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Sweet Potato Spiced Chili

50 min

Meal

One-bowl / one-pot

This spicy chili is super hearty, comforting, filling and makes for the perfect weeknight meal. We always like to make a massive batch as meal prep to enjoy throughout the week. Topping with avocado, lime, or yogurt really helps to marry all the flavours together.

Servings

Total

50 min

Prep

10 min

Cook

40 min

Free from

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Ingredients

The chilli

  • 1 Tbsp (15 mL)
    vegetable oil
  • 1
    large onion, chopped
  • 4
    cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 Tbsp (6 g)
    ground cumin
  • 1 Tbsp (8 g)
    chili powder, or less for less spicy
  • 2 tsp (2 g)
    dried oregano
  • ¼ tsp
    ground black pepper
  • 2 Tbsp (33 g)
    tomato paste
  • 3 cups (720 mL)
    canned crushed tomatoes
  • 2 cups (480 mL)
    water
  • 1½ cups (258 g)
    cooked black beans
  • 1½ cups (266 g)
    cooked red kidney beans
  • 1½ cups (297 g)
    cooked brown lentils
  • 2
    vegetable bouillon cubes, crushed
  • 1
    large sweet potato, finely chopped
  • 1
    red bell pepper, finely chopped
  • ¾ cup (124 g)
    canned corn

Recommended toppings

  • 1
    avocado, chopped
  • ¼ cup (51 g)
  • ½ cup (120 g)
    vegan sour cream
  • 1
    jalapeño, sliced

Optional garnishes

  • fresh cilantro
  • lime slice
  • tortilla chips

Make your own

Directions

  1. To a large pot on high heat, add the oil and onion and cook until golden.
  2. Then add the garlic and spices* and cook while stirring for another 1 - 2 minutes more.
  3. Add a bit more oil followed by tomato paste. Cook to toast for 1 more minute, stirring throughout.
  4. Deglaze the pot by adding in the crushed tomatoes, water, beans, lentils, crushed bouillon cubes, sweet potato, and bell pepper.
  5. Bring everything to a boil, reduce to a simmer, and cook partially covered for 30 minutes. Stir every 5 - 10 minutes.
  6. If a thicker consistency is desired, remove the lid and cook uncovered for several more minutes. Stir in the corn in the last few minutes before serving.
  7. Serve, add your desired toppings, and enjoy!

Notes

  • * This chili is spicy. Consider using a mild chili powder, or add less chili powder to start if you're spice adverse (especially if living in Europe where chili powders tend to be spicier). You can always taste test and add more later.

Storage

  • Store in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 4 days.
  • Portion out and keep in the freezer for up to 2 months.

Let us know what you think

Plate method

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Grains & Starches 11%

large sweet potato

Proteins 37%

cooked black beans

cooked red kidney beans

cooked brown lentils

vegan sour cream

Fruits & Veggies 52%

large onion

clove garlic

tomato paste

canned crushed tomatoes

red bell pepper

canned corn

avocado

pickled red onions

jalapeño

Calcium
No significant sources of calcium
Fat

vegetable oil

avocado

Nutrition info

We believe that focusing on numbers can harm our relationship with food. Instead, our philosophy is to Nourish the Cells & the Soul. If you require specific nutrition information due to a medical condition, please consult with a dietitian or physician. The nutritional information provided is composed with the utmost care. However, we cannot guarantee the correctness of the displayed values, see also our disclaimer.

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s - Jan. 25, 2023, 4:27 p.m.

made this for dinner yesterday and it was wonderful! i used an extra can of kidney beans instead of lentils, fire roasted crushed tomatoes, and vegetable broth instead of the bouillon cube and water. i topped it with cilantro, cashew yogurt, lots of lime, and sunflower seeds! i love how flavorful your recipes are - you can really taste the herbs and veggies :)

PUL Team - Jan. 26, 2023, 6:08 a.m.

