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Instant Pot Beef and Sweet Potato Chili

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A thick and creamy chili made in the Instant Pot with ground beef, 3 beans, and sweet potato.

Beef and Sweet Potato chili in a white bowl topped with shredded cheese, diced avocado, and tortilla chips.

This recipe came about because I wanted to make a beef chili with sweet potatoes, but my daughter won’t eat them if she sees them. Once the chili was done, I decided to mash it and what resulted was a thick and creamy chili.

I do tell my kids when I’m ‘hiding’ a vegetable, and they see me cooking. My daughter doesn’t mind when the vegetable is mashed, she just refuses to try it when it’s whole. Do what works for your family 🙂

I actually love how the mashed sweet potato gives the chili a thick consistency. It was perfect to use leftovers on hot dogs the next day.

Up close view of Chili in a bowl topped with cheese, onions and diced avocado.

What You’ll Need

Ground Beef, Canned Beans, Tomato Sauce, Diced Sweet Potato, Beef Bouillon, and Chili Seasoning.

The ingredients for this Beef and Sweet Potato Chili are simple and everything is cooked in the Instant Pot. One Pot, less mess!

Spread of ingredients: Ground beef, beans, sweet potato, tomato sauce, beef bouillon, and chili seasoning.

I also decided not to use any diced onions or garlic in this recipe, because my daughter would pick those out. The flavor was still great with the chili seasoning blend.


Ground Beef- You can substitute with ground turkey, chicken, or make it meatless by using a plant based ground.

Sweet Potato- You can substitute white potato, butternut squash, or even pumpkin puree.

Hand holding the bowl with chili inside.

Beans– For the canned beans, I used a 3 Bean Blend which has Pinto, Black, and Kidney beans. Feel free to use whichever types of beans you prefer for this recipe.

Chili Spice Blend– I used 2 Tbsp of a chili spice blend from Trader Joe’s. To make your own use: 2 tsp Chili Powder, 1 tsp Cumin, 1 tsp Onion Powder, and 1 tsp Garlic Powder.

Serving and Storing the Beef and Sweet Potato Chili

I like to serve the chili with lots of toppings and corn chips.

For my kids they like shredded Mexican cheese blend and a dollop or Greek yogurt.

Overhead view of chili in a beige bowl.

For my husband and I, we do dairy free cheese, hot sauce, pickled jalapenos, diced avocado, and green onions.

This Beef and Sweet Potato chili also taste great over rice, egg noodles, or on top of mixed greens for a lighter option.

The chili can be stored in the fridge for 5 days or place in a freezer safe container or bag, up to 2 months. Frozen chili can be thawed overnight in the fridge and reheat in a pot on the stove.

I love keeping a stock pile of frozen meals to have on hand for easy dinners!

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Chili in a bowl topped with cheese, avocado, and tortilla chips.

Instant Pot Beef and Sweet Potato Chili Recipe

A thick and creamy chili made in the Instant Pot with ground beef, 3 beans, and sweet potato.
5 from 2 votes
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Pressure Time 10 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Servings 8


  • 1 Tablespoon Oil
  • 1.5 pounds Ground Beef 1 lb will be thinner, 2 lbs will be a thicker meatier chili.
  • 2 Tablespoon Chili Seasoning Blend This blend has chili powder, onion powder, garlic powder, and cumin.
  • 1 teaspoon Beef Bouillon or replace with 1 tsp of salt
  • 15 ounce Tomato Sauce
  • 2 15 oz Cans of Beans I used a Tri Blend
  • 1 Cup Diced Sweet Potato Fresh or Frozen
  • 1 Cup Water
  • Optional Toppings: Shredded Cheese, hot sauce, sour cream or yogurt, avocado, green onions, and corn chips.


  • Set Instant Pot to Saute and allow to heat up for a minute. Add oil, Ground Beef, and cook till beef is browned. Add Chili seasoning and beef bouillon or substitute with 1 tsp of salt.
  • Add both cans of drained beans, tomato sauce, diced sweet potatoes, and 1 cup of water. Combine, place lid on pot, lock and set valve to sealing. Set timer for 25 minutes on high pressure.
  • Once the timer goes off, I prefer to let the pressure release naturally for 10 minutes, or you can quick release the pressure using a kitchen tool to move the valve over. Just be careful with the hot steam.
  • After the valve has dropped, remove the lid and with a potato masher, start lightly mashing the chili until the sweet potato is incorporated.
  • Serve with your favorite toppings like shredded cheese, green onions, hot sauce, avocado, and chips.



Leftovers can be stored up to 5 days in the refrigerator or frozen up to 2 months.
To make on the stove top, follow the same steps and brown beef in large pot, then simmer with remaining ingredients for 45 min or until sweet potato is very tender.
More Instant Pot Recipes:
Mexican Shredded Beef
Posole Rojo


Calories: 251kcalCarbohydrates: 4gProtein: 15gFat: 19gSaturated Fat: 7gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 9gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 60mgSodium: 71mgPotassium: 327mgFiber: 1gSugar: 1gVitamin A: 3221IUVitamin C: 1mgCalcium: 25mgIron: 2mg

Nutritional information is provided as an estimate only and depends on ingredients and amounts used. Thai Caliente makes no guarantees to the accuracy of this information.

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  1. Great recipe! The family isn’t feeling so well and this was perfect. Uses ingredient we generally have on hand, Super easy to make, and it’s a great comfort dish. Thanks for posting this!