Bowl of Smoky Black Bean, Sweet Potato, and Dark Chocolate Chili
  • Easy
  • 20 Minutes
  • Serves 8-10

Nutrition Per Serving

  • Calories: 227 Cal
  • Fat: 5.4g (1g Saturated Fat)
  • Carbohydrates: 61.6g
  • Fiber: 10.2g
  • Sugar: 39.2g

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  • 1 medium Sweet Potato, cooked, peeled and diced into 1/2 inch pieces (this can be done a day or two in advance)
  • 1/2 medium Yellow Onion, diced (about 1 cup)
  • 1 Tbsp. Olive or Avocado oil
  • 2 cloves Garlic, minced (about 2 tsp.)
  • 2 tsp. Chili Powder
  • 1 tsp. Cumin Powder
  • 1 tsp. Coriander Powder
  • 1/4 tsp. Cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp. Liquid Smoke (optional)
  • 1 1/2 - 1 tsp. Chipotle Powder or 2 tbsp. puréed Chipotle Chilies in Adobo, minced
  • 1 tbsp. Dark Cocoa Powder
  • 2 tsp. dried Epazote or Oregano Leaves
  • 1 each 15 oz. cans of Diced Organic Tomatoes (not drained)
  • 1 each 15 oz. cans of Black Beans, drained
  • 1 tsp. Sea Salt or to taste
  • 1 tsp. Black Pepper
  • 1 tsp. Apple Cider Vinegar
  • 1 tbsp. Real Maple Syrup (optional)
  • Garnishes: Chopped Cilantro, Sliced Green Onion, Greek Yogurt, Non-Dairy Sour Cream


  1. Bake sweet potato for 1 hour and 10 minutes in a 350-degree oven or microwave sweet potato for 8-9 minutes. Cool, peel, and dice potato into 1/2 inch pieces.
  2. Saute the onions in oil (or use a non-stick pan) until soft, about 5-10 minutes. For a richer flavor, caramelize onions by cooking an additional 10 minutes and stirring every minute so that they brown but do not burn. Add garlic and cook over medium heat for 2 minutes. Deglaze with water if onions and garlic start to get too brown.
  3. Add the remaining ingredients and bring up the heat to just below boiling. Reduce the heat to low and let simmer for two hours; OR place in a 350-degree oven with a cover on the pot and cook the chili for 1.5 hours on high.
  4. Instant Pot - skip the sautéing of the onion and garlic and instead combine all ingredients into an Instant Pot and cook on the "pressure cook" setting for 8 minutes. Release the steam valve. When the float button depresses, you can remove the lid.