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Black Bean and Sweet Potato Chili - the best vegetarian chili! | @littlebroken

Black Bean and Sweet Potato Chili

  • Author: Katya
  • Prep Time: 15 mins
  • Cook Time: 40 mins
  • Total Time: 55 mins
  • Yield: 8-10 1x
  • Category: Soup
  • Method: Simmer
  • Cuisine: Tex-Mex


Black bean and sweet potato chili is the ultimate comfort food. So thick, filling, and belly warming good. It’s easy to make with simple pantry staple ingredients!


  • 3 bacon strips*, chopped
  • 1 large sweet onion, chopped (2 cups)
  • 6 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 (14.5 oz.) can diced tomatoes
  • 1 medium sweet potato, peeled + diced (2 cups)
  • 4 (15 oz.) cans black beans, rinsed + drained
  • 2 Tbsp. ketchup
  • 2 tsp. Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 Tbsp. chili powder
  • 1 tsp. cumin
  • 2 cups chicken broth
  • 2 cups water
  • 1 bunch cilantro, roughly chopped
  • 1 lime, juiced
  • salt and fresh ground black pepper


  1. In a large heavy duty bottom stockpot or dutch oven, cook bacon over medium heat until it renders its fat, about 3-4 minutes.
  2. Add onion and cook until soft, about 4-5 minutes. Stir in garlic and cook until fragrant, about 30 seconds.
  3. Stir in tomatoes, sweet potatoes, beans, ketchup, Worcestershire sauce, chili powder, cumin, chicken broth, and water. Season with salt and pepper, to taste.
  4. Cover, increase the heat to high, and bring to a boil. Then reduce the heat to medium and simmer, uncovered, for 20-30 minutes until liquid has slightly reduced and sweet potatoes are completely tender.
  5. Stir in cilantro and lime juice. Remove the chili from the heat.
  6. Puree 2 cups of chili in a food processor or blender and then stir the mixture back into the pot.
  7. Serve with cheddar cheese, green onions, sour cream, or tortilla strips, if desired.


*I used organic uncured bacon, which is fattier than regular bacon. So I had plenty of fat to cook the onion in but if you find that you do not have enough fat from the bacon, add 1 Tablespoon of olive oil before adding the onion.

Keywords: one pot, fall, comfort food, soup