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Bowl of Sweet Potato Black Bean Chili topped with diced avocado and cilantro
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5-Ingredient Sweet Potato Black Bean Chili

Simple, 5-ingredient sweet potato black bean chili that comes together in less than 1 hour! Easy, delicious, super healthy and so satisfying! Throw in whatever spices you have to amp up the flavor.
Author: Minimalist Baker
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Total Time 55 minutes
Servings: 6
Category: Entree
Cuisine: Gluten-Free, Southwest, Vegan
Freezer Friendly 1 month
Does it keep? 3-4 Days

Ingredients

CHILI

  • 1 medium yellow or white onion (diced // coconut or olive oil)
  • 3 medium sweet potatoes (scrubbed clean + chopped into bite sized pieces // organic when possible // 3 potatoes yield ~4 cups)
  • 1 16-ounce jar salsa (chunky is best)
  • 1 15-ounce can black beans (with salt // if unsalted, add more salt // slightly drained)
  • 2 cups vegetable stock
  • 2 cups water

OPTIONAL SPICES:

  • 1 Tbsp chili powder
  • 2 tsp ground cumin
  • 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp chipotle powder
  • 1-2 tsp hot sauce

FOR SERVING (optional)

  • Fresh cilantro
  • Chopped red onion
  • Guac / Avocado
  • Lime juice

Instructions

  1. In a large pot over medium heat, sweat onions in 1 Tbsp oil and season with a healthy pinch each salt and pepper (amounts as original recipe is written // use more or less if altering batch size). Stir and continue cooking on medium heat until translucent and soft.

  2. Add sweet potato and any desired spices at this time (I went for chili, cinnamon, cumin, and chipotle powder - all are optional). Cook for 3 minutes. Then add salsa, water, and vegetable stock.
  3. Bring mixture to a low boil on medium high heat and then lower heat to medium-low and simmer. Add black beans, cover and cook for at least 20 minutes more, preferably 30 - or until the sweet potatoes are fork tender and the soup and thickened. This soup is at its best when prepared the night before or allowed to rest for a few hours so the flavor marries with the vegetables and beans.
  4. Serve with fresh cilantro, onion, avocado, and/or lime juice. Chips make an excellent spoon.

Notes

*Inspired by GimmeSomeOven - queen of 5-ingredient soups!
*Nutrition information is a rough estimate.

Nutrition Per Serving (1 of 6)