Sweet Potato & Black Bean Chili

Sweet Potato & Black Bean Chili

74 Reviews
From: EatingWell Soups Special Issue April 2016

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.

Ingredients 4 servings

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  • 1 tablespoon plus 2 teaspoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 medium-large sweet potato, peeled and diced
  • 1 large onion, diced
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 tablespoons chili powder
  • 4 teaspoons ground cumin
  • ½ teaspoon ground chipotle chile (see Note)
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 2½ cups water
  • 2 15-ounce cans black beans, rinsed
  • 1 14-ounce can diced tomatoes
  • 4 teaspoons lime juice
  • ½ cup chopped fresh cilantro


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  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  • 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 information

  • Serving size: about 2 cups
  • Per serving: 323 calories; 8 g fat(1 g sat); 16 g fiber; 55 g carbohydrates; 13 g protein; 118 mcg folate; 0 mg cholesterol; 13 g sugars; 0 g added sugars; 12,409 IU vitamin A; 24 mg vitamin C; 163 mg calcium; 5 mg iron; 573 mg sodium; 1,072 mg potassium
  • Nutrition Bonus: Vitamin A (248% daily value), Vitamin C (40% dv), Folate (30% dv), Iron (28% dv)
  • Carbohydrate Servings:
  • Exchanges: 3 starch, 1 vegetable, 1 lean meat

Reviews 74

December 03, 2017
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By: klb24
I will definitely make this vegetarian chili again...it's simple to make and very delicious. The ingredients are also easy to locate at the supermarket...and very affordable. We did not miss the ground turkey or Italian sausage that I normally put in my chili. I added a bit of cinnamon (after reading one of the reviews) and my, oh my...what a delicious pot of chili! Cole slaw was the side salad, along with a thin slice of whole wheat toasted French bread.
November 14, 2017
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By: Christy Young
This will be on our list to make again. It was full of flavor, filling, and comforting. My husband prefers meat but he took seconds of this dish. I appreciated that it was not hard to make.
October 27, 2017
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By: Cindy Diamond
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!
March 30, 2017
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By: christino
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.
January 23, 2017
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By: Lucy M. Casale
This is my favorite chili recipe! I add an extra can of beans and jalapeño peppers :)
December 25, 2016
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By: Marnechia
Looooove this. I used crushed tomatoes and lemon juice. No Chipotle so used hot pepper seasoning. Tastes like chili!!
November 06, 2016
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By: Dobiegirl
Delicious vegetarian recipe. To up the heat a bit, add chopped jalapeño peppers, more chili powder(s). Fresh cilantro also adds flavor
October 19, 2016
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By: Kristine
delicious!! this has become a staple in my house. Thank you for the awesome recipe!
September 20, 2016
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By: Melburta
I added cooked quinoa at the end to make this a bit more substantial (and half the amount of chilli powder). This is so tasty and easy! Will definitely become a staple in our house!
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