Sweet Potato Black Bean Chili

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Hearty, delicious sweet potato and black bean chili that comes together in under 30 minutes! Loaded with hearty black beans, fire roasted veggies, sweet potatoes and mildly spicy poblano pepper. One-pot recipe for a warm and hearty bowl on a cold, blistery night!

 

instant pot sweet potato black bean chili

 

SWEET POTATO BLACK BEAN CHILI

Hands down the best sweet potato and black bean chili we have ever devoured. Hearty, healthy and easy to make this chili is bursting with flavors, bet you will not miss the meat!!

Sweet potato and black bean chili is a comforting bowl of meal with all the goodness of veggies, beans and tomatoes, gives this chili bold flavors that you would absolutely love to dig in. This is a great recipe for your meatless Monday’s and for all the vegetarians.

With dipping temperature and freezing rains, all I can think of is a bowl of warm and comforting sweet potato and black bean chili. This chili recipe is my family’s favorite and the best part about it is that it comes together in no time.

This chili tastes even better the next day. It’s an excellent recipe for busy week nights. I always double the recipe and freeze some.

Make this chili for potlucks or for football nights. Enjoy this hearty, healthy chili with friends and family. This chili is an absolute crowd pleaser!! Make it vegan and gluten free by choosing the right toppings. This chili recipe is easily customizable to ones taste.

HOW TO COOK SWEET POTATO BLACK BEAN CHILI

With just the few simple ingredients, this chili recipe is a easy and hands down the best chili recipe. You can use Instant Pot (pressure cooker) or make it on a stove top. Sharing Instant Pot and stove top recipe for making this amazing sweet potato black bean chili.

INGREDIENTS FOR SWEET POTATO BLACK BEAN CHILI

1 large sweet potato, diced (about 2 cups)

1 poblano or jalapeno pepper, seeded and chopped

3-4 garlic cloves, minced

1 medium yellow or red onion, diced

1 15 oz. can black beans, rinsed and drained

2/3 cup fresh or frozen fire roasted corn

2 14 oz. can fire roasted diced tomatoes

2 tablespoon olive oil

1  cup vegetable broth, plus as needed

SPICES & SEASONINGS

1 tablespoon chili powder

2 teaspoon ground cumin

2 teaspoon paprika

1/2 tablespoon unsweetened cocoa powder

1 bay leaf

pinch of cayenne pepper (or red pepper flakes)

salt & black pepper, adjust to taste

Juice of 1 lime (about 1 tablespoon), adjust to taste

TOPPINGS OF CHOICE

1 avocado, sliced

tortilla chips

sour cream; For vegan, use dairy free 

salsa

shredded Cheddar cheese, For vegan, use dairy free 

fresh cilantro, chopped

Pic Shown: Sweet Potato Black Bean Chili

 

instant pot sweet potato black bean chili

 

INSTANT POT SWEET POTATO BLACK BEAN CHILI

This Instant Pot sweet potato and black bean chili is my go-to-recipes on this cold, wintry nights. This warm, hearty, comforting bowl of chili tastes as if it has been simmered for hours. Making this chili in an Instant Pot is hands down the easiest and the quickest way without compromising on its taste or flavors. Here’s how I make chili in Instant Pot in under 30 minutes!

Turn ON sauté (more) and heat the oil. Add onion, garlic, bay leaf, poblano pepper, sauté for 1-2 minutes. Next add dry spices – chili powder, cumin powder, paprika, cocoa, sauté for 15-30 seconds.

Add some broth, deglaze the pot. Turn OFF sauté.

Add sweet potato, beans, tomatoes, remaining broth, give it a quick stir. Close the Instant Pot, vent sealed. Turn ON pressure cook (high) for 5 minutes. Let pressure release naturally, around 10 minutes.

Stir in corn. Turn ON sauté (more), simmer the chili for 1-2 minutes or to a desired consistency. Turn OFF sauté.

Serve sweet potato black bean chili with your favorite topping!

STOVE TOP SWEET POTATO BLACK BEAN CHILI

For stove top cooking, follow the same steps as discussed in the recipe. Bring the mixture to a boil, reduce the heat to medium-low and let it simmer for around 20-25 minutes or to a desired consistency.

Chili thickens as it cools down. Adjust the consistency of chili by adding broth as required.

Pic Shown: Instant Pot Sweet Potato Black Bean Chili

 

instant pot sweet potato black bean chili

 

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

WHAT BEANS CAN BE ADDED IN CHILI

I like black beans and sweet potato combo. Kidney beans, pinto beans and cannellini beans, work great in this recipe.

WHAT VEGETABLES CAN BE ADDED IN CHILI

You can add veggies of your choice. Sometimes, I add some celery, carrots, bell peppers, jalapeno pepper for some spiciness. Sweet potatoes, pumpkin, or any sweet winter squash can be used in this recipe. Leafy greens like spinach, kale, and beetroot greens add a great flavor and nutritional value to this chili.

FIRE ROASTED VEGGIES

I like the addition of fire roasted tomatoes and fire roasted corn for added smoky flavor to this chili. You can use regular tomatoes and corn, it works well.

I prefer vegetable broth to keep this chili vegetarian. Chicken or vegetable broth, both work fine.

