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Crock Pot Sweet Potato Black Bean Chili is the perfect meal to serve on Meatless Monday or any day of the week. Hearty and delicious, this vegetarian chili will impress the entire family.

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Crock Pot Sweet Potato Black Bean Chili:

Once the weather starts to get cool, chili is a must. Our family loves this meal and any variation of chili always seems to be a hit. This Crock Pot Sweet Potato Black Bean Chili does not disappoint and will leave everyone coming back for more!

The tender sweet potatoes and hearty black beans make a delicious chili recipe that might just surprise you. If you are fans of traditional chili recipes, give this sweet potato and black bean chili a try for a new twist on chili.

The flavor really is delicious and is so comforting and tasty. This is a great recipe and is a must try!

Close up image sweet potato black bean chili with sour cream and avocado on top.

You will need a crock pot:

We love crock pots around here. I have several and they get tons of use.

If you are in the market for something new, I really love my Instant Pot Aura Crockpot. The nice thing about this is you can brown the meat in the same slow cooker for recipes that call for that.

It is so handy to just have the one pan to clean. It has become of my favorite kitchen appliances. Another favorite is this programmable crock pot  for when I am am not at home all day. I love coming home to a nice meal ready and waiting!

Close up image of sweet potato black chili in a black bowl with sour cream and diced avocado on top.

A Crowd Pleaser!

This gluten free and dairy free sweet potato and black bean recipe is really amazing.  Even those with a big appetite will enjoy this recipe.

Don’t let it fool you, this recipe is hearty and delicious and no one will even miss the meat. The black beans and sweet potatoes really make this hearty and filling.

Your family will love it and you can easily feed a crowd with this meal. It is perfect for family dinner, gatherings and more!

Close up image of ingredients for sweet potato black bean chili.


  • Onion – You can use any onion you have – white, yellow or a red onion.
  • Green Bell Peppers – We finely chop the bell peppers so the kids will eat them.
  • Minced Garlic
  • Black Beans – Or you can try using a combination of beans. Some light kidney beans would go perfectly with this chili.
  • Diced Tomatoes – You can spice this chili up with fire-roasted diced tomatoes.
  • Chili Powder – Must have spice for your chili.
  • Cumin
  • Paprika – You can also use Smoked Paprika
  • Cayenne Pepper (optional)– Also check out our Best Cayenne Pepper Substitutes.
  • Oregano
  • Salt
  • Chicken Broth – You can also use vegetable broth instead if you are trying to keep this a vegetarian chili.
  • Sweet Potatoes – Sweet Potatoes pair perfectly with the chili spices

How to make Sweet Potato and Black Bean Chili?

If you can throw things in the crock pot, you can make this meal.  It really is that simple.

  • Just put all the ingredients into the slow cooker. Cover and cook on high 2-3 or low for 4-6 hours or until sweet potatoes are tender.

You literally just set it and forget it!

Close up image of uncooked ingredients in the crock pot.


  • If you are short on time, you can easily make this recipe in the Instant Pot. Throw all the ingredients in the instant pot and cook it on high pressure for 12 minutes with a quick release on the pressure.
  • You can easily add or omit ingredients in this chili recipe for what you have on hand or can get on sale.
  • We have even added diced tomatoes to the recipe and it was yummy.
  • It is great to double the recipe as this is perfect leftover.

How to store leftovers:

Chili is great for leftovers. Personally, I like it better the next day.

To store you leftovers, place the chili in an air tight container after it has cooled down. It can stay in the refrigerator for up to 5 days.

When you are ready to reheat, place on the stovetop over medium heat. You can also reheat in the microwave.

If you would like to freeze your leftover chili, just place in a freezer safe container or bag for up to 2-3 months. We like to place in individual servings as this is perfect for my husband to grab and go for his lunches.

What to serve chili?

The chili is amazing alone but we love a good topping bar around here. We like to load our chili with all sorts of yummy toppings and the kids enjoy it too.

  • shredded cheese
  • chives
  • sour cream
  • hot sauce
  • diced jalapeno peppers
  • saltine crackers
  • corn chips
  • tortilla chips
  • cornbread

Make sure to check out all our favorite chili toppings.

Close up image of sweet potato black bean chili in a crock pot.

Serve with cornbread:

Did you know that I also make my own homemade cornbread mix to make preparing cornbread even easier?  I love having these cornbread mixes on hand so I can whip up some delicious cornbread in no time at all!

It is so yummy to crumble up the cornbread and mix it into the chili.  It is a must try!

Close up image of a black bowl of sweet potato black bean chili with avocado and sour cream on top.


Another time saving tip is to use a small food chopper or food processor to quickly and easily chop onions. If you do not have one of these, I highly recommend them. They are such a time saver and you make cooking so fast and easy.

I usually just chop the entire vegetable and freeze what I don’t need. It’s so nice to be able to just take the diced onion out of the freezer for recipes. This is how I meal prep. It’s so quick and easy and helps get dinner on the table fast.

Lots of the recipes we cook call for onions and peppers so this is such a great time tip that we use frequently. You will love having peppers and onions all ready to go! It is quick and easy.

