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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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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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Guacamole Stuffed Burgers (Paleo, Whole30, Keto, AIP Option)

These Whole30 and keto guacamole stuffed burgers are easy to make and packed with flavor. You’ll love the taste of tangy guacamole with every bite!

guacamole stuffed burgers on a plate

Now that we finally have a grill, we’ve been throwing everything on there from meats, veggies, fruits (have you ever had grilled peaches??), and more. There’s something about the flavors and textures that grilling food brings out, and my husband and I just can’t get enough. I recently decided to put by two favorite foods together to create a delicious bunless burger recipe, and I’m so excited about how it turned out!

Guacamole Stuffed Burgers Recipe

A classic low carb burger is my go-to when I need something quick to eat on-the-go. This combined with tangy and creamy guacamole is honestly a match made in heaven. You can get a taste of guacamole with every bite with these guacamole stuffed burgers, and they are so fun and indulgent while being Whole30 compliant and keto.

What I love about these stuffed burgers is that they don’t have to perfect. You may see some guacamole seep out through the edges while cooking, but that actually adds to the drool-worthy presentation when they are finally finished. You can just tell by looking at them that they are going to be a flavor bomb in your mouth!

guacamole stuffed burgers fresh off the grill stacked with guacamole oozing out
holding bunless stuffed burger

Easy Bunless Burger Recipe

I’ve been team no-buns around here for years now. The meat and the toppings are honestly the best part, and using a lettuce wrap helps you consume more veggies in one sitting which I’m always all about! Plus, if you are looking for a low carb burger, going bunless is a the way to go.

My favorite way to hold the meat and toppings together so they don’t fall apart as soon as you lift it up or bite into it, is by wrapping everything in a flexible lettuce like butter lettuce. Then, if you want to go the extra step, you can fold and tuck a parchment of wax paper over one half of the burger to keep everything tight and tidy (In-N-Out style!).

Of course, you can also enjoy it with a fork or place the burger over a salad, another favorite way that I like to enjoy a bunless burger recipe.

bunless burger recipe

How to Make Guacamole Stuffed Burgers

Before diving into the burger making, remember that these burgers do not have to be perfect! A bit of guacamole can seep out, and the burgers will still look tasty and fantastic.

With that being said, this is the way I found to be the easiest method to creating guacamole stuffed burgers.

  1. Create the burger mix and the guacamole separately.
  2. Split the burger meat into 4 equal sections.
  3. Take each section and divide in half. Flatten out each half into a circle, similar in diameter to a burger patty.
  4. Take 1 flattened half and place a spoonful of guacamole to the center of the circle.
  5. Take the other half and place on the top of the first half with the guacamole
  6. Carefully use your fingers to seal the edges together, and then shape into patties.
  7. Repeat with the rest of the meat and guacamole!

Depending on how much guacamole you add to each burger, you may have some leftover at the end. You can use the rest to top the burgers with after they are cooked, and you’ll have a crowd-pleasing low carb burger at the end that’s healthy and delicious.

Hope you enjoy this bunless burger recipe as much as we did in our home (my husband had 2 in one sitting). It’s a fun and easy grill recipe for the summer and all the summer get-togethers with friends and family. If you don’t have a grill, you can always use a grill pan or a cast iron skillet and cook it on the stovetop!

low carb burger in hand made with simple toppings

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Guacamole Stuffed Burgers (Paleo, Whole30, Keto, AIP Option)

These Whole30 and keto guacamole stuffed burgers are easy to make and packed with flavor. You'll love the taste of tangy guacamole with every bite!
Course Main Course
Cuisine American, Mexican
Keyword 4th of july grill recipes, AIP 4th of July, bunless burger recipe, low carb burger, low carb grilling, paleo 4th of july, unique burgers
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 16 minutes
Servings 4 burgers
Calories 374kcal

Ingredients

Burger Patties

  • 1 lb ground beef preferably grass fed
  • 1 tsp cumin omit for AIP
  • 3/4 tsp sea salt
  • 2 garlic cloves minced

Guacamole

  • 1 medium avocado ripe
  • 2 tbsp lime juice
  • 1/4 tsp sea salt
  • 2 tbsp chopped cilantro

Optional toppings

Instructions

  • In a large bowl, place all ingredients for the burger patties and mix together to combine. Be careful not to over-mix.
  • In a separate bowl, mash all ingredients for guacamole together.
  • Divide the burger meat into 4 equal sections.
  • Use your hands to divide each section in half. Flatten each half into similar sized circles, similar in diameter as a burger patty. Add a scoop of guacamole to the center of one circle, and top with the other circle. Pinch the sides to create a burger patty with the guacamole inside, shaping it the best you can. It's okay if guacamole seeps out of the edges a bit.
  • Repeat with the rest so you have 4 burger patties. If you don't use all of the guacamole, serve it as a topping with the cooked burgers.
  • Grease and heat the grill or a grill pan over medium high heat.
  • Cook the burgers for 4 minutes on each side, until cooked through.
  • Serve with your favorite toppings!

Nutrition

Serving: 1burger | Calories: 374kcal | Carbohydrates: 6g | Protein: 21g | Fat: 30g | Saturated Fat: 10g | Cholesterol: 81mg | Sodium: 516mg | Potassium: 550mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 1.7% | Vitamin C: 9.4% | Calcium: 2.9% | Iron: 14.7%
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