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Sweet Potato & Black Bean Chili Recipe

Sweet Potato & Black Bean Chili Recipe

My whole family enjoys this chili, but my daughter especially loves it. I like to make it because it's so easy and very flavorful. —Joy Pendley, Ortonville, Michigan
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 25 min. Cook: 35 min. YIELD:8 servings


  • 3 large sweet potatoes, peeled and cut into 1/2-inch cubes
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons chili powder
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 2 cans (15 ounces each) black beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 can (28 ounces) diced tomatoes, undrained
  • 1/4 cup brewed coffee
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/2 cup shredded reduced-fat Monterey Jack cheese or reduced-fat Mexican cheese blend


  • 1. In a nonstick Dutch oven coated with cooking spray, saute sweet potatoes and onion in oil until crisp-tender. Add the chili powder, garlic, cumin and cayenne; cook 1 minute longer. Stir in the beans, tomatoes, coffee, honey, salt and pepper.
  • 2. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 30-35 minutes or until sweet potatoes are tender. Sprinkle with cheese. Yield: 8 servings (2 quarts).

Nutritional Facts

1 cup chili with 1 tablespoon cheese equals 252 calories, 4 g fat (1 g saturated fat), 5 mg cholesterol, 554 mg sodium, 47 g carbohydrate, 9 g fiber, 10 g protein.

Reviews for Sweet Potato & Black Bean Chili

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Reviewed Nov. 23, 2015

"So tasty, so filling, so easy!

Topped with avacado and ate with tortilla chips. Husband loved it too!"

Reviewed Nov. 7, 2015

"Absolutely wonderful! I added celery but kept everything else the same. It is really easy to make too. My family really liked it and requested hamburger in it next time, so I will be making it again. Thanks for another yummy recipe."

Reviewed Oct. 10, 2015

"Very flavorful and good enough to make again! No cayenne in the cupboard so I made the chili without and it was still delicious, but probably not as spicy as it could have been. I used just 1 tablespoon honey which provided enough sweetness for our tastes and added about 1/4 cup water while the sweet potatoes first cooked."

Reviewed Oct. 9, 2015

"This recipe was delicious as written, but just to suit my family, I added 1 cup of chicken stock to make it soupier and half a can of corn to up the veggies. The sweetness of the corn allowed me to cut the honey in half to 1 Tablespoon. I really liked the addition of coffee! Great change from regular chili! Spicy and flavorful."

Reviewed Oct. 5, 2015

"I prepared this exactly as the recipe suggested. It was tasty and delicious! Will definitely make again."

Reviewed Jul. 6, 2015

"Fantastic! Everyone loved it. No one mentioned that it was vegetarian. And all of the spices made it so tasty!"

Reviewed Feb. 25, 2015

"My husband looked at this with suspicious eyes and said "What is this?" when I served this soup a couple of nights ago. He was totally won over with the taste of this chili. Just the right amount and combination of spices and so healthy: low-fat, high fiber, good protein. I followed directions as written and don't think I will make any changes when I make this soup again. Served with a hearty bread, this is a perfect winter meal. Easy, healthy, delicious = perfect recipe!"

Reviewed Jul. 13, 2014

"Very good. I substituted broth for the coffee and added a little cinnamon."

Reviewed Jul. 2, 2014

"Awesome recipe, I had already brown lean ground beef, onion and green pepper before I found this recipe. I added one extra small can of diced tomatoes, approximately 2 more tablespoons chili powder, one tbls cumin and honey. This is a great recipe whether you modify it or not!"

Reviewed Apr. 3, 2014

"This is so good! A great healthy chili for a cold night. Every time I make this for others I get requests for the recipe."

Reviewed Feb. 20, 2014

"This sounds amazing! Can't wait to try it."

Reviewed Oct. 31, 2013

"WOW! This is so amazing! I haven't even put any in a bowl yet and I can't keep my hands off of it. We like really hot spice so I added a jalapeno and pre-roasted the sweet potato cubes in the oven with a chipotle rub, sea salt and cayenne."

Reviewed Jan. 23, 2013

"My husband and I love this recipe. I add a cup of water to make it a little more "soupy", but the flavor is still there! This is one of our favorites."

Reviewed Jan. 15, 2013

"I actually made this a little less spicy with regular sausage and green peppers and it was great, kids loved it"

Reviewed Jan. 12, 2013

"Lately I've been very mindful of using up what's in my fridge and cupboard. I try to keep a lot of staples on hand to supplement the ingredients that I want to finish off before they go bad. Tonight I had sweet potatoes, an onion, and a bag of spinach that I needed to use up before expiration. I googled these ingredients and came across this recipe. Lucky me, I had a can of black beans in the cupboard. I halved the sweet potatoes and onions (since that was all that I had left), added the full amount of spices, honey, garlic, and coffee, added a can of black beans and chopped up the non-wilty spinach. I had no can of tomatoes, so I subbed 1 cup of chicken stock, the rest of my ketchup bottle (1/4 cup) and the rest (1/4 cup) of a Garlic grilling/marinade Tabasco Sauce that I had in the fridge. I followed all the instructions, adding the spinach and my chicken stock/ketchup/tabasco sauce mixture in lieu of the canned tomatoes. I served this over some long grain brown rice and this was perfect! Added a dab of Sriracha and I was rubbin' my buddha belly. Thank you for the fab flavored recipe!"

Reviewed Dec. 20, 2012

"This one is a keeper! Only deviations were to eliminate the cayenne (not a lover of that spice) and the use of fire roasted diced tomatoes (yum). Hubby and I both loved it. The flavor blends are unique and mouthwatering. I would order this in a restaurant! Try it, you'll like it."

