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Slow Cooker Sweet Potato, Quinoa, Black Bean Chili


Every fall I get a major craving for chili. So hearty, savory, and delicious- and easy too! I have already been in the mood for winter food. Something about soups and chili make my heart so happy. This is an easy recipe- Slow Cooker Sweet Potato, Quinoa, Black Bean Chili that is super healthy. I had a bag of sweet potatoes I needed to use up, so I got the idea to make this chili I made over a year ago. I loved it so much I tweaked the recipe and made it a second time for my family. This is a great dish to make ahead and freeze, or to take to a potluck. I think you could sub regular potatoes for sweet, and it would still be a hearty chili without the ground beef (for a vegetarian dish). We actually had elk from a family friend that has been sitting in our freezer so we used it and it turned out great. I have also made it with ground turkey, ground beef, and simply vegetarian.


This recipe is so easy because all you do is throw all the ingredients into your crockpot, turn it on, and cook it low for eight hours. That is it! It doesn’t come out mushy, and it is super flavorful. You will see in my recipe below that it is optional to add some salsa. I added it recently and loved the way it came out, but it tastes just as good without.

Some fun ideas for toppings are avocado, tortilla chips, fritos, sour cream, greek yogurt, and cheese. Cilantro would also taste great.


What are your favorite fall and winter recipes?

5.0 from 5 reviews
Crockpot Quinoa, Sweet Potato, and Ground Beef Chili
Easy and delicious weeknight meal sure to please the whole family!
Recipe type: Dinner
Cuisine: Southwest
Serves: 6-8 servings
  • 1 pound ground beef, browned, drained, and rinsed
  • 1 can black beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 6 oz can tomato paste
  • 2.5 cups chicken broth
  • ½ cup quinoa, rinsed
  • 1 yellow onion, diced
  • 1 jalepeno
  • 2 large sweet pepper or bell pepper
  • 1 tablespoon cocoa powder
  • 2 medium sweet potatoes, peeled and diced
  • 1 tablespoon chili powder
  • 1 tablespoon cocoa powder
  • 2 teaspoons ground cumin
  • ¼ teaspoon paprika
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • Pepper to taste
  • Garlic powder to taste (I am an addict for garlic powder!)
  • ½ cup salsa (optional)
  1. Combine all ingredients in a large crockpot. Brown ground beef, drain and rinse, and add to mixture in crockpot. Cook on low 7-8 hours. Enjoy!
  2. Garnish with sour cream, greek yogurt, diced avocado, tortilla chips/ fritos, or shredded cheese!


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  • Reply Stacie @ Divine Lifestyle

    That looks delicious. I love chili, and I love trying new recipes. I’ve never heard of a chili quite like this before.

    November 24, 2015 at 3:36 pm
  • Reply Robin (Masshole Mommy)

    Chili is one of our favorite meals during the fall and winter. I have never tried it with sweet potatoes, I bet it’s nice!

    November 24, 2015 at 3:52 pm
  • Reply Jeanette

    This looks great and its healthy. My dad loves food and he needs to eat healthier this will be the best of both worlds.

    November 24, 2015 at 4:29 pm
  • Reply Lynzy

    Definitely just pinned this. This recipe looks so good. I love that it has sweet potatoes in it!

    November 24, 2015 at 4:50 pm
  • Reply kristie burnett

    I am always on the hunt for slow cooker recipes. Thank you!

    November 24, 2015 at 4:57 pm
  • Reply Eugenia Lung

    OO this sounds really good and unique! I need to try it!

    November 24, 2015 at 5:13 pm
  • Reply Annemarie LeBlanc

    The finished product looks so heavenly! My kids love chili and this would be a healthier variation of the standard recipe! Can’t wait to make this. Thanks!

    November 24, 2015 at 5:44 pm
  • Reply Liz Mays

    Oh yum, I should definitely try this out on a cold day. Warming up with a nice cup of slow cooked chili with delicious sweet potatoes would be amazing.

    November 24, 2015 at 6:21 pm
  • Reply Kate K (My Mommy Brain)

    That looks so YUMMY! Get that chili into my belly now!

