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Sweet Potato and Black Bean Chili

Photo: Annabelle Breakey; Styling: Karen Shinto
Total time 30 mins
Yield

Serves 4

Earthy sweet potatoes add depth to this vegetarian chili. New Mexico chile powder is fruity and mild, so don't be scared off by the generous amount called for here. Feel free to swap in any other kind of chile powder you have on hand--just use less of it.

Ingredients

  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 3 garlic cloves, chopped
  • 1/2 red bell pepper, seeded and chopped
  • 1 pound sweet potatoes (about 2 small), cut into 1/2-in. dice
  • 1 tablespoon New Mexico chile powder, or 1/2 to 1 tsp. cayenne or ancho chile powder
  • 1 teaspoon chipotle chile powder
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons ground cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground coriander
  • 1 can (14 oz.) black beans, drained and rinsed
  • 2 cups vegetable broth
  • Kosher salt and pepper
  • For toppings: 1 orange, 1 lime, chopped cilantro leaves, diced avocado, sour cream, and crushed tortilla chips

Nutrition Information

  • calories 297
  • caloriesfromfat 32 %
  • protein 7.4 g
  • fat 11 g
  • satfat 1.5 g
  • carbohydrate 42 g
  • fiber 10 g
  • sodium 695 mg
  • cholesterol 0.0 mg

How to Make It

  1. Heat oil in a medium pot over medium-high heat. Add onion, garlic, bell pepper, and sweet potatoes and cook, stirring, until vegetables soften, about 5 minutes. Add New Mexico and chipotle chile powders, cumin, and coriander and cook until spices are fragrant, about 10 seconds. Stir in beans and broth and partially cover. Reduce heat to medium and cook, stirring occasionally, until sweet potatoes are soft and chili is slightly thickened, about 15 minutes. Season to taste with salt and pepper.

  2. Meanwhile, zest orange and lime into a small bowl (you should have about 1 tbsp. orange zest and 2 tsp. lime zest). Add cilantro. Quarter lime. Reserve orange for another use.

  3. Ladle chili into 4 bowls. Top with cilantro-zest mixture, avocado, sour cream, crushed chips, and lime wedges.

  4. Note: Nutritional analysis is per serving without toppings.