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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: 252 calories, 4g fat (1g saturated fat), 5mg cholesterol, 554mg sodium, 47g carbohydrate (17g sugars, 9g fiber), 10g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 3 starch, 1/2 fat.

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SoundsGoodToMe User ID: 8029286 265335
Reviewed Apr. 30, 2017

"LOVE this! I'm eating it right now. I added a little chicken stock because it's pretty thick and a little cinnamon as another reviewer suggested. THANKS!!"

Ginkeez User ID: 5769869 260924
Reviewed Feb. 6, 2017

"I just made this recipe tonight. It was okay. Flavors were nice, but sort of boring. I felt like it was missing something. The sweet potatoes turned into mush. That was probably my fault because I cooked it in a pressure cooker, but followed the recipe exactly otherwise. I did cut the potatoes into half inch cubes as stated, but in the picture it looks like they are at least an inch cube. It also turned out really sweet, so I feel the honey could have been reduced significantly, or eliminated completely. Maybe if I had added more bean variety and kept the sweet potato as something to compliment the chili rather than he the main focus, I would have enjoyed it more. I am happy to have a healthy option, but I had to force my kids to eat it, so I will not be making it again."

Timaree User ID: 8081029 260671
Reviewed Feb. 2, 2017

"This turned out super! The only change I made was to sub 2 tsp. sugar for the honey since my son is vegan. I'll definitely make it again - I've already bought the ingredients for the second batch!"

Nicole User ID: 8965316 257753
Reviewed Dec. 6, 2016

"I loved this chili! I'm particularly partial to sweet potatoes, so I'm happy ANY time I can use them in a meal.. I was too lazy to brew a cup of coffee, so I omitted it from my dish, but I can imagine it adding a special twist. Also, my sweet potatoes cooked down right away in my first round, so I spend only a few minutes letting it simmer in the end.

Will make again—next time with sliced avocado :)"

elizdowd User ID: 2924595 237989
Reviewed Nov. 23, 2015

"So tasty, so filling, so easy!

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

OakHillCafe User ID: 8351070 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."

[email protected] User ID: 175508 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 User ID: 709706 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 User ID: 2925337 234054
Reviewed Oct. 5, 2015

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

mkaskela User ID: 6061564 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 User ID: 4246730 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 User ID: 1101093 110281
Reviewed Jul. 13, 2014

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

KarenJane2000 User ID: 6959333 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 User ID: 3503760 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."

kaly_ab User ID: 1070646 190939
Reviewed Feb. 20, 2014

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

kdale User ID: 7466654 147704
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."

kzebarth User ID: 3927811 110268
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."

mknurse User ID: 6838553 179079
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"

cucinachick User ID: 7084499 211887
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!"

JanaU User ID: 7047043 192228
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."

[email protected] User ID: 4651393 106688
Reviewed Oct. 8, 2012

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

aeg2t User ID: 5187903 192226
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."

Pinstripes User ID: 3468767 112382
Reviewed Feb. 29, 2012

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

WhitneyR User ID: 5277252 112381
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!"

grannykay11 User ID: 5940231 106687
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."

copperjewelry User ID: 1812792 179077
Reviewed Nov. 14, 2011

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

Needsmusic User ID: 5941084 120522
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!"

FitnessLovingMom User ID: 6137477 190937
Reviewed Oct. 13, 2011

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

mamateach4 User ID: 98528 188896
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."

jmscoker User ID: 4615223 130300
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."

fredek User ID: 1808557 174490
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"

jrowanlutz User ID: 3567522 174489
Reviewed Mar. 10, 2011

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

sweet1pie User ID: 4100602 179074
Reviewed Feb. 20, 2011

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

utahwoman User ID: 4423339 190046
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."

austinlc User ID: 5779583 112380
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."

cooley2 User ID: 4942138 192473
Reviewed Jan. 17, 2011

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

debroy50 User ID: 1223133 130299
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."

cookin'Tiff User ID: 5628074 122620
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."

pkenngott User ID: 5604160 192472
Reviewed Nov. 16, 2010

"Really good vegetarian alternative to chili!!"

lenavoth User ID: 5335289 190045
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."

scubadiver065 User ID: 4563192 130298
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"

mjlouk User ID: 1712085 190935
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."

RachelMc123 User ID: 5316472 122589
Reviewed Oct. 6, 2010

"Very unique taste - everyone loved it!"

idahogarnet User ID: 5422827 122588
Reviewed Oct. 2, 2010

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

knatal User ID: 1394816 110267
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!"

cheeriogirl User ID: 2355136 112375
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."

sarahedwards User ID: 4980144 192211
Reviewed Sep. 3, 2010

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

sn00py1 User ID: 4946449 192209
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."

Twtlbug User ID: 826414 190933
Reviewed Aug. 13, 2010

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

ladybug810 User ID: 791745 179069
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!"

hemstewart User ID: 3068467 106684
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."

moongrrl User ID: 4053632 192207
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."

cyounce User ID: 2118537 106682
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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