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Whole30 Sweet Potato Chili (Instant Pot, Slow Cooker, or Stovetop)

This delicious and comforting Whole30 sweet potato chili is easy, healthy, and can be made in the Instant Pot, the slow cooker, or on the stovetop!

whole30 sweet potato chili

I can’t ask for anything better than a good, hearty chili on a crisp Fall day. Not only is a delicious chili warming and comforting, it’s an easy soup to make that’s easily customizable with the ingredients and spices. I personally love a grain free, paleo chili without beans, so I added sweet potatoes instead in this Whole30 version and it’s such an amazing alternative!

Whole30 Sweet Potato Chili Recipe

Adding sweet potatoes in this chili is such a great addition both texture and flavor-wise. It adds bulk in the soup that beans do in the classic version, and the sweetness also balances out the spiciness of the paleo chili in the most wonderful way.

Also, this Whole30 and paleo sweet potato chili is so easy to make! You can make Instant Pot sweet potato chili (my favorite method), or use the slow cooker or just cook it on the stovetop. All three of these methods require minimal active cooking, and most of the time is spent in simmering the ingredients together to meld the flavors together.

instant pot sweet potato chili
whole30 chili in a bowl

How To Make Whole30 Sweet Potato Chili

All three of the methods are very similar in the steps. You sauté the hardy veggies first to bring out the flavor, then brown the meat with them, and finally add the rest of the ingredients to simmer together. At the end, you can taste to adjust seasoning, and add your favorite garnishes to add a bit of crunch and additional flavor.

I usually make Instant Pot sweet potato chili, because it’s the quickest method. I’m not always the best at planning my meals ahead of time so I love that it’s just 10 minutes of cook time when I need to whip up a yummy dinner at the last minute. Plus, you only have to clean up the inner pot once you are done!

The slow cooker and the stove top methods for this Whole30 and paleo sweet potato chili are also very easy, but they do take a bit longer. However, this paleo chili will still turn out super tasty no matter how you want to cook it, because it’s such a forgiving recipe if you want to substitute or omit the spices or the veggies.

slow cooker paleo chili

What to Serve With Paleo Sweet Potato Chili

I’ve eaten this Instant Pot sweet potato chili alone many times and it’s so delicious and satisfying on its own! I didn’t feel like I was missing anything.

However, if you are not doing the Whole30 challenge and you want something a little extra, these are some of my favorite foods to serve with this paleo chili:

How To Store and Freeze This Chili

I love to make a huge batch of this Whole30 sweet potato chili and save the leftovers for emergency food. It such a great freezer friendly meal that reheats well. Just separate into individual portions in a freezer-friendly containers, and you can freeze them for up to 3 months!

whole30 sweet potato chili

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Whole30 Sweet Potato Chili (Instant Pot, Slow Cooker, Stovetop Options)

This delicious and comforting Whole30 sweet potato chili is easy, healthy, and can be made in the Instant Pot, the slow cooker, or on the stovetop!
Course Main Course, Soup
Cuisine American
Keyword beanless chili, instant pot chili, instant pot paleo chili, instant pot sweet potato chili, instant pot whole30 chili, instant pot whole30 soup, paleo chili, Paleo sweet potato chili, slow cooker paleo chili, whole30 soup
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Servings 8 servings
Calories 295kcal

Ingredients

  • 1 tbsp avocado oil
  • 1 large onion chopped
  • 2 stalks of celery sliced
  • 2 large carrots chopped
  • 2 lbs lean ground beef
  • 4 garlic cloves minced
  • 2 medium sweet potatoes cut into 1/2 inch chunks
  • 1 red bell pepper diced
  • 3 tbsp chili powder
  • 3 tbsp smoked paprika
  • 1 tbsp ground cumin
  • 1 tbsp dried oregano
  • 1 tbsp sea salt
  • 2 tsp ground black pepper
  • 1/2 tsp cayenne pepper omit if you don't like spicy chili
  • 28 oz crushed tomatoes canned
  • 4 cups bone broth or beef broth or chicken broth
  • 1/4 cup tomato paste
  • Optional: Avocado slices, jalapeno slices, cilantro, chopped red onion, lime slices, and/or coconut cream for garnish

Instructions

Instant Pot Method

  • Set the Instant Pot to Sauté. Once it indicates that it's "hot", add avocado oil, onion, celery, and carrots, and cook stirring for about 3 minutes until the onions are tender.
  • Add ground beef and garlic and sauté while breaking up the meat with a wooden spoon until mostly browned, about 7 minutes.
  • Turn off the Instant Pot and add the rest of the ingredients (except garnishes). Stir together.
  • Close the lid, seal, and set on MANUAL for 10 minutes.
  • Once it beeps to a finish, quick release the vent.
  • Taste to adjust seasoning and serve warm, topped with your favorite garnishes.

