Sweet Potato Chili Casserole Recipe - Don't Miss This Easy Skillet Dinner! (2024)

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posted by Crissy Pageon Feb 28, 2022 (updated Feb 21, 2024) 18 comments »

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Chili is a staple in my home, and I’m always looking for unique takes on this family-fave. This scrumptious sweet potato chili casserole delivers so much flavor, and just the perfect amount of sweetness.

In fact, it’s quickly becoming one of my favorite chili recipes this winter!

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Sweet Potato Chili Casserole Recipe

I’ve always loved the idea of incorporating sweet potatoes into my chili, but until recently, it’s not something that I’ve ever tried until recently. I’m so very glad that I did.

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I have to say that I really adore the flavor that sweet potatoes adds to this sweet potato chili casserole. I’ve always been a fan of chili a bit on the sweeter side, and this dish gives me that sweetness in a nutritious and natural way.

Gotta love sweet potatoes!

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If you wanted to make this sweet potato chili casserole a bit lighter, you could easily use ground turkey in the place of ground beef.

I’m a huge fan of cooking with ground turkey. Just check out my hugely popular ground turkey stuffed peppers to see what I mean!

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What makes this sweet potato chili casserole extra-special? Well, it’s that word… CASSEROLE!

I love whipping this dish up in a cast iron skillet and covering it with delicious cheese. It is so delicious, y’all… I wish I could give you a bite. I guess you’ll just have to make some for yourself and then let me know in the comments how you liked it. ?

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I hope you enjoy this mouthwatering sweet potato chili casserole recipe. After you pin the recipe, be sure to hop over to Instagram and follow me. I’d love it if we could be pals there, too!

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Yield: 6-8 servings

This unique sweet potato chili casserole is full of flavor and a great way to change up your dinner routine!


  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1 15oz. can black beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 large yellow onion, diced
  • 3 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 1 cup red bell pepper, diced
  • 2 tablespoons chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon oregano
  • 1 (28-ounce) can crushed tomatoes
  • 1 cup low sodium beef broth
  • 2 cups sweet potatoes (peeled, diced into 1” pieces)
  • 1 cup shredded Monterey jack and cheddar cheese
  • salt and pepper to taste


  1. Preheat oven to 400ºF.
  2. Place a 12-inch cast iron skillet over medium high heat, add the ground beef in an even layer and cook until browned. Drain excess grease, leaving about a tablespoon. Add the onions, garlic, bell pepper, sweet potato and spices. Cook stirring occasionally, until the vegetables soften, about 3-5 minutes. Add the tomatoes, black beans and beef broth and bring to a simmer.
  3. Place cast iron skillet on the center rack of the oven and bake for 35-40 minutes or until the sweet potatoes are nice and tender. Add shredded cheese and broil until cheese is melted and bubbling, about 2-3 minutes. Salt and pepper to taste; serve immediately and enjoy!

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originally published on Feb 28, 2022 (last updated Feb 21, 2024)

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  1. Jewels Reply

    I made the Sweet Potato Chilli Casserole………I added more spices, used ground chicken & because I love cilantro I added that as well. This was absolutely delicious.

  2. Betty Reply

    This is AMAZING! I tweaked it a little by adding in tomato paste to the beef after it was browned and added a can of kidney beans. And instead of beef broth I put in a pint of homemade salsa! A few extra spices…paprika, garlic salt & garlic pepper, and a taco seasoning. This is going to replace my normal chili recipe! Served it with corn bread…I had to make myself stop eating! 😂

  3. Chelsea Reply

    I’ve made this twice now. Exactly as you said. Ok maybe with dried onion….. and whatever peppers were in my fridge. It’s delicious. Tonight I have an avocado to add to it for fun. I’ve shared it with my brother and am blown away with how simple and fast it is.

  4. Michele Reply

    I am confused a bit by the amount of cheese. Is it a blend of both or is it one cup of each kind?

    • Jill E. Reply

      I’d assume a mix to equal 1 cup total. There are many cheddar cheese blends that would work just fine as well!

  5. Douglas R Torbeck Reply

    YES YES YES. I made this and it is definitely comfort food with a refreshingly new blend of flavors. I will definitely be making this again. Thanks

  6. Manda Reply

    I just made this for dinner tonight and it was delicious! I made a few minor changes though. I added an extra tablespoon of chili powder, increases the cumin, and added 1/2 teaspoon smoked paprika and a can of fire roasted green chilies. Also, I do not have a cast iron skillet, so I did the sautéing in a pot and then transferred to a 9×13 in baking dish to bake and broil. Worked great!

    • Janet Zajler Reply

      Thanks for this information since I don’t have a cast iron skillet either

  7. Misty Reply

    This recipe is amazing. I have very picky eaters both flavor and texture wise and was a little concerned with the veggies but it’s a hit and has been requested to be in regular rotation of dinners. Don’t skip broiling the cheese on top. It’s so, so good!!

  8. Diane Reply

    I used probably 3x’s the amount of spices, added some red pepper flake and extra cheese. It was very good. Quite satisfying when the temperature is hovering around 20 degrees F.

  9. TammyS Reply

    This was delicious! We all liked it. Used ground turkey for health reasons and was still plenty tasty! All of the flavors went together so well! Super easy, not labor intensive, quick, and delish. Great combo!

  10. Lisa Reply

    Can you share how to make this without a skillet

  11. Love to cook Reply

    I would love to try this Sweet Potato Casserole recipe , but do not have a cast iron skillet.

    What would you recommend instead ? Any suggestions.

  12. Christie Reply

    I just made this for my family. It was so good! My sons both said it was a keeper!

