Smoky Sweet Potato Chili

A delicious, hearty meal with NO meat. This vegan Smoky Sweet Potato Chili is the perfect comfort food!

A delicious, hearty meal with NO meat. This vegan Smoky Sweet Potato Chili is the perfect comfort food!

I told you earlier this week that I have a VEGAN dinner recipe. I know! Who am I?

As part of our “healthy eating 2015” New Year goal, our family is cutting back on meat consumption and eating more vegetarian meals.

I found this Smoky Sweet Potato Chili recipe over on the Forks over Knives website.

With a few alterations (to make this easier to make), this dinner is the perfect weeknight meal. I also made mine in the slow cooker, which we use regularly for our busy weeknight meals!

A delicious, hearty meal with NO meat. This vegan Smoky Sweet Potato Chili is the perfect comfort food!

Let me give you a little insight into my eaters:

  1. Me. I eat anything and everything. Seriously, I may be one of the least picky eaters you’ll ever meet. I can count on one hand the foods I dislike.
  2. Husband. PICKY. Hates condiments and anything CREAMY (mayo, sour cream, cream cheese). Dislikes beans. Prefers meat, potato, veggie for meals.
  3. 17 yr old daughter. Loves most food. Dislikes spicy food.
  4. 13 yr old daughter. HATES meat. Dislikes condiments. Dislikes beans.
  5. 11 yr old daughter. JUST LIKE ME 🙂

Given that profile, I was a little unsure how today’s recipe would go over with the family. Everyone has promised to keep an open mind and “try new things.”

That said, everyone ate this. Husband and I loved it (he preferred there be a little more “juice”). Oldest daughter enjoyed it. Middle daughter said it was good (ate her whole bowl). And youngest ate hers gone too.

A delicious, hearty meal with NO meat. This vegan Smoky Sweet Potato Chili is the perfect comfort food!

INCLUDING THE BEANS. I should also mention, my kids don’t like sweet potatoes at Thanksgiving. So this meal already had a few strikes against it…but when everything was combined, it was delicious. This is a 5 star recipe in our book, and will be made again and again. Butternut Squash would be a great substitute for the Sweet Potato. And adding in black beans could be amazing too!


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Yield: serves 6-8

Smoky Sweet Potato Chili

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 8 hours


  • 1 can (30.5 oz) mild red chili beans (with sauce)
  • 1 cup vegetable broth
  • 2 Tbsp tomato paste
  • 1 can (14.5 oz) diced tomatoes, with liquid
  • 1 small onion, diced
  • 2 sweet potatoes, peeled and diced
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 tsp paprika
  • 1 Tbsp chili powder
  • 2 tsp cumin
  • 1 tsp liquid smoke


  1. In a large crockpot (slow cooker) add all the ingredients. Stir and cover. Cook on low heat for 6-8 hours, until sweet potatoes are tender. ENJOY!

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I’m slightly obsessed with Sweet Potatoes right now. In fact, just made a batch of this for lunch:


Roasted Sweet Potato Fries: baked AND delicious. Don’t forget the sweet cinnamon dip.

And…for those of you who love CHILI…I’ve got a couple of favorites:


Slow Cooker Chicken Taco Chili: easy enough for a weeknight, comforting enough for a Sunday dinner!


White Chicken Chili: this is my healthy version of chili, and I think you’re going to LOVE it!


Beef Taco Chili: when you don’t care about calories, and you just want a comforting bowl of chili. Don’t forget the Jalapeno Corn bread too!

If you love today’s Chili recipe…here are a few more from my friends:

A delicious, hearty meal with NO meat. This vegan Smoky Sweet Potato Chili is the perfect comfort food!

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Posted on January 7, 2016

Comments & Reviews

  1. As soon as I saw this recipe, I knew I was going to love it! We made it on Friday night, and it’s seriously my newest favorite food on the planet! Thanks for sharing your recipes, and especially for this new winner winner chili dinner!

    1. Hi Brenda, I’m so glad you love it!! Stay tuned, because I’ve got some more meatless meals coming to the blog soon!

  2. Vegan chili is one of my favorite winter dinners.  Though I try to eat meat or fish most nights, a good vegan meal can be very satisfying.

  3. I’m absolutely drooling over your chili recipes. This sweet potato version looks delicious. I’m going to have to give it a try during Lent!

  4. I’m also not a fan of beans but this looks amazing! The sweet potatoes definitely make this swoon-worthy!

  5. I’m loving sweet potatoes right now. Especially since they’re suppose to be so much better for you than regular potatoes. I’m also trying to cut back on eating meat a few times a week, so this sounds great on so many levels!

  6. This chili looks delicious! I love the smokey flavors paired with the sweet potatoes. This would make a great dinner for meatless Monday!

  7. I never would have thought to make chili with sweet potatoes!  What a great idea.  Love the smokey flavor!

  8. I love sweet potatoes and love beans and anything smoky and spicy! I would have gone to town on this! And boy, you certainly have your work cut out for you at EVERY meal with all those preferences of your family members! Dinner at my house goes like…this is what I made for the blog today, here eat it, and hope you enjoy it because that’s dinner 🙂

  9. This looks and sounds awesome! I’m one of the least picky eaters ever, too… My husband was ridiculously picky when I met him, but he’s has come SO far since. I’m definitely afraid I’ll have picky kids! It’s great to hear that everyone loved this 🙂

  10. Love crockpot recipes! And sweet potatoes. This looks fabulous AND healthy. My husband and youngest son are both picky eaters. Drives me crazy. My older son and I….not picky. I may just make this for the two of us! 

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