October 29, 2015

Sweet Potato Black Bean Chili


Hugging a warm bowl of chili totally comforts the soul. Especially on days like yesterday; it was a textbook autumn day with plenty of spooky Halloween vibes. Dark clouds looming, with sprinkles of rain. Wind swirling the dull, crispy leaves in whimsical patterns. Ravens perched on the fence, crowing to the bare trees. It felt like something out of a movie, practically begging me to make chili. You don't have to ask me twice! ;) Luckily this one comes together super quick and easy. The thick broth develops a rich, comforting flavor, spiked with cumin and smoked paprika. It's one of my all-time favorite chilis - black beans and sweet potatoes are such a delicious marriage. The heat level is mild as written below, so add more chili powder or cayenne pepper if you prefer more spice. Or try chipotle powder for a nice, smoky kick. This also makes a fun color-themed meal for Halloween! Perfect for get-togethers or warming you up after those trick-or-treat shenanigans :)


Vegan, gluten-free
Serves about 4-5

Ingredients
1 onion
1 bell pepper (I use yellow or orange)
1 large sweet potato
4 cloves garlic
15 oz. can black beans
15 oz. can pinto beans (or kidney, black, etc.)
15 oz. can diced tomatoes
2 1/2 cups vegetable broth
1 Tbsp. chili powder
2 tsp. cumin
1 tsp. smoked paprika
Salt to taste
Optional: chipotle, cayenne pepper, or more chili powder
Toppings if desired: green onion, avocado, cilantro, vegan sour cream, etc.

Directions
Dice onion and bell pepper. Peel and dice sweet potato. Mince garlic.
In a stockpot over medium heat, saute onion and bell pepper for 6-7 minutes.
Add sweet potato, chili powder, cumin, and smoked paprika. Saute for 3 minutes.
Add garlic and saute 1 minute.
Add vegetable broth and diced tomatoes with juice.
Rinse and drain beans. Add to stockpot. Add a little more broth if desired.
Increase heat and bring to a boil. Then cover, reduce heat, and simmer for about 25 minutes, stirring occasionally.
Adjust seasoning if needed and salt to taste.
Add any desired toppings (avocado and green onion are my favorite!)

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20 comments:

  1. Yum, you posted this at the absolute perfect time! I want to try a new chili recipe this weekend and this is definitely the one :) Thanks for the recipe!

    xo - Michelle
    www.borncreativeblog.com

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    1. Yay Michelle! Hope you enjoy it as much as we do :) I think we're due for another batch this weekend too... my husband keeps requesting it again!

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  2. Made this last night......it was excellent!!!! I'm not a vegetarian, so I did add about a half pound of ground chicken, but other than that I followed the recipe as written and topped it with a couple of avocado slices. Can't wait for the leftovers tonight!! It's definitely going to be a recipe I turn to often. Thanks so much!

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    1. Awesome! So fun to hear you enjoyed it, and that it even earned a spot in your regular rotation! ;) Thanks for the sweet message, hope you had a great weekend!

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  3. Does it matter what color bell pepper you use in this recipe?

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    1. Hi! Any one will work! Though I usually use an orange or yellow for this since it's not quite as bitter and the slight sweetness compliments the sweet potato very well :) I hope you enjoy!

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  4. it looks fantastic! Can't wait to try it!

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  5. Wonderful chili. It's a winner in my book. Will be making this often. My grandson loved it too.

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    1. Aww, thanks for your kind words :) Thrilled to hear you and your grandson loved it! It's a common meal in our house too. Wishing you a lovely week! :)

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  6. I love this chili recipe. I've used it so many times for family and friends. You should totally enter this chili contest! I think you have a good chance at winning (because I don't want to steal your credit)!
    http://bushbeans.thedailymeal.com/

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    1. Hey Molly! Ahhh that's so fun to hear!! Glad you've been enjoying it. It's still my favorite chili! And thanks for the heads up about the contest, haha - I'll go check it out!

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  7. This is tasty comfort in a bowl! I must have pinned about 20 different sweet potato chili recipes but they all tend to have an ingredient or two that I don't have or feel like buying because I know I'll never use it again. I came across this one yesterday while searching for something to do with the bag of sweet potatoes that I have lying around and was thrilled to realize that I had all of the ingredients, which feels like an even bigger win because I didn't have to leave the house. It was so incredibly easy, hearty, and delicious, and I love the fact that it fits into my healthy lifestyle! I followed the recipe exactly as written except I added a dash of cayenne pepper per your suggestion and it had just the right amount of heat. I gave it a test run while my husband is away on business but now I can't wait to make it again for the two of us when he returns because he will LOVE this. Now I'm off to check out your other recipes! Thanks again.

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    1. Aww, what a sweet message Laura! Thanks for taking the time to write :) It's always such an awesome victory finding a recipe and realizing you have ALL the ingredients in the house already!! I'm so glad you enjoyed it, and hope your husband loves it too! Hope you two have a great week :)

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  8. What is the serving size and nutrition on this? I made some last night had to double it for my large family. It was excellent.

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    1. Hi Chrystal! So glad you enjoyed! Unfortunately I don't provide nutritional stats on the site, but if you'd like to calculate your own you can try this website:
      http://caloriecount.about.com/cc/recipe_analysis.php
      I've heard it's pretty straightforward and easy to use. Hope that helps! :)

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  9. This is my favorite chili - hands down. Love it. Heartiest vegetarian chili I have had. A+!

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    1. Totally awesome Laura!! <3 Super excited and honored to hear it's your favorite. I actually just made a (huge) double batch of this to last throughout the week :) Thanks so much for the sweet comment, and enjoy the rest of your week!

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  10. Love this, made it yesterday.Best chilli ever, very fulfilling.

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    1. Fantastic!!! Glad to hear you enjoyed it so much :) Thanks for the kind words. Happy Thursday! <3

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