Sweet Potato & Barley Chili


If you're ready for something different, try this hearty slow-cooked chili made with sweet potato, pearled barley, and red beans.

Prep Time:
20 mins
Additional Time:
3 hrs
Total Time:
3 hrs 20 mins
6 servings


  • 1 (28 ounce) can crushed tomatoes

  • 1 medium sweet potato, peeled and cut into 1-inch cubes (1 1/2 cups)

  • 1 (15 to 16 ounce) can red beans, rinsed and drained

  • 1 (14 ounce) can reduced-sodium chicken broth

  • ½ cup chopped onion (1 medium)

  • ½ cup chopped red bell pepper (1 medium)

  • ½ cup regular pearled barley (not quick-cooking)

  • ½ cup water

  • 1 tablespoon chili powder

  • 1 tablespoon lime juice

  • 3 cloves garlic, minced

  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin

  • ½ teaspoon dried oregano, crushed

  • ¼ teaspoon ground pepper

  • 1 wedge Lime wedges and/or chopped fresh cilantro


  1. Combine undrained tomatoes, sweet potato, red beans, chicken broth, onion, bell pepper, barley, the water, chili powder, lime juice, garlic, cumin, oregano, and ground pepper in a 3 1/2- or 4-quart slow cooker. Cover and cook on Low for 6 to 7 hours or on High for 3 to 3-1/2 hours.

  2. If desired, serve with lime wedges and/or top each serving with cilantro.


Equipment: 3 1/2- or 4-quart slow cooker

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

198 Calories
1g Fat
41g Carbs
10g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 6
Serving Size 1 1/3 cup
Calories 198
% Daily Value *
Total Carbohydrate 41g 15%
Dietary Fiber 11g 38%
Total Sugars 7g
Protein 10g 20%
Total Fat 1g 1%
Saturated Fat 0g 1%
Vitamin A 4089IU 82%
Vitamin C 42mg 47%
Folate 20mcg 5%
Sodium 629mg 27%
Calcium 81mg 6%
Iron 3mg 14%
Magnesium 33mg 8%
Potassium 375mg 8%

Nutrition information is calculated by a registered dietitian using an ingredient database but should be considered an estimate.

* Daily Values (DVs) are the recommended amounts of nutrients to consume each day. Percent Daily Value (%DV) found on nutrition labels tells you how much a serving of a particular food or recipe contributes to each of those total recommended amounts. Per the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the daily value is based on a standard 2,000 calorie diet. Depending on your calorie needs or if you have a health condition, you may need more or less of particular nutrients. (For example, it’s recommended that people following a heart-healthy diet eat less sodium on a daily basis compared to those following a standard diet.)

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a special diet for medical reasons, be sure to consult with your primary care provider or a registered dietitian to better understand your personal nutrition needs.

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