You won’t miss the meat in this vegetarian sweet potato chili that is filled with smoky spicy flavor, beans, and lots of veggies.
vegetarian sweet potato chili

All you need to know about this chili is that it got the ultimate praise that one can hope for when cooking for the Eats Well With Others clan: no one complained about it.

(Trust me, that is saying something.)


My brother didn’t refuse to eat it on principle because it contained orange vegetables.

My sister didn’t say the beans wereΒ KILLING her stomach.

My mom was too busy complaining about the fact that we refuse to refinish the floors in our RENTAL apartment to think to complain about the chili.

And the.boy complained only just a little that it was too spicy for him, but no one listens to his food preferences around here, anyway.


I think this calls for a lifetime achievement award.

Or just a general, all-encompassing celebration of sorts.

I’ll bring the chili.

(PS – let’s take a moment to honor this day and cherish the fact that we are still here, alive, and able to shove food down our siblings’ throats. Because there are some who aren’t, but should be.)

Vegetarian Sweet Potato Chili
You won't miss the meat in this vegetarian sweet potato chili that is filled with smoky spicy flavor, beans, and lots of veggies.
Yield: 6 servings
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • salt and black pepper, to taste
  • 1 orange bell pepper, seeded and diced
  • 1 yellow bell pepper, seeded and diced
  • 3 medium sweet potatoes, peeled and cut into ½-inch cubes
  • 2 tsp chipotle chili powder
  • 2 tsp cumin
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp cocoa powder
  • 15 oz can black beans
  • 15 oz can pinto beans
  • 14.5 oz canned diced fire-roasted tomatoes
  • water or vegetable broth, to cover
  • radishes, thinly sliced, to garnish
  1. In a large heavy-bottomed pot, heat the olive oil over medium heat. Add the onion, garlic, and a pinch of salt, sauteing for 3-4 minutes or until starting to become tender. Stir in the bell peppers and sweet potato cubes. Saute for another 4-5 minutes, stirring frequently.
  2. Add the chili powder, cumin, cinnamon, and cocoa powder to the pot, stirring constantly, for 30 seconds. Stir in the beans, tomatoes, and enough water or vegetable broth to cover the veggies. Season to taste with salt.
  3. Bring to a boil and then lower, simmering, covered, for 30 minutes. Season to taste with salt and black pepper. Garnish with radish slices when serving.
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Nutrition Information
Serving size: 1 bowl

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45 Responses to Vegetarian Sweet Potato Chili

  1. Lynn says:

    It looks good – I think I would like that, too. And I take the moment you suggest and cherish being alive – lovely thought, that.

  2. Emma says:

    You can always rely on siblings for an honest critique… πŸ™‚ Chili looks simple and bursting with flavour, just like a good chili should!

  3. ha! No complaints sounds like a happy meal! You poor thing. I would punch someone if they complained about my food!

  4. Sweet potato chili for the win! No complaints from me if this were put in front of my face – only smiles!

  5. Beth says:

    A lovely nod to the date, Joanne. Hope everything is going well with your new place.

  6. Congrats on everyone liking the chili!! and your mother sounds hilarious! I love vegetarian chili. . and I’m with you on remembering and honoring today. . 9/11.

  7. I had a chili like this in mind for this week. It’s been rainy and gross, so it’s definitely needed. Sometimes I get so desperate for kind words about vegetables from Josh, that I’ll take “Well, it’s edible” as a compliment.

  8. It is that time of year again where chili is perfect. Your chili sounds delicious.

  9. I love vegetarian chili – I prefer it over any other meat chilis out there. This recipe looks great!

  10. Trisha says:

    I was just thinking the other day that one thing I’m looking forward to about the cool fall weather is the excuse to whip up a big batch of chili! This may be the first pot I make!

    Remembering the people who lost their lives and thinking of all you New Yorkers today.

  11. I love sweet potato chili with an enormous passion. It’s so cold here, you have NO idea how badly I’m craving a big warm bowlful of this gorgeous stuff!

  12. Monica says:

    haha – good thing for brutally-honest siblings. And I love this as a big sweet potato fan!

  13. Three cheers for chili (and no complaints!)

  14. It’s always a miracle when no one has a complaint! This dish looks lovely. I like the radish garnish. Adds a nice contrast.

  15. Joanne – I adore you “P.S…” note – so true! And you definitely deserve that “lifetime achievement award” – I will arrange the banquet seeing you are bringing this chili! And I must say it has such a wonderful color to it! Now I need to find me some chipotle chili powder ..

  16. We had chilli con carne today…next time I am going to add some sweet potatoes in it. Your vegetarian chilli looks fantastic.

  17. sandra says:

    that’s the trick – distract them with the new apt and shove it in their mouths. It looks so rich and dark – Yum!

  18. Girl you know I’m a meat eater but I’ll house a big bowl of this vegetarian chili anytime!!

  19. Ohhhh yes! Fall perfection! LOOOOVE!

  20. Might be a bit too spicy for me as well πŸ™‚

  21. As a family uniting, lost lives honouring, all round winning dish – this ticks all the boxes.

  22. Haha isn’t it the truth!? So hard to please everyone that it feels like a huge accomplishment to make a meal with no complaints. I bet chili made with sweet potato is delicious! I also like the idea of those radish slices on top for some crunchy texture.

  23. Heather says:

    This sounds perfect for the chilly weather ahead! And gives me something else to do with sweet potatoes before my family gets tired of them. :p

  24. Sarah says:

    This looks delicious! I love chili but don’t like the meat chunks in it. I’ll have to try this sometime!

  25. This is a tough day in NYC, and everywhere.
    I love this chili – I actually prefer vegetarian chilis, and yours looks incredible!!

  26. I call that a HUGE success! No wonder, it looks delicious.

  27. Joyti says:

    Congratulations on making a universally loved dish for your loved ones πŸ™‚

    It looks absolutely delicious!

  28. Kelly says:

    This chili looks amazing, love vegetarian chilis.
    P.S. πŸ™

  29. Susan says:

    I wouldn’t miss the meat at all as long as there are beans! So delicious with the sweet potatoes and love all of those spices.

  30. Eileen says:

    Chili, man. Chili is the root of all harmony and peace. Especially with some cornbread on the side. πŸ™‚

  31. Yum Joanne! Love the sweet potatoes in this chili!

  32. Christine says:

    Nice combo of chili ingredients! I’m with you, forget refinishing floors in a rental! πŸ™‚

  33. Isadora says:

    We are so on the same page, Joanne! I just made a huge pot of chili too! Great minds thing alike πŸ™‚ I’m kind of obsessed with looking at other people’s chili recipes because there are so many different ways to make it. Yours looks amazing and I also need to look at all your other awesome chili recipes!

  34. This chili looks fabulous. My baby brother will come up with any excuse not eat a vegetable (except potatoes in the form of fries) so secretly hoping this would convert him! Love that you took a moment of remembrance.

  35. What I wouldn’t give for a nice big bite of your vege chilli – sweet potato is a lovely ingredient to use πŸ˜€

    Choc Chip Uru

  36. kATE says:

    Thank goodness for chili season!

  37. HA! In order for me to get through a meal without any complaints, I’d need to serve cake.

  38. rebecca says:

    looks great always enjoy your veggie recipes

  39. Love a veggie chili anytime! This is making us hungry!

  40. Reeni says:

    This is the best kind of comfort food and would make me extremely happy! The spicier the better with lots of sweet potatoes in mine please!

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