Easy Sweet Potato Beef Chili
This Easy Sweet Potato Beef Chili is a bean-free, Whole30-approved take on my 30 minute chili recipe! It’s hearty, flavorful chili made with sweet potato, ground beef, bell pepper and a tasty blend of spices.
I was sent a free ButcherBox to share my opinion. There are also affiliate links within this post. As always, all opinions are my own.
There’s nothing that gets me through the winter season like a bowl full of piping hot chili! And with the Super Bowl just a couple of weeks away, I’ve been craving my thick and hearty 30 minute chili recipe. But… I’m still in the midst of my Whole30, so no beans allowed.
So I got to work, and adapted my favorite chili recipe to be Paleo + Whole30 approved! It wasn’t too hard to do, and the result is nothing short of fabulous. Brad even said it’s BETTER than the original when he tasted it. I personally think it had something to do with the delicious, high-quality grass-fed beef! I got the wonderfully healthy, but oh so flavorful ground beef in this chili recipe from ButcherBox.
WHAT IS BUTCHERBOX
ButcherBox is a meat distributor. They are neither a farm nor an online grocery store. Instead, they work with a group of family farms and cooperatives in order to bring grass-fed beef, heritage breed pork and organic chicken to your front door every month. Oh, and now they even offer Wild Alaskan Salmon!
Look at ButcherBox like a farm liaison. If you’re interesting in eating better quality meat but haven’t been able to find it at your grocery store or at a local farm, ButcherBox can provide it for you.
HOW DOES BUTCHERBOX WORK?
ButcherBox is a monthly subscription service. You choose what package of meat you’d like, how often you want the box delivered (either every month or every other month) and then choose any add-ons if you’d like. An add-on would be a one-off item, like a package of uncured sugar-free bacon (Whole30 Approved + great quality) or 1 pound of boneless pork chops.
Package options are:
- Mixed Box (contains beef, chicken and pork – the most popular!)
- Beef & Pork
- Beef & Chicken
- All Beef
- Custom Box (Salmon is only available in the custom box or as an add-on.)
You don’t get to choose what goes inside the box for the first four options (Mixed Box, Beef & Pork, Beef & Chicken, All Beef). Obviously you choose the type of meat that goes in the box, but you don’t get to choose the exact cuts.
The Custom Box is the only box where you get to choose exactly what goes in your box. As you register and/or login to change your order for the month, you can pick whether you want ground pork or ground beef or a whole chicken or salmon and so on.
Each package comes in two different sizes: Classic (9-14 lbs of meat for about 24 meals) or Big (18-26 lbs of meat for about 48 meals).
THE QUALITY OF BUTCHERBOX MEAT
ButcherBox currently offers – beef, chicken, pork and now salmon – with the goal of bringing you the very best. The quality of the meat is pretty impressive, if I say so myself!
100% GRASS-FED AND GRASS-FINISHED BEEF
The cattle are humanely raised, live their entire life on pasture and are never given antibiotics or hormones. They eat a natural diet of grass and they may be given silage or hay if the weather prevents them from grazing.
ORGANIC AND PASTURE RAISED CHICKEN
The pasture-raised birds spend their entire lives foraging in the field with plenty of room to move around and interact with other chickens. Thanks to all this exercise, these birds will naturally be leaner than conventional chicken.
HERITAGE BREED PORK
The breeds of pork that ButcherBox sources have been specifically chosen for their rich color and marbled texture. There is no tail docking and the animals are either on pasture, or raised in open barns with bedding and space to engage in natural behaviors, as if they were outside.
WILD ALASKAN SALMON
ButcherBox has partnered with fishermen who uphold strict fishing and handling practices to guarantee an unprecedented level of quality and sustainability. And as it is with all of ButcherBox products, the salmon contains no artificial coloring, no additives, no hormones, and no antibiotics ever.
HOW MUCH DOES BUTCHERBOX COST?
We all care about saving money, but if you’re familiar with shopping for high-quality meat you know it can be pricey. To me, it’s worth the price to feed my family meat that is not injected with any hormones or antibiotics.
- Mixed Box / Beef & Pork / Beef & Chicken / All Beef: $129 for a Classic Box, $238 for a Big Box.
