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Sweet Potato Black Bean Chili

posted by Melissa Huggins October 27, 2017 4 Comments
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This Sweet Potato Black Bean Chili has the perfect balance of smoky heat and subtly sweet flavor.

This Sweet Potato Black Bean Chili has the perfect balance of smoky heat and subtly sweet flavor.

Looking for a comforting weeknight winner? Well, look no further because this Sweet Potato Black Bean Chili might be what you need. It’s warm, hearty and so darn easy to make!

It’s all made in one pot and takes less than 35 minutes on the stove.

You can make it ahead of time or even store it in the freezer. It makes the perfect work lunch too. Your coworkers will be lurking so beware.

Chili is quite versatile and you can easily adjust it to your liking. You can add tons more veggies like in my Three Bean Mushroom Chili or keep it simple with this Sweet Potato Black Bean Chili.

It really is a meal all on its own, but if you’d like, you can side it with rice, quinoa or some Gluten-Free Cornbread.

This Sweet Potato Black Bean Chili has the perfect balance of smoky heat and subtly sweet flavor.
Simple is good

You won’t need any fancy ingredients, just some kitchen staples and pantry items. You’ll need grapeseed oil, red onion, fresh garlic, sweet potato, chili powder, ground cumin, oregano, cayenne pepper, unsweetened cocoa powder, vegetable broth, fire roasted tomatoes, black beans, lime juice, salt & pepper. That’s it!

Chocolate in chili?

This is definitely the key ingredient for an ever-so-tasty chili. The chocolate balances out the sweet, spicy and acidic flavors and brings it all together. It adds a whole other layer of flavor and it will turn your everyday chili into a bold, robust, award-winning chili.


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This Sweet Potato Black Bean Chili has the perfect balance of smoky heat and subtly sweet flavor.



I’d love to hear from you

If you make this Sweet Potato Black Bean Chili, I’d love to hear what you think in the comment section below. It would really make my day. You can also follow me on Instagram and share your creation with me. Just tag me @veganhuggs and hashtag #veganhuggs so I don’t miss it.

Sweet Potato Black Bean Chili
Prep Time
15 mins
Cook Time
35 mins
Total Time
50 mins

This Sweet Potato Black Bean Chili has the perfect balance of smoky heat and subtly sweet flavor.

Course: Main Course
Recipe Type: Gluten-Free, Nut-Free, Vegan
Servings: 4
Calories: 381 kcal
Author: Melissa Huggins
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons grapeseed oil (or preferred oil)
  • 1 large red onion , diced
  • 3-4 cloves garlic , minced
  • 1 large sweet potato , peeled & cut into 1/2" pieces
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons chili powder
  • 2 teaspoons ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon oregano
  • 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper (more to taste)
  • 2 1/2 teaspoons cocoa powder , unsweetened
  • 1 14-16 oz jar/can fire roasted tomatoes
  • 2 cups vegetable broth , low sodium
  • 2 14-ounce cans black beans , drained and rinsed
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons Himalayan salt , more to taste (or preferred salt)
  • 2 tablespoons lime juice , fresh squeezed (more to taste)
  • Fresh cracked pepper , to taste
  1. In a large pot, heat oil over medium heat. When hot, add onion and a pinch of salt. Sauté until onion is translucent, about 5-6 minutes. 

  2. Add garlic and sauté for 1-2 minutes, until garlic is lightly browned. 

  3. Add potatoes, chili powder, cumin, oregano, and cayenne. Sauté 1-2 minutes. Now add tomatoes and cocoa powder, stir to combine well.

  4. Add broth, salt, and pepper. Loosely cover the pot. Turn heat up to get a simmer going. Once simmering, reduce heat between medium & medium-low to keep a light simmer. Cook for 15 minutes. Keep an eye on everything and stir occasionally. 

  5. Now add the beans. Uncover the pot and lightly simmer for another 10 minutes or until liquid cooks down a bit and potatoes reach desired consistency. 

  6. Remove from heat and stir in lime juice. Taste for seasoning and add as needed. Let the chili rest a minute before serving. Check out notes for topping ideas. 

Recipe Notes

* Topping ideas: fresh-cut cilantro, vegan sour cream, diced red onion, fresh-cut green onion, and vegan cheese shreds. 



Nutrition Facts
Sweet Potato Black Bean Chili
Amount Per Serving (1 Serving)
Calories 381 Calories from Fat 63
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 7g 11%
Saturated Fat 1g 5%
Sodium 585mg 24%
Potassium 897mg 26%
Total Carbohydrates 58g 19%
Dietary Fiber 21g 84%
Sugars 5g
Protein 22g 44%
Vitamin A 25.1%
Vitamin C 17.8%
Calcium 12.9%
Iron 40.8%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.


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Neerali Parag November 3, 2017 at 12:15 pm

Is this recipe from Vegan Richa’s new book?

Melissa Huggins November 3, 2017 at 2:27 pm

Hi Neerali, no, this one is a Vegan Huggs recipe. I did share the Bombay Potatoes from her book though. You should try them! They are wonderful 🙂

Pam April 29, 2018 at 8:29 am

Love this recipe. Thanks for sharing.

Melissa Huggins April 29, 2018 at 4:08 pm

Hi Pam, thank you for making it! So happy you liked it 🙂


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