Black Bean and Sweet Potato Soup

"I love black beans and sweet potatoes... this is a wonderful blend of flavors. I like to cook this in the crockpot but it can also easily be done on the stovetop."
photo by *Parsley* photo by *Parsley*
photo by *Parsley*
photo by Chellerystick photo by Chellerystick
Ready In:
8hrs 15mins




  • Heat oil in a skillet and saute onion and garlic in oil until soft.
  • Add all ingredients to crockpot and cook on LOW for 8 hours or until sweet potatoes are tender.
  • Serve hot with sour cream and lime if desired.

Questions & Replies

Got a question? Share it with the community!


  1. Fabulous soup! I don't understand why others thought it was boring because we thought the flavors were wonderful! But to each their own, right? I low-boil simmered it on the stovetop (med heat for my stove) for 30 minutes and it was perfectly done. I also toasted the spices with the onions and garlic in the last minute or so of sauteeing. It didn't even need the sour cream, but that added a nice rich dimension (I didn't add any but DH did and I tried his). Even the baby loved it - and there is definitely a nice layering of spice. A+ thanks, Lysa! We will be making this often!!
  2. We made a bunch of changes, most of which were suggested here. I sauteed two small onions with the spices (eyeballed) in a skillet, and then added a carton of chicken broth, the tomatoes, three sweet potatoes (unpeeled), and some hot sauce. We forgot the corn, but added some leftover ham, which I would highly recommend. You could also use sausage. I simmered it for about an hour, and then saved the soup for the next day. Delicious.
  3. I came back to give this an additional star - it reheats so well and makes a lovely lunch. I made a half recipe on the stovetop and found this recipe to be both simple and tasty. I added a liberal amount of hot sauce and enjoyed it very much. I've tried it with and without sour cream and enjoyed it both ways...would have added lime if I had it.
  4. I made 1/2 recipe as written with the addition of 1/2 teaspoon of chipolte spice. It does take a while for the sweet potatoes to cook - allow at least 7 hours on low in the crock pot. Excellent.
  5. Fantastic receipe! I used low-sodium veggie broth in place of the chicken broth and it was a great vegetarian recipe. In place of the corriander I used a little smoked paprika. I made it on the stove top and simmered it for 30 minutes, then used an immersion blender for a great consistency. I added crushed tortilla chips for some salt. Delish!


  1. Made a few changes based on pantry contents: Substituted a pound can of tomato sauce for the tomatoes, used one can of drained black beans and one can of drained pinto beans, left out the corn and the sour cream and lime. Added a teaspoon of dried diced jalapeno peppers and a bit of water. We loved it. It's easy, healthy, and we'll make it again.
  2. This was good as written and I like anything that can be cooked in a crock pot. I made it exactly as written, except I forgot to rinse the black beans, but it still turned out well. I was worried that it'd taste salty since I didn't rinse the beans, but it was still good.<br/>I will probably substitute rotel for the diced tomatoes the next time I make it, since I like spicy dishes. I'll probably try substituting a can of beer for some of the chicken broth as some others have suggested. I'll repost and rate again when I make those changes, but it is good as written.
  3. Great recipe. I used beer instead of chicken broth, added about a 1/4 of chopped jalapenos, and some chicken breast. Great stuff.
  4. This soup was outstanding. I followed the recipe to the tee except I did use homeade turkey stock instead of the chicken broth. I think this probably gave the soup a deeper flavor.Thanks for the recipe Lysa.
  5. I love black beans and sweet potatoes (or yams), too, so I knew I was going to love this soup. As per your introduction, I adapted this to the stovetop method. Th spices are just right, and the corn is a nice addition for some subtle crunch. I used nonstick cooking spray in place of the oil, so I cut the fat by a little more. I used yams instead of seet potatoes (I just like them better). A dallop of cool sour cream is wonderful on top. I'll be making this often; thanx!



Find More Recipes