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Sweet Potato & Black Bean Chili

My whole family enjoys this sweet potato black bean chili, but my daughter especially loves it. I like to make it because it's so easy and very flavorful. —Joy Pendley, Ortonville, Michigan
  • Total Time
    Prep: 25 min. Cook: 35 min.
  • Makes
    8 servings (2 quarts)


  • 3 large sweet potatoes, peeled and cut into 1/2-inch cubes
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons chili powder
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 2 cans (15 ounces each) black beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 can (28 ounces) diced tomatoes, undrained
  • 1/4 cup brewed coffee
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/2 cup shredded reduced-fat Monterey Jack cheese or reduced-fat Mexican cheese blend


  • In a nonstick Dutch oven coated with cooking spray, saute sweet potatoes and onion in oil until crisp-tender. Add the chili powder, garlic, cumin and cayenne; cook 1 minute longer. Stir in the beans, tomatoes, coffee, honey, salt and pepper.
  • Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 30-35 minutes or until sweet potatoes are tender. Sprinkle with cheese.
Nutrition Facts
1 cup: 252 calories, 4g fat (1g saturated fat), 5mg cholesterol, 554mg sodium, 47g carbohydrate (17g sugars, 9g fiber), 10g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 3 starch, 1/2 fat.

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  • ColGee
    Jan 10, 2021

    Great flavour-sometimes I add ground turkey

  • Anne
    Oct 8, 2018

    I really liked this recipe. I modified the recipe by using pre-cut sweet potatoes. I used 1 and a half bags. I added two cans of diced tomatoes. I didn't have any honey, so I added 1 T of apricot spreadable fruit. It turned out great!

  • Donna
    Jan 3, 2018

    This is really good. Sweet potatoes get a little mushy but I liked that better than large pieces of them mixed in. Try it, you won't be sorry.

  • Kdorfman
    Dec 8, 2017

    1 out of 5 people liked this dish. I probably would not make it again.

  • SoundsGoodToMe
    Apr 30, 2017

    LOVE this! I'm eating it right now. I added a little chicken stock because it's pretty thick and a little cinnamon as another reviewer suggested. THANKS!!

  • Ginkeez
    Feb 6, 2017

    I just made this recipe tonight. It was okay. Flavors were nice, but sort of boring. I felt like it was missing something. The sweet potatoes turned into mush. That was probably my fault because I cooked it in a pressure cooker, but followed the recipe exactly otherwise. I did cut the potatoes into half inch cubes as stated, but in the picture it looks like they are at least an inch cube. It also turned out really sweet, so I feel the honey could have been reduced significantly, or eliminated completely. Maybe if I had added more bean variety and kept the sweet potato as something to compliment the chili rather than he the main focus, I would have enjoyed it more. I am happy to have a healthy option, but I had to force my kids to eat it, so I will not be making it again.

  • Timaree
    Feb 2, 2017

    This turned out super! The only change I made was to sub 2 tsp. sugar for the honey since my son is vegan. I'll definitely make it again - I've already bought the ingredients for the second batch!

  • Nicole
    Dec 6, 2016

    I loved this chili! I'm particularly partial to sweet potatoes, so I'm happy ANY time I can use them in a meal.. I was too lazy to brew a cup of coffee, so I omitted it from my dish, but I can imagine it adding a special twist. Also, my sweet potatoes cooked down right away in my first round, so I spend only a few minutes letting it simmer in the end.Will make again—next time with sliced avocado :)

  • zsmith1990
    Jan 24, 2016

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  • elizdowd
    Nov 23, 2015

    So tasty, so filling, so easy!Topped with avacado and ate with tortilla chips. Husband loved it too!