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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 πŸ˜€


Β© 2009 The Fitnessista

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  1. Lisa on November 17, 2009 at 8:29 pm

    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. Erica on November 17, 2009 at 8:29 pm

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

  3. Sam on November 17, 2009 at 8:29 pm

    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. Lita on November 17, 2009 at 8:41 pm

    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. Mara @ What's For Dinner? on November 17, 2009 at 8:56 pm

    That looks a TON like the filling for my enchiladas last week… i knew you and i thought alike πŸ˜‰

    • Fitnessista on November 17, 2009 at 9:08 pm

      yup, it’s a pretty common flavor combo πŸ˜€

  6. Lori on November 17, 2009 at 9:00 pm

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

  7. Light Delight with TouTou on November 17, 2009 at 9:01 pm

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

  8. Jessica @ How Sweet It Is on November 17, 2009 at 9:17 pm

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

  9. Jenny on November 17, 2009 at 9:19 pm

    Mmmm…looks faaabulous! I know what I’m making for dinner Thursday night!! πŸ˜‰

  10. katherine on November 17, 2009 at 9:30 pm

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

  11. Erin on November 17, 2009 at 9:57 pm


  12. Jessie (Vegan-minded) on November 17, 2009 at 10:28 pm

    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. Paige @ Running Around Normal on November 17, 2009 at 10:37 pm

    Mmmm that sounds amazing!

  14. Sarah @ The Foodie Diaries on November 17, 2009 at 10:56 pm

    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. Kelly on November 17, 2009 at 11:20 pm

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

  16. Marian on November 17, 2009 at 11:25 pm

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

  17. Whole Body Love on November 17, 2009 at 11:38 pm

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

    • Fitnessista on November 18, 2009 at 8:16 am

      yes, it’s a great thing to come home and have dinner waiting for you!

  18. Jerilynne on November 17, 2009 at 11:41 pm

    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. Suzanne on November 18, 2009 at 12:01 am

    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 on November 18, 2009 at 8:15 am

      hellllooooooo πŸ˜€
      totally not weird! so cool you saw a super hottie at beefcake and noble πŸ˜‰ 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 πŸ™‚ 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. Amy L on November 18, 2009 at 12:22 am

    Oh, That looks good! And relatively inexpensive!

  21. Lisa on November 18, 2009 at 1:22 am

    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. Dara (MyVeryFirstKitchen) on November 18, 2009 at 2:48 am

    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!! πŸ™ 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. molly on November 18, 2009 at 3:16 am

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

  24. VeggieGirl on November 18, 2009 at 7:14 am

    I’ll have a bowl, please πŸ™‚

    • Fitnessista on November 18, 2009 at 8:17 am

      pull up a chair, VG πŸ˜€

  25. Katie on November 18, 2009 at 7:50 am

    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. K on November 18, 2009 at 9:36 am

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

  27. Katie on November 18, 2009 at 3:40 pm

    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. Sana on November 18, 2009 at 4:30 pm

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

  29. Sherice (Coatcheckgirl) on November 19, 2009 at 3:49 pm

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

  30. Kim on February 28, 2010 at 10:34 pm

    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!

    • Fitnessista on February 28, 2010 at 10:56 pm

      i’m so glad you enjoyed it! i had some last week and already want more πŸ˜€

  31. Shelli on October 18, 2010 at 11:01 pm

    *drools* How many calories in a serving?

    • Fitnessista on October 19, 2010 at 9:11 am

      not sure, but it’s pretty low cal- my guess would be around 200 for 4 servings

  32. EMG on October 20, 2010 at 11:28 am

    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?

    • Fitnessista on October 20, 2010 at 1:08 pm

      so glad you liked it!!
      it depends on what you add in, but usually 300-400 πŸ™‚

  33. Martha on October 30, 2010 at 7:58 pm

    This was fantastic! Thanks for sharing it!

    • Fitnessista on October 31, 2010 at 12:34 am

      glad you liked it!

  34. lindsey on November 21, 2010 at 11:34 pm

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

  35. Mary Frances on November 24, 2010 at 3:40 pm

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

  36. Michelle on December 9, 2010 at 9:57 am


    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. lee on August 29, 2011 at 12:33 pm

    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. Taylor on October 6, 2011 at 6:53 pm

    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. Melinda Nemet on October 19, 2011 at 10:01 am

    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!

    • Melinda on October 19, 2011 at 10:04 am

      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. Anna on November 18, 2011 at 6:36 pm

    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!

    • Fitnessista on November 18, 2011 at 6:38 pm

      i’d say about 4 hefty servings

      • Anna on November 18, 2011 at 6:54 pm

        Thanks so much for responding so quickly! Obsessed with your blog!

  41. Erica on December 7, 2011 at 11:40 am

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

  42. Rachel Newcomb on January 27, 2012 at 10:18 am

    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. Emma on February 5, 2012 at 6:01 pm

    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 on February 5, 2012 at 11:18 pm

      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. Laur on February 14, 2012 at 1:49 pm

    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. Kate on June 11, 2012 at 10:18 am

    My absolute favorite Fitnessista recipe-

  46. Izzy @ bitefullofhappiness on August 10, 2012 at 3:18 pm

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

  47. Lindsey on December 22, 2012 at 10:43 pm

    Hi! πŸ™‚ 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 on December 22, 2012 at 11:59 pm

      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. Brandi on September 29, 2013 at 1:22 pm

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

    • Fitnessista on September 29, 2013 at 5:45 pm

      if it’s a big “T” = tablespoon
      little t “t” = teaspoon

      let me know what you think!

  49. Kristyn on October 7, 2013 at 8:16 pm

    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 πŸ™‚

    • Fitnessista on October 7, 2013 at 10:11 pm

      it makes 4 large servings! bigger than a cup. let me know how it turns out with pumpkin!

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