Sweet Potato Black Bean Chili


Sweet Potato Black Bean Chili

- 2 medium sweet potatoes, peeled and diced

-1 small sweet onion, small diced

-1 red bell pepper, seeded and diced

-1 can organic black beans, rinsed and drained

-1 14 oz can organic fire roasted diced tomatoes, drained

-1.5 C organic veggie broth

-3 garlic cloves, minced

-1 T chili powder

-1 t cumin

-1 t paprika

-pinch cayenne

-1/2 t sea salt

-1 lime (for splash of juice at the end)

Combine all ingredients into a slow cooker (except the lime), sprayed with nonstick spray.


Cook on low for 6-8 hours.


If you’d like to add meat –I did this for the pilot-, bake an organic chicken breast seasoned with sea salt, pepper, and chili powder, dice and put into his bowl.

Add chili and FEAST :D


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  1. Your chili looks so colorful and “fallish”; it has to be good. I think my kids will like it too. Thanks for the recipe.

  2. SO yum! I have to try this. Thanks for the recipe girl

  3. After reading your last post, I found a similar recipe online, went to Target to buy a slow cooker, and am happily awaiting this chili as my very first crock pot meal. Already smells wonderful!!

  4. After reading your posts I discovered that eggs could be cooked in the microwave. I know I’m late and all but I can’t seem to figure it out. Do you scramble it and cover it or just scramble it and leave it for a bit?

    P.S. That chili looks sooooo good! I should really invest in a slow cooker. It makes life easy and food fabulous.

  5. That looks a TON like the filling for my enchiladas last week… i knew you and i thought alike ;)

  6. So strange! I just made something really close to that! Yours looks great!

  7. Creative idea! I guess the sweetness of the yam is perfected blended with the beans :D, Love chili in a cold day!

  8. I’m curious how the cloves tasted in there?! It sounds so yummy.

  9. Mmmm…looks faaabulous! I know what I’m making for dinner Thursday night!! ;)

  10. Yay for sweet potato chili! Looks delicious and super easy!

  11. Bookmarked!

  12. There is something about black beans and sweet potatoes that go so well together. Definitely one of my favorite combos. Your chili looks awesome!

  13. Mmmm that sounds amazing!

  14. I’ve had a sweet potato black bean soup recipe bookmarked forever–but chili sounds even more delicious! Can’t wait to try this!

  15. Yum! I can’t wait to try this! I love, love, love sweet potatoes with spicy flavors.

  16. yum! nice warm dish just in time for the cold weather:)

  17. This is so great! Perfect timing. I really love to make dinner for my fam but I am never home in time.

  18. I can’t get enough of the combo of black beans and sweet potatoes (or either on its own actually, lol). And now that I bought a timer for my slow cooker, you can bet I’ll be making this in the near future! Thanks for a great recipe Gina!!

  19. Heeeeeeeeeeeeeeey Gina (said like heeeey brother, arrested development style)
    Random comment: I totally thought of you tonight because I was studying at B&N, saw a fox of a man, and proceeded to muse over what a good place a bookstore is to meet fellows, for the obv reasons, and then I chuckled to myself thinking how many other girls/people in general share the bookstore gameplan……then I turned to internal reflection, wondering, um…is it weird that I spontaenously thought of a blogger—-in a wholly non-blog or otherwise online related context, mind—whom I’ve never met but with whom I feel a kindred spirit? I concluded that 1) yeah, it is pretty weird and 2) I don’t really care that it’s weird.
    Random question: your hectic schedules make me curious–approx how many hours of sleep do you get each night? as with food and exercise, everyone’s needs are different, but I am curious! have a wonderful night

    • Fitnessista says:

      hellllooooooo :D
      totally not weird! so cool you saw a super hottie at beefcake and noble ;) i didn’t mention this on the blog, but there was one guy who worked there that my friend and i would go ask for “help” looking for books :) i totally feel ya on the kindred spirit thing- i wish we could finally hang out!
      every night, i get a full 8 hours of sleep. if i don’t, i’m cranky, hungry, tired and can’t teach very well at night. so i usually go to bed at 11 and wake up at 7

  20. Oh, That looks good! And relatively inexpensive!

  21. I’ve been reading your blog for a while (saw it in a magazine)and today I finally decided to try almond butter since you talk it up so much. It is delicious! Much, much, much better than the natural peanut butter I had been eating. Thanks for the inspiration!

  22. Sweet potatoes are amazzzing! Do you think that your recipe could be adapted to not be made in a slow cooker? I do not have one!! :( It is on my list for the holiday season!! I can never make any recipes involving sweet potatoes b/c I like them so much on their own! I know that if I try something though that new flavors will bring a whole new dimension to the sweet taters..righ?!

    Thanks for sharing!!

    <3, D

  23. i am loving all the chili recipes on blogs lately, but this one looks outstanding. can’t wait to try :) it has most def been bookmarked.

  24. I’ll have a bowl, please :)

  25. Yum! Black beans + sweet potato = combo made in heaven. I made a similar chili with bsquash once, but the sweet potato sounds much better!

