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Spicy Sweet Potato and Kidney Bean Chili

By Tuesday, December 03, 2013 , , , ,


This is proof that a chili doesn't need meat to be absolutely delicious! Just like regular bean chili, it's spicy, thick and nourishing on a cold winter's day, and the addition of the sweet potato adds extra nutrients too. This tastes even better as leftovers as well, so make a big pot and enjoy it all week long!

Serves 2-3

You will need:

1 tbsp coconut oil
1 onion, chopped
1 large clove of garlic
1 medium sweet potato, chopped into 1" cubes
1/4 tsp cayenne pepper
1/2 tbsp cumin
1 tbsp coriander
1/2 tbsp paprika
1 can of chopped tomatoes
1 can kidney beans (or black beans)
1- 1.5 cups water
1 large handful fresh coriander, chopped

Heat a large pot with the coconut oil and add the onion and garlic, cooking over a low heat with the lid on so they can sweat and soften. Cook for a few minutes, until they have gone translucent, then add the sweet potato and the spices, tossing them in together until the spices are fragrant and toasted. Add the can of tomatoes and the water, and cook for 15 or so minutes, stirring frequently to stop it from sticking. When you can stab a knife through the the sweet potato cubes, add the kidney beans and cook for 5 minutes further, until well combined and hot, then stir in your fresh coriander. Serve with your choice of rice, millet or quinoa and top with avocado slices for a Mexican themed feast

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18 comments

  1. When I saw the picture on Instagram all I kept thinking was "please post the recipe or I will cry from despair"! And you did and I love you for that, and all your recipes are amazing and I will make your gingerbread men! Have a great day xoxoxo

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    1. Thank you so much! Be sure to let me know what you think of them :)

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  2. Your blog is amazing, inspires me to finally start cooking! Quick question, do you remove the skin on the sweet potato? Can't wait to try this xxx

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    1. I always eat the skin on my sweet potato, that's where all the fibre is :)

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  3. Do you cook the sweet potato before cutting it into cubes and adding it to the pot? Or do you leave it raw? Can't wait to make this

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    1. Nope, you don't need to do anything else to the sweet potato, you just follow the recipe exactly. It cooks in the stew!

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  4. Siobhan, a huge thank you for posting recipes! They're all so delicious and packed with goods:) xx

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    1. I'm so glad that you like them, thank YOU! :)

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  5. i made some of this over the weekend and am currently eating the last bit of it! so SO good! I will definitely try more of your recipes! Thanks for sharing!!

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  6. Siobhan, this was delicious even though I messed it up by a lot! (I doubled the recipe, and used 1/2c dried black beans + 1/2c dried adzuki beans soaked 8 hrs. I also couldn't find my coriander spice, so subbed extra cumin and a little bit of carraway seed. It probably wasn't necessary to double the water, which I won't do next time. I just let it boil down a while and now it's good and thick.) Thanks for posting the best recipes! I've been gluten/dairy intolerant since 2008 and allergic to lots of other foods since childhood, and your creations are not only safe for me, but also delicious and healthy. I appreciate all you do! You rule!

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    1. Despite the errors, I'm glad you really enjoyed it! :)

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  7. I made this tonight (was super excited to do so!), but found that the two cups of water made the chili super watery like the consistency of a soup. I tried reducing the liquid down a lot (to the point that the sweet potato nearly started disintegrating), but that didn't work. In the end, I added an extra can of beans to give the chili more bulk. Any ideas to why this happened? Any tips would be great :)

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    1. Hi there! All I can think is that you used slightly less of everything else than I did, so your quantities would be a bit off. Perhaps use a chunkier sweet potato next time? It could also be that your can of tomatoes was more juice than tomato, which made it thinner. Usually you can just boil off the extra liquid to make it thicken up nicely. I guess next time you should add a little less water? Sorry it didn't work out for you!

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  8. I only have frozen pre cooked beans, any way you could tell me how many cups aprox to use instead of cans? thankyou!

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  9. Can I use olive oil instead of the coconut one? :)

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