SPICES AND SEASONINGS

Toasting the dry spices, adds a nice aroma to this chili. I prefer dark chili powder. It gives chili a slightly earthier and smoky flavor. Regular chili powder works well too.

Cocoa powder is quite an unusual ingredient found in chili. It adds depth of flavor and richness to this chili.

FOR SPICINESS

Poblano pepper is a mild pepper, and adds a nice flavor to the chili. For spiciness, add some Jalapeno or Serrano pepper. Chipotle pepper in adobe sauce can be used for an extra heat and smoky flavor.

CAN I USE DRY BEANS 

Yes, you can! Cook the beans first and then use it in the recipe.

TOPPINGS FOR SWEET POTATO BLACK BEAN CHILI

This sweet potato black bean chili can be customized as per taste. Add toppings of your choice. To keep it vegan, dairy free skip the sour cream and cheese. Some of my favorite toppings include,

Avocado

Fresh Cilantro

Lime Juice

Jalapeno

Tortilla Chips

Sour Cream

Cheese

HOW TO STORE SWEET POTATO BLACK BEAN CHILI

This sweet potato black bean chili stays fresh in refrigerator for 3-4 days. Reheat the chili in a bowl and top with your favorite toppings.

You can freeze the chili for up to a month. Divide the chili into freezer safe containers and freeze it. Thaw it overnight in the refrigerator, reheat and serve.

 

sweet potato black bean chili

 

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Sweet Potato Black Bean Chili

Hearty, delicious sweet potato and black bean chili that comes together in under 30 minutes! Loaded with hearty black beans, fire roasted veggies, sweet potatoes and mildly spicy poblano pepper. One-pot recipe for a warm and hearty bowl on a cold, blistery night!
Course Soup/Chili
Cuisine American
Keyword black bean chili, chili, instant pot chili, sweet potato black bean chili, sweet potato chili
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 4
Author Jyoti Behrani

Ingredients

INGREDIENTS FOR SWEET POTATO BLACK BEAN CHILI

  • 1 large sweet potato, diced (about 2 cups)
  • 1 poblano pepper or jalapeno, seeded and chopped
  • 3-4 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 medium yellow or red onion, diced
  • 1 15 oz. can black beans,  rinsed and drained
  • 2/3 cup fresh or frozen fire roasted corn
  • 2 14 oz. can fire roasted diced tomatoes
  • 2 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 cup vegetable broth

SPICES & SEASONINGS

TOPPINGS (OPTIONAL)

  • 1 avocado, sliced
  • tortilla chips
  • sour cream; For vegan, use dairy free 
  • shredded Cheddar cheese; For vegan, use dairy free 
  • fresh cilantro, chopped

Instructions

INSTANT POT SWEET POTATO BLACK BEAN CHILI

  • Turn ON sauté (more) and heat the oil. Add onion, garlic, bay leaf, poblano pepper, sauté for 1-2 minutes. Next add dry spices – chili powder, cumin powder, paprika, cocoa, sauté for 15-30 seconds.
  • Add some broth, deglaze the pot. Turn OFF sauté.
  • Add sweet potato, beans, tomatoes, remaining broth, give it a quick stir. Close the Instant Pot, vent sealed. Turn ON pressure cook (high) for 5 minutes. Let pressure release naturally, around 10 minutes.
  • Stir in corn. Turn ON sauté (more), simmer the chili for 1-2 minutes or to a desired consistency. Turn OFF sauté.
  • Serve sweet potato black bean chili with your favorite topping!

STOVE TOP SWEET POTATO BLACK BEAN CHILI

  • For stove top cooking, follow the same steps as discussed in the recipe. Bring the mixture to a boil, reduce the heat to medium-low and let it simmer for around 20-25 minutes or to a desired consistency.

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Please refer to the post for - Frequently Asked Questions

Jyoti Behrani

Hello!! Welcome to my blog, my journey Living Smart and Healthy! Cook with me easy and authentic Indian food and around the globe. Will be sharing tips and tricks on easy authentic cooking, without spending hours in the kitchen or comprising on authentic flavors. Keeping things simple and healthy is what I am all about. Life is simple, so lets keep cooking simple too!!

This Post Has 11 Comments

  1. Lauren Michael Harris

    5 stars
    This sweet potato chili is the perfect dinner for the cooler weather that has just moved in – it tastes even better the next day!

  2. Gloria

    5 stars
    We enjoy a few “meatless meals” during the week. This chili looks hearty and delicious. What a great way to warm up on a chilly day.

  3. Claudia

    5 stars
    Great idea adding a little sweetness this will be on my list to make this week great fall recipe

  4. Kristen

    5 stars
    I made this chili last night and it was wonderful. We all went back for seconds!

  5. Jessica Stroup

    5 stars
    Talk about a great recipe! This is delicious and I love the wholesome ingredients!

  6. Shelley

    We tried your recipe tonight. Thank you for it
    Can you please tell e if you think the heat co.es from the pabalano pepper or the chili powder? I am needing to adjust the heat down a little bit 🙂

    1. Jyoti Behrani

      Hi, This sweet potato black bean chili is quite mild, as I have used pabalano pepper which is very mild as compared to jalapeno pepper. Chili powder is a combination of spices and it adds a ton of flavor to the chili. You can skip the pabalano pepper and use bell pepper instead, reduce the amount of spices as per liking. Hope this helps. Thanks!

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