Here is my version of chili with sweet potatoes.
olive oil enough to coat bottom of pan
1 red onion chopped
4 carrots chopped
1 large sweet potato
5 clove garlic * I really use 8-10
4 cups beef broth
1 large can tomato sauce
2 cups diced tomatoes with juice
2 lbs. ground beef
2 bay leaves
1/2 tsp. thyme
3 tsp. salt
3 tsp. ground black pepper
4 table spoons chili powder
1 table spoon crushed red pepper
1 table spoon curry powder (optional)
* a splash red wine is added while garlic, ground beef and onions are cooking.
Sauté garlic, onion and ground beef with salt till brown and soft.
add all other ingredients to pot and bring to boil then simmer till sweet potatoes and carrots are soft about 45 mins.
Crock Pot just sauté garlic, onion, and ground beef then add to crock pot and let cook on low till you get home.