Healthy Recipe: Sweet Potato & Black Bean Chili

Yield: 4 servings, about 2 cups each

Servings: 4

Prep Time: 25 minutes

Total Time: 40 minutes

To Make Ahead: Cover and refrigerate for up to 3 days or freeze for up to 3 months.

Recipe Description:

Make a double batch of this quick vegetarian chili, full of black beans and sweet potatoes, and eat it for lunch the next day or freeze the extras for another night. We love the smoky heat from the ground chipotle, but omit it if you prefer a mild chili. Serve with tortilla chips or cornbread and coleslaw.

Recipe Ingredients:

  1. 1 tablespoon plus 2 teaspoons extra-virgin olive oil
  2. 1 medium-large sweet potato, peeled and diced
  3. 1 large onion, diced
  4. 4 cloves garlic, minced
  5. 2 tablespoons chili powder
  6. 4 teaspoons ground cumin
  7. 1/2 teaspoon ground chipotle chile (see Note)
  8. 1/4 teaspoon salt
  9. 2 1/2 cups water
  10. 2 15-ounce cans black beans, rinsed
  11. 1 14-ounce can diced tomatoes
  12. 4 teaspoons lime juice
  13. 1/2 cup chopped fresh cilantro

Recipe Steps:

  1. Heat oil in a Dutch oven over medium-high heat. Add sweet potato and onion and cook, stirring often, until the onion is beginning to soften, about 4 minutes. Add garlic, chili powder, cumin, chipotle 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.

Recipe Tips & Notes:

  1. Note: Chipotle peppers are dried, smoked jalapeño peppers. Ground chipotle chile pepper can be found in the spice section of most supermarkets or online at

Recipe Nutrition:

Per serving: 319 calories; 8 g fat (1 g sat, 5 g mono); 0 mg cholesterol; 54 g carbohydrate; 0 g added sugars; 12 g protein; 15 g fiber; 518 mg sodium; 1036 mg potassium

Nutrition Bonus: Vitamin A (213% daily value), Vitamin C (48% dv), Iron (32% dv), Folate (29% dv), Potassium (27% dv), Calcium (16% dv)

2 1/2 Carbohydrate Servings

Exchanges: 3 starch, 1 vegetable, 1 lean meat