I am always looking for easy and healthy meals to prepare for my family. A bonus is when they love it so much they ask for it, aka it because a staple in our dinner rotation. I’m going to be completely honest, my kids don’t love this meal. But my husband and I love it. So it’s the one of the few times I will make something different for the kids so that my husband and I can enjoy something we really like.
Anywho- I stumbled on a similar recipe on the internet over the winter and I’ve tweaked it to be more kid friendly. But, like I said, the kids don’t love it. I think it has to do with how it looks (I mean, it’s chili so its a bunch of food mashed together) not so much about how it tastes. Plus, the first time I made it my oldest had to dramatically tell us how gross it looked so the other two quickly followed suit. <sigh>
Sweet Potato Chili. When I first read the recipe, I could not understand how it was going to work but I needed to try it. I like chili. I like sweet potatoes. Why not?
When I made this for the first few times, we used ground venison. When we ran out of venison I switched to grass-fed beef and it took a few times to adjust to the taste because we were spoiled with the venison. So you could make this with any ground meat.
1 pound of ground meat (venison, grass-fed or organic beef, organic turkey, etc.)
3-4 medium to large sweet potatoes
1 medium onion
3 minced garlic cloves
1 red pepper (or 4-5 of the small sweet peppers)
1 large can (28 oz-ish) of diced tomatoes
1 teaspoon kosher salt
1/2 teaspoon of ground pepper
1-3 tablespoons of chili powder (to taste)
1 teaspoon ground cumin
1 cup of broth (I used home made chicken both broth, but you could use what’s in your pantry)
1. Brown the meat with diced potatoes, onion and garlic.
2. While step one is browning, dice your sweet potatoes and toss them in a crockpot/slow cooker. The smaller the dice, the less time the sweet potatoes will need to cook.
3. Toss the browned meat into your slow cooker with the tomatoes, salt, pepper, cumin, and chili pepper.
4. Stir to combine and set on medium heat or the 6 hour setting.
5. Prepare a green to eat (that’s a rule in out house) and Eat!
This recipe is paleo if you do not add sour cream or cheese! Bonus!