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Bison Chipotle Sweet Potato Chili

Spicy homemade chili recipe with the sweetness of sweet potatoes and the spice of chipotle peppers!

  • Author: Lea Valle
  • Prep Time: 15 mins
  • Cook Time: 1 hour
  • Total Time: 1 hour 15 mins
  • Yield: 8 servings 1x
  • Category: Main Dish
  • Cuisine: American


  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 yellow onion, diced
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 chipotle peppers, chopped, plus 1 tablespoon adobo sauce
  • 2 lbs ground bison
  • 1 32 oz can diced tomatoes
  • 3 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 2 medium sweet potatoes, cut into 1/2 inch cubes
  • 3 tablespoons chili powder
  • 2 tablespoons cumin powder
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • scallions (green onion), sliced (optional)
  • cilantro leaves (optional)
  • radishes, sliced (optional)
  • avocado (optional)


  1. Heat a large stock pot (or similar) and add one tablespoon of fat
  2. Add in the diced onions and cook on medium heat until softened, about five minutes
  3. Add in the garlic and chipotle peppers and cook for about one minute
  4. Brown the bison (or other ground meat) in the pot with the rest of the ingredients
  5. Add all the remaining ingredients – tomatoes, tomato paste, sweet potatoes, chili powder, cumin, salt and pepper
  6. Stir well and bring up to a boil then simmer, covered, stirring occasionally, for about 45 minutes or until the sweet potatoes are soft.
  7. Adjust the seasoning, if desired, and serve immediately.
  8. Top with things like scallions, radishes, chopped onions, cilantro and avocado