Slow Cooker Method

  • In a large skillet over medium heat, add avocado oil, onion, celery, and carrots, and cook stirring for about 3 minutes until the onions are tender.
  • Add ground beef and garlic and sauté while breaking up the meat with a wooden spoon until mostly browned, about 7 minutes.
  • Transfer to a slow cooker and add the rest of the ingredients.
  • Cover and cook on low for 6 hours, or until sweet potatoes are tender.
  • Taste to adjust seasoning and serve warm, topped with your favorite garnishes.

Stovetop Method

  • In a large saucepan over medium heat, add avocado oil, onion, celery, and carrots, and cook stirring for about 3 minutes until the onions are tender.
  • Add ground beef and garlic and sauté while breaking up the meat with a wooden spoon until mostly browned, about 7 minutes.
  • Add the rest of the ingredients (except garnishes), stir together, and raise the heat to medium high to bring to a boil.
  • Reduce the heat to medium low to simmer and cook for 15-20 minutes, until the sweet potatoes are tender.
  • Taste to adjust seasoning and serve warm, topped with your favorite garnishes.

Notes

To freeze, cool completely and separate into individual portions in freezer-friendly containers. Store in the freezer for up to 3 months. 

Nutrition

Serving: 1serving – makes 8 | Calories: 295kcal | Carbohydrates: 24g | Protein: 33g | Fat: 9g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 70mg | Sodium: 987mg | Potassium: 1148mg | Fiber: 7g | Sugar: 9g | Vitamin A: 205.1% | Vitamin C: 40.5% | Calcium: 10.4% | Iron: 35.7%
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Whole30 Buffalo Chicken Dip (Paleo, Keto)

This Whole30 and keto buffalo chicken dip is so creamy and addicting even without cheese, and it’s the perfect snack to serve on game day or get-togethers!

whole30 buffalo chicken dip

A good buffalo chicken dip is always a popular low carb and keto game day food that everyone reaches for. The flavor is just so addicting, it’s so perfect with veggies or chips, and you just never get sick of it! While the traditional version is made with cheese, this paleo and Whole30 buffalo chicken dip doesn’t include any dairy but still tastes fantastic whether you eat cheese or not!

Whole30 Buffalo Chicken Dip Recipe

This homemade buffalo chicken dip is extremely easy to make and comes together very quickly if you use precooked chicken. You just mix the ingredients and bake, so it’s a perfect crowd-pleasing recipe that takes minimal effort for a party or a get-together.

The creaminess of the mayonnaise and the tanginess of the nutritional yeast are the perfect substitute for cheese, and the baking process really melds all the flavors together to create a phenomenal dairy free and paleo buffalo chicken dip.

keto game day food
paleo buffalo chicken dip fresh out of the oven

Tips for Making This Whole30 Buffalo Chicken Dip

  • To make this low carb buffalo chicken dip recipe super easy for you, you can use leftover cooked chicken or rotisserie chicken.
  • If you only have raw chicken on hand, you can pan fry 1 lb of chicken breasts or thighs over medium high heat 5-6 minutes on each side before shredding them to use in this recipe.
  • My favorite hot sauce to use for making my own buffalo sauce is Frank’s Red Hot Original. If you use another hot sauce with a different spice level, you may want to adjust the amount in the recipe.
  • This paleo buffalo chicken dip will last up to 4-5 days chilled. To reheat the leftovers, you can microwave it or heat it again in a 350 degree oven for 10-15 minutes.
Grain free tortilla chip dipped in low carb buffalo chicken dip

Ways to Serve This Homemade Buffalo Chicken Dip

  • If you are looking for a Whole30 and keto game day food, you can serve this low carb buffalo chicken dip with your favorite low carb vegetables to dip with. My favorite are cucumbers, carrots, celery sticks, and sliced bell peppers.
  • If you aren’t necessarily Whole30 or keto, I love eating this yummy dip with grain free crackers or tortilla chips!
  • My husband and I love this paleo buffalo chicken dip even as a meal because we are so obsessed with buffalo chicken. It’s delicious with a side of rice or cauliflower rice!