Mmm sounds delicious, S, thank you for taking the time to share your kindness 🤗


Patrick Illner - Jan. 20, 2023, 9:45 p.m.

Dear Sadia, dear Robin,

I am so happy and glad that you have started YouTube. It's so much fun to test your recipes, to try them out and to get inspiration. Thank you and your team for putting so much heart and soul into it. Please keep up the good work and stay the way you are. Sadia, you are such an incredibly likeable person! Really naturally beautiful and your smile can really enchant me :) All the best to you! Patrick from Germany

PUL Team - Jan. 21, 2023, 12:39 a.m.

Oh, Patrick, you're much too kind! Thank you for being here and helping make our PUL community so incredible. Lots of love to Germany 💛


Abiška - Jan. 20, 2023, 11:33 a.m.

Amazing recipe, easy to prepare and super delicious. Me and my boyfriend love it 🥰. Thank you 🙏! I think it’s gonna be our new favourite 😻 meal👌🏻.

PUL Team - Jan. 20, 2023, 10:22 p.m.

A huge compliment, Abiška, thank you!


Elyse - Jan. 19, 2023, 5:24 p.m.

Hi Sadia and PULTeam! I really enjoyed this recipe, but I have a couple of questions:
- If I don't love sweet potato in chili, is there anything else you'd recommend for adding that mild sweetness instead? I've seen some recipes use ketchup?
- Are there certain chili spice blends you know of that you'd recommend for folks who like bold flavor, but not too spicy? I saw in the video that Sadia recommends simply cutting back on the amount of chili powder, but I have to admit I have a weak palate for spice:/

Thanks! 😄

PUL Team - Jan. 20, 2023, 7:45 a.m.

Hey there, Elyse, thanks for the lovely questions! We haven't personally tried it with ketchup, but that's an interesting idea. We'd recommend starting with less and adding more to taste as the tomato flavour may be a bit overpowering if too much is added 🙂 You could also add more corn, bell pepper, or kidney beans for sweetness in the chili.

For the spices, there are some blends made from sweet pepper rather than chili pepper so these are less spicy. If you can't find one at your local grocery stores then there are some recipes online that use cayenne pepper, onion powder, and garlic powder for example. You could always start with less and add more to taste! We hope this helps for now 😃


Kat - Jan. 18, 2023, 8:17 p.m.

Amazing chili, no need to do meat anymore!! So so yummy!


Clara - Jan. 14, 2023, 1:46 p.m.

This chili is yummy! And sooo nourishing! I am pregnant and this recipe hits so many of the nourishment targets I have a in a day. And it yields enough to freeze for another meal. We had it as snack with tortilla chips and as a meal with avocado on top. When we defreeze the rest, we’re thinking of turning it into a burrito, very versatile! Thanks for the recipe, for us it was a success!

PUL Team - Jan. 15, 2023, 2:48 a.m.

Oh so lovely to hear, Clara, thank you! Wishing you and your little one an abundance of health and wellness 🤗


Ana Carvalho - Jan. 12, 2023, 7:49 p.m.

Hello from Portugal :) I made this recipe to take to work during the week. This dish in addition to being tasty is quick to make on a Sunday and save for the week. Thank you!
ps. I think I'll add more spice next time :p

PUL Team - Jan. 14, 2023, 10:05 p.m.

Woohoo so glad it's being enjoyed, Ana, and love the extra spice 🌶


Annelies - Jan. 11, 2023, 8:55 p.m.

I made this recipe this evening and it was very tasty! However, with a lot of your recipes, when I add water, it never thickens. After more than 35 min with this recipe, it was still too thin. How could I solve this? Just add less water?

PUL Team - Jan. 13, 2023, 10:54 p.m.

Hey Annelies, so glad it was enjoyed and thanks for the question! Are you by any chance fully covering the pot with the lid rather than partially covering it while the recipe cooks? Only covering the chili partially with the lid helps water evaporate out. You could also fully remove the lid and cook uncovered for longer until it's at the desired thickness 🙂


Maria - Jan. 9, 2023, 5:48 p.m.

