Sweet Potato and Black Bean Chili


Chilly weather brings chili for dinner in our home. I enjoy giving my family healthy, comforting meals despite our crazy schedules in the evenings. Three school-age children are pulling my husband and I in three directions, all nights of the week. Instead of the “easy” drive-thru dinner, I’ve found with about 30 minutes of kitchen prep I can have meals ready for multiple days. The slow cooker plays a huge role.

This recipe is a twist on the typical meat and bean chili we all know and love. The seasoning blend, sweet potato, and beans provide a rich flavor.

Sweet Potato & Black Bean Chili

Serves: 4 (I double for our family)


1 medium red onion, chopped

green bell pepper, chopped

garlic cloves, chopped

tablespoon chili powder

tablespoon ground cumin

teaspoons unsweetened cocoa powder

1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon

kosher salt and black pepper

28-ounce can fire-roasted diced tomatoes

15.5-ounce can black beans, rinsed

15.5-ounce can kidney beans, rinsed

medium sweet potato (about 8 ounces), peeled and cut into 1⁄2-inch piece

Topping suggestions: Sliced avocado, greek yogurt, sliced green onion, tortilla chips

Optional add-ins: diced jalapenos for spice and corn for color and crunch

  1. In a 4- to 6-quart slow cooker, combine the onion, bell pepper, garlic, chili powder, cumin, cocoa, cinnamon, 1 teaspoon salt, and ¼ teaspoon black pepper. Add the tomatoes (and their liquid), beans, sweet potato, and 1 cup water.
  2. Cover and cook until the sweet potatoes are tender and the chili has thickened, on low for 7 to 8 hours or on high for 4 to 5 hours (this will shorten total recipe time).
  3. Serve the chili with your choice of toppings



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Liz Renneker
Liz Renneker is an active mom to three and wife to one. After hiking, camping, skiing, and growing a family in Colorado for the past ten years her family has relocated back to their roots in the Buckeye State. A nurse by trade and with over 11 years of pediatric oncology experience she has found a second passion in helping other busy moms get fit. As a virtual healthy lifestyle coach- www.lizrenneker.com and www.facebook.com/busymomsgetfit- she specializes in creating positivity, self-love, health and balance in the busy mom life. The right fitness program, nutrition plan, and support go a long way to obtain that balance and achievement. During the school year you can find Liz volunteering at the elementary school, exploring museums and parks with her youngest, transporting and cheering for the three at swim meets, soccer and basketball games, rock climbing lessons, piano and theatrical performances. She has been known to sneak in a triathlon here and there in addition to her early morning workout sessions. School breaks and summer are her favorite times of the year when she can explore and adventure with all three children and her hubby!