Black Bean Sweet Potato Chili


Total Time:

55 minutes



This smoky Black Bean Sweet Potato Chili is going to rock your world! Honestly, it’s the best vegetarian chili to ever grace my kitchen. 100% a game changer.

I’m convinced that there is something wrong with my husband. He doesn’t like chili? What? Who is he? How are we married? I’m so confused right now. Chili is basically an ESSENTIAL recipe during the fall/winter. I developed this recipe a few years back and I’ll basically demolish the entire pot of it every time I make it. So Thomas’ disregard for all things chili is either a blessing or a problem. But I’m going with glass half full here because it means there’s more chili for me!

Boom. Black Bean Sweet Potato Chili. In ever so humble opinion, this is the best chili recipes I’ve ever tasted. Plus it’s based around a sweet potato which means you’re getting a boat load of super foods at the same time. And who doesn’t love that little perk?!
Black Bean Sweet Potato Chili from (@whatsgabycookin)

Loaded with chili powder, chipotle peppers, cumin, beans, tomatoes and quinoa it’s basically a giant party in a pot and it’s addictive. Make it, enjoy it, and then take it into work for lunch the next day and make everyone jealous.

Black Bean Sweet Potato Chili

The best vegetarian chili of all times is coming your way in the form of this Black Bean Sweet Potato Chili!!!
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 45 mins
Total Time 55 mins
Course Main Course
Cuisine Tex Mex
Servings 4 people


  • 1 tablespoon plus 2 teaspoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 medium-large sweet potato peeled and diced
  • 1 large red onion diced
  • 4 cloves garlic minced
  • 2 tablespoons chili powder
  • ½ teaspoon ground chipotle pepper
  • ½ teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 3 ½ cups vegetable stock
  • 1 15- ounce cans black beans rinsed
  • 1 14.5- ounce can diced tomatoes
  • ½ cup dried quinoa
  • 4 teaspoons lime juice
  • serving suggestions: avocado cilantro, crema, cheese


  • Heat a large heavy bottom pot with the oil over medium high heat.
  • Add the sweet potato and onion and cook for about 5 minutes, until the onion if softened.
  • Add the garlic, chili powder, chipotle, cumin and salt and stir to combine.
  • Add the stock, tomatoes, black beans and quinoa and bring the mixture to a boil. Stir everything to combine.
  • Cover the pot and reduce the heat to maintain a gentle simmer.
  • Cook for 30-40 minutes until the quinoa is fully cooked and the sweet potatoes are soft and the entire mixture is slightly thick like a chili.
  • Add the lime juice and remove the pot from the heat. Season with salt as needed.
  • Garnish with avocado, cilantro, crema or cheese before serving.

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  4. Brianna

    When you decide to make a pot of chili to have for the week and then it’s so good you have to stop yourself from eating it all in one sitting! Do you know if it freezes well? Thinking of making another batch tomorrow!

  5. Laura

    It was delicious! Also an opportunity for using extra bits in the fridge like cauliflower and cremini mushrooms.

  6. Melissa Holsinger

    I’m at grocery and love this recipe.. is your cookbook version contain ground turkey? Or am I imagining things

  7. Angel

    Does it matter what type of quinoa? I usually use white when I make this and I ran out making this the other day. I have red quinoa. We have a storm coming and i dont want to go to the store lol

  8. AmandaJ

    Hi there! I found this recipe as I need a chili recipe for a games night last weekend. Ohmygosh, smashing success! I made a few modifications as I wanted to add some meat and keep it grain free, but the flavors were SPOT ON. Everyone loved it, and I will definitely be making again and sharing your recipe!

  9. Randi

    Well, just made this and it was so good!! Nice and homey for these damp, cold Seattle nights. Definitely am going to try with maybe chicken next time. Loved this recipe!

  10. Naseem

    I made this (well, the meaty version from the cookbook) and it was so delicious! It’s going into the rotation, for sure!

    • Rosemary

      I got everything ready in a pan and then put it over in a slow cooker on low and it worked great.

  11. Dana

    Looks delicious! If you’re lazy, can you make this in an instant pot? 😉

  12. Rosemary Hayes

    5 stars
    Took this to work for a chili cook off and WON! So surprised, not because I didn’t think it was good, but because it is VEGAN and so non-traditional. Very delicious.

  13. Alan

    5 stars
    Love this chili and like all of Gaby’s recipes, it’s full of flavor and always a crowd pleaser!

  14. Allison

    5 stars
    Amazing! Everyone in my family loves it. It’s the perfect hardy soup for a cold night.

  15. Chelsey

    5 stars
    Super yummy and easy. I subbed the sweet potato for a large Idaho potato, and served served it with all the avocado and cheese. It came out perfect and reheats well! Adding this to my list of go-to chilis/soups!

  16. Stephanie

    5 stars
    Made this tonight and it was fabulous. I didn’t want it spicy so only used 1 Tbsp chili powder and no chipotle pepper and it had just the slightest of kicks for my sensitive palate. The lime juice and cilantro take it to the next level. This is definitely a keeper!