What a recipe!! The meal is hearty, filling, you can put it into tortillas together with vegan cream cheese to make amazing wraps😋 My husband and I loved it!🙏🏻


Guendalina - Jan. 6, 2023, 1:14 p.m.

Super warm and cosy, perfect for this season!
I will try again in the summer with pepper too.
Unfortunately I didn’t have chilli powder so I use harissa for a bit of sweet.

PUL Team - Jan. 6, 2023, 2:56 p.m.

Oooh there's an idea, Guendalina - the addition of harissa sounds like it would be delicious! 🤤 I'm so glad you enjoyed it!


di - Jan. 5, 2023, 7:06 p.m.

I love this chili, just made some for later cook


Lisa - Jan. 3, 2023, 8:26 p.m.

We made this recipe tonight. Just swapped out the sweet potato with butternut squash, because I still have a few from last fall's harvest. It was very delicious, warming and healthy! We made a double portion, so tomorrow we will be having more!


Elaine - Jan. 3, 2023, 7:01 a.m.

Wonderfully filling and full of comforting autumn flavors. Easy for prep and clean up, and a hit with my partner!


Andrea - Jan. 1, 2023, 10:54 p.m.

What a way to start the new year! This was healthy, comforting, and delicious!


Marina - Dec. 30, 2022, 11:39 p.m.

It looks so delicious! I'm giving it a try tomorrow at New Year's Eve!! I'm so enjoying the mix with the legumes! Yummy! by the way Is a cookbook in planning?? That would be a great new year's resolution :) Thank you for your great recipes and all the love and effort you put in every single video/post! :)

PUL Team - Dec. 31, 2022, 3:49 a.m.

Aw, Marina, you're too kind! We hope you enjoy the recipe and hopefully in the future we can share a physical cookbook. In the meantime, if you're interested, you can find our 3-year anniversary e-cookbook here: https://www.pickuplimesblog.c…


Nora - Dec. 30, 2022, 6:07 a.m.

I literally watched the video, then made this right away! I love that I actually had all the ingredients and it made enough for two days. Oh and it was delicious!

PUL Team - Dec. 30, 2022, 9:57 p.m.

Woohoo! It means so much, Nora, thank you 😃


Alice - Dec. 29, 2022, 7:29 p.m.

We had it with both yogurt + pickled onions and it was absolutely incredible! Definitely recommend the pickled onions! Thank you :D

PUL Team - Dec. 30, 2022, 4:47 p.m.

So happy to hear, Alice, thank you!


Alain - Dec. 29, 2022, 9:46 a.m.

We devoured this, so good! perfect winter dish!


Bonnie - Dec. 28, 2022, 7:36 p.m.

What kind of chilli powder do you use? The kind I find in the store is mixed with other spices.

PUL Team - Dec. 30, 2022, 7:10 a.m.

Hey Bonnie, we use a generic chili powder from our local grocery store in the Netherlands, it doesn't specify anything else. If you're in North America, it's likely the chili powder is more mild, so you can stand to use more. If you're in the EU, try adding less to start and add more later to taste 🙂


Charlotte - Dec. 27, 2022, 11:13 p.m.

Do you know how many grams of beans & lentils I would need if I was using them dry & uncooked? Thanks!

PUL Team - Dec. 30, 2022, 6:13 a.m.

Hey Charlotte, dried beans and lentils typically expand around 2-3 times when cooked. You could use between 1/2 cup (around 100g each of beans and lentils) to 3/4 cup (around 140g each of beans and lentils) for four servings. We hope you enjoy the chili if you give it a try 🙂


Treena - Dec. 27, 2022, 10:44 p.m.

Thank you so much for this delicious recipe. It is exactly what I needed.

PUL Team - Dec. 30, 2022, 5:55 a.m.

Aw thank you, Treena 😃


Jyotsna Tiwari - Dec. 27, 2022, 5:54 p.m.

