Instant Pot Sweet Potato Chili Recipe (2024)

This Instant Pot Sweet Potato Chili makes a hearty, delicious chili recipe in minutes! Made with ground beef, sweet potatoes, and packed with flavor!

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If you love chili as much as I do, then I think you are going to absolutely love this sweet potato chili recipe. Made in the Instant Pot, it tastes like it has been simmering away on the stovetop all day even though it is ready and on the table in less than 30 minutes!

Instant Pot Sweet Potato Chili Recipe

I love recipes like that! Don’t you?

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How to Make Instant Pot Sweet Potato Chili Recipe

To make it, I add olive oil to the interior pot of my Instant Pot set on the saute setting. Then, I add in my diced onion and saute until the onion is just tender. Then, I add in my garlic, ground pork and ground beef.

I love the complexity of the pork and ground beef in this recipe, but you can certainly just use ground beef. You can also substitute the beef with ground turkey, if you prefer.

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Once the meat has been browned, I add in my sweet potatoes. It always amazes me how quickly they cook to absolute perfection in the Instant Pot! Then, I stir in the celery, crushed tomatoes, Worcestershire sauce (or coconut aminos if you are following a Paleo or Whole-30 lifestyle), cumin and chili powder.

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The chili is flavorful, with tender pieces of sweet potato and just the right amount of spiciness so that everyone can enjoy it. Of course, if you like a spicier chili, add a little more. I always like to have a container of chili powder on the serving table when I serve my chili so that people can add more to their individual liking.

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Here’s my Instant Pot Sweet Potato Chili recipe. I hope you love it!

Instant Pot Sweet Potato Chili Recipe

Robyn Stone

4.93 from 13 votes

This Instant Pot Sweet Potato Chili makes a hearty, delicious chili recipe in minutes! Made with ground beef, sweet potatoes, and packed with flavor!

Prep Time: 5 minutes minutes

Cook Time: 20 minutes minutes

Total Time: 25 minutes minutes

Servings: 8


  • 1 teaspoon olive oil
  • 1 medium onion, diced
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/2 pound ground pork
  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1 large sweet potato, peeled and cut into 1/2-inch pieces
  • 3 stalks celery, sliced
  • 3 1/2 cups crushed tomatoes, or 1 (28-ounce) can
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce, or coconut aminos
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • salt and pepper, to taste

Optional toppings:

  • avocado, diced


  • Set the Instant Pot to the Saute setting. Add olive oil to the interior pot, followed by the diced onion. Saute until tender and then add minced garlic, ground pork, and ground beef. Cook, stirring frequently, until the pork and beef are browned. Add sweet potato, celery, crushed tomatoes, Worcestershire sauce, cumin, and chili powder. Stir to combine well and situate the top onto the Instant Pot.

  • Set the Instant Pot to 10 minutes of High Pressure using the Manual setting. Allow to release pressure naturally and then carefully release any additional pressure before removing the top of the Instant Pot.

  • Serve the chili with any additional toppings desired.

Stove Top Instructions:

  • Add olive oil to a Dutch oven set over medium heat. Add in the onion and cook until tender, about 3 minutes. Then add in the garlic, pork, and beef. Cook, stirring frequently, until the pork and beef are browned. Add the sweet potato, celery, crushed tomatoes, Worcestershire sauce, cumin and chili powder. Stir to combine, cover and allow to simmer until the sweet potatoes are fork tender, about 30 minutes. Serve with toppings.


Calories: 269kcal | Carbohydrates: 10g | Protein: 16g | Fat: 18g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Cholesterol: 60mg | Sodium: 231mg | Potassium: 634mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin A: 385IU | Vitamin C: 12mg | Calcium: 66mg | Iron: 3.1mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

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Instant Pot Sweet Potato Chili Recipe (2024)


How does the chili setting on instant pot work? ›

What Is the Instant Pot Chili/Bean Setting? The bean/chili setting on the Instant Pot cooks at high pressure and can be set to "more," which is 30 minutes, or "less," which will cook for 25 minutes. You may choose the bean/chili setting and do a quick release after 15 minutes.

How do you get the no burn on instant pot chili? ›

Add the broth and beans and stir well, scraping the button to remove any stuck on bits on the bottom of the Instant Pot. Add the tomato paste and crushed tomatoes on top, but do not stir. This will help to prevent a burn message during pressure cooking!

