One-Pot Sweet Potato Black Bean Chili

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One-pot sweet potato black bean chili is the vegetarian comfort food you didn’t know you were looking for – hearty, healthy, and packed with great flavor!

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You guys, this chili. This chili has significantly improved my life, no exaggeration. You NEED to have this in your dinner arsenal, and with fall weather creeping in for many of us, there’s no better time to make a big batch and get cozy.

For YEARS, I looked askance at various vegetarian chili recipes. I assumed they were all imposters, sad shells of what chili could be. But, one by one, the stars aligned to send me towards this specific version.

One-pot sweet potato black bean chili | The best vegetarian chili recipe - hearty, flavorful, and healthy! #vegetarian #chili #comfortfood

I started to grow curious about eating meatless more often in general. Several members of my family eliminated meat from their diets. I began trying to incorporate more veggies into the main dishes I make, rather than relegating them to side dishes all the time.

And then, at just the right moment, I stumbled across the perfect recipe. Don’t you love it when that happens?

This is my take on the sweet potato black bean chili from What’s Gaby Cooking, barely adapted. To be honest, I’ve just tweaked the volume of an ingredient or two, and altered the instructions to reflect a slightly longer cooking time, which allows the chili to thicken more and, for me, yields the best result.

The recipe is terrific, and while I’m sure you could make additional changes to suit your taste, as is it’s honestly the best vegetarian chili I’ve ever had.

It’s very simple to make, as well. Essentially throw everything in a Dutch oven or stockpot and let it do all the work.

One-pot sweet potato black bean chili | The best vegetarian chili recipe - hearty, flavorful, and healthy! #vegetarian #chili #comfortfood

Well, the Dutch oven and, apparently, your two-year-old sous chef, who LOVES to stir and is surprisingly good at doing so without hurting himself or making a big mess. You can see his nubby hand and the tip of his curious little nose above. ♥

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To be honest, I even prefer this to my normal beef chili, and no doubt this version is WAY healthier. Tons of sweet potato for flavor and nutrients, plus black beans and quinoa for filling protein, and a hearty dose of chili powder, chipotle chili, cumin, and tomatoes for major flavor.

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I love it with just some avocado on top. And, uh, maybe Fritos. Once or twice. Don’t judge. 🙂

Just pull up a chair, grab a bowl, and dig in!

One-pot sweet potato black bean chili | The best vegetarian chili recipe - hearty, flavorful, and healthy! #vegetarian #chili #comfortfood

Make this one ASAP, and you’ll be happy to have it again and again! Enjoy!

One-pot sweet potato black bean chili | The best vegetarian chili recipe - hearty, flavorful, and healthy! #vegetarian #chili #comfortfood

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One-Pot Sweet Potato Black Bean Chili

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Yield 4-6 servings

One-pot sweet potato black bean chili is the vegetarian comfort food you didn't know you were looking for - hearty, healthy, and packed with great flavor!

Ingredients

  • 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2 medium-large sweet potatoes, peeled and diced
  • 1 large red onion, diced
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 tablespoons chili powder
  • ½ teaspoon chipotle chili powder
  • ½ teaspoon ground cumin
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 3 ½ cups vegetable stock
  • 1 (15 ounce) can black beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 (14.5 ounce) can diced tomatoes
  • ½ cup uncooked quinoa
  • Juice of 1 lime
  • To serve: avocado, cilantro, cheese, chips, as desired

Instructions

  1. Warm the oil in a large Dutch oven or stockpot over medium-high heat.
  2. Add the sweet potato and onion and cook for about 5 minutes, until the onion begins to soften.
  3. Add the garlic, chili powder, chipotle chili powder, cumin, and salt. Stir to combine.
  4. Add the stock, black beans, tomatoes, and quinoa. Stir well and bring the mixture to a boil, then cover the pot and reduce heat to maintain a moderate simmer.
  5. Cook for 40-50 minutes, until the quinoa is cooked and the entire mixture has thickened like, well… chili!
  6. Remove pot from the heat and stir in the lime juice. Adjust seasoning to taste and serve with avocado, cilantro, cheese, or chips as desired.

Nutrition Facts

Serving Size 1/6

Amount Per Serving

Calories 307

% Daily Value

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

Adapted, barely, from What’s Gaby Cooking

One-pot sweet potato black bean chili | The best vegetarian chili recipe - hearty, flavorful, and healthy! #vegetarian #chili #comfortfood

Looking for more meatless meal inspiration? Here’s the perfect round-up of ideas for you!

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One-pot sweet potato black bean chili | The best vegetarian chili recipe - hearty, flavorful, and healthy! #vegetarian #chili #comfortfood

25 Comments

  • Reply
    Elizabeth
    October 2, 2017 at 2:15 am

    Would it be possible to cook in a slow cooker? Maybe 4/6 hours on low?