Reviewed Oct. 8, 2012

"Adapted to use in slow cooker on low for 8 hours. Amazing!!"

Reviewed Mar. 27, 2012

"I loved this recipe as a healthy version of chili! I did not miss the meat at all, but thought it could use a little less honey. It was a little sweet for our tastes."

Reviewed Feb. 29, 2012

"Yup, everyone loved it. Nutritious, easy, & delicious."

Reviewed Jan. 17, 2012

"We loved this! We are meat eaters but I have introduced Meatless Mondays and this recipe was the first big hit!"

Reviewed Dec. 27, 2011

"I made as written except I didn't add cayenne since my husband doesn't like anything really spicy. I wasn't sure about the recipe but had the ingredients and wanted something different. I am glad I gave it a try and will definately make again."

Reviewed Nov. 14, 2011

"I love this chili. The flavors compliment each other so well! It's even better the next day."

Reviewed Oct. 17, 2011

"This was awesome! I never made anything like this so I wasn't sure what to expect but I loved it!!! I cut the recipe in half b/c I knew I'd be the only one eating it. I used Del Monte Zesty Chili style diced tomato and eyeballed the spice amounts. I also used vegetable broth in place of the coffee and at the end added a bit more b/c I like it a little more soupy. Awesome!"

Reviewed Oct. 13, 2011

"This was very good, the flavor and texture was excellent!!!!!"

Reviewed Jun. 15, 2011

"I have made this a couple of times and loved it, though I did cut down on the spices a little. It was a little dry but my husband and I enjoyed it anyway. I will try adding some broth next time."

Reviewed Apr. 20, 2011

"Great! We took the advice of others and added 1c broth + 1c water, glad we did. Substituted 2 tsp of brown sugar for the coffee and honey."

Reviewed Apr. 6, 2011

"I had to start eating healthier. This was very good and good for me. Thanks to all the contributors. You will make healthy eat easier for me"

Reviewed Mar. 10, 2011

"This is one of my favorite winter recipes. I LOVE it."

Reviewed Feb. 20, 2011

"Excellent, even my husband the meat lover said it was as good or better than the original chili"

Reviewed Feb. 15, 2011

"My family loved this recipe. I left out the coffee and added more chili powder. I also left out the honey."

Reviewed Jan. 27, 2011

"A good hearty chili I will make again. Next time I would add a little broth to thin it out a bit."

Reviewed Jan. 17, 2011

"This is excellent! Great flavors and will definitely be a staple in my cooking."

Reviewed Jan. 3, 2011

"This had a great flavor and both my husband and I loved it. I used Cajun seasoning instead of Cayenne, used water instead of coffee, and used tomatoes with green chilies. Will definitely be making this again! Fantastic meatless meal option."

Reviewed Nov. 23, 2010

"We love this recipe! My husband is a total meat and potatoes kind of guy, and he doesn't miss the meat at all. It also reheats nicely for leftovers the next day. The only thing that I would recommend is to skip the cheese. I love cheese as much as the next person, but it just seemed to coat my spoon in cheesy goo without really adding any taste to the chili."

Reviewed Nov. 16, 2010

"Really good vegetarian alternative to chili!!"

Reviewed Nov. 12, 2010

"Did not enjoy this. It was a total bummer. Going to figure out how I can make it into something that my husband and I will eat. The flavor is just so of odd, but bland. An awkward flavor."

Reviewed Nov. 2, 2010

"Love it. The sweet potatoes give a sweet and the chili is mild and spicy. Great combination. This will be in my recipe book"

Reviewed Oct. 10, 2010

"I'm glad I only used two sweet potatoes instead of three. I thought they totally over powered all the other flavors. My husband wasn't thrilled."

Reviewed Oct. 6, 2010

"Very unique taste - everyone loved it!"

Reviewed Oct. 2, 2010

"looks good, but I wonder about adding more protein so that it is a whole meal in one."

Reviewed Sep. 27, 2010

"I love black beans but I'm not a big fan of sweet potatoes but this flavor combo interested me so I tried it using just one very large sweet potato and I loved it!! I diced it small and it looked like so much, I really can't imagine putting 3 large sweet potatoes in this. But the flavors are wonderful together. The honey and the coffee really put a different spin on it. Great change of pace!"

Reviewed Sep. 20, 2010

"Wow--weirdest fabulous recipe I've ever made. Never would have put all this together, but it sure works. I cut the cayenne in half and added about 1/2 cup water (as recommended by another reviewer). I cooked as directed and put it in the crock pot for a few hours on low--GREAT."

Reviewed Sep. 3, 2010

"Very good. Too spicy for my kiddos, but I loved it."

Reviewed Aug. 26, 2010

"I made this just like the recipe. This had a wonderful taste. I will add it to my recipe box. My husband said it was filling and had a nice spicy flavor."

Reviewed Aug. 13, 2010

"OMG! the kids and my husband-to-be loved it! Would absolutely make it again!"

Reviewed Aug. 3, 2010

"O.M.G! This recipe is FABULOUS. I added about 1/2 cup of water, but otherwise followed the recipe as listed. I will definitely be making this again and again!"

Reviewed Jul. 27, 2010

"We had a bag of sweet potatoes to use up. I substituted water for the coffee. It was a bit spicy for my young children but the flavor was good."

Reviewed Jul. 26, 2010

"Sweet, spicy, and incredibly filling, this recipe is a real winner! I made it with diced tomatoes w/green chilies for a little more heat and served it with white rice."

Reviewed Jul. 26, 2010

"Made this for dinner last night & it was fantastic. Very easy to make & healthy too. I only used one clove of garlic though."

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