How do you make chili less watery in an instant pot? ›

Mix in a scoop of cornstarch, all-purpose flour, or oats.

Rather than adding it directly to the chili (which can create clumps) make a slurry. In a small bowl, mix 1 tablespoon of cornstarch with 1 tablespoon of water, then stir this into the pot of chili.

Why is my Instant Pot not pressurizing chili? ›

SOLUTION: Open the Instant Pot and make sure there's enough liquid. If too much liquid has evaporated, the Instant Pot won't pressurize, so add more liquid if necessary.

How to know when an Instant Pot is done? ›

Once pressure cooking has completed, the Instant Pot will chime and will begin counting up the minutes (if in Keep Warm mode). Move the steam release valve from Seal to Vent position. A jet of steam will begin coming out from the steam release valve. Be very careful of the hot steam.

Why is food burning on the bottom of my Instant Pot? ›

Here's what may be triggering the burn notice and the precautions you can take to prevent it.
  • Your steam valve isn't sealed. A pressure cooker can't pressure cook without steam. ...
  • There isn't enough liquid. ...
  • You added ingredients at the wrong time or in the wrong order. ...
  • Something's up with your Instant Pot.
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Why is my chili burning to the bottom of the pot? ›

The number 1 reason why chili gets burned at the bottom of the slow cooker is because the pot does not have enough liquid in it. This will result in burning the bottom and sides of the chili in the pot.

Should chili be thick or soupy? ›

Chili should be thick and hearty enough to be a meal on its own, but sometimes there's just a bit more liquid than you want in the pot. While you can simply keep simmering the chili, that method risks overcooking softer ingredients like the beans, losing all your nice texture to mushy monotony.

How to make chili more flavorful? ›

Elevate with Extra Flavor

Elevate your chili recipe by adding an extra layer of flavor. Cocoa powder, bacon, cinnamon, ground coffee and tomato paste will all add a rich sweet & salty flavors that are sure to surprise and delight.

What is the best thickener for chili? ›

Using Cornmeal to Thicken Chili

Cornmeal is one of our go-to thickening agents for chili. Unlike all-purpose flour, this Southern pantry staple adds a subtle earthy flavor to the chili in addition to thickening it up. You can use white or yellow cornmeal that is fine to medium-grain.

What kind of pot is best for sweet potatoes? ›

For planting sweet potatoes, use the largest possible pot with drainage holes. Sweet potatoes grow down deep in soil, so your container should be at least 12” deep and 2 feet across per plant. Any smaller than these dimensions and you will end up with smaller sized yields.

Do sweet potatoes take longer to cook? ›

It depends on the size of the sweet potato, what temperature you bake them at, and whether you're baking them whole or roasting them in pieces. A good rule of thumb for whole baked sweet potatoes: 45 minutes to 1 hour at 400 degrees F; 1 hour to 1 hour 15 minutes at 350 degrees F; 1 and 1/2 hours at 325 degrees F.

How long does it take for sweet potatoes to get tender? ›

Cut into eighths and place in a large pot. Add enough water to just cover the potatoes, and a pinch of salt. Boil sweet potatoes for 15 to 20 minutes, until they are tender when pierced with a fork. It will take less time if you cut the sweet potatoes into smaller pieces.

How long to warm up chili in Instant Pot? ›

Reheating Beef Chili on Slow Cook Setting

Alternatively, you can set the Instant Pot to SLOW COOK on HIGH and let it warm up for about 45-60 minutes to get warm.

What is the difference between pressure cook and meat stew on Instant Pot? ›

The Less mode is suitable for softer texture meat, while the Normal mode is for very tender meat, and the More mode is for fall-off-the-bone texture [2]. The Meat/Stew setting is specifically tailored to achieve optimal results when cooking meat and stews [2].

How does the soup setting work on the Instant Pot? ›

Instant Pot SOUP Setting (SOUP/BROTH BUTTON) The default Instant Pot soup setting is pre-programmed to set the pot to cook at HIGH pressure for 30 minutes. The soup program brings the contents of the pot to a slow simmer and results in a clear broth due to lack of boiling motion.

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