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      Monica
      October 2, 2017 at 5:16 am

      I haven’t tried it to say for sure, but I suspect that would work well! If you try it, please come back and let us know how it turns out, I’d love to add that as an option! 🙂

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    Michelle
    September 18, 2017 at 5:13 am

    Sounds delicious, I love all of What’s Gaby Cooking recipes!

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    Kelsey
    September 18, 2017 at 1:15 am

    I made this last night and it was delicious! Vegetarian husband said it was amazing. Next time I’m going to try adding chipotle peppers in adobo sauce just because I love them so much, but so good without them.

    • Reply
      Monica
      September 18, 2017 at 12:18 pm

      Hi Kelsey, I’m so glad you guys loved the recipe, and thank you so much for coming to leave feedback! And what a great idea about the chipotle peppers – I can’t wait to try that myself!

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    Christine
    September 17, 2017 at 10:08 pm

    Love that you used sweet potatoes in this chili! It’s the perfect season for warm chili recipes like this one. Looks delicious!

  • Reply
    Prasanna Hede
    September 17, 2017 at 4:41 am

    This recipe is super healthy and yummy too. I have been eating sweet potato in a totally different way than this.

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    Kim @ Three Olives Branch
    September 16, 2017 at 3:21 pm

    I love a healthy, vegetarian chili! This sounds perfect for this cooler weather we are getting!

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    Jessica Pinney
    September 16, 2017 at 2:07 am

    The temperature just dropped here and this sounds perfect right now! Thanks for the fall recipe inspiration. 🙂

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    Karyl | Karyl's Kulinary Krusade
    September 15, 2017 at 10:50 pm

    I’ve never thought of adding sweet potatoes and quinoa to chili! What a wonderful way to add a very hearty texture to veggie chili. My parents are vegetarian and would love this recipe

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    Veena Azmanov
    September 15, 2017 at 9:15 pm

    I love meatless days and this chilli would be perfect for us. I am a huge fan of sweet potato and we love black beans too! Can’t wait to try this soon.

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    Cheryl
    September 15, 2017 at 4:20 pm

    Wow! I’m an enthusiastic meat eater, but I also love great meatless dishes and this looks fantastic.

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    Dominique | Perchance to Cook
    September 15, 2017 at 3:28 pm

    What a great idea to add quinoa here! This looks like such a great meat-less chili option. I’m going to have to try this ASAP.

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    Christine Rooney
    September 15, 2017 at 7:28 am

    I am always looking for more hearty vegetarian meals so I definitely need to give this a try. Love the addition of the avocado as well!

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    April
    September 14, 2017 at 5:48 pm

    I just made chili yesterday and was thinking about adding sweet potatoes. That is so weird, I have never thought about it, and now your post. Will try this next time.

  • Reply
    aditi
    September 14, 2017 at 3:38 pm

    awesome post. i love the combination you took.

  • Reply
    Analida Braeger
    September 14, 2017 at 11:11 am

    This is fantastic chili for a meatless meal! I have a recipe for make your own chili powder too! I was making a dish one day and discovered I was out! It is really quote simple to make too! Thanks for sharing, I am pinning for later.

    • Reply
      Monica
      September 14, 2017 at 12:43 pm

      Thanks, Analida!! I would LOVE to try making my own chili powder – do you have the recipe for that on your site? I will head over and look for it soon. 🙂 Thanks for stopping by!

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    Ginny McMeans
    September 13, 2017 at 10:15 pm

    This is the most beautiful black bean chili. I can’t even imagine a healthier one.

    • Reply
      Monica
      September 14, 2017 at 12:44 pm

      Thank you, Ginny!

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    Rebecca | Let's Eat Cake
    September 13, 2017 at 9:33 pm

    What a perfect hearty chili recipe for fall or for a summer cookout! Love the addition of quinoa!

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    Nichole
    September 13, 2017 at 9:12 pm

    This chili is for sure going into my fall dinner rotation. Thanks for the recipe!

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    Christine
    September 13, 2017 at 8:54 pm

    I love chili in the fall and this recipe looks amazing! It’s so perfect for the cooler weather and it comes together rather quickly. Awesome!

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    Amy @ The Cook Report
    September 13, 2017 at 7:51 pm

    This looks awesome! I love chilli and anything I can do to make it a little healthier is great news

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    Michelle
    September 13, 2017 at 5:43 pm

    I’m not usually a big fan of sweet potatoes, but I have to say I think this looks delicious! I love the combination of spices and the use of quinoa for a hearty gluten-free meal. Love it!

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