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Sweet Potato and Black Bean Chili

Total Time
30 mins

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.

su-Sweet Potato and Black Bean Chili

Photo: Annabelle Breakey; Styling: Karen Shinto
 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
Step 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.

Step 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.

Step 3

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

Step 4

Note: Nutritional analysis is per serving without toppings.

Nutrition Facts

Amount Per Serving
Calories 297Calories from Fat 32
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 11g17%

Saturated Fat 1.5g8%
Cholesterol 0.0mg0%
Sodium 695mg29%
Total Carbohydrate 42g15%

Dietary Fiber 10g40%
Protein 7.4g15%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily value may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.