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Sweet Potato Chili

Comfort food chili that's incredibly delicious and also healthy? Yes! This vegetarian Sweet Potato Chili is packed with so much flavor, you might not believe it's healthy.... But it is!
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Course: Entree
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Healthy Chili Recipes, Healthy Comfort Food, Sweet Potato Recipes, Vegetarian Chili Recipes
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 40 minutes
Total Time: 55 minutes
Makes: 6 servings
Author: Sues


  • 1 Tbsp olive oil
  • 1 medium onion, diced (about 1 cup)
  • 1 Tbsp minced garlic (from about 3 cloves)
  • 1 red bell pepper, diced (about 1 cup)
  • 1-2 Tbsp diced jalapeño (from 1 large pepper)
  • 2 Tbsp chili powder
  • 2 tsp cumin
  • 1 tsp dried oregano
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ½ tsp pepper
  • 2 large sweet potatoes (about 1 ½ pounds), peeled and chopped into ½" cubes
  • 2 cups water
  • 1 14.5 oz. can diced tomatoes in juice
  • 2 Tbsp tomato paste
  • 1 15 oz. can black beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 15. oz. can kidney beans, rinsed and drained
  • chopped cilantro (for garnish), optional
  • ½ avocado, diced (for garnish), optional
  • Sour cream or Greek yogurt (for garnish), optional


  • Heat oil in a large saucepan or dutch oven over medium heat and add the onion and garlic. Cook, while stirring, until the onions are translucent, about 3 minutes.
  • Stir in the red pepper and the jalapeño (use 2 Tbsp if you like a little heat and 1 Tbsp if you prefer mild) and cook for about 10 more minutes. Stir in the chili powder, cumin, oregano, salt, and pepper and cook for another two minutes.
  • Add sweet potatoes, water, diced tomatoes, tomato paste, black beans, and kidney beans to saucepan. Bring mixture to a boil. Once boiling, lower to a simmer, cover, and cook it until the sweet potatoes are tender, about 25 minutes.
  • Serve and garnish with avocado and cilantro if desired.


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