Sweet Potato & Black Bean Chili Recipe
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Sweet Potato & Black Bean Chili Recipe

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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.
MAKES:8 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 25 min. Cook: 35 min.
MAKES: 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

Nutritional Facts

1 cup: 252 calories, 4g fat (1g saturated fat), 5mg cholesterol, 554mg sodium, 47g carbohydrate (17g sugars, 9g fiber), 10g protein Diabetic Exchanges: 3 starch, 0 fat.


  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).
Originally published as Sweet Potato & Black Bean Chili in Healthy Cooking August/September 2010, p33

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elizdowd 237989
Reviewed Nov. 23, 2015

"So tasty, so filling, so easy!

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

OakHillCafe 236856
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."

MY REVIEW 234309
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."

crabbit 234247
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."

jbander2 234054
Reviewed Oct. 5, 2015

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

mkaskela 229090
Reviewed Jul. 6, 2015

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

recipehound54 221343
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!"

lmmanda 110281
Reviewed Jul. 13, 2014

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

KarenJane2000 211888
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!"

apy31 130301
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."

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