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Sweet Potato Chili

wp-1474644638185.jpgI love a good chili!

To me, it speaks of crisp fall days, football, and bonfires. While it still is very much like summer in Houston, I’m not even in the chili making mode.

This recipe is based on the Sweet Potato Chili recipe in Simple Vegetarian Pleasures by Jeanne Lemlin.  I’ve added a few of my own touches to it here.

I entered this chili in a chili contest that we had at work, I won the Most Creative category.




Sweet Potato Chili


Olive oil for pot

2 large onions, diced

6 garlic cloves, minced

1 red bell pepper, diced

1 yellow pepper, diced

1 jalepeno, seeded and minced

1 1/2 TBS chipotle chili powder

1 1/2 tsp ground cumin

1 tsp dried oregano

1/8 tsp cayenne pepper

2 1/2 cups vegetable stock

2 1/2 cups water

28 oz can crushed tomatoes

1/4 cup tomato paste, thinned with 1/4 cup water

2 medium-large sweet potatoes, peeled and cut into 1/2 inch dice

2 15 oz cans black beans, rinsed and drained

1/4 cup cilantro, chopped


Heat the oil in a large stockpot over medium heat. Add the onions and garlic and sauté, stirring frequently, until the onions begin to brown, at least 10 minutes.

Stir in the bell peppers and jalapeno and cook 10 minutes, stirring often

Sprinkle on the chili powder and cumin and cook 2 minutes, stirring continuously.

Stir in all the remaining ingredients - except the cilantro and bring the mixture to a boil.

Lower the heat and simmer until the sweet potatoes are tender, stirring occasionally.

Stir in the chopped cilantro and serve.


I’m linking up today with Rock My Vegan Socks & VNutrition for Healthy Vegan Fridays and Running on Happy, The Fit Foodie Mama, Confessions of a Mother Runner, and A Whisk and Two Wands for #MeatlessMonday!




  1. kimmythevegan

    Congrats on winning for Most Creative! That’s awesome =)
    I really love chili and yours sounds so good! I’ve never tried putting sweet potato in before, what a great idea.
    Thanks so much for sharing at Healthy Vegan Fridays – I’m pinning & sharing.
    I hope you’re having a great weekend!

    1. Vicki (Post author)

      Thanks! I thought it sounded weird at first, but it really works and is one of my favorite chili recipes. Even the hubs who proclaims he doesn’t like sweet potatoes loves it!

  2. MaryEllen@VNutrition

    Chili reminds me of the exact same things – except bonfires, we don’ really do those in NJ (but I wish we did!).

    This soup looks so good. It’s a bit chili here this week so I’ll try making this to warm me up this week!

  3. Deborah @ Confessions of a mother runner

    Sweet potatoes in chili is fantastic! I am excited for chili season. Thanks for linking up!
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    1. Vicki (Post author)

      Thanks for hosting the link-up!

  4. Sarah- A Whisk and Two Wands

    I love veggie chili! Simple healthy comfort food is the best on these chilly days. Thank you for linking up with us for Meatless Monday!

    1. Vicki (Post author)

      Yup, nothing better than a bowl of chili to warm up!

  5. Rachel

    I love love love sweet potato chili. Seriously.
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    1. Vicki (Post author)

      Yes… it is soo good!


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