Sweet Potato and Black Bean Chili


Looking for something fun to do with sweet potatoes I came across this recipe on EatingWell. That’s all I needed to see. The seed was planted.

Today I decided to make my own version which barely resembles the original recipe. I needed to use what I had on hand which was…

Sweet Potato and Black Bean Chili  - ingredients

The result was AMAZING! Seriously, amazing and so easy to make. The combination of “creamy” black beans, firm but cooked sweet potato and softened zucchini was perfect. And the chili powder/cumin combo gave it a great spicy, smokey flavor.

I will be making this again even though I’ll never get anyone else in my family to eat it. Little guy saw a picture of it on my computer and declared, “I KNOW I wouldn’t like THAT!”

Sigh. Sweet Potato and Black Bean Chili

  • 1/2 large sweet onion chopped
  • 1 Sweet Potato (mine was about 200g)
  • 2 small zucchini chopped
  • 3 tsp chili powder
  • 3 tsp garlic powder
  • 2 tsp dried cilantro
  • 2 tsp dried cumin
  • 1 14oz can of diced tomatoes
  • 1 can black beans with liquid

Heat a medium-sized pot over medium-high heat. Spray with non-stick cooking spray and cook the onions with a small pinch of salt until just turning transparent and slightly browning.

While the onion is cooking cut up the sweet potato into small cubes.

Add the sweet potato to the pot with the onion. Continue to cook and occasional toss while you chop the zucchini.

Add the zucchini to the pot and the dry spices. Toss.

At this point your pot will be getting dry and possibly sticking a little. That’s ok. Add the can of diced tomatoes and it should losen all up.

Add the can of black beans and stir everything together.

Bring the chili to a boil then lower to a simmer and cover. Cook 20 minutes covered and then another 10 minutes or so uncovered until the sweet potato softens.

I measured out exactly 5 cups when it was done. 2 is a realistic serving but I’ll give you the nutritional information per cup so it’s easy to figure out if you decide to double or triple.

Approx Nutritional Information per serving
Servings Amt per Serving
5 1 cup
Calories Fat Fiber WWPs
140 1g 7g old: 2 new:3
Sugar Sat Fat Carbs Protein
5g 0g 28g 7g
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18 Comments and 0 Replies

  1. Sherry

    This looks delicious! I will use dark red kidney beans instead of black beans (that’s what I have on hand). Thank you so much for another wonderful recipe.

    I really wish our son would eat chili. He hates beans..My DH loves it, though!


  2. Stephanie

    I make a turkey sweet potato chili in the crockpot that is similar to this. It calls for white beans, but I have used white, red and black. All the veggies make this look SO yummy!

  3. Natalia

    Hey Roni!

    I made this tonight for dinner and it is sooooo good and soooo easy. Is this a recipe that would freeze well so that I could double or triple it?

    Natalia :)

  4. Sara

    Your photos look better than the one on Eating Well! :) This looks so good and I need to try this kind of chili. So many good nutrients and the veggies make it a healthy chili for once. Thanks!

  5. Amber

    Hey, I’m a Peace Corps Volunteer and I read your site all the time for new ideas to try with all the fresh veggies and fruits available here. I wanted to say thank you in general ANd that I tried this recipe last night and it turned out Great. Thank you!

  6. Jamie

    oh my gravy. Just made this so good. The only thing I did different was add a can of tomato sauce, since it was so thick. It is going on my regular menu rotation. YUM

  7. Samantha

    Loved it!! Very easy and filling. It took longer than 20 minutes for the potatoes to soften , but it was worth it :)

  8. Ann

    Made this for dinner tonight. It was VERY good. My husband and 7-year-old loved it too. I served it with cornbread. I also used oil instead of spray. This is so easy. It will be a regular dish. Thanks!!!

  9. Heather

    LOVED this! My DH is finicky like yours, and there are very few vegetables I can get him to eat. And he gobbled this one right up! Zucchini and all! His only comment was “where’s the meat?”

    Thanks Roni! :)

  10. Julie

    Just letting you know i have made this for two potluck event’s now and not a single morsel has yet to ever come home. It’s such an awesome recipe!!

  11. sharky

    i just made this for the first time. i have just recently gotten into cooking, and this was the first recipe i ever made by myself! it’s easy, and absolutely delicious :) thank you!

  12. Claudia

    I found this yesterday and had all items in my kitchen, so that’s what we had for dinner.
    Well, my kids don’t like sweet potatoes, so we had it to ourselves…
    it was great!
    I threw in one zucchini, quartered as well.
    I didn’t miss the sour cream, just a little shredded cheese and a slice of avocado.

    Thanks for this great recipe

  13. Morgan

    This sounded so good to me so I had to make it! I was out of bean so I used some canned chicken instead and added a few dashes of cayenne pepper. I topped with a little vegan pepper jack and it was delicious! I’ll definitely make this again. I’ll probably experiment with it a little more as well!

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