If you are looking for a homemade buffalo chicken dip that’s healthy, low carb, and Whole30, you’ll love this easy and flavorful recipe that’s always a crowd-pleaser and gone in no time. It’s a great dairy free and keto game day food for your favorite sports season, or if you just want make something delicious for a small get-together!

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Whole30 Buffalo Chicken Dip (Paleo, Keto)

This Whole30 and keto buffalo chicken dip is so creamy and addicting even without cheese, and it's the perfect snack to serve on game day or get-togethers!
Course Appetizer, Snack
Cuisine American
Keyword game day appetizer, game day snacks, homemade buffalo chicken dip, keto game day food, low carb game day recipe, paleo buffalo chicken
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Servings 8 servings
Calories 291kcal

Ingredients

  • 3 cups cooked shredded chicken about 1 lb raw
  • 1 cup paleo mayonnaise
  • 1/3 cup hot sauce or more to taste (I like Frank's Red Hot Original)
  • 1 cup sliced green onions
  • 1/4 cup nutritional yeast
  • 1 tsp onion powder
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp dried dill
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt
  • 1/4 tsp ground black pepper
  • 1/4 tsp celery seeds

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  • Place all ingredients in a large bowl and mix well. You can taste and add more hot sauce if you prefer.
  • Transfer to a small baking dish and smooth out the top with a spatula.
  • Bake in the preheated oven for 20 minutes until the edges are lightly browned and bubbly.
  • Serve warm with celery, carrots, cucumbers, and/or your favorite veggies. You can also enjoy with gluten free crackers or tortillas if you are not doing the Whole30.

Notes

To reheat the leftovers, you can microwave it or heat it again in a 350 degree oven for 10-15 minutes.

Nutrition

Serving: 1serving | Calories: 291kcal | Carbohydrates: 2g | Protein: 14g | Fat: 25g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Cholesterol: 51mg | Sodium: 630mg | Potassium: 207mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 3.6% | Vitamin C: 11.9% | Calcium: 1.8% | Iron: 5.9%
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Paleo & Whole30 Korean Sloppy Joes (Instant Pot or Stovetop)

This Whole30 Korean Sloppy Joes recipe is full of flavor and can be made in the Instant Pot or the Stovetop! It’s a yummy twist on a classic comfort food.

Paleo & Whole30 Korean Sloppy Joes over baked potatoes

These Korean sloppy joes combine my love for the classic comfort food with the Korean flavors I grew up on. I love making it because not only is it a fun way to enjoy a crowd favorite dish, it’s a healthy sloppy joe recipe that even kids will love. Plus, it’s a great weeknight meal because it’s so easy and quick!

Paleo & Whole30 Korean Sloppy Joes Recipe

These Whole30 sloppy joes are low in sugar, because instead of using a high amount of ketchup like in traditional sloppy joes, it uses coconut aminos for that naturally sweet but umami Asian flavor. The sauce is thickened with a small amount of starch at the end, and the result is so addicting and tastes like bulgogi if you are familiar with Korean food!

Plus, depending on your preference you can make these Korean sloppy joes in the Instant Pot or the stove top. Both methods are easy and yield the same delicious result!

how to make sloppy joes in the instant pot
korean sloppy joes served over baked potato

How to Make Sloppy Joes in the Instant Pot

While it’s way more common to cook on the stove top, making this healthy sloppy joe recipe in the Instant Pot is way less hands-on. The cooking times for both methods are comparable, but with the Instant Pot, you don’t have to stand over the meat while it’s cooking with the sauce.

