Slow-Cooker Sweet Potato and Two-Bean Chili
We know you want to ring in 2015 with this dynamic chili! Get dressed up and enjoy it with a glass of champagne.
Smarts: We're doubling for an easy enchilada filling for New Year's Day dinner!
- Garlic - 3 cloves, minced
- Red onions, small - 1 , diced
- Poblano peppers - 1, diced
- Sweet potatoes - 1 lb, diced
- Black beans (14 oz / 397 g can) - 1 can, drained and rinsed
- Kidney beans (14oz / 397g can) - 1 can, drained and rinsed
- Crushed tomatoes (14 oz / 397 g can) - 1 can
- Vegetable broth - 1 1/2 cups
- Corn kernels - 1 cup
- Cumin - 2 tsp
- Chili powder - 2 tsp
- Cayenne pepper - 1/4 tsp
- Salt - 2 tsp
- Avocados - 1, cubed
- Chili toppings, like sour cream, grated cheese, green onions (opt) -
- Limes - 1/2, sliced into wedges
- Rice, brown or white - 2/3 cup
- Garlic / Red onion / Poblanos / Sweet Potatoes - Prep as directed. (Can be done up to 3 days ahead)
- Black beans / Kidney beans - Drain and rinse.
- ‘Sweat’ aromatics - Place garlic and red onions with a pinch of salt in a microwave-safe bowl. Microwave for ~45 seconds to soften.
- Slow-cook chili - Combine aromatics, crushed tomatoes, vegetable broth, poblanos, sweet potatoes, beans, corn, cumin, chili powder, cayenne, and salt. Slow-cook on low for 8 hours (or high for 4 hours).
- Rice - For white rice, rinse until clear. Fill a saucepan or Dutch oven (or rice cooker) with rice, water (use 2:1 ratio for water to rice), and some salt. Cover with lid and bring to a boil. Once water boils, stir, lower heat to a low-medium, and cover. Check white rice after ~20 min; brown at ~45 min. Rice is done when it's absorbed all the water. If it's not done, leave the cover on until all water has been absorbed. Take cover off to release steam and fluff with a wooden spoon after 5 minutes. (Can be done up to 5 days ahead)
- Cube avocado. Enjoy chili over rice with avocado. Top with any chili toppings you purchased - sour cream, grated cheese, or green onions - and lime wedges. And remember to save half for tomorrow night’s enchiladas!
The meatballs themselves were not very flavorful. The sauce was fine. We added a dollop of sour cream. We ate frozen peas as a side--it would have been nice to have a coordinated veggie option in addition to the sauce.0 Helpful
Didn't add rice. Enjoyed it!0 Helpful
The sauce is delicious which really makes the meal! I suggest adding a little bit of sour cream before serving. I skipped the rice. Next time I will use turkey instead of pork.0 Helpful
Did this on the stove since I was only cooking for two. Added an egg and breadcrumbs to the meatballs like some people suggested. Also added a couple chipotles to the sauce, since some were saying it was a bit bland. Came out delicious! Need to come up with something more creative than rice to serve them with though.0 Helpful
Could be spicier, but the flavor was excellent.0 Helpful
I did as several other reviewers suggested and added an egg & breadcrumbs to the meatballs, which I also made with ground beef instead of pork, because I had it on hand. Not dry at all, and very yummy. My husband & both said we would serve it a little differently next time, with more veggies.0 Helpful