  13. DWeber Reply

    This was fast and delicious! I used pork brats instead of ground beef and cut most proportions down and it still made a large amount of chili. I didn’t have Monterey Jack cheese, so I used Provolone and Cheddar. Accidentally ran it a bit long under the broiler which only made it better! Hubby loved it!

  14. No skillet :( Reply

    Hello, how would you make this if you don’t have a skillet?

  15. The Book of Food Reply

    That made a really comforting lunch, thank you !

    Rating: 5

  16. Kelly Dowdy Reply

    OMGoodness!! This sounds awesome! Can’t wait to make it. I will let you know what we thought of it.

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Sweet Potato Chili Casserole Recipe - Don't Miss This Easy Skillet Dinner! (2024)


How do you make sweet potato casserole not watery? ›

If your sweet potato casserole turned out “watery”, its usually because you forgot to add eggs; you didn't let your casserole have enough time to set up after baking or you used fresh sweet potatoes and didn't boil them long enough before mashing.

Why is my sweet potato casserole soupy? ›

Why is my sweet potato casserole watery? If you overcook your sweet potatoes, they may begin to absorb too much liquid, making them watery. It's important to cut your potatoes into equal-sized pieces so that they all cook at the same rate. Make sure to remove them from the steamer as soon as they are fork-tender!

Why eggs in sweet potato casserole? ›

The egg is the all-important binder in a sweet potato casserole: it enriches and stiffens the mixture without making it heavy. Make sure to cool the mash slightly before adding the egg so it doesn't scramble, and to stir well so there are no streaks of cooked egg white in the finished dish.

How do you know if a sweet potato has gone bad? ›

How to tell if sweet potatoes have gone bad. If your sweet potato is soft in spots, smells rotten, or oozes a mysterious liquid, that potato should be discarded. Another sign that sweet potatoes have taken a turn for the worse is if they start growing stalky purplish sprouts.

How do you make a casserole not soggy? ›

To prevent a soupy casserole, be sure to fully thaw any frozen vegetables in a colander over a bowl, and pat dry, squeeze excess moisture out of greens like spinach or chard, and quickly precook watery fresh vegetables like onions, mushrooms or squashes just until they release their moisture.

How do you keep a casserole moist? ›

Pro Tip: Avoid Dry Casserole.

The best way to prevent it from drying out is to add a little bit of water, around ¼ cup, to the top of it. Allow the water to seep between the food and the sides of the baking dish. Cover with aluminum foil to seal in the moisture.

Can you overcook sweet potato casserole? ›

(Another hot tip if you're boiling your sweet potatoes: Don't overcook them! They tend to absorb water, which could make the filling watery.)

How do you thicken up sweet potato casserole? ›

Choose orange sweet potatoes for the best flavor and sweetness. Brown sugar adds a depth of flavor with a hint of molasses and helps create a caramel-like sauce. All-purpose flour will help thicken the sauce and give some structure.

Is it better to bake or boil sweet potatoes? ›

The peel of a sweet potato has nearly ten times the antioxidant power as the flesh (an antioxidant capacity comparable to that of blueberries). However, the peel's nutrition really takes a hit when baked, which wipes out over two thirds of the antioxidants, whereas microwaving or boiling are comparatively much gentler.

What's the difference between sweet potato pie and sweet potato casserole? ›

The difference is that sweet potato casserole can either have a toasted marshmallow top or a crunchy brown sugar/nut top and is made with brown sugar in the casserole. Sweet potato pie is made with white sugar, has nothing on top, but can be served with whipped topping.

Why do Americans put marshmallows on sweet potato casserole? ›

Most people point to a 1917 pamphlet by the Angelus Marshmallow Company as the first time sweet potatoes and marshmallows came together. This company is believed to be the first to commercially-produce and sell the squishy white marshmallows we know, roast, and snack on today.

Why do people put mayo in scrambled eggs? ›

The mayonnaise adds a creaminess and rich taste to the scrambled eggs that you won't find any other way. And it means you can skip using milk, which can make scrambled eggs too runny and inconsistent.

When should you not eat sweet potatoes? ›

Is it soft, wet, oozing, squishy, discolored, or sprouting? If yes to any, then toss it! If the sweet potato is firm and not sprouting, it's still fresh and safe to eat. If it's firm with only a few sprouts, you can cut the sprouted area off, then cook and eat immediately.

What are the black dots on my sweet potatoes? ›

Sweet potatoes in storage are commonly infected with the bread mold fungus, which causes a watery soft rot of part or all of the tuber. The fungus may be seen as a fluffy, white growth, with black dots supported on threads.

How do you remove excess water from sweet potatoes? ›

Freezing sweet potatoes drives excess water out of the potato, resulting in an interior with more concentrated flavor. Freezing also lowers the starting temperature of the potato, allowing more time for amylase enzymes to convert starch to sweet-tasting maltose.

Why is my potato casserole runny? ›

My sauce is watery

If you stored your potatoes in water to prevent discoloring, be sure to drain them well and pat them dry before adding to your casserole. Some of the waxier potatoes can release more water than starchier ones, so look for good baking potatoes like russet or Yukon golds.

How do you thicken runny scalloped potatoes? ›

Thankfully, there's a simple and effective solution to this problem: Use instant potato flakes. Instant potato flakes are an excellent thickening agent made from real potatoes that have been cooked, mashed, and then dried.

Why is my sweet potato souffle runny? ›

Roasting sweet potatoes releases their natural sugars, and using additional sugar (on purpose or accidentally) can cause the souffle to be runny once baked. Use Good Quality Pecans. The pecans are the star of the topping!

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