Black Bean, Sweet Potato and Chicken Chili

Black Bean Sweet Potato Chicken Chili

Some times I find myself dreaming of being in a chili cook-off. This hearty, delicious chile with its earthy black beans, sweet potatoes, corn and tender pieces of chicken swimming in a sea of spicy tomatoes could be a top contender.

It has just the right balance of savory and sweet with a touch of smokiness and a pop of heat to wake up your taste buds. The starchy potatoes help thicken it and are a nice change from the usual kidney bean and beef chili. Beef doesn’t always win.

Can you imagine the smells at such an event? I can’t. Just this one chili alone made every room in my entire house smell intoxicating. Not to mention all the taste testing you have to do.

A kind of heaven for hungry chili lovers.

Sweet Potato Black Bean Chicken Chili

You can use a rotisserie chicken to save time or omit the chicken entirely and double the beans for a vegetarian version.

Black Bean, Sweet Potato and Chicken Chili

Rating: 51

Yield: 6 servings

Black Bean, Sweet Potato and Chicken Chili

A hearty, delicious chile with earthy black beans, sweet potatoes, corn and tender pieces of chicken swimming in a sea of spicy tomatoes.


coarse salt and fresh black pepper
1 pound boneless chicken breasts or 2 heaping cups rotisserie chicken cut in bite-sized pieces
olive oil, for sauteing
1 small onion, diced
1 small bell pepper, cut into small, thin strips
3 cloves garlic, minced
2 cups cubed sweet potatoes
2 cans (14 ounces) diced tomatoes with the juices
1 can black beans, rinsed
1 cup corn
1 tablespoon chile powder
1 teaspoon ground cumin
1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes, optional
for serving:
shredded sharp cheddar or montery jack cheese
sour cream
tortilla chips


  1. Season the chicken with salt and pepper. Add 1 tablespoon oil to a Dutch oven or large soup pot set over medium heat and cook the chicken breasts on each side until cooked through in the center. Remove to a cutting board and cool.
  2. Add 2 tablespoons oil to the pot over medium heat and cook the onion and pepper (season with salt and pepper) until tender about 5 minutes. Add the garlic and saute until fragrant.
  3. Add the sweet potatoes, tomatoes, black beans and corn. Season with the chile powder, cumin, red pepper flakes, about 1 teaspoon coarse salt and 1/4 teaspoon black pepper.
  4. Cut the chicken into bite-sized pieces and add to the pot. Bring to a simmer and cook about 35 minutes, stirring every so often and adding more seasoning as needed until sweet potatoes are tender.
  5. Serve with shredded cheese, sour cream and/or tortilla chips.


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  1. says

    What a lovely chilli, I love black beans 😀


    P.S. I am going to be exam prepping for four weeks so won’t be commenting – see you in a month!

  2. says

    Wow! That’s a different kind of chili! I would love it, but my husband thinks he doesn’t like sweet potatoes. (I say he thinks he doesn’t, because in 30 years, I’ve never seen him taste one!)

    • says

      Of course we did! We eat chili all year long! Spicy food supposedly cools you off. Aside from that we have central air and three window air conditioners throughout our house. . . I’m actually COLD right now! Crazy but true.

  3. says

    I love sweet potatoes and I bet it adds such a nice flavor dimension to this chili! I’m planning on making some meals ahead of time in preparation for baby – do you think this would freeze well? I would think so, but just wanted to ask :) I’m totally going to make and freeze those chubby cream cheese chicken taquitos – man, I love those!!

    • says

      I think it will freeze up fine Jennifer! I love those taquitos too! My whole family loves them! I have been making all kinds of different ones at their insistence. The flavors in this chili might be next. Have a good night!

  4. says

    Even though it’s really hot here lately, this looks so yummy and comforting! My hubby makes great chili but he hasn’t put sweet potatoes in it and since I love those, he’ll have to make this for me sometime!

    Moon, hope you’re staying cool! Love and purrs, Angel & Isabella

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