Sweet Potato & Kale Chili {Whole30}

4.34 from 3 votes

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This Sweet Potato & Kale Chili is bean free and whole30 compliant! A healthy bowl perfect for a cold night

Where are my chili lovers at?  I LOVE a good bowl of chili and the whole “no beans” part of Whole30 makes the regular kind of chili a no no.  So who needs beans anyways?!  I went with a similar recipe to my usual chili but upped the meat and added in sweet potatoes & kale – AND blended butternut squash into it for extra creaminess.  This weekend I cooked all day on Saturday and ended the day on the couch watching Girlfriends Guide to Divorce with a bowl of this chili and some kombucha in a wine glass! Basically the perfect night. I do miss my wine though.  But we are already half way through this Whole30 and I am still surprised I haven’t had many side effects! Such a 180 from last year.

I think eating clean all year really did wonders for me and it gets me excited to continue for the rest of my life. But for now? Thank goodness we have this chili!! I am telling you , you gotta make this! It is perfect to make a big batch on Sunday to last you through the week.  If you make this you gotta take a pic and tag me on instagram!  I love seeing you make my recipes!!

This Sweet Potato & Kale Chili is bean free and whole30 compliant! A healthy bowl perfect for a cold night

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If you love that we snuck some Kale into this chili, we have a few more recipes with yummy Kale in them:

Bacon Kale Sweet Potato Toast

Kale & Chicken Sausage Stuffed Delicata Squash

Caramelized Onion & Kale Twice Baked Sweet Potatoes

Warm Kale Waldorf Salad

This Sweet Potato & Kale Chili is bean free and whole30 compliant! A healthy bowl perfect for a cold night

This Sweet Potato & Kale Chili is bean free and whole30 compliant! A healthy bowl perfect for a cold night
4.34 from 3 votes

Sweet Potato & Kale Chili {Whole30}


  • 1 tablespoon avocado oil
  • 1 large yellow onion, chopped
  • 1 pound grass fed ground beef, 85% lean
  • 1 pound ground turkey
  • 1 can pureed butternut squash or pumpkin
  • 64 ounces tomato juice
  • 2 14.5 oz cans of fire roasted chopped tomatoes
  • 2 peeled and chopped medium sweet potatoes
  • 3 tablespoons chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon chipotle powder
  • 2 teaspoons garlic powder
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon apple cider vinegar
  • 3 large handfuls of chopped kale


  • Place a large pot over medium high heat and add avocado oil. When the pot is hot add onions and cook for a few minutes until lightly browned. Then add beef and turkey to the pan and brown stirring occasionally.
  • Once the meat is browned, Add the rest of the tomato juice, butternut squash puree, chopped tomatoes and sweet potatoes and bring to a boil. Cook for about 10-12 minutes or until sweet potatoes are fork tender. Add chili powder, chipotle powder, garlic powder, salt, and apple cider vinegar. Add more salt to your taste preference. Add kale and stir just until slightly wilted. Enjoy!
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  1. Is the turkey also ground turkey, like the beef? And when do you add the creamy butternut squash to the chili? This sounds delicious! Can’t wait to try it!

    1. Ah good questions! I just updated the recipe but yes, ground turkey, and you add it when you add the tomato juice! 🙂 THANKS!

    1. I don’t make single serve often because I love leftovers! This serves probably about 8. You an definitely divide the recipe down and only use one kind of meat though!

  2. I’m going to try this in my instant pot on slow cooker setting. I could steam the squash, then brown the meat. Then there’s only one pot to wash!
    My husband can’t tolerate ground turkey-gives him a fever- so I’ll use only ground bison. So excited to try it! I hope the farmers’ market still has butternut!

  3. 5 stars
    This was so, so good! The chipotle added such a delicious flavor, and the pureed butternut squash is a brilliant way to thicken without cream or other non-Whole30/paleo stuff. I used my immersion blender for the squash because I hate washing my food processor. We topped our bowls with avocado and crumbled plantain chips for some crunch. Perfect meal with plenty of leftovers for our LAST (***please cross your fingers, everyone***) snow storm in Boston of the year!

  4. 5 stars
    This is one of my favorites! I usually just throw in a can of butternut squash or pumpkin because I’m lazy. Your recipes are always the best!

  5. This is my absolute favorite chili now. I’ll never go back to traditional chili with beans. This is so so good!

  6. 3 stars
    I’m sure I’m just missing it but I definitely feel like half of the instructions aren’t here…. I followed the list of groceries and now I’ve got a pile of groceries, and I don’t even have everything on the list….and I’m confused because I was told to get butternut squash and sweet potato but zero instructions on how I’m preparing them. Maybe this is just a more advanced recipe but I found this site by searching “easy and healthy meal prep” and I’m overwhelmed. Let’s hope this turns out ok :/

    1. Oh no! Not sure what happened here. Both are in the directions, butternut squash puree and sweet potatoes are just added to the pot with everything! Let me know if you have any other questions!