Sweet Potato & Black Bean Chili

May 11, 2015

This Sweet Potato & Black Bean Chili is a one pot meal that packs all the spice of hearty meat chili, but is perfect for meatless nights!

Sweet Potato Black Bean Chili

I don’t usually think of having chili during the Spring and Summer. However, I have been frequenting the farmer’s market a lot more lately. The produce is cheaper and it allows me to stock healthier ingredients in the fridge.
I recently picked up a couple cans of black beans, some sweet potatoes and fresh cilantro (among many other fruits and vegetables) and decided to make myself a pot of Sweet Potato and Black Bean Chili.  This vegetarian option is still as flavorful as a hearty beef chili, but uses a few simple ingredients to create a delicious one pot meal. This good-for-you chili is a lighter take on the meatier version that warms our bellies during the Winter.
Sweet Potato & Black Bean Chili


  • 1 can of black beans, rinsed
  • 2 sweet potatoes, peeled and cut into chunks
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 green pepper, cut into chunks
  • 1 jar tomato sauce
  • Chili seasoning packet or homemade chili seasoning (see notes)
  • To make quick, homemade chili seasoning
  • 1/2 tsp. garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp. dried cilantro
  • 1 tbsp. cayenne chili pepper, or less depending on how spicy you like your chili
  • 1 tbsp. ground cumin


  1. In a saucepan, add black beans, sweet potatoes, garlic cloves and pepper.
  2. Pour tomato sauce into pan, stir and cook on low.
  3. Add chili seasoning, mix and allow chili to simmer for a couple of hours or until sweet potatoes have softened.
  4. Serve with chopped scallions, sour cream, hot sauce and all of your favorite chili toppings!
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Sweet Potato & Black Bean Chili
I ended up making this chili again the week after I initially made it (and after devouring it over the course of a week for lunch). The next time I made it, I added a green bell pepper for some extra crunch. It’s awesome on its own with a little fresh cilantro and sour cream on top. Add shredded cheddar and hot sauce, if you desire. If you really want to make this chili a big, bad meal, wrap it up in soft tortillas and add shredded lettuce for some awesome chili soft tacos!
If your significant other happens to be a total carnivore like mine, add ground beef or turkey to bulk up this dish. This chili is so flavorful on its own that I think it definitely makes a tasty vegetarian option for meatless nights. It’s packed with healthy ingredients, the mild sweetness of sweet potatoes, protein packed black beans and, of course, a little spice just as you’d expect from homemade chili!

What’s your favorite chili recipe?


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