  17. Ali Hooper

    5 stars
    Of all the meals I make- this is a consistent hit. It’s what led me to Gaby’s old Snapchat then Instagram and then meet and greet and cookbook purchase…and it’s my OG WGC recipe that my friends know I make for most Naval Academy football games. This year we resolved to eat less meat so it’s going to be a monthly staple for us! 5 starts highly recommend, would make again and again and again.

  18. Angelina Chen

    5 stars
    Wow what a dish! I watched Gaby’s Insta story of her making it. It looked easy and great so wanted to try it. I’ll tell you- it def lives up to it! Reasons why this may be my new go-to chili recipe-
    1. Healthy. Hello 2020! What a great healthy meal with the quinoa and sweet potato. Vegetarian yumminess.
    2. Easy. This was super easy to make. Chop it and throw it in Le Creuset.
    3. Fast. At 30 min – as soon as I was done cleaning up the kitchen- meal was done.
    4. Delicious. Most impt. This hearty dish was full of flavor and I felt I could eat the whole thing. Added guac on top. Also added the squeeze of lime at the end but am not really a lime person that don’t think I needed it. But it adds a nice citrus touch.
    My one note is just watch the cooking of the dish. I had a chili consistency but I let it simmer 2 more min. It started to turn too mushy. Quinoa can easy go very mushy so just watch your pot. This recipe is a keeper and probably will be making it over and over again!! Thanks Gaby!

  19. Danita

    5 stars
    Turned out great. I followed what you did on the recent IGTV video and did not peel the potatoes and used red onion. I used a can of fire roasted tomatoes to add more kick as we like things spicy. Served with chunky avocado smash and cilantro. thanks for another great recipe

  20. Peggy

    5 stars
    This was a big hit in our house! My husband accidentally squeezed a lemon in instead of a lime – still yummy. We served it with avocado slices and cheese. Next time I’m going to make a double batch so I can make one for the freezer.

  21. Kevin

    5 stars
    I am NOT a sweet potato fan, but I watched Gaby’s Instagram live making this and still thought it sounded good – I loved it! The sweet potatoes provided nice texture and body to the chili.
    I also subbed sweet paprika for the chipotle (1:1) because I don’t care for the smokiness of chipotle.
    Topped with sliced avocado, cilantro, and crumbled cotija cheese – it was excellent!

  22. Robin

    5 stars
    Outstanding ! My go to recipe for my guests who are vegan and gluten free. So delicious !

  23. Jay

    Hi! This is my absolute favorite chili!! But I was wondering if you had the protein, carb, etc nutritional info for it?

    Thanks, Gaby!!

  24. Amy Wojenski

    5 stars
    So easy to put this together and the flavors of the smokiness and a tad pinch of spice are great.

  25. Michelle

    5 stars
    My all time favorite chili recipe! So so delicious and simple to make. I tried making it in a crockpot too and it worked like a charm!

  26. Sarah

    I’ve gone to multiple markets and all the black beans have been cleared off the shelves! Are there any other beans that may work in this chili?

  27. Jess Cesca

    5 stars
    This is my second favorite chili (narrowly beaten out by another Gaby chili). The balance of sweet, spicy, and hearty is perfect. I often make it on Sunday afternoons to have for lunch throughout the week.

  28. Heidi

    5 stars
    This chili is so hearty and tastes great! It was even a hit with our three young children.

  29. Emiliana

    5 stars
    Absolutely loved this receipt! Made it for the first time today and it was just so good. If you want something healthy but still super tasty this is the perfect option! Using this receipt for the my next chili cook-off.

  30. Maddy E.

    5 stars
    Great recipe! I’ve made this for my husband and myself twice in a week now and we won’t be getting tired of it anytime soon!

  31. Crystal

    5 stars
    Just popping in here to say that I’ve made this recipe So. Many. Times. For years. And I always share it with friends who are looking for a good veggie/vegan chili.

    Thank you for this awesome recipe!

  32. Suzanne Buono

    5 stars
    Delish and I love the quinoa in this recipe! Will be making this again very soon!

  33. Rachel

    5 stars
    This recipe is what made me start doing meatless Mondays! It’s delicious, filling, easy to make, and always gets rave reviews!

  34. Jade

    5 stars
    Made this two time since she did it on her insta live and we LOVE IT! We usually add ground turkey, but def do not need to. Very easy and has so much flavor!

    • Gaby

      I’m sure you can! I haven’t tested it that way though so I can’t say for sure

  35. Christine Markwart

    I haven’t tried this yet and it’s my pet peeve when people leave ratings before they try but I can tell already this will make my lunch rotation on the reg. So healthy and satisfying and my favorite flavors.

  36. Hillary

    5 stars
    I loved this recipe! It’s so flavorful and hearty – I can’t wait to make this one again!

  37. Jacklyn Chouinard

    5 stars
    I loved this recipe! I’m not a big fan of chili but I had all the ingredients so it was the perfect reason to make it. It had so much more flavor with the spices and the heartiness of the sweet potatoes. I will absolutely be making this again. Thanks Gaby! I can always count on your recipes having so much flavor without a loss of fuss. Happy New Year! Sending positive vibes for you and Thomas and Baby!