Sweet Potato Chili

Who’s in the mood for some cozy smells wafting through the house?  Ah, the smells of fall food; it’s like no other season.  This fall chili is made in the slow cooker, so it does just that (and when it’s done cooking, it’s impossible to NOT have a tiny bowl).

I had some requests for the sweet potato chili recipe that I made on my anniversary, so here it is.  I made it again on Wednesday and took some photos (because I love to see the process, and hopefully you do too).  Let me add that I always add or delete something according to what I have on hand.  It’s a good recipe to change up a bit to use what’s in the pantry and to suit your taste.

sweet potato chili 308Sweet Potato Chili

2 lbs. sweet potatoes, peeled and cut into (about) 3/4″ slices, then quarter those slices.  Or change to your liking (this would affect cooking times), I like chunks.

1 large can (28 oz.) crushed tomatoes, use diced if you like chunks, crushed makes it saucier.

2 15 oz. cans of beans, this time I used pinto and kidney, but am always changing the combination.

2 small or 1 medium onion, chopped

4 small cloves garlic, or to your taste, minced

1 jalapeno, chopped, (optional)

1 red bell pepper, chopped, optional, can use other colors too

2 t. chili powder

1/2 t. cinnamon

1/2 t. salt, to taste

1 t. cumin

frozen corn, about 1 cup, didn’t use it this time, but last time I did

water, 2 cups to start, you can add more as needed to get the correct consistency

I don’t always have bell peppers, but they are a great addition; you can use any color.  I didn’t add corn this time because I had a tube of polenta which I sliced, then pan fried, and added to the top of each serving of chili.

My sweet potato chunks fill a 4 cup glass measuring cup to overflowing.  Of course, you can have a little more or less.

sweet potato chili 310

sweet potato chili 313All of the ingredients go into a slow cooker.  After two hours of cooking on high, the chili is starting to simmer, but still has a ways to go.

sweet potato chili 316And, after 5 hours it is DONE!  Yum!!!

sweet potato chili 322The chili took 5 hours on high.  After 5 hours the sweet potatoes were still firm, but cooked through; if you cook longer they start to break up which is okay, if that’s what you like.  You could probably make the chili on the stove, but I wouldn’t add as much water.  The two cups is needed for slow cooking.  Also, if you want to cook on low heat, the original recipe said 6-8 hours.

We seemed to enjoy the polenta on top more than the corn in the chili.  My daughter added some sliced avocado to her bowl and I added a dollup of plain yogurt.  I also forgot the cinnamon this time, but it is really good in it, so I’d add it if you like cinnamon.

sweet potato chili 323

sweet potato chili 326My slice of polenta was sliced a little thick, and I didn’t give it a chance to brown which I would recommend.

I love using the slow cooker.  It’s like having your own personal cook (or mom) preparing dinner right in your kitchen.  It’s even better coming home after work or shopping and having dinner ready and the house smelling yummy.

That’s all there is to it!  Enjoy!

8 thoughts on “Sweet Potato Chili

  1. Jane Miller

    Thanks so much for sharing your recipe..it looks delicious! I had never thought of putting polenta on top of chili…that is brilliant! Can’t wait to try making this chili when it gets a bit colder here in North Carolina.

    Love your knitting..wish I could do that!

    1. Cindy Rice Post author

      Hi Jane,
      I’ve never used polenta on top of the chili either. I saw the tube at Trader Joe’s, bought it, and thought it might work, and it did. Thank you for the compliments on my knitting too.

  2. Pennie

    A must must try! So yummy looking! Thanks Cindy!! Much appreciated. This Sunday night it is supposed to rain here in California so might give this a whirl then.Will print this out and put with my recipies. Love the photos!

  3. Sonia

    Cindy, thank-you for your recipe. I will definately be trying this,soon! My daughter and grandchildren, like sweet potato recipes. It is such a colorful dish, just like the Autumn colors. Perfect for Autumn!

  4. Joy

    Love all of your delicious photos! You make it look so easy. I think the avocado/yogurt toppings are perfect little additions.

    1. Cindy Rice Post author

      Hi Joy and thank you,
      I’m all about easy and this recipe really is, chop, measure, and add to one pot. The hardest part is opening the cans and peeling the potatoes.


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