Beef and Sweet Potato Chili. Perfect for a chilly day! Get it? Chilly, chili? Okay, okay, that wasn’t that good. But this recipe sure is! Once you try it, you’ll be craving it all winter. Packed with all the goods – protein, carbs, and vegetables – it’s a filling meal, too. And easy! This beef and sweet potato chili recipe is made completely in the Instant Pot, so you know it will come together easily and quickly.

Not to mention, it is super nutritious! Sweet potatoes are packed with vitamin A, potassium, and fiber! Vitamin A plays a very important role in immune function, which is especially helpful in the winter months, when illnesses spread quickly. When you think of potassium, you might think of a banana, but did you know that sweet potatoes actually have more potassium per serving when compared to bananas?! Potassium is essential for nerve function and normal muscle contraction. Fiber helps your digestion go smoothly, while helping keep you full and stabilizing blood sugar.

This recipe uses the saute function on the Instant Pot to get it started, cooking the onions and giving them some flavor. Then, the beef is sauteed before the rest of the ingredients are added and cooked for 15 minutes under pressure, then another 15 minutes while releasing the pressure. It could not be simpler! If you’re looking for other Instant Pot recipes, check out this Chicken Enchilada Soup!


Beef and Sweet Potato Chili

Total Time30 minutes
Course: Main Dish, Soups and Stews
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Easy, Fall, Fiber, Meal prep, Quick, Spicy, Winter
Cooking Method: Pressure Cooker
Condition: Cancer, Dairy Free, Diabetes, Gluten Free, Nut Free, PCOS
Servings: 6 people


  • 1 tbsp vegetable oil
  • 1 cup onion diced
  • 1 lb beef ground, lean, like 90/10
  • 3 bell pepper diced
  • 3 cups sweet potato or butternut squash
  • 1 can canned tomatoes diced, no salt added
  • 1 can black beans low sodium, rinsed and drained
  • 2 tbsp tomato paste
  • 2 tbsp hot sauce
  • 1 tbsp cumin
  • 2 tsp chili powder
  • 1 tsp oregano
  • 1-1/2 cup water


  • Use saute function on electric pressure cooker to cook onions (in oil) until translucent
  • Add ground beef and break up with spoon. Cook until browned.
  • Turn off saute function and add remaining ingredients.
  • Close IP and cook on high pressure for 15 minutes, then let the pressure release naturally for another 15 minutes.
  • Remove top, and if desired, resume saute function to reduce liquid


Carbohydrates: 38g | Protein: 24g | Fat: 5g | Sodium: 407mg | Potassium: 1158mg | Fiber: 11g

Please note:

Nutrition info is an estimate and may contain errors.

An award winning recipe developer, Dietitian Kaitlin’s mission is to empower others to reach their health goals by encouraging them to get back into the kitchen. Co-author of Nourished: 10 Ingredients to Happy, Healthy Eating and Cooking with Diabetes.