Eco-friendly Recipe: Sweet Potato Chili

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.  IMG_1309.JPG
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.

IMG_1310.JPG 3. Toss the browned meat into your slow cooker with the tomatoes, salt, pepper, cumin, and chili pepper.

IMG_1311.JPG  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!