Smoky Sweet Potato, Black Bean and Dark Chocolate Chili

Who doesn’t love a hot bowl full of veggies at the end of a long day? Packed with beta carotene and fiber, sweet potatoes contribute a sweetness to this chili that offsets the acidity of the tomatoes. Combine that with the copper, iron, manganese, & magnesium dark chocolate brings, and you’ve got a nutritional meal even the picky omnivores will savor.

  • Author: Food Sense Now
  • Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Cook Time: Traditional 1 hour 30 minutes/ Intstapot Pressure Cooker 15 minutes
  • Total Time: 1 hour 50 minutes (traditional) / 35 minutes (Instant Pot)
  • Yield: 8-10 Servings
  • Category: Soups and Stews
  • Cuisine: Vegetarian / Vegan


  • 2 medium Sweet Potatoes, cooked, peeled and diced
  • 1 Large Yellow Onion, Diced (about 2 Cups)
  • 2 Cloves Garlic, minced (about 2 tsp)
  • 1 T cooking oil (We use Avocado Oil)
  • 3 Tbsp Chili Powder
  • 1 Tbsp Cumin Powder
  • 1 tsp Coriander Powder
  • ¼ tsp Cinnamon
  • ¼ tsp liquid smoke, optional
  • ½-1 tsp Chipotle Powder or 2 Tbsp pureed Chipotle Chilis in Adobo, minced (we use Frontera brand)
  • 1 Tbsp Dark Cocoa Powder
  • 1/2 tsp Cinnamon
  • 2 tsp dried Epazote or Oregano Leaves
  • 2 each 15 ounce cans of diced Organic Tomatoes (not drained)
  • 2 each 15 ounce cans of Black Beans, drained
  • 1-2 tsp Sea Salt or to taste
  • 1 tsp Black Pepper
  • 1 tsp Apple Cider Vinegar
  • 1 Tbsp Real Maple Syrup
  • Garnishes:  Chopped Cilantro, Sliced Green Onion, Greek Yogurt or Non-dairy Sour Cream


  • Bake Sweet Potatoes for 1 hour and 10 minutes in 350 degree oven or microwave each sweet potato for 8-9 minutes. Cool, peel and dice in to 1/3 inch pieces
  • Saute onions in oil (or use non stick pan) until soft—about 5-10 minutes. For a richer flavor; caramelized them by cooking an additional 10 minutes and stirring every minute so that they brown but don’t burn. Add garlic and cook over medium heat for 2 minutes. Deglaze with water if onions and garlic start to get too brown
  • Add remaining ingredients and bring up to just below boil. Reduce heat to low and let simmer for two hours OR place in 350 degree oven with cover on pot and cook for 1.5 hours OR transfer mixture to crock pot and cook 1.5 hours
  • Instant pot— Skip the sautéing of the onion and garlic and instead combine all ingredients into an Instant pot and cook on pressure cook setting for 10 minutes.


Grade B Maple syrup is cheaper than Grade A because it is not as refined-thus there is more flavor


  • Calories: 471
  • Sugar: 5g
  • Sodium: 905mg
  • Fat: 10g
  • Saturated Fat: 2g
  • Unsaturated Fat: 3g
  • Carbohydrates: 68g
  • Fiber: 16g
  • Protein: 32g
  • Cholesterol: 53mg