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Slow-Cooker Sweet Potato Chicken Chili

This Slow-Cooker Sweet Potato Chicken Chili recipe is warm, hearty, and filling. It’s easy to throw in the slow cooker and have ready at dinnertime!

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This is the time of year that chili just begs to be made! It’s been a few months since I posted a chili recipe so I felt you were overdue.

You’re welcome!

After Thanksgiving, my mother-in-love made this chili one evening for us. It was a really cold night, I believe it was raining (typical Oregon weather), and my family was just getting over a weird little virus. This Slow-Cooker Sweet Potato Chicken Chili was what the doctor ordered, let me tell you!

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Ever since I had it back in November, I’ve been drooling for it. There is something about beans, potatoes, and chicken that is addicting and makes me want to just sit in front of the TV and stuff my face with this good stuff! But I would never do that. #OhyesIwould

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Now that I’m sitting here writing this post, I’m completely regretting the fact that I sent my hubby to work with leftovers. What was I thinking with the beans, potatoes, and chicken? It’s a good thing this chili is an easy one to throw together, and it’s a good thing the crockpot does all the work for me, otherwise I might be grouchy and a tad resentful that the hubby got the leftovers. Next time, I get the leftovers and he get the pb&j sandwich.

On second thought, I’ll just make more, so then we both get the leftovers.


Slow-Cooker Sweet Potato & Chicken Chili

Slow-Cooker Sweet Potato & Chicken Chili

Yield: 8
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 6 hours
Total Time: 6 hours 10 minutes

This Slow-Cooker Sweet Potato Chicken Chili recipe is warm, hearty, and filling. It's easy to throw in the slow cooker and have ready at dinnertime!


  • 2 medium sweet potatoes
  • 1 1/2 lbs boneless, skinless chicken breast
  • 1 (15 oz can) black beans, not drained
  • 1 (15 oz can) pinto beans, not drained
  • 1 (15 oz can) diced tomatoes
  • 1 cup onion, chopped
  • 1 red bell pepper, chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, finely minced
  • 1/2 tbsp chili powder
  • 1/2 tbsp cumin
  • salt and pepper to taste


  1. Peel the sweet potatoes and chop into 1 inch chunks.
  2. Place the chicken in the crockpot. Layer in the sweet potatoes, beans, tomatoes, veggies, garlic, and seasoning and cook on low for 6-8 hours.
  3. Remove the chicken with a slotted spoon and shred the chicken with two forks. Return the chicken to the crockpot and stir the chili to combine everything. Serve with all your favorite toppings. Store leftovers in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 10 days.


Recipe adapted from Ari's Menu

Top with sour cream, tortilla chips, chopped cilantro, and shredded cheddar cheese!

Nutrition information does not include toppings.

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 8 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 249Total Fat: 4gSaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 2gCholesterol: 72mgSodium: 345mgCarbohydrates: 24gFiber: 5gSugar: 9gProtein: 31g

Nutrition information isn’t always accurate.

Sweet Potato Chicken Chili Nutrition Info


Monday 3rd of December 2018

Could I cook this on HIGH for 3-4h instead of low for time?

Chelsia Rief

Monday 3rd of December 2018

Yes. I would just keep an eye on the butternut squash so it doesn't fall apart. You want it to still be tender.


Thursday 1st of November 2018

I have made this several times however last night everything was cooked for 8 hrs & I went to serve the sweet potatoes were not cooked...they were in small cubes & everything else was perfect..what happened? Bonita

Chelsia Rief

Thursday 1st of November 2018

That is a bummer! I'm so sorry! I have two thoughts. If the potatoes weren't submerged in the liquid enough, that could be the culprit. I've had this happen before where I didn't stir everything together well enough and I had the sweet potatoes mostly on top. I would say that would be the most likely. The other thing is how old is the crockpot? My crockpot is literally on its last leg (we're actually reading reviews and checking out a new one) and an older crockpot means uneven cooking if it is starting to go out. I hope one of these solutions help and I'm so sorry that happened to you. It has definitely happened to me before but because of the first reason.

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Tuesday 19th of January 2016

Followed the recipe exactly. Bland, almost inedible. Half a tablespoon of chili powder looked unusual but I didn't question it. I would have used three tablespoons. Perhaps that would have given this have some flavour.

Joshua Rief

Tuesday 19th of January 2016

Hi, Joco -

Thanks for your feedback. I have to say, we've made this recipe many, many times, as have many readers of Catz, and no one has ever reported it to be bland. Most of the flavor comes not from the chili powder, but from the garlic, red peppers, sweet potatoes, onions, and cumin. All of those ingredients have strong flavors, and when melded together for hours, result in a deeply flavorful chili. As you can see above, Christine, Kristina, Bonita, and Tammy all echo our family's feelings about the great flavor of this dish. Kristina did have some great ideas for spicing it up with chipotle peppers, if you wanted to try that.

I'm not sure what went wrong for you, but I am certainly sorry to hear that you had a ruined batch - that is always the worst! This is a tried and true recipe for us, though - a family favorite that we'll keep making again and again!

Better luck next time, and, again, our apologies that things didn't go well!


Saturday 19th of December 2015

I would like to try this recipe but would like to know if I can substitute ground chicken instead of chicken breast.

Chelsia Rief

Thursday 31st of December 2015

Hi Ann, I am so sorry for just now getting back to you. For some reason your comment was filtered into our spam box and we just went through the spam and caught your comment. I haven't tried ground chicken in this chili, but I would bet it would be delicious. Probably not as chunky, but just as yummy. When your browning the ground chicken, I would probably add a few more seasonings to it in the skillet so it has a bit more flavor tho. Maybe some cumin and chili powder? Again, so so sorry about not seeing your comment until now. Happy New Year's Eve!

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