2/21/11

Sweet potato vegetarian chili

Let's get one thing straight: for me, chili must have beans. It can be chicken chili, black & white chili or even chili topped with cornbread...one ingredient remaining the same is beans. Of course there are a variety of beans to use: kidney, black, garbanzo or Navy beans.
This time around I decided to make a vegetarian chili, but needed something to take the place of beef or chicken. Why not sweet potatoes?

Sweet Potato Vegetarian Chili

Ingredients

2 medium sweet potatoes, peeled, cubed and cooked in salted water
olive oil
1/2 red onion, chopped
2 garlic cloves, sliced
1 chile pepper in adobo sauce, chopped
2 teaspoons ground cumin
2 teaspoons paprika
1 teaspoon cayenne
4 carrots, peeled and sliced
15 ounce can fire roasted tomatoes
15 ounce can corn, drained
3 ounce can fire roasted mild diced green chiles
additions: sour cream, parsley


Directions
1. Heat oil in a large pan. Add onions, garlic and chile pepper in adobo and saute for about 5 minutes.
2. Add spices and carrots and cook for 10 minutes.
3. Add fire roasted tomatoes, corn and fire roasted diced green chiles. Bring to a boil, lower the heat and simmer for 10 minutes.
4. Add cooked diced sweet potatoes and cook until they are heated through.


5. Serve topped with sour cream and parsley. You can also add chopped avocados and grated Cheddar.



Please let me know YOUR thoughts on chili: beans or no beans?

16 comments:

Megan said...

So funny... I have a chili post coming later this week all about how I love it without beans!

Mhel said...

I love it with Dark Red Kidney beans :P Chili is my favorite winter comfort food esp. having it for lunch on the ski slopes :D

1000+1 said...

i don't know where my previous comment went... i think if you have corn in chili, you can omit beans. but i love beans :)
i'm editing photos for my chili, too. but yours much more interesting and unusual!

Liren said...

Love this take on chili! I can imagine just how well the sweet potato worked in this.

Kat said...

Sometimes I think people put too many beans in their chili. I really like this recipe. It's so simple and looks really tasty.

Leslie said...

Now that is one chunky chili..yum!

blackbookkitchendiaries said...

this looks very yummy:)

Juliana said...

This sweet potato chili looks yummie, I love the idea of less bean :-)

5 Star Foodie said...

A terrific idea to use sweet potatoes, your chili looks excellent, and I also love the addition of corn here.

Good Gynecologist in Anna Nagar said...

i love this recipe. but havent tried it. thanks for sharing!

Anonymous said...

I think this recipe looks great - how many people does it serve?

Valeria said...

This looks fantastic Olia! I definitely want to try it.

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