The extra step of roasting the sweet potatoes really concentrates the sweet, earthy flavors and gives the starchy chunks a marvelously meaty texture.

Recipe Summary

prep:
20 mins
cook:
1 hr 10 mins
total:
1 hr 30 mins
Servings:
4
Yield:
4 servings
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Ingredients

4
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Directions

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  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C). Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or a silicone baking mat.

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  • Combine sweet potatoes, chipotle pepper, 1/2 teaspoon salt, and 1 tablespoon olive oil in a large bowl and toss to coat. Spread sweet potatoes on the prepared baking sheet in a single layer.

  • Roast sweet potatoes in the preheated oven until the outside is crunchy and inside is tender, 20 to 25 minutes. Allow to cool to room temperature.

  • Cook and stir remaining 1 tablespoon olive oil, onion, garlic, red bell pepper, jalapeno pepper, ancho chile powder, cumin, and dried oregano together in a large pot or Dutch oven over medium heat. Cook and stir until onion is softened, about 5 minutes.

  • Pour tomatoes and water into the onion mixture and bring to a simmer. Add cornmeal, 1 teaspoon salt, sugar, and cocoa powder. Bring to a simmer, stirring constantly, reduce heat to low and simmer for 30 minutes.

  • Stir black beans and cooled sweet potatoes into the onion-tomato mixture. Add more water if mixture is too thick. Simmer until heated through, about 15 minutes. Season with salt and cayenne pepper to taste. Serve topped with sour cream and cilantro.

Nutrition Facts

600 calories; protein 20.7g 41% DV; carbohydrates 101.4g 33% DV; fat 14.7g 23% DV; cholesterol 12.6mg 4% DV; sodium 2119mg 85% DV. Full Nutrition
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Rating: 5 stars
11/02/2012
I love sweet potatoes and had to try this recipe. I'm glad to report that it did not disappoint! I made mine in my crockpot on low for 5-6 hours. I sauteed the onions and aromatics as directed in step 4 and added to the crockpot along with the ingredients in step 5, and the black beans in step 6. I roasted the sweet potatoes while the chili was cooking and added them to the crockpot at the end to heat through. I didn't reduce the water in the recipe, and the amount of liquid at the end of the cook time was just right. To add more body to the chili, I smashed some of the beans up right in the crockpot to fill it out some. Sometimes when making chili if I remember, I reserve a 1/2 cup or so of the rinsed beans to smash and add when the chili is about done. I usually forget though and just smash in the pot. I served this with a pan of cornbread and topped the chili with fresh cilantro and a little shredded cheddar. Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
11/03/2012
I followed the recipe to a 't' and also made some rice to go along with it. While the dish tasted fine, and I had enough for leftovers I won't make again. The level of effort (chopping) and all of the ingredients I had to source left me wanting more. If you have all the ingredients on hand - try it, but I wouldn't make a special trip to the store just to pick up the ingredients for this dish. Sorry :( Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
11/02/2012
I love sweet potatoes and had to try this recipe. I'm glad to report that it did not disappoint! I made mine in my crockpot on low for 5-6 hours. I sauteed the onions and aromatics as directed in step 4 and added to the crockpot along with the ingredients in step 5, and the black beans in step 6. I roasted the sweet potatoes while the chili was cooking and added them to the crockpot at the end to heat through. I didn't reduce the water in the recipe, and the amount of liquid at the end of the cook time was just right. To add more body to the chili, I smashed some of the beans up right in the crockpot to fill it out some. Sometimes when making chili if I remember, I reserve a 1/2 cup or so of the rinsed beans to smash and add when the chili is about done. I usually forget though and just smash in the pot. I served this with a pan of cornbread and topped the chili with fresh cilantro and a little shredded cheddar. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
02/28/2013
I have used this recipe twice and it comes out perfect every time. It is my all time favorite chili recipe now. It is spicy but not too hot. It is also very rich with just a hint of sweetness. The second time I cooked it the only thing I changed was that instead of putting a teaspoon of sugar in the chili I put about a tablespoon of sugar on the sweet potatoes before I roasted them. This helped them brown and caramelize a little more. It came out great! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
11/05/2012
Yummy. Followed all directions with the exception of the jalapenos because I'm a wimp. It was really filling and tasted great. Love the chipotle flavor. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/17/2012
I made this for a Vegetarian/Vegan Potluck and It was a great hit. Now I made this cause I wanted to make something different for the potluck. I generally don't like sweet potatoes but I loved this and so did everyone else. It has a nice kick to it from the spices and the sweet potatoes give the chili a really nice body. I will definately be making this again. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
01/02/2013
This turned out to be amazingly good. I used Trader Joe's low sodium Garden Patch vegetable juice in place of some of the water. I did not add any salt nor did I add any sugar and skipped the cornmeal. I used a dash of cayenne pepper instead of any ancho chili powder because I did not have any ancho chili powder. All of my dinner guests also loved this dish. Thank you Chef John for the recipe and the very helpful video. Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
11/02/2012
I followed the recipe to a 't' and also made some rice to go along with it. While the dish tasted fine, and I had enough for leftovers I won't make again. The level of effort (chopping) and all of the ingredients I had to source left me wanting more. If you have all the ingredients on hand - try it, but I wouldn't make a special trip to the store just to pick up the ingredients for this dish. Sorry :( Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
10/26/2012
I made this the other day and it was FANTASTIC!! I had to make it friendly for a 3 and 5 yr old so I omitted all of the pepper, except for the red one, added a cup of frozen corn and some Mrs. Dash and it was still great! Everyone liked it and said they'd eat it again. I made scratch cornbread with the cornmeal I used in it and that was a hit too! Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
10/30/2012
What a difference roasting the sweet potatoes makes in the flavor of the chili. I have made sweet potato chili before but the flavor of the sweet potatoes can get lost in the simmering. I also roasted the red peppers along with the sweet potato, but still added them in with the tomatoes as suggested. We enjoyed this chili, but next time I think I'll reduce the chili powder and cumin a bit. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
11/18/2012
I followed the recipe exactly, paying no attention to those who said it was too hot because I love hot and spicy food! I loved the layers of tastes and textures, but it IS too hot...a bit overpoweringly. I would make this again, but I would stipulate using a *small* jalapeno pepper, and perhaps taking out the seeds. Thanks for a vegetarian chili that really packs a punch! Read More
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