Sweet Potato Chili
This vegan* chili is loaded with nutritious veggies, black beans, and of course, delicious sweet potatoes! The chipotle adds a complex smoky flavor that will leave your taste buds satisfied even without the beef.
* if you choose to garnish your chili with Greek yogurt or sour cream the meal is no longer vegan but still vegetarian
Prep Time: 45 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes - 3 hours
Yields: 4 servings
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 medium yellow onion, chopped
4 cloves garlic, minced
½ teaspoon basil
1 teaspoon oregano
3 tablespoons cumin
1 tablespoon chili powder
1 teaspoon chipotle chili powder
Dash of salt
2 - 15oz cans diced tomatoes
1 cup water
1 medium sweet potato, peeled and chopped into small cubes
1 green bell pepper, seeded and chopped
2 - 15oz cans black beans, drained and rinsed
Juice from 1 lime
Chopped cilantro and plain Greek yogurt as desired for garnish
Heat oil in a large sauce pan over medium-high heat. Add onion and garlic and sauté until onions begin to soften, about 5 minutes. Add basil, oregano, cumin, chili powder, chipotle and salt and cook, stirring constantly, for 30 seconds.
Add in 2 cans of tomatoes and 1 cup of water. Stir until well combined. Mix in sweet potato, bell pepper, and black beans.
Cover and bring to boil for 3 to 5 minutes. Add lime juice. Stir well, reduce heat, and allow to simmer until potatoes have softened, about 25 minutes or up to 3 hours.
Serve chili garnished with freshly chopped cilantro and a dollop of plain yogurt
Chipotle peppers are dried, smoked jalapeño peppers. They add a spicy, smoky flavor to this chili. If you prefer a milder version, you can reduce or omit the chipotle chili powder. Chipotle chili powder can be found in the spice aisle of most supermarkets.
Note that the longer you cook this chili, the more the flavor will develop. If you’re in a hurry, go ahead and serve the chili as soon as the potatoes are soft. But if you have extra time, allow the chili to cook a little longer. You can also cook this chili in a slow cooker if you'd prefer!
I like to add a dollop of plain Greek yogurt to this chili to increase the protein content of the meal. Greek yogurt tastes very similar to sour cream but has more protein and a richer texture.