Make a double batch of this quick vegetarian chili, full of black beans and sweet potatoes, and eat it for lunch the next day or freeze the extras for another night. We love the smoky heat from the ground chipotle, but omit it if you prefer a mild chili. Serve with tortilla chips or cornbread and coleslaw.

EatingWell Test Kitchen
Source: EatingWell Soups Special Issue April 2016
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Ingredients

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Directions

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  • Heat oil in a Dutch oven over medium-high heat. Add sweet potato and onion and cook, stirring often, until the onion is beginning to soften, about 4 minutes. Add garlic, chili powder, cumin, chipotle and salt and cook, stirring constantly, for 30 seconds. Add water and bring to a simmer. Cover, reduce heat to maintain a gentle simmer and cook until the sweet potato is tender, 10 to 12 minutes.

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  • Add beans, tomatoes and lime juice; increase heat to high and return to a simmer, stirring often. Reduce heat and simmer until slightly reduced, about 5 minutes. Remove from heat and stir in cilantro.

Tips

Make Ahead Tip: Cover and refrigerate for up to 3 days or freeze for up to 3 months.

Note: Chipotle peppers are dried, smoked jalapeño peppers. Ground chipotle chile pepper can be found in the spice section of most supermarkets or online at penzeys.com.

Nutrition Facts

323 calories; protein 12.5g 25% DV; carbohydrates 54.7g 18% DV; dietary fiber 15.6g 62% DV; sugars 13.1g; fat 7.6g 12% DV; saturated fat 1.1g 6% DV; cholesterolmg; vitamin a iu 12409IU 248% DV; vitamin c 24.2mg 40% DV; folate 117.8mcg 30% DV; calcium 163.5mg 16% DV; iron 5.3mg 30% DV; magnesium 42mg 15% DV; potassium 1072.5mg 30% DV; sodium 573.3mg 23% DV; thiamin 0.9mg 88% DV.

Reviews (90)

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92 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 58
  • 4 star values: 28
  • 3 star values: 1
  • 2 star values: 4
  • 1 star values: 1
Rating: 4 stars
10/29/2011
Chipotle is a must! The first time I made this recipe I didn't have the chipotle powder so I just used extra dark chili powder. It wasn't nearly spicy enough for me and the sweetness of the sweet potato overpowered it. The second time I made it I got chipotle powder and it made a huge difference. I still add a little extra dark chili powder and cayenne pepper because I like spicy chili. I also use/cooked beans that I prepare the night before. Cooking down the sweet potatoes a little thickens it and makes the consistency of the chili closer to meat chili which I like. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
02/05/2015
Cozy healthy stew I really enjoyed this recipe. It was the first recipe I've used in my new dutch oven and it was a good choice. I added a habanero and some hot sauce for some heat. The sweet potatoes were cooked just right. I think I let it simmer longer than suggested because I wanted the flavors to fuse together longer. I'm glad I did because it became more balanced with that extra time. I followed the recipe as directed for the most part (doubled that is). The only changes I made was using less cumin only had crushed tomatoes instead of diced but I think that was the bulk of it. The flavours were lovely especially for a healthy winter time dish. Thank you to the chef who came up with this. I putsome away to freeze and enjoy in the future. I didn't have enough cilantro and added it on a per bowl basis the chilli was also tasty with shredded cheddar cheese and sour cream. Pros: Very tasty easy to make makes a lot when doubled enjoyable leftovers Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/29/2011
Delicious! This was wonderful! The lime juice gives it a special something that helps make this a stand out dish! Great left over on spaghetti squash! Definitely going into the routine at my house! Pros: Easy to make delicious & satisfying! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
10/29/2011
Excellent! This dish is sooooooooo good. It's great on cooler days or when you just want some comfort food. I love the bite the chipotle chile gives this. Add meat if you don't want a veggie meal but it's great on it's own as well. A must try! Pros: Easy quick Read More
Rating: 4 stars
10/27/2017
I put in one can of beans (no tomatoes yet) and pureed a portion of the mixture. This created a creamy base. Then I added the 2nd can of beans the tomatoes and a can of all natural pumpkin puree. In the spice mixture I included 1/2 teaspoon of cinnamon. This creates a earthy and slightly sweet offset to the smoky flavors. Really tasty! Read More
Rating: 5 stars
11/08/2011
Really easy & delicious! I rarely cook but this was extremely easy to do--and so good! Just a couple of things: 1) I think the cooking time here is the bare minimum--it tastes better if you go a little beyond the recommended time for each step. The sweet potatoes do take a little more time to soften than indicated. 2) I'm a wuss when it comes to spice but even I thought it was too bland without the chipotle powder. Next time I'm definitely adding that in. It was too sweet without and I had to add in an extra tbs of chili powder and peppered to taste to make it less bland. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
03/30/2017
I used all the ingredients called for in the recipe. The only thing I did differently was cooked the onions and then added everything else in and let it all cook until done. Doubled the recipe glad I did for next days dinner. Yes we will make this again. Read More
Rating: 4 stars
02/23/2015
Good starting point This is a great base recipe and like any chili is flexible and easily customizable to taste. Personally I used fewer beans (about 1 1/2 cans worth and it was still pretty beany) fire-roasted tomatoes and homemade chicken stock instead of water. It's a little soupy as written so if you like a thicker chili add some tomato paste and less liquid. I think it would also be great served over rice to soak up the extra juice and rice (whole grain) plus beans makes a complete protein! The spices are bold so some people may want to start with half the amount and add to taste after that. Don't skip the lime juice! It adds a bright note that really compliments all the deep smoky flavors. I suggest a big dollop of sour cream on top and some cheese quesadillas on the side! Pros: delicious and nutritious Read More
Rating: 5 stars
03/29/2012
Even better than I expected...maybe my favorite chili Amazing chili. I added 1lb of ground pork and used a whole chipotle pepper in adobo sauce.... its very spicy but the flavor is fantastic. Pros: Spicy flavorful unique Cons: none Read More