Sweet Potato Spiced Chili
One-bowl / one-pot
1 Tbsp (15 mL)vegetable oil
1large onion, chopped
4cloves 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
1 tsp (2 g)
¼ tspground 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 kidney beans
1½ cups (297 g)cooked brown lentils
2vegetable bouillon cubes, crushed
1large sweet potato, finely chopped
1red bell pepper, finely chopped
¾ cup (124 g)canned corn
¼ cup (51 g)
½ cup (120 g)vegan sour cream
Make your own
- To a large pot on high heat, add the oil and onion and cook until golden.
- Then add the garlic and spices* and cook while stirring for another 1 - 2 minutes more.
- Add a bit more oil followed by tomato paste. Cook to toast for 1 more minute, stirring throughout.
- Deglaze the pot by adding in the crushed tomatoes, water, beans, lentils, crushed bouillon cubes, sweet potato, and bell pepper.
- Bring everything to a boil, reduce to a simmer, and cook partially covered for 30 minutes. Stir every 5 - 10 minutes.
- 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.
- Serve, add your desired toppings, and enjoy!
- * 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.
- 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
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Grains & Starches 11%
• large sweet potato
• cooked black beans
• cooked 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
• pickled red onions
CalciumNo significant sources of calcium
• vegetable oil
Nutrition per serving
Calories 596 kcal
|Total fat||18.2 g|
|Saturated fat||7.5 g|
|Trans fat||0.0 g|
|Total carbs||90.8 g|
|Dietary fiber||26.7 g|
|Total sugars||20.8 g|
|Added sugars||0.1 g|
|Vitamin A||488 μg RAE|
|Vitamin B6||1.0 mg|
|Vitamin B12||0 μg|
|Vitamin C||72.5 mg|
|Vitamin D||0 μg|
|Vitamin E||6.5 mg|
|Vitamin K||45 μg|
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Discussion & Rating
I also added fried mushrooms for a meat substitute! Love it
Loved the spice! My husband accidently added more chili powder than was recommended. Haha. He's not a huge fan of beans so we replaced them with lentils. I've never had chili with a sweet potato, and we both really liked it. Turned out great! Toppings we added were avocado, coconut yogurt, and jalapeno. Sending our love from California!
The best Chili I’ve ever made! Thank you for an awesome recipe 🤩
This was the first recipe I tried from Pick Up Limes and it definitely did not disappoint! I made it in an attempt to convince my family that vegan food can be just as tasty (if not more so) than non-vegan food...and I think I was successful! So flavorful and comforting, the perfect cold weather dinner. If you live in the US, I recommend adding a bit of cayenne pepper to add some of the spice our chili powders lack.
I didn’t think that adding sweet potatoe to a chilli would taste so good!! My husband doesn’t like black eyed peas so I substituted for pinto beans. It worked well. I’m taking it for his and my lunch this week.
Amazing! I am a meat eater and I rarely think vegetarian food is as satisfying. I love this though.
Can not wait for full blown winter here in the South of the World. Today is the perfect day for this chilly. 2nd time I am making this. Again it is delicious and the warm comfort it gives on a rainy windy day.
Another staple in my home. For the love 💘of great food.
I made this recipe yesterday and it was so delicious!! It was my firt onepot meal that I made and my mom also said it was really delicious. I am from Slovakia and my family cooks very different meals and always the same so I’ve decided to cook for myself some time ago and I’m really happy I can learn from PUL. Thank you so much!!!
This is the first PUL recipe I tried out and I love it! It was easy to make and so very healthy! I maintain a calorie deficit and this recipe fits perfectly into my meal plans. I didn’t have all the ingredients, so I used substitutions — such as chicken broth instead of veg boullion cubes. I also added some shredded chicken to it. I loved the recipe and I will definitely make it again!
Love it, cooking it today for the second time. It is awesome for nights where I crave tortilla chips, at the same time there's something healthy :) Thanks team!
Turned out amazing 🤩 delicious healthy comforting food! I added to mine quinoa and the combination is great for even more filling meal!
Loved it !!! Thank you for your amazing recipes and all the love you put into them! Really enjoyed this comforting chili:)
I've followed the Youtube channel for years now, its been great to see the journey as well as enjoy the recipe and life tips that you share so simply! But I just had to leave a comment on this recipe. I cannot think of another dish that is so nourishing and wholesome(two words that suit Pick Up Limes as a whole :P) and yet bursting with so much flavor. This is fast becoming a staple at home, even the kids can't get enough! And its so versatile, can go with tacos/burritos and with so many different toppings. Keep up the great work and thank you so much for everything so far.
One of the most delicious dishes we've cooked recently at home! We ate the leftovers in tacos with some avocado and vegan creme frâiche and it was amazing! :)
Perfect for a new years eve gathering! Everyone love it!
Superb and delicious! And huge portion Ihihi
I have been vegetarian for 3 years, trying to find the perfect balance in my meals is my favorite part. Let me just say your recipes are a GAME CHANGER
- the beautiful sweet, savory, spicy chili is so perfect and delicious♥️
The craziest part, my mother who is not vegetarian or vegan loves it just as much as I did, and didn’t even miss the meat.
Thanks so much for your amazing meal ideas & health tips
Love this dish, so rich and wholesome!
This chilli was delicious!! I ate it at home this time, but am looking forward to taking it on camping trips in the future!
Had to leave a comment on this chili. It is indeed really rich in flavours and so much fun to make, in particular sautéing the spices.
