Sunday, September 20, 2009

last summer weekend

On this, the last weekend of summer, we had rainy, cooler weather that seemed to be ushering in the beginning of autumn. In celebration of the impending seasonal change, we had Sweet Potato-Black Bean Chili.

Sweet Potato-Black Bean Chili

2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
1 medium onion, chopped
1 medium red pepper, chopped
3 cloves garlic, minced
2 teaspoons sea salt
2 sm/med sweet potatoes, cut into 1/2-inch cubes
1 28-oz can diced tomatoes
1 1/2 cups dried black beans, rinsed
1 cup frozen corn
2 tsp cumin
1 tablespoon chili powder
1 tsp cocoa powder
1/2 tsp oregano

1. Either soak black beans overnight and simmer until soft, or build up to 10 lbs pressure in pressure cooker and let rest for 1 hour (my preferred method).
2. Warm the oil in a large pan over medium heat and add the onion, red pepper, and garlic. Saute until soft, about 4-6 minutes.
3. Add the tomatoes, cubed sweet potatoes, black beans, corn, cumin, chili powder, oregano, and cocoa, bring to a simmer, cover, and cook for 30-45 minutes or until sweet potatoes are easily pierced with fork.
4. Serve with fresh guacamole and corn chips.
To complement the hearty chili, new latte bowls from Anthropologie, where my husband stopped after work on Friday just to buy me a little gift. He saw these bowls and thought I'd like the pale blue color. He even bought a few mini latte bowls to make a Finn-sized bowl of chili. He knows me well. :)


  1. It looks delicious, something you should look in to is hushpuppys made out of blackeyed peas.

  2. The husband has good taste! Nice! Thanks for yet another fabulous sounding recipe to try out. Happy Fall!

  3. oh, yum! thank you!

  4. This sounds delicious. Thanks for the recipe! :)

  5. Cocoa powder, really cool! Thanks so much for this recipe. I will be trying this for sure!


  6. This looked so great, I just had to make it right away. I've got it on the stove right now to help us celebrate the first day of fall.

  7. Joy,

    I have been making this chili ever since I saw a mention of it at Tifi Blogs. I read her post the day after you posted your recipe.

    After all of these months, I'm finally posting about it, with my pictures, on my blog. Thank you so much for deliciousness!


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