Healthy black bean sweet potato chili

This recipe for healthy chili is the only soup you will need for this winter. It is effortless, spicy and very easy to prepare.

This recipe for chili is the perfect meal to prepare with pantry staple ingredients. It is delicious, spicy, and very easy to prepare.

healthy black bean and sweet potato chili

About this recipe

Don’t you just love a big pot of soup? I love soups, any kind of soup; I just love them. I love getting back home from a cold or rainy day, and knowing that a huge bowl of soup will be waiting for me always makes me smile.

This chili is an easy and satisfying vegan option with a smoky, hearty flavor.

Sweet potatoes

Step-by-Step Guide: Preparing the Ingredients

When it comes to preparing the ingredients for a healthy black bean sweet potato chili, it’s important to follow some easy steps. By properly preparing the ingredients, you can ensure that your chili turns out delicious and flavorful. Here is a detailed guide to help you get started:

Gather the necessary ingredients: To make this chili, you will need cooked beans, sweet potatoes, diced tomatoes, onions, garlic, vegetable broth, chili powder, cumin, paprika, oregano, salt, and pepper. Make sure you have all the ingredients on hand before you begin.

Rinse and soak the black beans: Start by rinsing the beans under cold water to remove any debris. Then, place the beans in a large bowl and cover them with water. Allow the beans to soak for at least 4 hours or overnight, and then cook in fresh water. Soaking the beans will help them cook faster and become tender. In a pinch, you could also use canned beans.

Prepare your ingredients: Peel the sweet potatoes and cut them into small cubes. This will ensure that they cook evenly and blend well with the other ingredients. Set aside for later use.

Chop the onions and garlic: Finely chop the onions and mince the garlic cloves. These aromatic ingredients will add depth of flavor to the chili. Set them aside for sautéing.

Sauté the onions and garlic: In a large pot or Dutch oven, heat some olive oil over medium heat. Add the chopped onions and minced garlic, and sauté until they become translucent and fragrant.

Add the sweet potatoes and spices: Once the onions and garlic are cooked, add the cubed sweet potatoes to the pot. Sprinkle in the chili powder, ground cumin, oregano, salt, and pepper.

Incorporate the remaining ingredients: Pour in the diced tomatoes, beans, and vegetable broth. Stir everything together to combine all the flavors.

Simmer and cook: Bring the chili to a boil, then reduce the heat to medium- high heat. Cover the pot and let it simmer for about 30-40 minutes, or until the vegetables are tender and the flavors have melded together.

Adjust the seasoning: Taste the chili and adjust the seasoning if needed. You can add more salt, pepper, or spices according to your preference.

Here are some tips and tricks to make the sweet potato black bean chili

  • Use homecooked beans or canned beans; they will turn out delicious with any.
  • Substitute with butternut squash if your are not a fan of sweet potaotes.
  • Same with the tomatoes, use fresh or canned tomatoes. You could even use fire-roasted tomatoes or another type of canned tomatoes that you have on hand.
  • The recipe calls for black beans, but it will also be fantastic with garbanzo beans, navy beans, lentils, or a mix of all.
  • Make this chili recipe in your slow cooker if you wish.
  • If you use canned beans, rinse them before adding them to the pot.
  • Serve with tortilla chips, homemade vegan crema, and avocado.
Sweet potatoes and aromatics in a pot for chili

The sweet potato is a highly nutritious and adaptable root vegetable that offers a wealth of culinary possibilities. Its rich flavor and texture make it an ideal ingredient for a wide range of dishes, from savory stews to sweet pies. 

Whether roasted, mashed, or fried, this versatile vegetable can be enjoyed as a side dish, added to salads for extra nutrition, or served as a hearty main course. 

With its vibrant orange color and sweet taste, it is a delicious and healthy addition to any meal.

Tips for Customizing

If you’re looking to customize your chili, here are some helpful tips that will surely take your recipe to the next level.

Spice it up: Experiment with different spices and seasonings to add depth and flavor to your chili. Consider using cumin, chili powder, paprika, or even a hint of cinnamon or chocolate for a unique twist.

Add some heat: If you prefer your chili on the spicier side, don’t be afraid to add some heat. Whether it’s a few dashes of hot sauce, a sprinkle of cayenne pepper, or diced jalapenos, the choice is yours.

Play with textures: While black beans and sweet potatoes are the stars of the show, feel free to add additional ingredients to give your chili some texture. Consider adding corn kernels, diced bell peppers, or even vegan shredded chicken for a protein boost.

Garnish to perfection: The toppings you choose can make all the difference in enhancing the flavors of your chili. Consider topping your bowl with freshly chopped cilantro, a squeeze of lime juice, diced avocado, or a dollop of sour cream.