Definitely going to try this recipe in this cold winter!!

PUL Team - Dec. 30, 2022, 5:49 a.m.

We hope you enjoy it, Jyotsna!


MacKenzie - Dec. 21, 2022, 8:33 p.m.

This was so filling and comforting! It made plenty for dinner and lots of leftovers, and it tasted even better for lunch the next day. Thanks for this perfect-for-winter dish!

PUL Team - Dec. 22, 2022, 5:59 p.m.

We're so thrilled to hear, MacKenzie, thank you!


Chantelle - Dec. 12, 2022, 9:20 p.m.

Wow that flavor! So delicious and so comforting!


Ivy - Nov. 14, 2022, 11:11 p.m.

I thought it might be weird with sweet potato but it's so good.
It really helped balance the spice! Loveeeee it

PUL Team - Nov. 15, 2022, 2:46 a.m.

Woohoo! So happy to hear, Ivy 😊


DJ - Nov. 10, 2022, 4:24 a.m.

Delicious! Very warming and filling! I didn’t use a spoon to eat this, I used corn tortilla chips.

PUL Team - Nov. 10, 2022, 4:57 a.m.

Love the idea to use tortilla chips, DJ!


Cisca - Nov. 6, 2022, 9:10 p.m.

Did not know that a bean base dish could be so delicious and filling. The portion sizes are perfect for a rainy cold afternoon. I loved it when it was just cooked, but even more the next day.
1st time tried something like this. Will make it a staple in my home now.

PUL Team - Nov. 7, 2022, 7:20 a.m.

So glad it was enjoyed, Cisca - it means so much!


Caroline - Oct. 18, 2022, 1:45 a.m.

You’ve done it again!! This is my new favorite chili recipe. I add a can of great northern beans to the mix because I love my chili extra bean-y, and I up the smoked paprika to a full tablespoon because it’s my favorite spice! This is the most comforting and filling chili and I will be making it all throughout this fall and winter!

PUL Team - Oct. 18, 2022, 3:28 a.m.

Awe such a big compliment, Caroline, thank you for the kind words and support! The modifications sound lovely 🥰


Pati - Oct. 2, 2022, 5:18 p.m.

We're making this dish when it's cold and gloomy outside as it warms us up instantly :)
It's delicious and filling. The spice mix is great, we just add a generous amount of cinnamon to it, and instead of potato, we use more corn and legumes.

PUL Team - Oct. 5, 2022, 7:43 a.m.

Oh, Pati, we're smiling from ear to ear - thank you 💛


Ashby - Aug. 23, 2022, 7:26 p.m.

I adjusted the ingredients to what I had but really appreciated the number of spices in it. Though next time I will use less chilli powder, that was quite a lot for me. Served it with brown rice and sour cream and lime and coriander and it was lovely. So warming.

PUL Team - Aug. 23, 2022, 8:41 p.m.

Thanks for taking the time to share your experience with it, Ashby, we appreciate it to help us improve 🙂


Zara - July 15, 2022, 7:49 p.m.

Amazing Sadia, you'll make a cook out of me yet!


Chels - July 13, 2022, 3:11 a.m.

This sounds amazing! My husband and I will definitely be trying this! Do you have instructions for an instapot?

PUL Team - July 13, 2022, 6:29 a.m.

Hey there, Chels, we don't although looking at whether your instant pot has a "chili" or "bean" setting may help. If it doesn't, we'd recommend following instructions from a similar recipe online. For example, perhaps cooking on high pressure for 15 minutes, followed by a 10-minute release. Do let us know if you test it out 🙂


Silvia Rodriguez - July 7, 2022, 1:35 p.m.

I love your page! And your recipes, of course!


Lucie R - June 18, 2022, 5:48 p.m.

Hi PUL! What type of chili powder do you use for this recipe? The ones I can find in Dutch stores are in my opinion always extremely spicy and just one teaspoon spices up a meal for four. Can I use mild paprika powder as a substitute or would that alter the flavor profile of this dish?

