Vegetarian Chili with Sweet Potatoes

I don’t know about you, but the minute temperatures drop below 60 degrees I start to crave cozy fall soups. I found a similar recipe years ago and was intrigued by the addition of sweet potatoes, cocoa powder, and cinnamon – not your traditional chili ingredients! The combination of sweet and savory flavors give this chili a lot of depth and warmth – perfect for dinner on a fall weeknight, or Sunday game day. It’s loaded with protein, fiber, plus many more vitamins and minerals.

I love the rainbow of colors in this chili. I typically have frozen corn on hand, so I add a cup of corn about two hours into the cooking time. You could use canned corn instead if you prefer. The jalapeño is optional – but delicious if you like a little heat.

Fire-roasted tomatoes definitely add a nice depth of flavor, especially combined with the cinnamon and cocoa powder. This chili has won over many of my die-hard meat eaters!

We love topping ours with a little cheese, diced scallions, pumpkin seeds, cilantro, and Cholula. You could omit the cheese to keep it vegan, and top with sour cream or any of your favorite toppings.

Vegetarian Chili with Sweet Potatoes

Vegetarian Chili with Sweet Potatoes

Prep Time: 45 minutes
Cook Time: 4 hours
Total Time: 4 hours 45 minutes

This veggie-packed chili combines sweet and savory flavors and is easy to prepare in your slow-cooker on a cool fall day!


  • 1 medium sweet potato - peeled and cut into small cubes
  • 28-oz. can fire-roasted tomatoes
  • 15.5-oz. can black beans - rinsed and drained
  • 15.5-oz. can kidney beans - rinsed and drained
  • 1 medium onion - chopped
  • 1 red bell pepper - chopped
  • 1 cup frozen corn
  • 1 jalapeño - chopped (optional)
  • 4 garlic cloves - minced
  • 1 Tbsp. chili powder
  • 1 Tbsp. ground cumin
  • 2 tsp. unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1/4 tsp. ground cinnamon
  • Salt and black pepper
  • 1 cup water


  1. In a 4-6 quart slow cooker, place all of the ingredients and stir to combine. You may need to add more water depending on how thick it is.
  2. Set the timer to high for 4-5 hours, or low for 7-8 hours.
  3. Stir occasionally to prevent sticking.
  4. Top with your favorite fixin's!


This was inspired by a similar recipe from Real Simple.

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 4 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 374Total Fat: 3gSaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 2gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 1126mgCarbohydrates: 72gFiber: 22gSugar: 16gProtein: 20g

Nutritional information is an estimate and may vary per preparation.

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