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Slow cooker sweet potato and black bean chili is a creative twist on traditional chili recipe that’s a filling meal with sweet potatoes, black beans and a hint of cinnamon.
We only get about 3 months of cold weather here in Vegas. I love hot weather, but I miss eating soup and chili when the weather heats up. So I take full advantage of the cool months to make lots of dinners in a bowl. Chili is one of our family’s favorite meals. Of course, after the 4th or 5th batch of chili, we are all ready for a change.
So I decided to take a little inspiration from Food Network and Lipton’s Bright Bites and add a creative twist to my standard chili recipe.
Slow Cooker Sweet Potato and Black Bean Chili
I started with the standard ground beef, onions, garlic and tomatoes. But to add a little something different, I chopped up sweet potatoes to add to the pot. Sweet potatoes and black beans are often found in recipes together. So I also swapped out my usual pinto and kidney beans for black beans.
I really wanted to play up the sweetness of the sweet potatoes to make the chili a combination of sweet and spicy. I added bell peppers and corn, which I don’t normally use in chili, to help add to the sweetness. I stuck with both diced tomatoes and tomato sauce to make the chili’s sauce.
When it came to the spices, I added cinnamon and upped the amount of cumin. The cumin adds a smoky flavor that pairs well with the cinnamon. I kept the amount of chili powder the same but added in a little cayenne and red pepper flakes for just a touch of heat.
I threw it all in a slow cooker so I could let it simmer while we were off enjoying an afternoon together as a family. The sweet potatoes need a little time to soften and cook. The batch was ready to go in about 4 hours on high.
While it may be chilly outside, we drink flavored iced tea all year long. Lipton Tea Lemon flavored iced tea is the perfect beverage to go alongside a big bowl of sweet but slightly spicy sweet potato and black bean chili. This chili isn’t hot, but it still has a bit of kick and Lipton has a ton of flavors that would pair well with it.
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- 1 lb ground beef, browned
- 1 lb sweet potato, peeled and diced into 1" cubes
- 1 15 oz can of black beans
- 1/2 red bell pepper, diced
- 1/2 yellow bell pepper, diced
- 1/2 yellow onion, diced
- 2 garlic cloves, diced
- 15 oz can tomato sauce
- 15 oz can diced tomatoes
- 8 oz can corn
- 1 Tablespoon chili powder
- Pinch of red pepper flakes
- Dash of cayenne to taste
- 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
- Add all ingredients to the crock of a 6 quart or larger slow cooker.
- Cover and cook on high for 4-6 hours.
- The chili can be made ahead for later or served immediately.
This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Lipton. The opinions and text are all mine.