Sweet Potato + Chocolate Chili from the Whole Smiths. Paleo friendly, gluten-free and Whole30 compliant. A MUST Pin, will make again and again!
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5 from 3 votes

Sweet Potato + Chocolate Chili

A flavorful and hearty paleo chili with chocolate!
Prep Time30 mins
Cook Time30 mins
Total Time1 hr
Course: chili
Cuisine: Paleo
Servings: 4 -6
Author: the whole smiths


  • 2 sweet potatoes peeled and diced into bite sized pieces
  • 2 Tbsp. olive oil
  • 4 slices of bacon cut into bite sized pieces
  • 1 onion diced
  • 5 cloves of garlic minced
  • 2 sweet peppers diced
  • 2.5 lbs ground beef / turkey
  • 3 tsp. salt
  • 1 tsp. black pepper
  • 1 tsp. red pepper flakes
  • 1 Tbsp. cumin
  • 1 Tbsp. smoked paprika
  • 2 Tbsp. chili powder
  • 1 Tbsp. coconut aminos
  • 1/3 C. Enjoy Life mini chocolate chips OR 2 Tbsp. cocoa powder for Whole30
  • 1 15 oz can diced tomatoes
  • 1 15 oz can of tomato sauce
  • 2 C. of chicken broth or 1 bottle of gluten free beer optional, omit for Whole30


  • Preheat oven to 425*
  • In a baking dish (you may need two) spread sweet potatoes in a single layer.
  • Drizzle sweet potatoes with olive oil and salt and pepper to taste.
  • Toss to coat and roast in oven for 35 minutes.
  • In a large dutch oven or pot cook bacon pieces on medium heat until crispy.
  • Remove the bacon pieces from the pan and drain the majority of the bacon grease from the pan, leaving about 1 tablespoon of bacon grease in the pan.
  • Add onions to the pan and sauté until tender.
  • Add garlic to onion and bacon mixture and sauté for 2 additional minutes, continuously stirring so the garlic doesn't burn.
  • Add diced peppers to mixture and sauté for an additional 2 minutes.
  • Push ingredients to side of dutch oven / pot.
  • Add a small amount of the bacon grease back into the to open area of dutch oven / pot and add ground beef / turkey.
  • With a spatula, break up the ground meat and continue to cook until browned and cooked through.
  • Add salt, black pepper, red pepper flakes, cumin, smoked paprika, chili powder, coconut aminos and toss to combine and continue to cook until meat is cooked through.
  • Add chocolate chips and combine.
  • Add diced tomatoes, tomato sauce and chicken stock or beer.
  • Combine all ingredients and turn down heat to a simmer.
  • Add sweet potatoes and simmer for another 10 minutes.