Recipe: Sweet Potato and Black Bean Chili   

Recipe: Sweet Potato and Black Bean Chili

Sweet Potato and Black Bean Chili

January 23, 2023

When it comes to football, some of us are only there for one thing: the food! 

However, trying to dish out delicious yet healthy options can sometimes leave you fumbling. Look no further, we have a plant-based fan favorite that is sure to have your guests cheering. 

Every tailgate or watch party can benefit from a warm cup of chili. Protein packed sweet potatoes and beans will have those meat lovers considering a last minute trade. 

Servings: 6

Cook Time: 1 hr 


  • 2 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 large onion, diced 
  • 2 green peppers, seeded and diced 
  • 2 jalapeno peppers, minced 
  • 1 large sweet potato, peeled and cut into small cubes
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced 
  • 2 tablespoons chili powder
  • 1 tablespoon ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano 
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 cups water
  • 2, 15 oz cans black beans, rinsed and drained
  • 2, 14 oz can diced tomatoes (fire roasted for slight smokiness)
  • Optional garnishes: cilantro, sliced scallions, hot sauce, light sour cream or yogurt
  • Suggested accompaniments: brown rice, homemade cornbread, whole grain tortilla chips


  1. Heat oil in a dutch oven over medium-high heat. Add onion and cook, stirring often, until the onion is beginning to soften; about 5 minutes.
  2. Add green pepper and jalapeno and cook for 3 minutes. 
  3. Add sweet potato, and cook for another 2 minutes.
  4. Add garlic, chili powder, cumin, smoked paprika, oregano and salt, and stir until vegetables are well coated.
  5. Add water and bring to a simmer. Cover, reduce heat to maintain a gentle simmer and cook until the sweet potato is tender, about 10 minutes.
  6. Add beans and tomatoes, and return to simmer for about 5 minutes, stirring often.
  7. Remove from heat, cover, and let rest for 15 minutes to allow flavors to blend.

Next Steps & Resources:

  • Recipe shared by the oncology dieticians at John Theurer Cancer Center

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