Black Bean and Sweet Potato Chili (Vegetarian)

"From The Great American Detox Diet by Alex Jamieson."
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Ready In:
11 cups




  • Warm the oil in a large pan over medium heat and add the onion, red pepper, garlic, and salt. Saute until soft, about 4 minutes.
  • Add the sweet potato and lime zest, cook 10-15 minutes more, continuing to stir occasionally.
  • Add the tomatoes, black beans, jalapeno, lime juice, cumin, chili powder, and cocoa; bring to a simmer, cover, and cook for 10 minutes.
  • OR omit the oil, throw everything in a crock pot, and cook on high for 6 hours.
  • Serve over brown rice with lime wedges and cilantro.

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  1. choppie
    I made this last week and had it with cornbread. I was seriously looking forward to tasting it the next day. Unfortunately, later that night I was taken to the hospital in the ambulance (unrelated to the chili ;) ), and my husband finished it off before I came home! LOL Today, I am making it again and once again look forward to having it the second day. I cannot imagine that it could possibly be better than it was the first time last week, but...if it is, WOW!!! BTW, I made my own chili beans by soaking then cooking 2 cups of dry black beans. Soak overnight and cook for at least an hour with a mixture of thyme, cayenne pepper, chili powder, and salt. They really added to the wonderful taste.
  2. sconehead
    AMAZING!!! LOVED IT!! My 7 year old wants it for dinner every night he announced after eating it! Mmmmmmmm Thanks for the post!
  3. Super-Wife
    This was phenomenal! My husband, a die hard carnivore said this was one of the best meals I've ever made. I added a can of corn and a pinch of cayenne and served it with cilantro and a few slices of avocado (which was a great substitute for sour cream). This could not have been better!
  4. ehguy11
    This is a quick meal to put together in my dutch oven.....and it's delicious! The lime juice and zest really comes through. I added a few dashes of Tabasco sauce for extra zing. And the cilantro garnish adds color and flavor. I'll make this again for sure. A great make-ahead dish for company.
  5. magpie diner
    Fantastic, I'm so pleased I tried this. Great flavour combination, just the right amount, not overpowering the beans or yam. I made as written but left out most of the 'heat', let people add hot sauce on the side. I used yam instead of sweet potato, and was pleased that it didn't break apart very much. Everyone liked the lime flavour a lot. Planning to triple this recipe and serve it for a big function in a few weeks. Thanks for introducing me to this Prose!

RECIPE SUBMITTED BY I'm a grad student and also teach at two different schools, so I need some fast/easy recipes. I try to eat vegan, and most of my creations are also gluten-free because my husband is Diabetic/Celiac. I don't post any recipes I have not personally tried and liked.
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