Close up image of sweet potato black bean chili in a crock pot.

How to make Vegetarian Sweet Potato Black Bean Chili?

If you would prefer to have your Sweet Potato Black Bean Chili vegetarian, just use vegetable broth instead of chicken.

We have another vegetarian chili that I am sure you will love. It is another favorite of my family, so you need to try this Crock Pot Vegetarian Chili Recipe. Yum!

Vegetarian black bean chili slow cooker is budget friendly!

Seriously no one missed the meat in this recipe and it really was so inexpensive to fix. This is a great way to stretch your grocery budget or even reduce your overall expenses.

Easy recipes like this keep my family happy and my grocery budget in good shape. This is how I keep our grocery budget reasonable.

It is easy to modify for what you have on hand and this really helps your budget. By cooking like this, it really helps me to save money on groceries. It is a huge help to our budget.

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Crock Pot Sweet Potato Black Bean Chili

4.96 from 61 votes
Crock Pot Sweet Potato Black Bean Chili is the perfect meal to serve on Meatless Monday or any day of the week. This chili is hearty and delicious.
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 5 hours
Total Time 5 hours 15 minutes
Servings 6
Cuisine American
Course Soup
Calories 266



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  • Add everything in the crock pot.
  • Cover and cook on low for 4-5 hours on low.
  • Serve warm with your favorite toppings: sour cream, avocados and cilantro.

Recipe Notes

*Refrigerate the leftovers in an air tight container for up to 5-7 days.  

Nutrition Facts

Calories 266kcal, Carbohydrates 49g, Protein 16g, Fat 2g, Saturated Fat 1g, Sodium 569mg, Potassium 947mg, Fiber 16g, Sugar 5g, Vitamin A 6947IU, Vitamin C 25mg, Calcium 95mg, Iron 5mg

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  1. Carrie Barnard says:

    Thank you for your comment. Love the ideas!

  2. Brandi Blair says:

    If you want to kick the flavor up on this chili, swap out the cayenne for Chipotle chili and add smoked paprika. The smoky flavors play up the sweetness of the sweet potatoes while still adding some heat.

  3. Natalie says:

    This has become a go-to recipe for me! So easy and delicious!

  4. Karen says:

    5 stars
    Just had 2 bowls of this! So SO good. The hubs even ate it and he is not a sweet potato fan at all??. Definitely a do again!

  5. Sue says:

    5 stars
    So good! I used red pepper, added some canned pumpkin, corn and Spanish rice. Also one can black beans, one kidney and one chili beans.
    Topped it with kite hill sour cream red onion and avocado. Will definitely make again!

  6. Carrie Barnard says:

    I’m so glad you loved it!

  7. Donna says:

    5 stars
    This is really Good I loved it.The spices are right on target ?and Wow the sweet potato put it over the top. I recommend this
    I just put some in freezer

  8. Carrie Barnard says:

    Yes, you can definitely add any of those proteins to this stew recipe. If you use ground turkey, I would brown before adding to the crock pot. If you use raw chicken, I would dice it before adding it so that it will be done around the same time as the sweet potatoes. Let us know how it turns out!

  9. Lynn says:

    5 stars
    I made this because I actually had everything on hand (except the pepper )and was really trying to use up a couple sweet potatoes. It tuned out fabulous just on the stove top, added some frozen corn, chopped chipotle pepper and my Grandma’s secret ingredient for chili… cocoa powder! It had such a nice rich flavour, will definitely make again!

  10. Lauree says:

    Can you add meat to this during the cooking process? I’m thinking ground turkey? Or maybe chicken breasts? Or maybe shredded store made rotisserie chicken added during the last 30-45 minutes of cooking time? I am not the best “ad hoc” cook and really need to follow recipes or it’s all messed up 🙂 Thank you in advance for your help!

  11. Dawn says:

    5 stars
    Hi! I pulled a container of Carrie’s “HOW TO COOK BLACK BEANS IN THE CROCKPOT (AND HOW TO FREEZE THEM)” out of my freezer, and made a batch of this chili. I only had diced tomatoes with medium chilies on hand, and they just gave it a bit more kick. My carnivore hubby thought I was trying to starve him, but he loved the taste. Will definitely be making this again (with some ground beef on the side =:). Thanks for the great recipe!

  12. Dawn says:

    5 stars
    I’m craving chili on this snowy day. I think I’m going to try this out. It looks so good! Will report back!

  13. Carrie says:

    Yes, this can be frozen. Thanks.

  14. Kathleen Carey says:

    can this be frozen?

  15. Carrie says:

    The entire recipe is for 6 servings, so 1 serving would be 1/6 of the entire amount. Thank you!

  16. Leana says:

    What is a serving size? I am not seeing that on the nutrition label.

  17. Carrie says:

    Your additions sound great! I’m so glad you enjoyed it 🙂

  18. Heather says:

    5 stars
    I used vegetable broth as well. And a jalapeño in place of the green bell pepper. And some smoked paprika in place of the regular paprika. Initial taste (before everything has cooked and melded together) is delicious!

  19. Melissa says:

    Sounds yummy! However, I will be using veggie broth to make it truly vegetarian. ?