Sweet potato, black bean, and quinoa chili – a hearty and nutritious vegetarian chili recipe.
Words of wisdom:
1.) Never attempt to blow out a candle while brushing your teeth. I’ve tried it. It doesn’t work. That’s an itch you don’t need to scratch. Next!
B.) Day-old spring rolls don’t follow the same principles as day-old bagles. Day old bagels = edible. Day old spring rolls ≠ edible.
iii.) If it didn’t feel good in the past, it’s not going to feel good now. Yes, this applies to trying to remove 400 degree F items from the oven using your bare hands. It will never feel good. Not even if you’re Wolverine.
4.) Don’t: eat a banana right before spin class. Just. no.
V.) Do: make this chili.
The Roasted Root: Your trusted source for sweet potato, black bean, & quinoa chili, and unsolicited advice.
Lately, I’ve been simplifying my cooking. Clean meals that can be prepared in under an hour from start to finish have won my affection. The reason for this is equal parts laziness and hunger. Like most ‘mericans, I find myself strapped for time during the week and starving when I get home from work. My solution to this has been to streamline my grocery purchasing and make big batches of food on the weekends that can last me through the week.
Which is exactly what happened with this chili. It involves simple ingredients, takes 45 minutes to make, and leaves you with an abundance of leftovers for healthy meals.
This chili is hearty and nutritious. I added a couple of finely chopped chipotle chilies in adobo sauce to the recipe for a little smoky kick to counterbalance the sweetness of the sweet potato. If you prefer mild food, you can skip the chipotle chilis.
If you don’t keep dry black beans on hand, you can use 1 (15-ounce) can of black beans for this chili to save you some time.
This simple recipe is packed with flavor and will satisfy both vegetarians and meat eaters.
Sweet Potato, Black Bean, and Quinoa Chili
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 1/2 medium yellow onion chopped
- 1 large sweet potato or yam chopped into ½” cubes (about 4 cups worth)
- 4 cloves garlic minced
- ½ cup dry quinoa
- 1 cup dry black turtle beans or 1 can black beans
- 4 cups low-sodium vegetable broth
- 1 15-ounce can diced tomatoes
- 2 chipotle chilis in adobo sauce chopped
- 1.5 tablespoons chili powder
- 1 tablespoon ground cumin
- 2 teaspoons paprika
- 2 teaspoons kosher salt to taste
- Sour Cream or plain yogurt
- Green onion
Pour one cup of dry beans in a large bowl or container and fill with water so that beans are completely covered. Allow beans to soak overnight. Drain water from the beans and set aside until ready to use.
In a large pot or Dutch oven, heat the olive oil to medium.
Add onion and sauté, stirring frequently until onion begins to sweat, 5 minutes.
Add the sweet potato and cook another 5 minutes.
Add the garlic, quinoa, and beans and continue cooking another 2 minutes, stirring everything together.
Pour in the remaining ingredients and stir well. Bring chili to a full boil, cover the pot, and reduce the heat to medium-low. Allow chili to bubble gently for 15 to 20 minutes, until quinoa and sweet potato is cooked.
Remove pot from heat and allow it to sit covered for 10 to 15 minutes before serving. The longer the chili sits, the thicker it will be.
Serve with sour cream, cilantro, and your favorite chili toppings.