PUL Team - June 19, 2022, 2:54 a.m.

Hey there, Lucie, we typically use a generic chili powder from our local grocery store. Some varieties can be spicier than others so if you prefer less spice you could certainly use less or opt for a milder alternative such as paprika powder. It will impact the flavour slightly but you could always adjust the other spices to taste if needed 🙂


Lindsey - June 1, 2022, 4:48 p.m.

Excellent flavor and easy to find ingredients! I also appreciated that it was gluten free and easily soy free! Thank you for sharing!!!

PUL Team - June 1, 2022, 9:27 p.m.

Aw thank YOU, Lindsey, we appreciate it 😃


Shylo - April 20, 2022, 3:54 p.m.

I didn't have all the ingredients but made a version of this just using what I had and it still tasted very good. It was easy to make and I'll definitely be making it again! Thank you!

PUL Team - April 20, 2022, 6:57 p.m.

We're so happy to hear, Shylo, thanks for taking the time to share!


Una - Feb. 28, 2022, 4:32 p.m.

Delicious and comforting, I made it today and loved it!


Clara - Feb. 28, 2022, 8:31 a.m.

One of my staples in the winter time ! I just mix it all together and then wait until it's done cooking. So easy !

PUL Team - Feb. 28, 2022, 8:16 p.m.

Woohoo! Thank you, Clara 🥰


Kai - Feb. 27, 2022, 8:44 a.m.

Simple but nutritious and delicious recipe! Made a lot and froze individual servings for meal prep and I feel so rich knowing that they are in the freezer.

Just a quick question -- does the nutrition info include the toppings? Thanks!

PUL Team - Feb. 28, 2022, 6:58 p.m.

So glad it was enjoyed, Kai, and love the meal prep! The nutrition information indeed includes the toppings for this one.


Daniela - Feb. 9, 2022, 3:01 p.m.

I'm new to cook vegan and this recipe made it so manageable. It's easy to follow and I got all the ingredients in one grocery shopping. Usually that something I struggle often because I live in a small town. So thank you for this yummy meal! Greetings from Austria

PUL Team - Feb. 9, 2022, 8:23 p.m.

We appreciate this so much, Daniela, and so happy you enjoyed it. Hugs to Austria 🤗


Liz - Feb. 3, 2022, 7:36 p.m.

This has become one of our winter staples. My omni parter said he could eat it every day. It's so much tastier & quicker than other chili recipes I've tried.

I make it a little more pantry friendly by using fire roasted diced tomatoes in a can and frozen corn, and usually add some frozen spinach too. We like it a little thicker, so I only add 3 cups of water along with some Better than Bouillon for extra flavor. It's easy to keep all the ingredients on hand for a quick & delicious dinner (with leftovers!)

PUL Team - Feb. 4, 2022, 3:11 a.m.

Hi Liz! Thanks a bunch for sharing your experience with the chilli 😃 We're so glad it's being enjoyed!


Aditi - Jan. 14, 2022, 10:18 p.m.

I'm a student, and the dish is so easy and absolutely delicious! It has become one of my regulars!

PUL Team - Jan. 15, 2022, 12:25 a.m.

So glad to hear, Aditi, and wishing you all the best with your studies 📚


Amy G - Nov. 7, 2021, 2:19 a.m.

This was an amazingly satisfying and delicious dish; it was even better with the yogurt and lime! It is one of the best chili dishes I’ve had. Thank you!

PUL Team - Nov. 7, 2021, 11:49 p.m.

Such a huge compliment, Amy, thank you!


Jasmina - Nov. 5, 2021, 6:04 p.m.

Super delicious!
Thank you so much for your efforts!


Chimeg - Oct. 23, 2021, 12:18 p.m.

Hi!
Love your recipes and your vlog. Thanks a lot!
I’ve always wanted to ask. Which vegetable oil do you use/ recommend? My husband thinks any vegetable oil is bad and we only buy olive oil but there was a film about how most brands of olive oil including Bertolli is not 100% olive oil. So I’m torn now. Please advice 🙏

PUL Team - Oct. 25, 2021, 2:49 a.m.

