This delicious, hearty Sweet Potato Chili is loaded with black beans, vegetables, and all the classic spices. It also freezes well and makes a great meal prep option.
- Chipotle chili powder. Adds smokiness and spice. If you don’t have it, try one or two chipotle peppers in adobo sauce or some ancho chile powder (smokiness without the heat).
- Fire-roasted canned diced tomatoes with green chilies. Ro*tel canned tomatoes work too.
- To start, heat some olive oil in the bottom of a large pot over medium high heat. Sauté the onions, carrot, celery, bell pepper, chili powder, cumin, coriander, oregano, thyme, chipotle chili powder, and a little salt and pepper together until the vegetables get soft and tender.
- Then stir in the garlic, sweet potatoes, beans, tomato purée, diced tomatoes (along with the juice) and some water. Stir to combine. Then bring the chili to a simmer, cover the pot, and let the sweet potatoes cook and the beans soften, at least 30 minutes.
- Next, remove the lid and cook for another 30 minutes to let the chili thicken up. Before serving, adjust the seasoning with extra salt and pepper, hot sauce, etc.
Recipe tips and variations:
- Dried beans: 3 cups cooked beans can be substituted for the 2 cans (that’s about 1 cup dried beans before cooking).
- Toppings: Cheese, sour cream, avocado, scallions, chopped white onions, jalapeños, Fritos, cilantro, fresh lime juice, the sky’s the limit!
- Make ahead: Of course you can. Chili tastes even better the next day. It freezes great for meal prep, too. Just portion, let cool, label and date, then stash it in the freezer for dinner emergencies.
- Leftovers: Enjoy the leftover veggie chili over scrambled eggs, over a bowl of rice with avocado and hot salsa, or wrapped into a burrito. Yum!
- Slow Cooker: In a slow cooker, combine everything. Cover and cook on HIGH for 2 to 3 hours or LOW for 6 to 8 hours. Season to taste with salt and pepper.
- Instant Pot: Use the sauté function to sauté the oil, vegetables, and spices. Then add the rest of the ingredients. Close and seal the lid and cook for 20 minutes on high pressure. When the time is up, let the pot depressurize naturally. Season to taste with salt and pepper.
More hearty soups and stews:
Sweet Potato Chili with Black Beans
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 1 onion chopped
- 1 carrot peeled and chopped
- 1 stalk celery chopped
- 1 bell pepper stemmed, seeded, and chopped
- 1/4 cup chili powder
- 2 tablespoons cumin
- 1 teaspoon ground coriander
- 1 tablespoon dried oregano
- 2 teaspoons dried thyme
- 2 teaspoons chipotle chili powder optional, or 1/4 teaspoon of cayenne
- Salt and freshly ground black pepper
- 8 cloves garlic minced
- 2 pounds sweet potatoes peeled and cut into 1-inch chunks
- 2 (15.5 ounce) cans black beans drained and rinsed
- 1 (28 ounce) can tomato purée
- 2 (10 ounce) cans fire-roasted diced tomatoes with green chiles undrained
- 2 cups water
- avocado diced, for serving
- minced fresh cilantro for serving
- sliced scallions for serving
- Heat oil in a large stock pot or Dutch oven over medium-high heat until shimmering. Add onions, carrot, celery, bell pepper, chili powder, cumin, coriander, oregano, thyme, chipotle chili powder (if using), 1/2 teaspoon salt, and 1/4 teaspoon pepper. Cook until vegetables have softened, 7 to 10 minutes.
- Stir in garlic until fragrant, about 30 seconds. Stir in sweet potatoes, black beans, tomato puree, diced tomatoes and their juice, and water. Bring to a simmer, cover, and cook until the sweet potatoes are tender and starting to break down, about 30 minutes.
- Remove lid and continue to simmer until slightly thickened, about 30 minutes longer. Simmer longer for a thicker sauce. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Serve avocado, cilantro, and scallions if desired.