Chipotle Sweet Potato and Quinoa Chili
with cheese / chips
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).
- 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)
- Make spice mix - Combine smoked paprika, chili powder, cumin and coriander. (Can be done up to 5 days ahead)
- 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)
- Green onions - Chop. (Can be done 1 day ahead)
- Beans - Drain and rinse.
- 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.
- Add quinoa and stir to coat quinoa in spices.
- 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.
- Season chili with some salt and pepper, if needed.
- Ladle chili into bowls and top with cheese, yogurt and green onions. Serve chips on the side or crumbled over top. Enjoy!
This has become a household staple for us -- we love it. This time we didn't get enough sweet potatoes when we had our groceries delivered, so we used carrots too. It worked really well! We topped with blue corn chips, avocado, cheese, and yogurt. Such a hit!0 Helpful
Used half the chili garlic hot sauce and 1.5x the spices. Absolutely loved this!0 Helpful
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. Made it again and skipped the dairy and used avocado, still great!0 Helpful
I forgot I made this before. And now I'm going to make it again this week.0 Helpful
Used a fresh jalapeño instead of a chipotle.0 Helpful
So tasty! Skipped that quinoa and added more black beans. The chipotle adds a great depth of flavor.0 Helpful