    November 24, 2015 at 6:37 pm
  • Reply Doria

    Oh yum! This looks so delish, I’m definitely trying it asap!

    November 24, 2015 at 6:49 pm
  • Reply Nancy (@spiffykerms)

    Chili is one of those stick-to-your-ribs heart warming meals that my Mom always cooks for me when I’m home visiting (a 10+ hour flight away, yeesh!). I can’t wait to go back for Chrsitmas and fill my belly. Then again I suppose I could make my own! Ha!

    November 24, 2015 at 7:43 pm
  • Reply Maya

    The chili scares me a little bit, but this is something I HAVE to try! Looks so good!

    November 24, 2015 at 9:52 pm
  • Reply MyTeenGuide

    Oh, how tasty does it look. I heard about the many benefits of Quinoa. I have to try this.

    November 25, 2015 at 3:03 am
  • Reply Terri Ramsey Beavers

    I look forward to cooler weather for the chili I know I’m going to make. I find scrumptious looking recipes like yours and cook away.

    November 25, 2015 at 5:57 am
  • Reply Crystal Lopez

    I love chili in the winter and it is such an easy family dish! I love that this is so much healthier than other traditional recipes!

    November 25, 2015 at 8:01 am
  • Reply Melissa

    Wow this looks so good! I know my daughter would love it! I will have to make this for the family real soon, I love a good crockpot recipe!

    November 25, 2015 at 8:51 am
  • Reply Jessica H.

    I love making chili this time of year! Adding sweet potato sounds delicious!

    November 25, 2015 at 9:31 am
  • Reply ricci

    Oh wow!! This looks like a super yummy and healthy version of some chili I actually want to make right now!! Great recipe!!

    November 25, 2015 at 11:02 am
  • Reply Rosey

    It sounds good to me. I love crock pot recipes. Easy is my friend.

    November 25, 2015 at 11:39 am
  • Reply Ann Bacciaglia

    This looks so delicious. I have never tried chill with sweet potatoes in it before. I will have to try this recipe this weekend.

    November 25, 2015 at 12:13 pm
  • Reply lisa

    This is my kind of chili! I love anything with sweet potatoes and black beans. I have a new love of quinoa too.

    November 25, 2015 at 2:06 pm
  • Reply Wood Arts Universe

    I’m loving sweet potato! This recipe will be on my to-do list recipes to try. Thanks a lot for sharing this one. 😀

    November 25, 2015 at 5:30 pm
  • Reply Katherine G

    I never thought of adding sweet potato stew chili before. It sounds like a very interesting ingredient to it. I would love to know how it tastes. So I might have to give this recipe a try.

    November 25, 2015 at 6:59 pm
  • Reply Jess Scull

    I love chili! What a great spin to the recipe!

    November 25, 2015 at 7:12 pm
  • Reply Brooke @ Blushing Noir

    I’ve never heard of sweet potatoes in chili! Totally doing this … it’ll be the perfect comfort food!

    November 25, 2015 at 9:16 pm
  • Reply Carly

    YUM, this looks amazing!

    November 25, 2015 at 10:48 pm
  • Reply ashleigh

    I love using the crock pot during winter. It’s so nice to smell it cooking all day, this looks great!

    November 26, 2015 at 6:58 am
  • Reply Audrey

    I’ve pinned this post! I can’t wait to try this recipe!

    November 26, 2015 at 8:19 am
  • Reply Jennifer Pilgrim

    This looks so darn good. I am thinking of making it for dinner tonight. I hope I have all of the ingredients on hand. Yum!

    November 27, 2015 at 4:17 pm
  • Reply CourtneyLynne

    Nothing better than a bowl of chilly in a winter night! This looks delicious!

    November 30, 2015 at 2:18 pm
  • Reply Rachael Gilbert

    Yum!! Definitely trying this tomorrow night! Glad I found you through the Lets Be Friends blog hop 🙂

    December 2, 2015 at 7:15 am
  • Reply Renee @ Gettin' Fit Fab

    OMG that looks so yummy!!!!! We love Chili in this house, and I definitely need to try this out!

    December 3, 2015 at 10:58 am
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