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Bowl of vegan sweet potato black bean chili topped with avocado

Sweet Potato Black Bean Chili

A vegan chili that is full of flavor, simple to make, and wonderfully satisfying! Great served with fresh avocado.
AuthorKaitlin - The Garden Grazer
Prep Time:20 mins
Cook Time:25 mins
Total Time:45 mins
CourseMain Dish, Soup
CuisineGluten-Free, Oil-Free, Vegan
Servings5 medium bowls


  • 1 yellow onion
  • 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 (or fire-roasted)
  • 2 1/2 cups vegetable broth
  • 1 Tbsp. chili powder (I use mild)
  • 2 tsp. ground cumin
  • 1 tsp. smoked paprika
  • Salt to taste

Toppings (optional):

  • Avocado, cilantro, green onion, hot sauce, vegan sour cream, tortilla chips, etc.


  • Dice onion. Peel and dice sweet potato. Mince garlic.
  • In a stockpot over medium-high heat, sauté onion for 6-7 minutes. (I use 3 Tbsp. broth/water for no-oil sauté method.)
  • Add chili powder, cumin, smoked paprika, and sweet potato cubes. Sauté for 3 minutes.
  • Add minced garlic and sauté 1 minute.
  • Add vegetable broth and diced tomatoes with juice.
  • Rinse and drain beans. Add to stockpot.
  • Increase heat and bring to a boil. Then cover, reduce heat, and simmer for about 25 minutes (or until sweet potatoes are cooked through), stirring occasionally.
  • Salt to taste and add any desired toppings. (Avocado is my favorite.)


Grains: Stir in some cooked brown rice or quinoa to your bowl before serving if desired.
Make it spicy: This is fairly mild as written (if using a mild chili powder) so add more chili powder or cayenne pepper if you prefer it spicier. Or add a dash of chipotle powder for a nice, smoky kick.
Bell pepper: This is also a great addition. Simply dice and add it with the onion to sauté.

Nutrition Per Serving (Estimate)

Calories: 227 kcal | Carbohydrates: 45 g | Protein: 11 g | Fat: 1 g | Saturated Fat: 1 g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1 g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1 g | Potassium: 905 mg | Fiber: 13 g | Sugar: 7 g | Vitamin A: 7448 IU | Vitamin C: 14 mg | Calcium: 133 mg | Iron: 5 mg