Chili Day, but actually, I didn’t…thanks to you 🙂 PS, you’re giving me sweet potato chili photog goals…yours is gorgeous! 🙂

    • Avatar thumbnail image for MarlyMarly

      Thanks, Traci! I’m happy to have you as part of my National Chili Day Celebration!

  2. Avatar thumbnail image for MarlyKara Reply

    I bet the sweet potato is a perfect balance to the spice. Looks so delicious!

  3. Avatar thumbnail image for MarlyRosemary Reply

    I can finally get sweet potatoes in Italy, so I can’t wait to try this. Sounds and looks delicious.

  4. Avatar thumbnail image for MarlyGinny McMeans Reply

    Sweet Potatoes are such a great idea. I NEED to make this! That looks like an awfully good line-up of chili recipes too!

    • Avatar thumbnail image for MarlyMarly

      Thanks, Ginny! It’s better thanks to your recipe!

  5. Avatar thumbnail image for MarlyKaren Reply

    YUM! Marly, this looks fantastic. I love sweet potatoes 🙂

  6. Avatar thumbnail image for Marlymelissa Reply

    I love sweet potatoes! This looks amaaaazing!

  7. Avatar thumbnail image for MarlyAlicia Reply

    You are totally right – chili doesn’t need any meat to be fantastic! I love sweet potatoes, so I’m excited to try this one!

    • Avatar thumbnail image for MarlyMarly

      Thanks Alicia! So excited to celebrate National Chili Day with you!

  8. Avatar thumbnail image for MarlyStacie Vaughan Reply

    I’ve never tried sweet potatoes in my chili! It looks delicious. I bet i wouldn’t even miss the meat!

    • Avatar thumbnail image for MarlyMarly

      Sweet potatoes add such a nice pop of sweetness to the chili. I almost always put ketchup in my chili, but not when I have sweet potatoes in it! ❤️

  9. Avatar thumbnail image for MarlyJennifer @ Show Me the Yummy Reply

    Sweet potato chili is the best kind of chili! Thanks for including my Instant Pot Vegetarian Chili 🙂

    • Avatar thumbnail image for MarlyMarly

      Ah, you’re so welcome Jennifer!

  10. Avatar thumbnail image for Marlyyify Reply

    Wow! This can be one particular of the most useful blogs We’love ever arrive across on this subject. Actually Excellent. I am also a specialist in this topic therefore I can understand your effort.

  11. Avatar thumbnail image for MarlyChristy Reply

    Hi! I just made this and it’s still cooking. Can’t wait to try it! The title says Quinoa but the directions don’t include it. Am I missing something? Perhaps you exchanged that ingredient with the veggie crumbles, but forgot to update the title?

    • Avatar thumbnail image for MarlyMarly

      Hi Christy! Thanks for your comment and I’m glad you’re trying this recipe. It’s one of our favorites! Also, thanks for your note about the quinoa. It was a “description” field that needed to be updated. It’s fixed now! Hugs to you!

  12. Avatar thumbnail image for MarlyTina Reply

    Oh my gosh- this chili recipe us amazing! Loved it! And the cornbread was done if the best I’ve ever had…. and I love cornbread, so that’s saying a lot! Thanks so much- your recipes are great.

    • Avatar thumbnail image for MarlyMarly

      Tina! You just made my day! I’m so glad you made both and loved them! Oh, that cornbread. I SO love it. We are kindred spirits!

  13. Avatar thumbnail image for Marlykristin Reply

    i love a good slow cooker chili recipe! nothing better than coming home and having dinner waiting for you!

  14. Avatar thumbnail image for MarlyJo Reply

    I noticed it doesn’t say to peel the sweet potatoes ( or does that go without saying ) and I could not find “note“ that it refers to seeing.

    • Avatar thumbnail image for MarlyMarly

      Hi Jo. Thanks for your comment. I do not peel the sweet potatoes in this recipe. I will add a note in the recipe for that. Thanks!

  15. Avatar thumbnail image for MarlyLisa Reply

    Where are the “notes?” You refer to them several times but there aren’t any on this page….?

    • Avatar thumbnail image for MarlyMarly

      Hi Lisa. I searched this page but didn’t see where I referenced notes. Are you possibly referring to a different page?

  16. Avatar thumbnail image for MarlyEmily Reply

    Hi Marly, the recipe calls for “3 tbsp chili seasoning (see note)” but I cannot find any notes. Can you clarify what chili seasoning is used? Thanks!

    • Avatar thumbnail image for MarlyMarly

      Hi Emily. The note is fixed now. It’s linking to my taco seasoning as a way to make it at home I feel like I’m constantly running out so having a way to make it at home is so nice! You can use any chili seasoning you like. I think they all have different variations based on the spices. Taco seasoning has a bit more cumin in the mix, but I really like that flavor so it works for me.

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