START A PETITION 27,000,000 members: the world's largest community for good

Black Bean and Sweet Potato Chili

Black Bean and Sweet Potato Chili

Looking for a delicious and healthy chili recipe for Super Bowl Sunday? When the winds turn blustery and the dark draws in, we need zesty, spicy flavors to wake us up, and good solid nourishment to see us through the winter months. This richly-colored, flavorful chili is the perfect answer.

Immune-boosting garlic and onion, along with red pepper and lime, combine with black beans and nourishing sweet potatoes to make one very satisfying autumn one-pot meal. You can serve it on rice, or with Pumpkin Biscuits, taco chips, or corn bread. Either way, it makes a whole-foods, healthful answer to the perennial question, “What’s for dinner?” Here’s the recipe:


2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
1 medium red onion, chopped
1 red pepper, chopped
4 cloves garlic, minced
2 teaspoons sea salt
1 large sweet potato, cut into 1/2-inch cubes
Zest and juice of 1 lime
1 28-can diced tomatoes
4 15-ounce cans black beans, rinsed and drained (or 6 cups freshly cooked)
1 jalapeno chile pepper, seeded and chopped
1 tablespoon cumin
1 tablespoon chili powder
1 teaspoon cocoa powder
1 lime, cut into wedges
1 cup chopped cilantro leaves, washed and dried

1. 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.

2. Add the sweet potato and lime zest, and cook 10 to 15 minutes more, continuing to stir occasionally.

3. Add the tomatoes, black beans, jalapeno, lime juice, cumin, chili powder, and cocoa, bring to a simmer, cover, and cook for 10 minutes.

4. Serve over brown rice, if desired, with lime wedges and cilantro, or with corn bread, biscuits, or taco chips alongside.

Serves 6.

photo credit: flyzipper via Flckr

Read more: All recipes, Entrees, Food, , , ,

Adapted from The Great American Detox Diet, by Alex Jamieson (Rodale Press, 2005). Copyright (c) 2005 by Alex Jamieson. Reprinted by permission of Rodale Press.
Adapted from The Great American Detox Diet, by Alex Jamieson (Rodale Press, 2005).

have you shared this story yet?

go ahead, give it a little love

Annie B. Bond

Annie is a renowned expert in non-toxic and green living. She was named one of the top 20 environmental leaders by Body and Soul Magazine and "the foremost expert on green living." - Body & Soul Magazine, 2009. Learn Annie's latest eco-friendly news on, a website dedicated to healthy and green living.

Go to the Source

The Great American Detox Diet

8 weeks to weight loss and now


+ add your own
4:15AM PDT on Jun 22, 2015

Thank you

5:43PM PDT on Oct 1, 2014

Sounds so yummy and healthy! Thanks for sharing:)

1:43PM PDT on Oct 1, 2014


8:24AM PDT on Jul 24, 2014

This sounds wonderful. I think I have a similar recipe (might be this one), either way I printed it out and look forward to making it. Super healthy! and lo-cal! It doesn't get any better than that!

8:57PM PDT on Apr 14, 2014

Fabulous and delightful and even includes sweet potatoes as well.

4:38AM PDT on May 7, 2013

Love sweet potatoes - thanks for the recipes!

6:33AM PST on Mar 2, 2013

Thank you for sharing.

4:33AM PST on Mar 2, 2013

That's solved my supper problem. I' ll use ordinary olive oil, extra virgin isn't really for frying- more for dressings.

5:46AM PST on Dec 24, 2012

Made this before the lime really addds to it

9:02AM PST on Nov 29, 2012

I'm trying this today!

add your comment

Disclaimer: The views expressed above are solely those of the author and may not reflect those of
Care2, Inc., its employees or advertisers.

people are talking

I've tried this before and it's just not my cup of tea (pun intended). Very strong and thick drink,…

70% score is below what I thought I knew....better keep reading

Anything carbonated is also bad for tooth enamel. And another post that makes me glad not to have…


Select names from your address book   |   Help

We hate spam. We do not sell or share the email addresses you provide.

site feedback


Problem on this page? Briefly let us know what isn't working for you and we'll try to make it right!