Black Bean and Sweet Potato Chili

Black Bean and Sweet Potato Chili Recipe
James Baigrie
Serve this over a bed of steamed rice mixed with lots of fresh cilantro. It's also delicious over grilled chicken breasts or as an enchilada filling.


Makes about 2 quarts

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Recipe Time

Prep: 30 Minutes
Cook: 55 Minutes


2 tablespoons olive oil
1 large yellow onion, chopped
1 red bell pepper, cored, seeded, and chopped
1 green bell pepper, cored, seeded, and chopped
2 jalapeño peppers, seeded and diced
2 medium sweet potatoes, diced
3 large garlic cloves, minced (about 2 tablespoons)
2 to 3 tablespoons chili powder
1 to 2 teaspoons sea salt
1 to 2 teaspoons ground cumin
1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper
1 to 2 teaspoons dried basil
1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon dried marjoram
1 bay leaf
1 (14.5-ounce) can diced tomatoes
2 (14-ounce) cans vegetable or chicken broth
2 (15-ounce) cans black beans, rinsed and drained
Juice of 1 lime (about 2 tablespoons)
Garnishes: chopped fresh cilantro, green onion slices


Heat oil in a heavy large saucepan or Dutch oven over medium-high heat; add onion. Reduce heat to medium, and cook, stirring occasionally, about 10 to 15 minutes or until tender. Add bell peppers, jalapeño, and sweet potato; cook, stirring occasionally, 5 minutes. Stir in garlic, and cook about 1 minute. Add chili powder and next 7 ingredients; stir and cook 1 minute. Add tomatoes and broth. Simmer, uncovered, about 30 minutes. Stir in beans, and continue to cook 10 minutes. Remove bay leaf, and stir in lime juice. Garnish, if desired.

Sara Foster,


October 2005
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