I used to NEVER eat sweet potatoes. Especially not in my chili. Sweet potato chili? Nah. I was a die-hard traditional chili girl. But life keeps on changing, man.
As a family, we decided a couple years ago to cut back on our meat consumption for various reasons, and I was finding it difficult to add hearty, nutritious, not always tofu-filled dinners to our meal plan. As I scoured the internet (ok, Pinterest) for recipes, sweet potatoes kept popping up all over the place! So I decided I’d do my best to learn how to cook them in a tasty way. Apparently it’s really easy, I just didn’t know sweet potato outside of sweet potato pie at Thanksgiving…which, don’t judge me…was not my favorite.
Sweet potatoes really are an excellent, nutritious filler, and I now incorporate them into many meals.
So whether you’re a vegetarian or you just want a meatless dinner option, this chili is for you. And if you’ve just gotta have meat in your chili, you can always cook up some ground turkey or beef with the onions, and it would go super well. This vegetarian sweet potato chili is perfect for a cool, crisp day, with all that sweet potato, chili spice, and hint of cinnamon making it so warming and comforting.
I’m now a fan of sweet potatoes in my chili.
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This vegetarian sweet potato chili is also done very quickly, with limited prep and cook time.
That is SUCH a great combo in my book. Delicious, nutritious, budget friendly, quick to throw together…oh, that’s the dream. I’ve even added in some zucchini and diced bell pepper, and it’s turned out great. Feel free to veggie it up if that’s your thing.
The only warning I’d throw out there is that you really don’t want to leave this to cook TOO long. The sweet potatoes are absolutely delicious…until they get TOO mushy. Mashed potato chili isn’t my favorite. So, just keep an eye on it. I’ve never had a problem reheating it the next day and having mushy potatoes. They stay great when cooked right the first time. It’s just that one time I left it to simmer for a few HOURS and realized that’s a no-no.
What do you think? Are you a traditional chili fan? Would you give sweet potato chili a try?