Monday, June 20, 2011

Sweet-Potato and Black Bean Chili

I am always on the lookout for a vegetarian dish that will satisfy this entire family.  Sweet Girl loves all beans and veges so she is easy.  Little Man likes beans, but when it comes to veges he sticks with cucumbers and tomatoes mainly.  And as far as Hubby goes, he loves all food but he's a pretty big eater who loves his meat.  I snuck this meal into our weekly menu one week and guess what?  Everyone liked it!  It was a bit sweet for me and Hubby but we added some additional chili powder and chopped jalapeno peppers to ours and it was perfect.  If your looking for a vegetarian meal or just a twist on your normal chili - give this Sweet-Potato Black Bean Chili a try.  Enjoy!!

Recipe adapted from Family Fun magazine
What you need:

2 tablespoons vegetable oil
1 large onion, diced
1 tablespoon chili powder
1/2 teaspoon cumin
2 cups of vegetable broth (or chicken)
2 medium sweet potatoes, peeled and cut into 3/4 inch cubes
2 (14 1/2 ounce) cans of diced tomatoes
1 (15 1/2 ounce) can  black beans, drained and rinsed
2 teaspoons of orange zest
salt and pepper

chopped green onions, chopped cilantro,  sour cream, chopped jalapenos

What you do:
Heat oil in a saucepan over medium heat.  Add the onion and cook until softened, stirring often.  Stir in the chili powder and cumin, then add your broth and sweet potatoes and stir to combine everything.
Bring this mixture to a low boil, cover the pan and reduce the heat to low.  Simmer until potatoes are almost tender, about 15 minutes.  Add the tomatoes and beans and continue to simmer another 15 minutes or until heated through and slightly thickened. Stir in the orange zest and season to taste with salt and pepper.
Serve chili with toppings.

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  1. This sounds and looks great! i can't wait to give this a try!

  2. This looks like something my entire family might like (and that says a lot). I must try this.
    Please check out my first Georgian recipe post today. I thought about you when I was posting it. Have you every fixed anything like Kuchmachi?

  3. This looks great! Found you on Tasty Tuesday @ for the love of blogs.
    I can't wait to try this out. I actually have sweet potatoes that I don't have a plan for yet, so this looks like something I can easily work into my menus next week! Thanks for sharing!
    Carla at Mrs. No-No Knows

  4. I am MOST DEFINITELY going to have to make this! Found so many other yummy looking things here too!
    Hoppin over from FTLOB!
    Jessica @ Doubling the DeWitts

  5. I've made a pumpkin black bean chili but sweet potatoes sound equally, if not MORE delicious! Definitely trying this!

  6. I was looking for something healthy and vegetarian and your recipe really hits the spot. I'm on a food budget and it always helps to have good recipes. Thanks!

  7. oh those look so tasty! i'd love if you came and shared something at my link party! its open all week :)

  8. Looks delish!

    We'd love for you to share this recipe with us at
    Simply Delish Saturday

  9. This is a great Chili Dish. We just have to have a great bowl of Chili every now and then. Thank you so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday and I look forward to seeing you again real soon.
    Have a great week end!
    Miz Helen

  10. sounds great...maybe i can try this one of these days! thanks for sharing! wishing you a great weekend! :)

  11. Looks great! I've never tried this recipe so thanks for sharing. :)

    Doing my hop from this week's FTF! Here's mine:

    Breakfast for Dinner at The Food Encounters.

  12. With 18 sweet potato plants in my garden, I will be trying this recipe! Thanks for sharing!

  13. gonna have to try this my family loves chilli and this one sounds delicious come see what I shared at

  14. Sounds good--gonna give it a try. Thanks.

  15. My mom gave me a recipe that's similar to this one - it's so good! And the soup freezes well too. Great vegetarian option!

    Stopping over from the Whatever Goes Wednesday party. :)

  16. This looks awesome! Love the idea of sweet potatoes and chili! Oh yum! Thanks for sharing with the Pink Hippo Party!

  17. Hi! Just stopping by to let you know that I featured you on this weeks Savory Sunday!!

  18. OH.. I had something similar in a restaurant recently & it was delicious. I looked for a recipe online & could not find it..
    Thanks for sharing yours, I will be making this...

  19. I've never seen this combo...would be great extra-spicy...I love spicy and sweet together...

    Thanks for sharing at Creative Juice. Hope to see you back again this evening!

  20. Looks great - I love the combo of sweet potatoes and black beans!! I'm already a follower, just stopped by to browse! :)
    Mrs. No-No Knows


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