Monday Musings + Pumpkin, Sweet Potato, & Black Bean Chili (revisited)

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Christina Ross
Christina Ross
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Chili is a beloved comfort food that warms both the body and the soul. But what if we told you that you can make a chili that not only satisfies your taste buds but also nourishes your body with wholesome ingredients? Enter the Sweet Potato Black Bean Chili—a hearty and nutritious dish that’s perfect for a cozy evening at home or for impressing guests at your next gathering.

This chili is a fusion of flavors and textures that will leave you craving more. Let’s dive into this delightful recipe that’s as good for you as it is delicious.

Name:Sweet Potato Black Bean Chili
Prep Time:15 minutes
Cooking Time:30 minutes
Total Time:45 minutes
Servings:6 servings
Yield:6 bowls


  • 2 medium-sized sweet potatoes, peeled and diced
  • 1 can (15 ounces) of black beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 can (14 ounces) of diced tomatoes
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 red bell pepper, diced
  • 1 green bell pepper, diced
  • 1 cup corn kernels (fresh or frozen)
  • 2 cups vegetable broth
  • 2 teaspoons chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon paprika
  • Salt and black pepper to taste
  • Olive oil for cooking
  • Optional toppings: chopped cilantro, diced avocado, shredded cheese, sour cream, or lime wedges


Sauté the Aromatics

In a large pot or Dutch oven, heat a drizzle of olive oil over medium heat. Add the chopped onion and minced garlic. Sauté for about 2-3 minutes until the onion becomes translucent and aromatic.

Add the Sweet Potatoes

Add the diced sweet potatoes to the pot. Stir them in with the onions and garlic, and let them cook for about 5 minutes, allowing the edges to slightly caramelize.

Seasoning Time

Sprinkle in the chili powder, ground cumin, paprika, salt, and black pepper. Stir well to coat the sweet potatoes with the spices. This step infuses the sweet potatoes with a rich, smoky flavor.

Vegetables and Tomatoes

Toss in the red and green bell peppers, followed by the corn kernels. Stir everything together for another 2 minutes. Then, add the diced tomatoes (with their juices) and black beans to the pot.

Liquid and Simmer

Pour in the vegetable broth, and give everything a good stir. Bring the mixture to a gentle boil, then reduce the heat to low, cover the pot, and let it simmer for about 20-25 minutes or until the sweet potatoes are tender and the flavors meld together.

Taste and Adjust

Taste the chili and adjust the seasoning if needed, adding more salt, pepper, or spices to suit your preference.

Serve and Garnish

Ladle the Sweet Potato Black Bean Chili into bowls, and garnish with your choice of toppings. Fresh cilantro, diced avocado, shredded cheese, sour cream, or a squeeze of lime juice all make fantastic additions.


Serve your chili with a side of warm crusty bread, tortilla chips, or rice for a complete and satisfying meal. Enjoy the hearty, nutritious, and flavorful goodness of this Sweet Potato Black Bean Chili!

1. This is awesome.

2. And because there is a special place in my heart for Pachelbel’s Canon in D (I walked down the aisle at our wedding to a live guitar version), there’s this.

3. My parents visited this weekend, and included in our New England fall activities was – of course – searching for fresh local apples…

… and eating cider doughnuts!

Except we actually didn’t go to any of the numerous orchards in Massachusetts.


Instead, I took my parents to Volante Farms, (in Needham, for locals!), a farm stand-inspired  store chock full of local produce, baked goods, and other food items.

They currently have 20 varieties of local apples, (each with a listing of precisely how far away they grew + a description of their flavor), and though they aren’t labeled as certified organic, many local orchards do in fact use organic growing methods.

Then there’s the freshly baked cider doughnuts, the intoxicating aroma of which wafts into the parking lot to greet you as you pull in.

A freshly baked, warm cider doughnut puts all other doughnuts to shame!

Estimated Nutrition Per Serving

  • Calories: 240 kcal
  • Protein: 7g
  • Carbohydrates: 54g
  • Dietary Fiber: 11g
  • Total Sugars: 12g
  • Fat: 1g
  • Saturated Fat: 0g
  • Cholesterol: 0mg
  • Sodium: 620mg
  • Potassium: 742mg
  • Vitamin A: 384%
  • Vitamin C: 76%
  • Calcium: 7%
  • Iron: 18%

4. 5 Reasons to love Boston.

5. I haven’t loved a movie starring Daniel Day Lewis since The Last of the Mohicans (fabulous film!), but Lincoln looks promising.

6. Beer is all the rage over on The Back Burner this week, and given the cool fall weather that has descended upon New England (yay!) it was a given that I chose to share my Pumpkin, Sweet Potato, & Black Bean Chili.

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