Make it vegan-high protein: If you’re looking to make your chili high vegan protein, simply add some plant-based protein like tofu or tempeh for added substance.

Experiment with cooking methods: While simmering your chili on the stovetop is the traditional method, you can also try slow-cooking it in a crockpot or even pressure-cooking it for a quicker meal. Each method will yield slightly different results, so feel free to experiment and find your preferred cooking technique.

Double the recipe: Chili always tastes better the next day, so consider making a double batch and saving some for leftovers. The flavors will have a chance to meld together overnight, resulting in an even more flavorful and delicious meal.

healthy black bean vegan chili

Serving Suggestions for this vegetarian chili

When it comes to serving chili, there are numerous options to enhance the flavors and create a well-rounded meal. Whether you’re looking for side dishes that complement the chili or creative ways to present it, here are some serving suggestions and pairings to consider:

Toppings: Adding toppings to your chili can elevate its taste and texture. Consider options such as shredded cheese, sour cream, diced avocado, chopped cilantro, or sliced green onions. These toppings not only add visual appeal but also provide contrasting flavors and creamy textures that complement the heartiness of the chili.

Cornbread: Serve a slice of warm cornbread alongside a bowl of hot steaming vegan soup. The slightly sweet and crumbly texture of cornbread pairs perfectly with the savory and spicy flavors of the chili. You can also experiment with different variations of cornbread, like adding jalapenos or cheese for an extra kick.

Rice: Another great option to serve with the chili is rice. Opt for fluffy white rice, brown rice, or even quinoa for a healthier alternative. The lightness of the rice provides balance to the rich and robust flavors of the chili. You can also mix the rice directly into the chili to create a heartier meal.

Salad: A refreshing salad can be a great accompaniment to balance out the richness of the chili. Consider a simple lettuce-based salad with fresh vegetables like tomatoes, cucumbers, and bell peppers. You can also add a tangy dressing or a sprinkle of lime juice to enhance the flavors and provide a contrast to the chili’s spiciness.

Tortilla chips: Serve a bowl of crispy tortilla chips on the side for some added crunch. Not only do they make a delicious snack, but they also work well for scooping up the chili. Opt for baked tortilla chips for a healthier alternative.

Guacamole: The creamy and flavorful nature of guacamole makes it an excellent pairing with chili. The smooth texture and rich taste of avocados complement the spiciness of the chili, creating a delightful combination. Serve it as a side dish or as a topping for the chili.

Beverages: To complete the meal, consider beverage options that complement the flavors of the chili. Freshly squeezed limeade or a tangy lemonade can help balance the spiciness. If you prefer something warm, a cup of herbal tea or a glass of red wine can be a great choice, depending on your preference.

Storing and Reheating

To store this bean chili, cool it before transferring it to airtight containers and dividing it into individual servings. Chill in the refrigerator and label containers with the date.

Reheat on the stovetop or in the microwave, stirring occasionally. Thaw frozen chili in the refrigerator overnight before reheating. Only thaw and reheat what you plan to eat to minimize waste.

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Healthy Black Bean Sweet Potato Chili

Alejandra Graf
This recipe for healthy chili is the only soup you will need for this winter. It is effortless, spicy and very easy to prepare.
5 de 4 votos
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Course Soup
Cuisine Vegan tex-mex
Servings 6 people
Calories 73 kcal


  • 1 5-qt soup pot


  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 1 cup chopped onion
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 teaspoon salt, Kosher
  • 2 teaspoons cumin powder
  • 2 teaspoons chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 ½ cups sweet potatoes cut into medium sized pieces
  • 2 cups canned tomatoes, whole or chopped
  • 2 cups water


  • Heat the oil in a large pot.
  • Add onion and garlic, constantly stirring to prevent sticking. Add salt, cumin, chili powder, and oregano. Leave for 30 seconds or until fragrant.
  • Add the sweet potatoes, leave for about three minutes. Add the tomatoes, water, and beans.
  • Cover and simmer for 15-20 minutes.
  • Check for seasoning, adjust if necessary.
  • Serve with avocado pieces, chopped cilantro and tortilla chips, rice or quinoa.


Serving: 1servingCalories: 73kcalCarbohydrates: 16gProtein: 2gFat: 1gSaturated Fat: 0.1gPolyunsaturated Fat: 0.2gMonounsaturated Fat: 0.2gSodium: 530mgPotassium: 423mgFiber: 3gSugar: 6gVitamin A: 5103IUVitamin C: 11mgCalcium: 63mgIron: 2mg
Keyword healthy vegan meal, vegan chili


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