Sweet Potato & Black Bean Chili

This vegetarian chili takes perfectly to a host of other ingredients. Saute the onion in bacon for a smoky, meaty version, add chicken, beef or pork, or add chiles or roasted peppers.
Photography By Alyssa Valletta | August 24, 2015

Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 medium-large sweet potato, peeled and diced
  • 1 large onion, diced
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 tablespoons chili powder
  • 4 teaspoons ground cumin
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 3 cups water
  • 2 15-ounce cans black beans, rinsed
  • 1 14-ounce can diced tomatoes
  • 4 teaspoons lime juice
  • 1/2 cup chopped fresh cilantro
  • Shredded cheddar cheese (optional)

Instructions

1. Heat oil in a Dutch oven over medium-high heat. Add sweet potato and onion and cook 5 minutes. Add garlic, chili powder, cumin, and salt and cook, stirring constantly, for 30 seconds. Add water and bring to a simmer. Cover, reduce heat to maintain a gentle simmer and cook until the sweet potato is tender, 10 to 12 minutes.

2. Add beans, tomatoes and lime juice; increase heat to high and return to a simmer, stirring often. Reduce heat and simmer until slightly reduced, about 5 minutes. Remove from heat and stir in cilantro. Serve with sour cream and shredded cheese if desired.

Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 medium-large sweet potato, peeled and diced
  • 1 large onion, diced
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 tablespoons chili powder
  • 4 teaspoons ground cumin
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 3 cups water
  • 2 15-ounce cans black beans, rinsed
  • 1 14-ounce can diced tomatoes
  • 4 teaspoons lime juice
  • 1/2 cup chopped fresh cilantro
  • Shredded cheddar cheese (optional)
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