Crockpot Sweet Potato and Bison Chili

Bison and sweet potato chili

I absolutely love cooking with bison. I love this crockpot sweet potato and bison chili recipe because bison is considered to be a great healthy choice for lean meat since most bison are free range and grass fed. This recipe is also great because it is gluten free. Also, this bison chili is so easy to throw together in your crockpot. Slow cookers make everything so much easier, seriously, your crockpot will do all the work with this recipe.

Why cook with bison?

I love cooking bison and making chili with ground bison is amazing. One reason why I love this recipe is because bison is considered to be a great healthy choice for lean meat. Most bison are free range and grass fed. Bison is very similar to ground beef except it is a lot healthier.

Does this recipe taste gamey?

Although sometimes bison can taste kind of gamey, the flavors go really well together in the chili and the ingredients, especially the sweet potato reduce the gamey flavor. I actually prefer to make chili with ground bison instead of ground beef. If I ever catch ground bison on sale, I always buy a few packs for my freezer.

What toppings go on this chili?

I love to serve this sweet potato and bison chili with shredded cheddar, avocado, red onions, and sour cream. Corn bread, oyster crackers, or corn chips are also good choices.

Do I have to use a crockpot for this recipe?

If you don’t have a crockpot, don’t worry you can still make this recipe. I love using my crockpot for chili since the longer you cook chili the better it is. If you want to slowly simmer this on a stovetop, you totally can.

How long should I cook this recipe for?

You will need to cook this bison and sweet potato chili for 3 to 4 hours on high or 6 to 8 hours on low. If you need to cook it longer than 8 hours, add extra water. Chili

What ingredients do I need to make this recipe?

For this bison and sweet potato chili, you will need:

  • Ground bison
  • Sweet potatoes
  • White onion
  • Garlic
  • Canned diced tomatoes
  • Canned tomato sauce
  • Chili powder
  • Paprika
  • Cumin
  • Coriander
  • Salt and pepper

Crockpot Bison and Sweet Potato Chili

Crockpot bison and sweet potato chili is a delicious way to cook with ground bison.
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Keyword crockpot bison and sweet potato chili
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 6 hours
Servings 6
Author Two Pink Peonies


  • Crockpot or slow cooker


  • 1 pound ground bison
  • 2 small sweet potatoes
  • 1 white onion finely diced
  • 2 tbsp minced garlic
  • 1 can diced tomatoes
  • 1 can tomato sauce (about 12 ounces)
  • 2 tbsp chili powder
  • 1 tbsp paprika
  • 1 tbsp cumin
  • 1 tsp coriander
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Optional Garnishes

  • sour cream
  • shredded cheese
  • avocado
  • diced red onion


  • Begin by browning the ground bison in a non-stick skillet over medium heat until the meat is thoroughly cooked.
  • Drain the fat from the meat and set aside.
  • While the ground bison is cooling, peel the sweet potatoes and cut them into small bite size pieces.
  • Spray your slow cooker with non-stick spray and add the sweet potatoes, onion, and garlic to your slow cooker.
  • Add the meat, garlic, diced tomatoes (with juice), and tomato sauce.
  • Add the remaining spices and stir well. Cook on low for 6 to 8 hours.
  • Serve with sour cream, shredded cheese, avocado, and diced red onion.

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4 thoughts on “Crockpot Sweet Potato and Bison Chili”

  1. Add a fried-egg to up the protein and serve it over a bed of greens for a mean and green hearty bowl of chili. Seriously, you need to add this Slow Cooker Sweet Potato Chili to your next meal prep because it s so easy to make. And, obviously, quite versatile. And it freezes beautifully so you don t have to slog through an entire pot of chili just divvy up the leftovers into smaller, freezer-safe containers so you have an easy reheat and eat option later on down the road.

  2. Great recipe! I’ll be saving this! Sweet potato is a great accompaniment to red meat, I have a recipe for venison stew that calls for sweet potatoes. I’d swap out buffalo for our own grass fed Scottish highland beef we raise on our homestead in this recipe but I know it would just as good! Thank you 🙂

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