Black Bean Sweet Potato Chili

Black Bean Sweet Potato Chili

This black bean sweet potato chili is naturally gluten-free and grain-free and has Southwestern flavors of chili powder, cumin and oregano. I start with dried beans and cook them in the Instant Pot for maximum economy and digestibility, but canned beans could be used.

I enjoy this meal with quinoa, brown rice or, if I really have my act together, Nut Pesto Green Rice (recipe here). The chili has enough body to be enjoyed on its own, too!

Black Bean Sweet Potato Chili in white bowl overhead close up

Ingredient Tips

Black beans make for a beautiful visual contrast with the orange sweet potatoes in this dish. Other beans could be used, such as red or pinto. Any of them will benefit from soaking before cooking – at least that is the case in my experience. I have found that beans agree with more people when soaked for longer periods of time, and take up the other flavors better. I soak them until they start to sprout a little bit. Takes patience but it makes me feel very homey.

You can vary the amounts of the ingredients according to your taste: more chili powder, more oregano, more onion, whatever appeals to you. The key is for the flavors to blend into something savory and memorable.

Ingredients for Black Bean Sweet Potato Chili in small bowls on wood tray

Cooking tips

I cook the soaked black beans in my Instant Pot – 20 minutes is about right. A cup of dry beans (about half a one-pound bag) will make the equivalent of a can of beans. Just as with canned beans, drain off the cooking liquid once they have cooled a bit.

If you like, you can rinse out and use the Instant Pot for the remaining cooking, too. You just have to make sure to clean out the bean starch first so the onions and garlic don’t stick.

Black Bean Sweet Potato Chili in stock pot overhead view

This recipe calls for ground beef, which, in addition to boosting the protein content, also tones down the sweetness of the sweet potatoes. It can very easily be made without beef, however. Without it, the recipe is vegan.

This dish is wonderful with Nut Pesto Green Rice (recipe here).

Black Bean Sweet Potato Chili with Nut Pesto Green Rice in white bowl

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Black Bean Sweet Potato Chili with avo and lime overhead view with fork

Black Bean Sweet Potato Chili

  • Author: Beth
  • Prep Time: 25 minutes
  • Cook Time: 50 minutes
  • Total Time: 1 hour 15 minutes
  • Yield: 4 servings 1x
  • Category: Main Dish
  • Method: Instant Pot
  • Cuisine: American, Southwestern

Description

This black bean sweet potato chili is naturally gluten-free and grain-free and has Southwestern flavors of chili powder, cumin and oregano. You can use dried beans or canned, as you like. I enjoy this meal with quinoa, brown rice or, if I really have my act together, Nut Pesto Green Rice (recipe here!).


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Ingredients

Prepare the beans:

1 cup dry black beans, soaked at least 8 hours and pressure-cooked in Instant Pot (about ½ of a 1-pound bag); drained

Make the chili:

1 pound grass-fed ground beef

1 tablespoon coconut or avocado oil

1 large onion (about 3 cups), chopped into ¼-1/2-inch dice

4 cloves garlic, minced

1 large sweet potato, diced (about 34 cups)

2 Tablespoons chili powder

½ teaspoon paprika

½ teaspoon garlic powder

2 teaspoons cumin

2 cups bone broth

1 can (14 oz) diced tomatoes, blended slightly with immersion blender

1 teaspoon dried oregano

2 bay leaves

1½ cups cooked black beans

lime wedges, avocado for garnish


Instructions

  1. Brown the beef gently in the stock pot or Instant pot until the pink color is gone and the meat is broken up. Reserve cooked beef to another bowl.
  2. Heat the coconut oil in the pot if needed (see note).
  3. Add the chopped onions and sauté for 3 minutes.
  4. Stir in the garlic and cook another minute.
  5. Mix in the chopped sweet potatoes and sauté for about 5 more minutes.
  6. Add the chili powder, paprika, cumin, salt and garlic powder and stir to coat the vegetables with the spices.
  7. Stir in bone broth, tomatoes, oregano and bay leaves. Bring to a simmer and cook until the sweet potatoes are tender.
  8. Add the cooked black beans and beef and simmer at low heat for about 10 minutes. Adjust the seasonings.
  9. Serve over quinoa or rice, garnished with lime slices and avocado.

Notes

Grass-fed beef renders less fat in my experience than grain-fed, so you may not have much beef fat in your pan after you sauté it. If not, you can add a bit of oil to cook the onions and garlic. We also prefer not to have it in the pan while the vegetables are cooking. It keeps its tenderness better that way.

Keywords: Black bean, sweet potato, chili, one-pot, gluten-free, grain-free

Black Bean Sweet Potato Chili with avo and lime overhead view with fork



4 thoughts on “Black Bean Sweet Potato Chili”

  • We loved this recipe! I ended up using bison instead of beef because it needed to be used, but the spice blend was so good, and I absolutely love sweet potato in my chili now. 😁 I shared it with my partner Travis, and I think this has been his favorite batch of chili I have ever cooked. Thanks so much for this recipe! 💜

    • Dear Rachael, thank you so much for letting me know that you made and liked the recipe! Thanks so much for the five stars, too. I think using bison is a great idea and would give a lot of flavor to this chili. Good to know the sweet potato worked for you too. You are welcome!

  • Just made this and loved it! It was the first time having sweet potatoes in my chili and it definitely won’t be the last

    • Matthew D, yes the sweet potatoes were a bit of a surprise to me as well the first time, and a pleasant one. I’m so glad you enjoyed the combination too. Thanks so much for the great rating and for spending time at A Meal In Mind!

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