sweet potato chili

Chipotle Spiced

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 




  1. 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.

  2. Add in 2 cans of tomatoes and 1 cup of water. Stir until well combined. Mix in sweet potato, bell pepper, and black beans. 

  3. 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. 

  4. 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.