  26. That sounds like something I could handle! Thanks for the recipe!!

  27. YUM! ON my list to make! Thanks for the recipe. Too bad I didn’t see this BEFORE I went to the store. Argh.

  28. This looks yummy! Wish I had a slow cooker to try this….wonder if a rice cooker would work?!

  29. OMG, I love, love, love sweet potato, This looks so healthy, I will purchase me a slow cooker. Thanks

  30. I made this 2 nights ago and cannot thank you enough. I love that it is a vegetarian dish made in the slow-cooker, most of my slow-cooker recipes are meat based. My husband tried it tonight and absolutely loved it. Thanks for sharing!

  31. *drools* How many calories in a serving?

  32. I browse a ton of food blogs so to tell if they match my taste-buds, I like to try out one of their recipes…. This sweet potato black bean chili is AMAZING. I had it for lunch three days straight and already told friends about your blog and this recipe! I’m now going to try out the breakfast cookie and vegan cookies. Can’t wait! Just wondering… what is the nutritional value/calorie count on your breakfast cookie and smoothies?

  33. This was fantastic! Thanks for sharing it!

  34. sweet potato soups have been my favorite lately! i have a sweet potato, kale and lentil stew on deck for tomorrow.

  35. Mary Frances says:

    Thank u!! It is in my slow cooker right now on this COLD snowy day here in CO. Thanks again! Happy Thanksgiving

  36. Oh.My.Gosh.

    This recipe kicks butt! I made it last night and doubled the recipe since I’ve got a few hungry and large appetites to satisfy. It is phenomenal when cooking, phenomenal hot, and phenomenal even cold! The aroma is to die for. I made a couple of changes because I added a 1/2 small tin of tomato paste and 1/2 teaspoon of nutmeg (to the recipe as it appears on this page, I actually added 1 small can of tomato paste and 1 teaspoon of nutmeg since I doubled the recipe). I didn’t do it in the slow cooker because mine is too small for the batch I made, so instead I worked it with an electric frypan (deep dutch-oven style) and let it simmer at 275 for and hour, stirring often. It was a smashing success!

    I had to eat it cold the next day, however, because it is too smelly for the office. And you can bet I’m having it for dinner again tonight! This is a keeper!

  37. This was delicious! My kitchen smelled so good while it cooked, and both my fiance and I were surprised at how filling it was without any meat. Thank you for sharing!

  38. I made this and added a T of nutmeg….so good!
    as leftovers i served it over some mashed sweet potatoes, also thickened it up…my new fave!

  39. The sweet potatoe black bean chili was a BIG hit! Flavors were wonderful and added a sunnyside egg ontop which made the chili creamy yummy! It wasn’t something that I would make but definately glad I did will be making this part of a fall meal:) Thanks!

    • Oh and I forgot to add I didn’t have any black beans on hand so I used a can of kidney beans, I also didn’t have Cayene so I used a pinch of crushed red pepper and it still tasted wonderful!

  40. Hi Gina! I want to make this to bring to a party tomorrow as a vegetarian friendly dinner option, how many servings does the recipe make? Thanks!

  41. This is in my crock pot right NOW;) Can’t wait for dinner tonight! xoxo sweetie & lil nuggette

  42. So glad you re-posted this recipe in a recent post… made it yesterday using soaked dry black beans – took a little bit longer but was AMAZING – so delicious and full of flavor.

  43. Every time you link to this, I wanna make it… Then I remember I don’t have a slow cooker! Guidance on making it on the stove top?

    • Fitnessista says:

      do the onions and bell pepper first, then add everything else. bring up to a boil, then reduce heat to med low, cover and cook for about 45 minutes

  44. I made this on Sunday and it was a HIT!! Thanks for a great recipe. And it tasted even better the next day for leftovers : )

  45. My absolute favorite Fitnessista recipe- http://pinterest.com/pin/72902087688602796/

  46. Hi! This recipe looks really good! I can’t wait to try it!

  47. Hi! :) I was wondering if you knew what the actual serving size was? Like a cup 1/2 etc.. And also the calories for that serving size this would really help me out! I’m not real sure how to figure that out when it is multiple servings of a large recipe! If you could help me out that would be great because I can’t find an answer anywhere! Thank you so much! I love your blog and I check it daily you are such an inspiration!!

    • Fitnessista says:

      this recipe is considerably low in calories, so i like to add in some goat cheese and/or avocado. i’d say it’s about 6 small servings, 4 hefty ones

  48. Hi Gina!
    Is it a tablespoon or a teaspoon of the cumin, paprika and chili powder? Can’t wait to try this!

  49. this looks and sounds so good. i want to try this!i saw where someone asked the serving size and you saID 4.. SO would that make 4- 1cup servings? i think i may substitute with pumpkin :)

  50. Wooo! This is one of my all-time favorite recipes and maybe one of the only reasons I enjoy cold weather. Making it for the bazillionth time right now. I added quinoa today and can’t wait for it to be ready!


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