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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.

Lipton has teamed up with the Food Network for Bright Bites to put creative twists on winter meals and re-imagine meals, moments and recipes! Make sure to click over to check out the super unique and fun recipes and ideas to add a little twist to your meals!





Slow Cooker Sweet Potato and Black Bean Chili Recipe


  • 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


  1. Add all ingredients to the crock of a 6 quart or larger slow cooker.
  2. Cover and cook on high for 4-6 hours.
  3. The chili can be made ahead for later or served immediately.
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
Amount Per Serving As Served
Calories 2370kcal Calories from fat 897
% Daily Value
Total Fat 100g 154%
Saturated Fat 36g 180%
Transfat 5g
Cholesterol 322mg 107%
Sodium 3853mg 161%
Carbohydrate 256g 85%
Dietary Fiber 70g 280%
Sugars 57g
Protein 128g

Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs:

Calories 2000
Total Fat Less than 65g
Sat Fat Less than 25g
Cholesterol Less than 300mg
Sodium Less than 2,400mg
Total Carbohydrate 300g
Dietary Fiber 25g
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