You simply sauté the beef with the vegetables, stir in the sauce, and let the Instant Pot simmer everything together. No splatter of the sauce and no stirring needed. You just need a bit of extra time at the end to thicken the sauce, and these Whole30 sloppy joes are done with minimal effort.

healthy sloppy Joe recipe in the Instant Pot

Ways to Serve These Korean Sloppy Joes

I like to make a double batch of these Whole30 sloppy joes and eat them in a variety of ways, because I never get sick of them. Here are some of my favorite ways I enjoy them:

  • stuffed in baked potatoes or sweet potatoes (pictured)
  • between sliced sweet potato “buns”
  • in lettuce wraps
  • alone, with a side of veggies or salad
  • in gluten free buns (not Whole30)
  • over cooked spaghetti squash or zucchini noodles
  • alongside plantain chips to dip with
  • over cauliflower rice
  • over mashed potatoes

The possibilities are endless with this delicious and healthy sloppy joe recipe with an addicting Korean twist. Whether you make it in the Instant Pot or on the stove top, it’s a quick and easy recipe that the whole family will love on those busy weeknights!

Whole30 sloppy Joes recipe with a Korean twist

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Paleo & Whole30 Korean Sloppy Joes (Instant Pot or Stovetop)

Course Main Course
Cuisine American, Korean
Keyword asian sloppy joes, easy weeknight meals, how to make sloppy joes in the instant pot, instant pot sloppy joes, kid friendly recipes, weeknight meals instant pot, whole30 instant pot recipes
Prep Time 2 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Pressure Building/Release Time (Instant Pot Method) 20 minutes
Servings 6 servings
Calories 327kcal

Ingredients

  • 1 tbsp avocado oil
  • 2 lb lean ground beef
  • 1 medium onion diced
  • 4 garlic cloves minced
  • 1/2 inch ginger minced
  • 2 tsp arrowroot starch
  • 2 green onions sliced, for garnish
  • Sesame seeds for garnish

Sauce

  • 1/4 pear cored and roughly chopped (or use 1/2 if you like sweeter sloppy joes)
  • 3/4 cup coconut aminos
  • 1/2 cup bone broth or beef broth or water
  • 2 tbsp sugar-free ketchup or sub with gochujang (you can find a paleo version in Korean Paleo!)
  • 2 tbsp rice wine vinegar
  • 2 tbsp toasted sesame oil
  • 1 tsp sea salt plus more to taste
  • 1/2 tsp ground black pepper
  • Optional: 1/2 tsp Korean red pepper flakes or red pepper flakes

Instructions

  • Place all ingredients for the sauce in a blender and blend until smooth. Set aside.

Instant Pot Method

  • Turn on the Instant Pot and press Saute. When it indicates that it's "Hot," add avocado oil.
  • Add ground beef and onion, and cook while breaking up the meat until it's no longer pink, about 6-7 minutes.
  • Add garlic and ginger, and sauté for 1 more minute.
  • Hit Cancel, then put on an oven mitt to carefully remove the pot to drain the excess fat. I poured it over a colander then placed the meat back in the pot.
  • Return the pot to the Instant Pot and stir in the sauce.
  • Cover with lid and set the pressure valve to Sealing. Cook on HIGH for 6 minutes.
  • Once it beeps to a finish, let it naturally release pressure for 10 minutes before opening the lid.
  • Place the Instant Pot back on Saute and stir in arrowroot starch.
  • Let it simmer and thicken for 5 more minutes, then remove from heat. Taste, then add more salt if needed.
  • Sprinkle with green onions and sesame seeds before serving.

Stove Top Method

  • Heat avocado oil in a large skillet over medium heat.
  • Add ground beef and onion, and cook while breaking up the meat until it's no longer pink, about 6-7 minutes.
  • Add garlic and ginger, and sauté for 1 more minute.
  • Drain the excess fat into the sink over a colander.
  • Add the sauce and stir together well. Continue to stir while cooking for 6-7 minutes and the sauce is reduced.
  • If there's too much liquid, stir in arrowroot starch and simmer for up to 5 minutes until thickened.
  • Taste, then add more salt if needed.
  • Sprinkle with green onions and sesame seeds before serving.

Nutrition

Serving: 1serving – makes 5 | Calories: 327kcal | Carbohydrates: 12g | Protein: 34g | Fat: 15g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Cholesterol: 94mg | Sodium: 1242mg | Potassium: 578mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 0.8% | Vitamin C: 3.7% | Calcium: 2.4% | Iron: 20.7%
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