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Sweet Potato Chili

Need a super quick and easy chili for a pot luck?  This is what I made for our rehearsal of “A Christmas Carol: Radio Play” and it was soooo good!  I shouldn’t make it anymore because I ate 3 bowls of it myself.  I knew people would be bringing chicken sandwiches, so I thought I would make a soup that could go along with a meat.  I know they say that it tastes better the next day – but this tasted good any day!  Very quick and easy to put together once you have the sweet potatoes done. I like roasting a big batch and throwing roasted sweet potatoes into soups, toss in with apples, use as a side dish, or mash into mashed potatoes.    You can also cook them in the pot before adding the onions and that works as well without dirtying up another dish.  I just really like roasted anything 🙂

You can go all out on the sweet potatoes or do not add a whole lot.  I figure that if I am going to add sweet potatoes, I might as well taste them.  I don’t like those recipes that makes 8 cups of chili and then you add one tiny potato to the whole batch.

Halloween is almost here – so this would be a great addition to a pot luck or something hearty and warm after a night of trick or treating!

Sweet Potato Chili

A warm bowl of sweet potatoes and beans to fill you up on a chilly day.


  • 3 sweet potatoes peeled, 1/2" cubes
  • 2 Tbs olive oil
  • 1 large onion diced
  • 4 garlic cloves minced
  • 1 and 1/2 Tb ancho chili powder (2 Tb if like more chili powder)
  • 2 tsp. ground cumin
  • 2 and 1/2 cups water
  • 2 cans black beans, rinsed and drained (14.5 oz size)
  • 2 cans fire roasted diced tomatoes (14.5 oz size)
  • 1/4 tsp. ground cinnamon
  • 1 tsp. cocoa powder


  • If you want to roast the sweet potatoes instead of saute them in the pot, see notes.
  • In a Dutch oven, large pot or Instant Pot, heat 1 tablespoon olive oil over medium heat. If you want to NOT roast the potatoes in the oven, then add the sweet potatoes in now and cook 15-20 minutes in the pot. Stir often. The sweet potatoes are done once you can pierce them easily with a fork. Take them out of the pot and set aside.
    Add the remaining 1 tablespoon of olive oil to the pot. Add the diced onion and stir for 6-7 minutes. The onion should be translucent.
  • Add the minced garlic and stir for 30 seconds. Add the ancho chili powder and cumin. Stir for another 30-60 seconds.
  • Add the water, beans, and fire roasted tomatoes to the pot. Turn the heat up to medium-high and allow the chili the come to a boil.
  • Once the chili starts to boil, add the sweet potatoes back into the pot with the cinnamon and cocoa. Stir to combine. Turn down the heat to medium. Allow to simmer for 15-30 minutes. Serve warm with shredded cheese, sliced avocado, diced red onion, and/or cilantro.


For Roasting the Sweet Potatoes first, follow this step. If not roasting, that is fine and go to step 2! Preheat oven to 400 degrees if roasting the potatoes. Sweet potatoes should be peeled and cut into 1/2" cubes. Toss the potatoes in 1 tablespoon of olive oil. Place on a sheet pan and roast for 20-30 minutes. They should be tender when poked with a fork. Set aside.

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