- Custom Box: $149 for a Classic Box, $270 for a Big Box.
Your own real food priorities might not include grass-fed beef, organic chicken or pastured pork. Right now, you may be looking for the cheapest cuts of chicken you can possibly find. And that’s okay.
Right now ButcherBox is giving everyone who joins through this specific link 2 pounds of Free Wild Alaskan Sockeye Salmon in your first box! This is a limited time offer and only good through January 2019!
That means TWO POUNDS of the highest quality, best tasting salmon you can find, FOR FREE, when you sign up with this link!
Wild Alaskan Sockeye Salmon is not cheap and can be hard to find. I don’t know about you, but I don’t pass up free meat! Ha!
If you’re not much of a salmon fan, you can use this link to sign up for ButcherBox and get $15 off your first order and FREE bacon!
EASY SWEET POTATO BEEF CHILI
Now then, let’s cook up a delicious pot of chili! This recipe is super easy. Start by browning the ground beef in a large pot. While the ground beef is browning, I personally like to zap my chopped sweet potato in the microwave for a couple of minutes to get it slightly soft. If you don’t want to do this, you can simply let the chili simmer longer. Add in chopped onion and garlic. Once the ground beef is browned and the onion is soft, add in all other ingredients and simmer for 30-40 minutes.
TIPS FOR PALEO CHILI
WATCH YOUR LABELS
Sometimes sugar can be hiding in store-bought spice mixes. I typically buy all of my spices from Thrive Market and I can trust they are all organic and Whole30 compliant, without added sugar.
SLOW COOKER CHILI
This recipe can easily be made in the slow cooker, making it easy for you to throw together in the morning and have it calling your name when you get home at night. Instead of simmering the chili on the stove, you can brown the ground beef, drain off the fat and place it into the slow cooker. Add the other ingredients and let it simmer on low all day (6-8 hours on high for 4-5 hours).
GROUND TURKEY INSTEAD OF GROUND BEEF
I’ve used both ground beef and ground turkey in this Whole30 chili. You can even use ground chicken if you’d like. Each meat will change the flavor of the soup so pick whichever you like best.
WHAT TO SERVE WITH CHILI
I top my chili with avocado slices, this avocado cilantro lime dip and fresh cilantro. When I’m not doing a Whole30 I love to enjoy this chili with a handful of grain-free Siete tortilla chips from Thrive Market. If you’re not limiting grains, may I suggest these low calorie Mexican cornbread muffins? They’re simply amazing with a bowl of hearty chili or soup.
This paleo sweet potato chili recipe will make a decent sized batch of chili, so you’ll be sure to have leftovers for a busy night or for lunches. When I’m doing a Whole30 (or anytime really), it helps to have leftovers in the fridge for those times when I get a little hangry and don’t want to wait for a meal to cook! 😊
This Easy Sweet Potato Beef Chili is a bean-free, Whole30-approved take on my 30 minute chili recipe! It's hearty, flavorful chili made with sweet potato, ground beef, bell pepper and a tasty blend of spices.
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 1 onion, chopped
- 2 pounds ground beef
- 4 cloves garlic, minced
- 2 tablespoons chili powder*
- 1 tablespoon cumin
- ½ teaspoon paprika
- 1 teaspoon oregano
- 1 (28 oz) can crushed tomatoes
- 1 red bell pepper, chopped
- 1 jalapeño, diced (optional)
- 3 cups chopped sweet potatoes**
- (optional for serving) avocado, guacamole, and/or cilantro
- In a large pot heat olive oil. Cook onion, beef, and garlic until fully cooked, about 7-10 minutes.
- Drain the fat and add all other ingredients.
Bring the chili to a boil, then simmer for 30-40 minutes and until sweet potatoes are of desired softness. Enjoy topped with avocado, guacamole, and/or cilantro.
*If doing the Whole30, watch your spice labels. Many spices are not compliant. **Consider zapping your chopped sweet potato in the microwave for a couple of minutes to soften slightly. This will decrease the cooking time of the chili.
***For a thinner chili, add water or broth until you achieve desired consistency.