This Whole30 smoky sweet potato chili is a special preview recipe from The Whole30 Slow Cooker by Melissa Urban. It is complex and delicious, with sweet and savory notes, the perfect winter meal. It does call for a specialty ingredient: smoked salt. While it’s certainly not crucial that you use smoked salt in this chili (the recipe works just fine with regular salt), it’s a fun ingredient to have on hand, and most larger supermarkets stock it. With just a sprinkle, it adds a new flavor dimension to simple roasted vegetables and meats.

Whole30 Smoky Sweet Potato Chili

Photos by:  Brian Kavanagh | The Sophisticated Caveman

Photo credit: Brian Kavanagh | The Sophisticated Caveman
Chili with sweet potatoes and onions

Whole30 Smoky Sweet Potato Chili

4.33 from 131 votes
Prep Time 30 mins
Cook Time 8 hrs
With Slowcooker on High 4 hrs
Servings 6


  • 1 1/2 pounds lean ground beef
  • 1 medium red onion, chopped
  • 1 poblano pepper, seeded and diced
  • 2 large sweet potatoes, peeled and cut into 1/2-inch cubes (4 cups)
  • 1 can (10.75 ounces) Whole30-compatible tomato puree
  • 1 can (15 ounces) Whole30-compatible crushed tomatoes
  • 2 cups Whole30-compatible tomato juice
  • 2 tablespoons cider vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon chili powder
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons smoked paprika
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon allspice
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1 teaspoon smoked salt or regular salt
  • Finely chopped red onion (optional)


  • In a large skillet, COOK the beef over medium-high heat, stirring with a wooden spoon, until browned, about 10 minutes.
  • DRAIN off the fat.
  • TRANSFER the beef to a 4- to 5-quart slow cooker. Add the onion, poblano pepper, sweet potatoes, tomato puree, crushed tomatoes, tomato juice, vinegar, chili powder, smoked paprika, cumin, garlic powder, allspice, cayenne, and salt to the cooker. Stir to combine.
  • COVER and cook on low for 8 hours or on high for 4 hours.
  • If desired, TOP servings with chopped onions.
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