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A bowl of chili topped with grated cheese.

3 Bean Sweet-Heat Chili

A quick and easy spicy instant pot or stove top chili with 3 beans and a few sweet and surprising ingredients! 

  • Total Time: 1 hour 10 minutes
  • Yield: 10 cups 1x



1 pound ground chuck beef or venison

1 pound ground pork

1 cup chopped onion

2/3 cup chopped celery

1/2 cup chopped red bell pepper

1 cup peeled and diced sweet potato

4 garlic cloves, pressed

4 tablespoons chili powder

2 tablespoons Taco seasoning

1 1/4 teaspoons sea salt

1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper, or more

4 14.5-ounce cans sliced stewed tomatoes

1 cup water

1 1/2 tablespoons chocolate syrup

1 15-ounce can black beans

1 16-ounce can dark kidney beans

1 16-ounce can pinto beans


Instant Pot

Turn on the Instant Pot to simmer and brown the ground meats with the onions, celery, and red pepper until the meat is pink and not thoroughly browned.

Then add the sweet potaotes, garlic, seasonings, and the tomatoes, breaking the tomatoes up into small pieces with the end of a spoon..

Add the rest of the ingredients stirring well to combine.

Seal the lid and press the chili setting button to cook for 30 minutes on high.

After the pot signals that the cooking is over, let the pot release the pressure naturally or wait 10 minutes and release pressure manually. 

Serve with favorite condiments and side dishes.


Brown meats with onions, celery, and pepper in a large pot.

Add sweet potaotes, garlic, seasonings, and tomatoes, chopping up tomatoes with the end of a spoon.

Add the rest of the ingredients and simmer for at least an hour on low.

Serve with favorite condiments and side dishes.


Adjust cayenne pepper to suit your spice needs.

  • Author: Louisiana Woman
  • Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Cook Time: 50 minutes
  • Category: Main Dish
  • Method: Simmering/boiling
  • Cuisine: American

Keywords: 3 bean sweet-heat chili