Crockpot Sweet Potato Chicken Chili

Warm, comforting chili filled with chicken, sweet potatoes, beans and veggies with ZERO cook time outside of the crockpot. Throw everything in before you leave for work, and come home to a delicious and healthy dinner.

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I’m only 3 days back into work after my 2 week break, and please tell me I’m not the only one tired already? I mean good tired, productive tired, the kind of tired that makes you want to dive in, push through, and get to the good stuff; not the kind of tired that leaves you needing an other vacation. So what I mean to say is: I’m pooped, but it’s awesome.


However, I cannot even begin to pretend I actually have the motivation or energy to come home and cook in the evening. I’m guessing many of you feel the same way, yes? Whether you’re tired from work, kids, or just life in general, there is nothing better than coming home to a delicious dinner that you can smell the second you pull into the garage. That’s one of my favorite things in life.


I very rarely make a crockpot recipe that includes any kind of cooking before hand. If I have to brown meat and sauté veggies, I feel like I might as well just actually make dinner, and who has time to cook before they go to work? I can barely get it together in the morning as it is! The only thing you have to do with this chili is get the sweet potatoes started in the microwave. This isn’t even mandatory, but it is recommended to ensure they get all the way done–I hate when my sweet potatoes aren’t soft enough!


Okay, so I have a confession. When I made this chili, I was trying to be so smart, and make a HUGE batch so ensure tons of leftovers. Well, that was great until I overfilled my crockpot, and little chili juices started running over the sides. I’ve filled that baby to the brim before, but this batch did it in! I finally decided that I need a second (and third) crockpot in my life. Did you know people actually do that? Own multiple crockpots? I need to become one of those people.


Packed with nutritious sweet potatoes, lean protein-packed chicken, and plenty of spice–this dish will rock your world, and make you completely forget that it’s “healthy”.

Crockpot Sweet Potato Chicken Chili

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 6 hours

Total Time: 6 hours, 15 minutes

Yield: approx 8 servings

Crockpot Sweet Potato Chicken Chili

Warm, comforting chili filled with chicken, sweet potatoes, beans and veggies with ZERO cook time outside of the crockpot. Throw everything in before you leave for work, and come home to a delicious and healthy dinner.


  • 1 large sweet potato
  • 1 1/2 lbs boneless, skinless chicken breast
  • 1 x 15 oz can black beans, not drained
  • 1 x 15 oz can pinto beans, not drained
  • 2 x 15 oz can crushed tomatoes
  • 1 sweet onion, chopped
  • 1 red bell pepper, chopped (or orange, or yellow)
  • 2 cloves garlic, finely minced
  • 3 chipotle peppers in adobo sauce
  • 1/2 tbsp chili powder
  • 1/2 tbsp cumin
  • generous pinch salt and pepper
  • Optional for topping:
  • nonfat plain Greek yogurt
  • fresh cilantro
  • freshly grated cheese of choice


  1. Pierce sweet potato several times with a fork. Heat in microwave for 2 minutes. This is optional, but recommended for sweet potatoes to reach desired tenderness. Chop into 1" chunks.
  2. Place chicken in slow cooker. Layer sweet potatoes on top, followed by beans, tomatoes, veggies, garlic chipotle peppers and seasonings. Cook for 6 hours on low.
  3. Before serving, remove chicken breasts and use forks or tongs to shred. Chicken should pull apart very easily. Return chicken to crockpot and stir chili to combine, then serve. Leftovers may be kept in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 10 days.


Recipe adapted from Pinch of Yum


    • Ari says

      You’ll love it! I made a pumpkin one a couple of years ago too, and I’ve been dreaming of a butternut squash variation!

    • Ari says

      I’ve been trying to take a break from the cookies too. I enjoyed my sugary holiday season, but my body didn’t seem to enjoy it as much as I did, haha. Back to focusing on delicious healthy meals for a while around these parts, and I have the feeling most people are in the same boat. 😉

    • Ari says

      Awww are they also allowed to have cookies? Because in hard times, I feel very strongly that dessert should always be included. Sending your friend lots of positive healing energy! xoxo

  1. Elizabeth says

    Is an actual sweet potato used or is a yam being used-it seems like a dumb question but recipes all too often say one but mean the other..

  2. says

    Your Crockpot Sweet Potato Chicken Chili sounds great! After a long run, usually 4 or more miles, I like to eat something healthy but simple. This sounds perfect for my “after run” meal! Thanks for providing the recipe, I can’t wait to try it!
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    • Ari says

      Yes! Lots of good carbs from the sweet potatoes and beans and healthy protein to fill ya up and replenish what you worked off! You’re so good! After a long run, I usually eat pizza. 😉

  3. Suzanne says

    Thank you for this recipe, it’s in the crockpot now ready for tomorrow! Can’t wait for dinner….very excited to try a non-ground beef-based chili. The sweet potatoes seem like a wonderful, hearty addition. Thank you!

  4. Leslie says

    I’m curious how spicy this really is. I don’t mind some kick but my husband is a wuss and then he gets defensive of our three girls shed 4 and under. :) I chopped up the peppers but then pulled them out and scraped as many of the seeds as I could and put back half the peppers but I’m still scared. :)

    • Ari says

      Hi Leslie, I didn’t find it to be very spicy, but everyone’s tastes are different, so it’s difficult for me to say how your family will feel. You can always cool it down with some nonfat Greek yogurt or sour cream!

    • Tiffany says

      adobo peppers are HOT.
      rather, the sauce is.
      I omit in the recipe, then serve the jar alongside for people to scoop the sauce and stir it into theirs. Does the job just fine.

  5. Lisa MacGillivray says

    Thus looks great and very healthy but what is the nutritional information on this. Mainly the carb count per serving.

    • Ari says

      Thanks Lisa, I don’t count calories or macronutrients, but you can easily plug the recipe into one of many online calculators to find that information.

  6. Tiffany says

    This was terrific. I really enjoyed it. I had to sub white and northern beans b/c that’s what I had, and since husband is a woos, I skipped the adobo peppers but snuck in some chipotle powder :).

    Very hearty and warm, and so healthy.

    I didn’t peel the sweet potatoes. I did scrub them then just cut them so we could keep all the nutrients.


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