Instead of using ground cumin which I react to quite a bit I used a pumpkin spice mix with cinnamon, nutmeg, mustard seeds etc., instead of oregano I used savory and instead of sweet potatoes I used potatoes.
I really appreciate that the recipes can be adapted and are really flexible and that you often mention alternative ingredients. It helps to also think of alternatives instead of shopping more special ingredients that just sit in the pantry for ages.
Thank you guys!
A new recipe for the list of favorites! This is so absolutely delicious. This recipe also inspired me to make pickled red onions for the first time and I love them so much. I definetely recommend adding all the toppings, they really transform this recipe from great to divine :-)
Absolutely delicious! This one just became one of our families favorites :)
A NEW FAVORITE! Will be making this for Chili Cook OFF at work.
I have been following your Youtube account for a while, and am ALWAYS left with a "blissed" feeling watching them, although I'm pretty sure this sounds rather weird. But the overall combination of the visuals in combination with the background music and the way you're narrating throughout the videos...it's just pure joy and something I'm looking forward to in the next videos.
Anyway...THIS recipe...WOAH! At first I was sceptical about the variety of spices. But once it was done, and I added corn chips, avocado, and sour cream (we are not a vegan household, but now want to concentrate on a nutrition that is more balanced and includes lots of veggies - since I wasn't able to eat them the way I wanted to in the past for several reasons..) - OMG! This way pure magic out of a pot! It probably helped that I made this during one of the darkest weeks in January, and it spread so much warmth and coziness and is just SOOOO darn delicious! Even my 9 year-old son, who - although not a picky eater - doesn't always go for the "new" thing...and these spices were the new thing. We could not stop eating! I cannot wait to cook it again and feel the warmth from the inside again - thank you. Thank you for the content you create and the joy you spread <3 Lots of love from Germany
Such a good recipe. Made it for my family who are often sceptical of vegan food and they absolutely loved it and have asked for it again. I’ve also recommended the recipe to all my friends.
Every PUL recipe I've tried so far I've loved, but this one in particular was phenomenal! The flavour of the sweet potatoes is just divine. Thank you for sharing these amazing recipes!
First made this recipe a couple of weeks ago and now we are eating it almost every week! My husband usually doesn't like recipes with tomato paste, he thinks it makes the taste a bit sour, so I switched it with thai curry paste and we love it!
Thank you for all the great recipes, Sadia and your team, it really has made cooking a lot more fun!
Love this recipe and many others of yours, thank you for creating such awesome recipes.
I loved this recipe for a lazy stay at home night dinner. To be honest I have cooked many of your recipes and am always stunned by the result, its delicious every single time. Especially the currys and everything with chickpeas. Thank you for your content, it makes my life better, easier and my food healthier. Your positive approach to food is very inspiring, I hope you will continu for many years! Can`t wait to see the next video. :)
This is my favorite chili ever! It’s part of my monthly rotation and we just had it again last night. This is my go to base chili recipe and I add/substitute whatever veggies or grains that I have on hand.
LOVE this chili recipe - it's probably my favorite one!
My almost two-year old also ate it up! The flavors are wonderful, and even though the ingredients list looked long, they are all very common things that the average plant-based eater would have on hand. As a full-time working mom of three kids, I often don't have time to make laborious meals, but this one came together quickly and made the house smell wonderful. I was also able to freeze the leftovers and enjoy it throughout the month. This recipe stays!
In want value is 596kcal?
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 :)
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
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👌🏻.
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:/
Amazing chili, no need to do meat anymore!! So so yummy!
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!
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
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?
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!🙏🏻
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.
I love this chili, just made some for later cook
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!
Wonderfully filling and full of comforting autumn flavors. Easy for prep and clean up, and a hit with my partner!
What a way to start the new year! This was healthy, comforting, and delicious!
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! :)
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!
We had it with both yogurt + pickled onions and it was absolutely incredible! Definitely recommend the pickled onions! Thank you :D
We devoured this, so good! perfect winter dish!
What kind of chilli powder do you use? The kind I find in the store is mixed with other spices.
Do you know how many grams of beans & lentils I would need if I was using them dry & uncooked? Thanks!
Thank you so much for this delicious recipe. It is exactly what I needed.
Definitely going to try this recipe in this cold winter!!
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!
Wow that flavor! So delicious and so comforting!
I thought it might be weird with sweet potato but it's so good.
It really helped balance the spice! Loveeeee it
Delicious! Very warming and filling! I didn’t use a spoon to eat this, I used corn tortilla chips.
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.
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!
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.
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.
Amazing Sadia, you'll make a cook out of me yet!
This sounds amazing! My husband and I will definitely be trying this! Do you have instructions for an instapot?
I love your page! And your recipes, of course!
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?
Excellent flavor and easy to find ingredients! I also appreciated that it was gluten free and easily soy free! Thank you for sharing!!!
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!
Delicious and comforting, I made it today and loved it!
One of my staples in the winter time ! I just mix it all together and then wait until it's done cooking. So easy !
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!
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
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!)
I'm a student, and the dish is so easy and absolutely delicious! It has become one of my regulars!
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!
Thank you so much for your efforts!
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 🙏
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.
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!
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.
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! :)
Absolutely delicious! The avocado and youghurt toppings take it to another level......will definitely be making it again
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!
This looks fabulous!
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.
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
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!
Thank you for this recipe! Tried it out today. It's super delicious!
I love the presentation of this recipe! Beautiful! Classic PUL :D