Sweet Potato Black Bean Chili

Made with sweet potatoes, black beans, and quinoa, this Sweet Potato Black Bean Chili is hearty, healthy, and ready in under 30 minutes.

Bowl of sweet potato black bean chili topped with minced cilantro.

Sweet Potato Black Bean Chili is one of my go-to recipes when I am craving a healthy, hearty dinner that can be on the table fast! And there are numerous reasons you need to give this simple vegetarian chili a try!

  • Flavorful: From the earthy black beans to the sweetness of the sweet potatoes to the richly spiced tomato sauce, this Black Bean Sweet Potato Chili packs a punch of flavor.
  • Minimal Cost: This chili is a budget-friendly recipe that uses pantry staples in a way that brings out the best of their flavor.
  • Fast: Unlike most recipes for chili, Sweet Potato Black Bean Chili comes together in one pot in just 30 minutes, yet the flavor is rich and deep. Perfect for any night of the week.
  • Nutrient-Dense: This chili is filled with fiber, vitamin A, and plant protein. Filling you up with all the good things!
  • Allergy-Friendly: This recipe for Sweet Potato Chili is a meatless, vegan-friendly, gluten-free, dairy-free, nut-free, and egg-free recipe. Yet it satisfies even carnivores.

Notes on Ingredients

Ingredients for Sweet Potato Black Bean Quinoa Chili labeled on counter.
  • Sweet Potatoes: Use peeled, cubed, raw sweet potatoes, not frozen or pre-cooked sweet potatoes.
  • Black Beans: While I love pairing black beans and sweet potatoes together, you can use pinto beans or red beans in this Sweet Potato Chili if desired.
  • Quinoa: Any variety of dry quinoa will work in this chili recipe. Be sure to rinse the quinoa really well in a fine-mesh strainer, which will remove the quinoa’s natural coating. If you don’t rinse the quinoa, the chili will likely taste bitter.
  • Tomatoes: If you or your family has texture issues with diced tomatoes, blend the tomatoes before adding them to the chili. You can also use a 28-ounce can of crushed tomatoes in place of diced tomatoes.
  • Broth: Use either low-sodium vegetable broth or chicken stock.
  • Spices: This chili is perfectly spiced with a combination of cumin, garlic powder, onion powder, and a touch of cayenne.

How to Make Sweet Potato Quinoa Chili

  • Heat the oil in a dutch oven or heavy-bottomed skillet, over medium heat.
  • Add the onion to the heated oil and saute for 3-5 minutes or until the onions are just beginning to soften.
  • Once the onions are softened, add in the garlic and toast for just 30-60 seconds.
  • Add the diced sweet potatoes, seasonings, and drained beans to the pot.
Side by side dutch oven with sauteed onion, then with beans, sweet potatoes, and seasonings added in.
  • Add the quinoa, broth, and tomatoes and stir to combine.
  • Turn the heat to medium-high and bring the mixture to a boil.
  • Once the chili is boiling, reduce the heat to medium-low and simmer for 20-25 minutes until the sweet potatoes are tender.
Side by side pictures of dutch oven before and after simmering chili.

Serving Suggestions

Sweet Potato Chili can be served plain or with a side of homemade biscuits, Sweet Potato Biscuits, or cornbread. And just like any recipe for chili, you can’t go wrong with adding toppings. My favorite additions are diced avocado and chopped cilantro. If you are not vegan or dairy-free, shredded cheese and/or sour cream are also delicious options.

Bowl of sweet potato black bean chili topped with minced cilantro.

Slow Cooker Instructions

While you can whip up Sweet Potato Black Bean Chili in just one pot in less than 30 minutes, you can also opt to use the slow cooker to prepare this recipe. This is a great option for when you want to come home to dinner waiting for you.

  • Saute onion and garlic in 1 tablespoon oil in a small non-stick skillet for 3-5 minutes.
  • Add onion and garlic mixture to the slow cooker, along with the remaining ingredients to the crockpot, and mix well to incorporate.
  • Cook for 8 hours on low or 5-6 hours on high.

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Sweet Potato Black Bean Quinoa Chili dished up with minced cilantro.

Sweet Potato Black Bean Chili

Easy, hearty vegetarian chili recipe made with quinoa, black beans, and sweet potatoes. 

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Course: Soup

Cuisine: American

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 25 minutes

Total Time: 30 minutes

Servings: 6

Calories: 339kcal

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Instructions

  • In a large dutch oven or heavy-bottomed pan, heat the oil over medium heat. Once the oil is heated, add in the diced onion and saute for 3-5 minutes until the onion is softened. Add in the garlic and saute for 30-60 seconds, just to toast.

  • Stir the broth, cubed sweet potato, black beans, and seasonings into the pan.

  • Place the quinoa into a fine-mesh strainer and rinse it well under running water. Drain off excess water and then add to chili, stirring to incorporate.

  • Turn the heat to high heat and bring the mixture to a boil. Reduce the heat to medium-low and simmer for 25-30 minutes, uncovered, until the sweet potatoes are tender.

  • Serve with minced cilantro, avocado, sour cream, or cheese as desired.

Notes

Storage: This Sweet Potato Chili can be stored in the refrigerator for 4-5 days and can be frozen for up to 3 months. To reheat, add in a splash of water or stock and heat gently over medium heat on the stove or in 1-minute intervals in the microwave.
Quinoa: Be sure to rinse the quinoa to rid it of its bitter taste. You may also omit the quinoa–it adds bulk and protein, but this chili is delicious without it.
Slow Cooker Instructions: Saute onion and garlic in 1 tablespoon oil in a small non-stick skillet for 3-5 minutes. Add onion and garlic mixture to the slow cooker, along with the remaining ingredients to the crockpot, and mix well to incorporate. Cook for 8 hours on low or 5-6 hours on high.
Chili Seasoning: In place of the seasonings use 1 & ½ tablespoons of homemade chili seasoning. 

Nutrition

Calories: 339kcal | Carbohydrates: 60g | Protein: 16g | Fat: 5g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 657mg | Potassium: 973mg | Fiber: 15g | Sugar: 7g | Vitamin A: 4435IU | Vitamin C: 15mg | Calcium: 103mg | Iron: 6mg

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This recipe was originally shared in 2016 but was updated in 2022 with a video and new photos.


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