Home > Dinner > Sweet Potato Black Bean Chili Sweet Potato Black Bean Chili November 11, 2019 | 36 Comments SAVE TO RECIPE BOX Jump to Recipe This post may contain affiliate links. Please read my disclosure policy. Sweet Potato Black Bean Chili is a hearty, flavorful vegetarian dish featuring tender sweet potato chunks, seasoned beans, fire-roasted tomatoes, and a killer seasoning mix. Top it with cilantro, avocado, and grated cheese for added goodness. The Best Sweet Potato Black Bean Chili Chili is my go-to comfort food when the weather cools down, and our traditional chili recipe has become a favorite among our blog readers. This Sweet Potato and Black Bean Chili is a fantastic alternative—it’s vegetarian, loaded with protein and wholesome ingredients. It’s just as hearty and satisfying, offering a delicious and nutritious option, all prepared in a single pot. Plus, it’s ready in 30 minutes or less! Ingredients In Sweet Potato Black Bean Chili Olive oil: Used for sautéing the onion and sweet potatoes, adding flavor and preventing sticking. Onion: Adds flavor and aroma to the chili. Sweet potatoes: Provide a hearty texture and natural sweetness to the dish. Garlic: Enhances the overall flavor. Chili powder, ground cumin, cayenne pepper, onion powder, garlic powder, salt, and pepper: Create the chili’s flavor profile. Pinto beans and black beans: Provide protein and substance to the dish. Fire-roasted petite diced tomatoes: Add depth of flavor and a smoky element. Vegetable stock: Enhances the chili’s liquid base and flavor. Lime juice: Adds a fresh, citrusy zing to the dish. Fresh cilantro: Provides a burst of herbal freshness. How To Make Sweet Potato Black Bean Chili Heat olive oil in a large pot, sauté onion until translucent. Add sweet potatoes, garlic, and jalapeno (if desired); sauté until tender. Stir in chili powder, cumin, cayenne, onion powder, garlic powder, salt, and pepper; cook until fragrant. Add pinto beans, black beans, fire-roasted tomatoes, and vegetable stock; bring to a boil. Reduce heat, cover, and simmer for 8-15 minutes until sweet potatoes are tender. Season with additional salt, pepper, lime juice, and cilantro. Serve with optional toppings like sour cream and Cheddar cheese. Enjoy! QUICK TIPAdjust seasonings to taste. Reduce or omit cayenne and jalapeño for milder spice or increase for extra heat. Taste the chili before serving and adjust salt, pepper, or other seasonings as needed. (Here are some tips for cooling down chili if it’s too spicy!) Serving Ideas Baked potatoes: Add a few spoonfuls of this dish on top of a baked potato plus some cheese, green onions, sour cream, etc. Taco salad: Use this salad base and dressing recipe and add in a few spoonfuls of leftover chili throughout the salad. Navajo tacos: Make or buy some fry bread, top with a few spoonfuls of this chili, and add some cheese and sour cream. Bread bowl: Add sweet potato black bean chili to a bread bowl! Salad side dishes: This Winter Fruit Salad or this Italian Salad would go well with the chili! FOLLOW ALONG! Subscribe to my newsletter and follow along on Facebook, Pinterest and Instagram for the latest updates, recipes and content. Sweet Potato Black Bean Chili 4.94 from 15 votes - Review this recipe Sweet Potato Black Bean Chili is a hearty, flavorful vegetarian dish featuring tender sweet potato chunks, seasoned beans, fire-roasted tomatoes, and a killer seasoning mix. Top it with cilantro, avocado, and grated cheese for added goodness. SAVE TO RECIPE BOX Print Recipe Sweet Potato Black Bean Chili 4.94 from 15 votes - Review this recipe SAVE TO RECIPE BOX Print Recipe Sweet Potato Black Bean Chili is a hearty, flavorful vegetarian dish featuring tender sweet potato chunks, seasoned beans, fire-roasted tomatoes, and a killer seasoning mix. Top it with cilantro, avocado, and grated cheese for added goodness. Course Dinner, Vegetarian Cuisine American, Vegetarian Keyword sweet potato black bean chili Prep Time 10 minutes minutes Cook Time 30 minutes minutes Total Time 40 minutes minutes Servings 6 servings Chelsea Lords Calories 269kcal Author Chelsea Lords Cost $6.12 Ingredients▢ 1 and 1/2 tablespoons olive oil▢ 1/2 large yellow onion, diced (~1 cup)▢ 2 cups (~1 medium) peeled and chopped sweet potatoes▢ 1 tablespoon minced garlic (~4 cloves)▢ 1 tablespoon minced jalapeno (~1/2 of 1 full one), optional▢ 1 tablespoon chili powder▢ 1 teaspoon ground cumin▢ 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper▢ 1/2 teaspoon onion powder▢ 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder▢ 3/4 teaspoon fine sea salt▢ 1/4 teaspoon freshly cracked pepper▢ 1 can (16 ounces) pinto beans in mild chili sauce sometimes called ranch beans▢ 2 cans (15.5 ounces EACH) black beans, drained and rinsed▢ 1 can (14.5 ounces) fire-roasted petite diced tomatoes▢ 1 and 1/2 cups vegetable stock (can use broth; chicken broth also works if you are not vegetarian)▢ 2-3 tablespoons freshly squeezed lime juice▢ 1/4 cup diced fresh cilantro▢ Optional toppings: sour cream, Cheddar cheeseUS - Metric USMetric InstructionsONION AND SWEET POTATO: Heat the olive oil in a large pot over medium high heat. Once shimmering, add in the onion. Saute for 2-3 minutes or until almost translucent. Stir in the 1/2-inch sweet potato chunks. Stir until quite tender, around 9-10 minutes. Add in the garlic and jalapeno. Stir for 1 minute. Stir in the chili powder, ground cumin, cayenne pepper, onion powder, garlic powder, salt, and pepper. Stir for 1 minute longer, or until fragrant.BEANS AND TOMATOES: Add the undrained chili beans, drained and rinsed black beans, and undrained petite diced tomatoes. Add in the vegetable stock.COOK: Stir everything to combine and bring to a boil. Once it is boiling, reduce the heat to medium low and cover the pot. Allow to simmer for 8-15 minutes or until a good amount of the liquid is absorbed and the sweet potatoes are tender. The time will vary, depending on your stove. For best results, check the chili every 3-5 minutes and give it a good stir at each check to avoid burning or sticking to the bottom.SEASON: Remove from the heat. Season to taste with any additional salt or pepper as needed. Add lime juice and cilantro.ENJOY: Finish individual bowls with your favorite toppings. We top ours with a good handful of freshly grated sharp Cheddar cheese, another squeeze of lime, a spoonful of sour cream, fresh chopped avocado, and some more chopped cilantro. Don't forget the toppings; they add a lot! Video Nutrition FactsServing: 6servings | Calories: 269kcal | Carbohydrates: 46.6g | Protein: 14g | Fat: 3.8g | Cholesterol: 1.8mg | Sodium: 749.6mg | Fiber: 14.4g | Sugar: 5.4g We do our best to provide accurate nutritional analysis for our recipes. Our nutritional data is calculated using a third-party algorithm and may vary, based on individual cooking styles, measurements, and ingredient sizes. Please use this information for comparison purposes and consult a health professional for nutrition guidance as needed. DID YOU MAKE THIS RECIPE? I love hearing from you when you've made one of my recipes! 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