Sweet and Spicy Sweet Potato Chili

29 Jan

Nothing brings family together like the promise of food- my cousin, aunt, sister and I had been trying and trying to get together for ages. Victims of our own compulsive over scheduling, it wasn’t until BabyKef found this awesome chili recipe that we finally dropped everything and found the damn time.

No one could be bothered to take pictures of chili, though, because we were too busy enjoying the presence of the world’s cutest baby. Please pardon me for being a negligent blogger and praise me for being the world’s proudest Great Cousin. I followed the original recipe’s ingredients but add hot sauce and used a different procedure- my version is below.


Sweet and Spicy Sweet Potato Chili


  • 1.5 TBS olive oil
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 2 medium sweet potatoes, peeled and chopped
  • 1 zucchini, chopped
  • 2 cans black beans
  • 28 oz can diced tomatoes (fire roasted if you can find ’em!)
  • 1.5 TBS chili powder
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 2 tsp orange zest
  • 1 cup  broth
  • hot sauce of your choice, on the side


1. Heat olive oil in a soup pot over med-high heat. Add chili powder, cumin, and onions and cook until soft and fragrant, about 2-3 minutes. Add sweet potatoes and mix well. Cook until sweet potatoes are softened but not cooked all the way through, about 7 minutes. Add zucchini, mix well, and cook for another 2-3 minutes.

2. Add the remainder of the ingredients (except for hot sauce). Mix well. Bring mixture to boil. Reduce heat and leave to simmer until sweet potatoes are soft and ready to eat, which took me another 25 minutes or so.

3. You’ll find this chili is unexpectedly sweet, so add some hot sauce to your taste and serve hot. Even better if you can get your awesome cousin to make gluten free cornbread for you!

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