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Chipotle Sweet Potato and Quinoa Chili
with cheese / chips

Active: 25 minTotal: 45 min
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This weeknight-friendly vegetarian chili gets sweetness from sweet potatoes and is thickened with protein-packed quinoa instead of meat. Toast spices with savory aromatics to build flavor without the long simmer time required in many chili recipes.
Smarts: Prefer to keep the spice to a minimum? Skip the adobo sauce. It's also a good idea to check the ingredients on your chili powder. The least spicy brands will list cayenne powder at the very end (or not at all).



Chipotle Sweet Potato and Quinoa Chili:
  • Paprika, smoked - 1 Tbsp
  • Chili powder - 1 Tbsp
  • Cumin - 1/2 tsp
  • Coriander - 1/2 tsp
  • Onions, medium - 1/2, chopped
  • Bell peppers, any color - 1/2, diced
  • Sweet potatoes - 3/4 lb, diced
  • Garlic - 2 cloves, chopped
  • Green onions (opt) - 2, chopped
  • Beans, black (14 oz / 397 g) - 1 can, drained and rinsed
  • Oil, cooking - 1 Tbsp
  • Quinoa, uncooked - 1/2 cup
  • Stock, any type - 2 cups
  • Tomatoes, crushed (15 oz / 397 g) - 1 can
  • Tomato paste - 2 Tbsp
  • Adobo sauce (opt) - 2 tsp (from a can of chipotles in adobo)
  • Cheese, shredded Mexican blend - 1/2 cup
  • Yogurt, plain or Greek - 4 Tbsp
  • Chips, corn, for serving (opt) - 2 cups (sub tortilla chips)

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Serving Size: 1 serving
Servings Per Recipe 4
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  1. Make spice mix - Combine smoked paprika, chili powder, cumin and coriander. (Can be done up to 5 days ahead)
  2. Onions / Bell peppers / Sweet potatoes / Garlic - Prep as directed. (Note: The smaller you dice the sweet potatoes, the faster they will cook.) Combine onions and bell peppers. Store sweet potatoes and garlic in their own containers. (Can be done up to 5 days ahead)
  3. Green onions - Chop. (Can be done 1 day ahead)
  4. Beans - Drain and rinse.


  1. Heat a Dutch oven over medium-high heat. Add cooking oil and then onions and bell peppers with a dash of salt to heated oil. Saute until vegetables are starting to soften, 4 to 5 minutes. Add sweet potatoes and garlic and saute until garlic is fragrant, ~2 minute more. Stir in spice mix until vegetables are evenly coated in spices.
  2. Add quinoa and stir to coat quinoa in spices.
  3. Pour stock, tomatoes, tomato paste and adobo sauce (if using) over the vegetables and quinoa. Add beans and bring to a simmer. Reduce heat so that chili maintains a low simmer and put the lid on, slightly ajar so that some steam can escape. Simmer until sweet potatoes are tender and quinoa is cooked, 22 to 25 minutes.
  4. Season chili with some salt and pepper, if needed.
  5. Ladle chili into bowls and top with cheese, yogurt and green onions. Serve chips on the side or crumbled over top. Enjoy!

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This meal has 56 reviews

I skipped the Chipotle and added less tomato because I didn't want the tomato to overpower the dish. This tastes wonderful! Served with cilantro and sour cream.

By: Gabrielle
Posted: Dec 09, 2018
Diet: Gluten-free

I forgot I made this before. And now I'm going to make it again this week.

By: Corey
Posted: Sep 08, 2018
Diet: Original

Used a fresh jalapeño instead of a chipotle.

By: Amber
Posted: Apr 16, 2018
Diet: Original

So tasty! Skipped that quinoa and added more black beans. The chipotle adds a great depth of flavor.

By: Jenn
Posted: Mar 07, 2018
Diet: Original

will put more quinoa and i used red one. did from scratch the crushed tomatoes. and will do rice to eat it.

By: Simon
Posted: Jan 10, 2018
Diet: Original

First time I have disliked a Cooksmarts recipe. I think it may have just been too much chipotle I added.

By: Allison
Posted: Feb 18, 2017
Diet: Paleo