Hi there, Chimeg, thanks for the kind words question. There are many different types of oil and it can be confusing with all of the mixed messages out there! We tend to gravitate more towards olive or coconut oil, although it depends on the recipe. If you haven't already seen and are interested, we talk about our philosophy and recommendations for fats and oils more in our article here: pickuplimes.com/article/fats-… 😊


Liz - Sept. 23, 2021, 5:38 a.m.

Made this tonight, because it was suddenly chilly & rainy out, and I had the majority of the ingredients. Even with a few things missing, it was delicious! I liked this better than another chili recipe I have that takes way more time to make.

I can't wait to try the leftovers, and I'm excited to make it again when I have all the trimmings to make it even better.

PUL Team - Sept. 24, 2021, 6:56 p.m.

Mmm we love chilli on rainy days! So happy the recipe was enjoyed, Liz 🤗


Mandi - Sept. 15, 2021, 12:13 a.m.

I made this tonight and it was delicious! We added cashew queso I had premade. Just wish I had some avocado to serve with it. Thanks for the great recipes. Keep them coming!

PUL Team - Sept. 15, 2021, 2:08 a.m.

Mmm cashew queso sounds delicious! Thank you, Mandi 😃


Clare - Sept. 14, 2021, 8:13 p.m.

For anyone who wants to give this recipe a go, I would definetly recommend to add the avocado and yoghurt as toppings! They really complement the dish rather nicely.


Olivia - Sept. 6, 2021, 11:16 p.m.

I'm pulling a Julia Julia and doing every one of your recipes this year. I've made five in the past two weeks and they've all been AMAZING. Please never stop all you do! :)

PUL Team - Sept. 8, 2021, 1:48 a.m.

Aw this means so much, Olivia! Thank you for being here and supporting PUL ☺️🌻


Aisling - Aug. 1, 2021, 8:34 p.m.

Absolutely delicious! The avocado and youghurt toppings take it to another level......will definitely be making it again

PUL Team - Aug. 4, 2021, 5:51 a.m.

Woohoo! So glad you enjoyed this one, Aisling :D


Natalia - July 29, 2021, 9:49 p.m.

I tried this today but felt it needed a bit of a flavour boost so I added some sun-dried tomatoes and a vegetable stock cube and it came out amazing! Thank you for the inspiration!

PUL Team - July 29, 2021, 11:24 p.m.

So glad you enjoyed the chilli, Natalia, we find that adding some toppings really brings out the flavour of this one ☺️


Shannon Jochetz - July 24, 2021, 6:37 p.m.

This looks fabulous!


Gillian - July 11, 2021, 9:47 a.m.

This chili is AMAZING. I’ve made it multiple times. So hearty, delicious, nutritious. It freezes well too so good for sticking some away for when you need a quick dinner to heat up.

PUL Team - July 16, 2021, 4:28 a.m.

Thank you for the glowing review, Gillian, it's so appreciated!


Evelina V - July 9, 2021, 1:28 p.m.

If you like chilli 🌶 you have to try this. It's mega extra delicious 🤤 And the toppings should not be missed. Thank you Sadia and the team for sharing


Caro - July 8, 2021, 8:39 p.m.

This is seriously the best thing I've ever made. I tried it about 3 months ago and have eaten it at least once a week since then. Thank you so much for this recipe!


Bela - June 5, 2021, 9:28 p.m.

Thank you for this recipe! Tried it out today. It's super delicious!

PUL Team - June 6, 2021, 3:27 a.m.

So glad to hear, Bela, thank you ✨🤗


Suzy - April 6, 2021, 3:07 p.m.

I love the presentation of this recipe! Beautiful! Classic PUL :D

PUL Team - April 7, 2021, 3:28 a.m.

You're too kind, Suzy! Thank you 😀