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Crockpot Sweet Potato & Black Bean Quinoa Chili

Author - Alyssa Rimmer

Try this healthy, vegetarian quinoa chili with chunky sweet potatoes and hearty sweet potatoes. The best part? It's made in a slower cooker, so it's easy and mostly hands-off!

Sweet Potato & Black Bean Quinoa Chili - made in a slow cooker! | recipe on simplyquinoa.com

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Well it's time my friends. Time to turn on the slow cooker. Time to pull out those chunky sweaters from the back of the closet. And time to cozy up to a big bowl of chili.

Because apparently there's some sort of hurricane coming towards the East Coast right  now and it's makin' things pretty darn miserable out there. A hurricane? really?

Yep, it's definitely chili time. There's nothing that will warm your up faster than a bowl of this.

The BEST quinoa chili recipe ever! Filled with sweet potatoes, black beans, tomaotoes and quinoa, it's protein packed and seriously delicious | recipe on simplyquinoa.com

If you followed SQ last winter, then you might have seen (or better yet, tried) my spicy quinoa chili recipe. It's a good one, but this one's better 😉

Why? 1) LOTS of sweet potato. 2) black beans. 3) lots of spices. 4) vegetarian. 5) slow cooker.

And the last one might just be my favorite.

Crockpot Sweet Potato & Black Bean Quinoa Chili | vegetarian + gluten-free | recipe on simplyquinoa.com

Crockpot Sweet Potato & Black Bean Quinoa Chili | vegetarian + gluten-free | recipe on simplyquinoa.com

See all those goodies in there? The spices, baby bits of quinoa, beans and chunky sweet potatoes will slowly meld together and turn into the most spectacular chili EVER.

One thing to mention is that it might seem at little thin or liquidy at first, but as it cooks the quinoa will also cook, absorbing a lot of that liquid and helping the whole thing get nice and thick.

I mean…it's hard to resist, ain't it?

Crockpot Sweet Potato & Black Bean Quinoa Chili | vegetarian + gluten-free | recipe on simplyquinoa.com

Also, while totally optional, the cubed avocado (or better yet a big ol' dollop of guac) and tortilla chips are phenom. It makes it feel little bit like a slice of Mexican heaven, perhaps taking your mind off that fact that it's cold and miserable out.

So excuse me while I go dig into my leftovers.

I'll be on the couch, with a giant bag of chips next to me, pup at my feet and a big bowl of quinoa chili in my lap. Happy Sunday friends!

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Sweet Potato & Black Bean Quinoa Chili - made in a slow cooker! | recipe on simplyquinoa.com
4.75 from 12 votes
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Crockpot Sweet Potato & Black Bean Quinoa Chili

Yep, it's definitely chili time. There's nothing that will warm your up faster than a bowl of this.

Course Main Course
Cuisine Mexican
Keyword black bean, chili, sweet potato
Prep Time 15 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Servings 8 servings
Calories 182 kcal
Author Alyssa

Ingredients

  • 3 cups diced sweet potato about 1 large
  • 1 cup diced red onion about 1 medium
  • 1 cup diced bell peppers about 1 large
  • 3 garlic cloves minced
  • 1 15 oz can organic black beans
  • 1 28 oz can of fire roasted tomatoes
  • 3 – 4 cups vegetable broth
  • 2 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 1/2 cup uncooked quinoa
  • 1 – 1 1/2 tablespoons chili powder
  • 2 teaspoons cumin
  • 2 teaspoons paprika
  • 1 teaspoon coriander
  • 1/2 teaspoon cayenne more or less to taste
  • Salt & pepper to taste

Instructions

  1. Add all ingredients into a crock pot (starting with just 3 cups of broth). Turn on high and cook for 4 hours, turn down to low and continue to cook until ready to serve. If too thick, stir in another ½ – 1 cup of water.
  2. Serve with diced avocado (or guac) and tortilla chips. It’s such a good combo!

Recipe Notes

For those looking to make this in a dutch oven, cut the liquid in half and cook it at 300ºF for two hours

 

adapted from my Three Alarm Vegetarian Quinoa Chili

Nutrition Facts
Crockpot Sweet Potato & Black Bean Quinoa Chili
Amount Per Serving
Calories 182 Calories from Fat 9
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 1g 2%
Sodium 824mg 34%
Potassium 545mg 16%
Total Carbohydrates 36g 12%
Dietary Fiber 8g 32%
Sugars 7g
Protein 7g 14%
Vitamin A 178.1%
Vitamin C 37.5%
Calcium 8.6%
Iron 17.7%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.


Sweet Potato & Black Bean Quinoa Chili - made in a slow cooker! | recipe on simplyquinoa.com
4.8 from 5 votes
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Crockpot Sweet Potato & Black Bean Quinoa Chili

My favorite quinoa chili recipe on the site! This is made in the slow cooker, is packed with protein and has so much flavor!

Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Keyword black bean chili, chili, quinoa chili, slow cooker chili, sweet potato chili, vegan chili, vegetarian chili
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 4 hours
Total Time 4 hours 15 minutes
Servings 8 servings
Calories 130 kcal

Ingredients

  • 3 cups diced sweet potato about 1 large
  • 1 cup diced red onion about 1 medium
  • 1 cup diced bell peppers about 1 large
  • 3 garlic cloves minced
  • 1 15 oz can organic black beans
  • 1 28 oz can of fire roasted tomatoes
  • 3 - 4 cups vegetable broth
  • 2 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 1/2 cup uncooked quinoa
  • 1 - 1 1/2 tablespoons chili powder
  • 2 teaspoons cumin
  • 2 teaspoons paprika
  • 1 teaspoon coriander
  • 1/2 teaspoon cayenne more or less to taste
  • Salt & pepper to taste

Instructions

  1. Add all ingredients into a crock pot (starting with just 3 cups of broth). Turn on high and cook for 4 hours, turn down to low and continue to cook until ready to serve. If too thick, stir in another 1/2 - 1 cup of water.
  2. Serve with diced avocado (or guac) and tortilla chips. It's such a good combo!

Recipe Notes

*If you don't have the option to turn your crock-pot down after four hours (like you're at work), just leave it on low for 6 - 8 hours and the results will be the same.
**Note from Matt: add a sprinkle of hot sauce because it mixes really well with the sweetness from the potatoes (love him!)

Nutrition Facts
Crockpot Sweet Potato & Black Bean Quinoa Chili
Amount Per Serving
Calories 130
% Daily Value*
Sodium 450mg 19%
Potassium 361mg 10%
Total Carbohydrates 26g 9%
Dietary Fiber 4g 16%
Sugars 7g
Protein 3g 6%
Vitamin A 170.9%
Vitamin C 35.7%
Calcium 6.4%
Iron 11.1%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

OTHER CROCKPOT QUINOA RECIPES TO TRY:

Healthy Slow Cooker Quinoa Recipes from simplyquinoa.com
Spicy Vegetarian Quinoa Chili (Simply Quinoa)
Slow Cooker Quinoa Sloppy Joes (Simply Quinoa)
Crockpot BBQ Chicken Quinoa Casserole (Food Faith Fitness)
Slow Cooker Quinoa Minestrone (Rachel Cooks)

 

 

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  1. Greetings. Your recipe looks like something I can cook for my mom, she had stage 4 lung cancer, and I would like to make this for her as part of her meal prep. However, we don’t own a crock pot… Can this be made on the stove? Thank you.

  2. I made this last night in an instantpot for lunch for today. It’s actually very good! Next time I make it, I’ll add some finely chopped habanero (I like extra kick), but as is, this recipe is a winner! Thanks for sharing!

    • I have the same issue. Cooked on High for 4 hours, set to low for an hour and the sweet potatoes are still kind of crunchy. Also I only used 3 cups of broth but I feel like its very soupy. Is that normal? This is my first time making a vegetarian chili so I’m not super sure what to expect. It’s very flavourful though!

      • Hmm maybe your crockpot doesn’t actually get that hot. When mine is on high, it’s on a low boil which will definitely cook the potatoes. Maybe transfer it to a pot and just boil it for another 60 minutes or so?

    • Hmmm that’s strange! Was it really cooking high when you looked at it? Like bubbling and boiling? I’m wondering if maybe your crockpot wasn’t super hot? It should definitely cook in that amount of time!

  3. This recipe made regular rotation in my house!
    I did not cook it in the slow cooker.
    I sauteed all the veggies (I added about 1/4 minced jalapeno) with the spices on my stove on medium in the dutch oven for about 10 minutes.
    I then added the rest of the ingredients, covered and let it slightly simmer for about 45 minutes to an hour and I would open it occasionally to check consistency and stir.

    I topped with avocado, cilantro, fresh lime juice and a small scoop of plain greek yogurt, served with a side of basic salad. Did not miss the meat! Was even better as leftovers for lunch. Thank you!

  4. I just made a batch today and it was DELICIOUS!!!! I would not change a thing .. it was perfect! I will be making this often for sure!! Thanks for sharing!!

  5. Making this tomorrow but won’t be home after 4 hours to turn it on low. Suggestions on timing? I can set my slow cooker to high or low. Then it automatically goes to warm when the time is up. Thanks!

  6. I’m wondering if anyone’s tried making this recipe with dry black beans? I’ve read you can do this in chili recipes with no pre-soaking, but haven’t tried it myself. Maybe it would require adjusting cooking times?

  7. Do you have the nutritional facts per serving. I found this in Whole Foods and I’m going to try and make it. Delicious…thank you for the recipe.

  8. Just recently made this! I added an entire bag of frozen corn and also (this may sound odd), but some cinnamon! The cinnamon added a subtle sweetness that helped to bring out the flavor of the sweet potato! Thanks so much for this! 🙂

  9. Just finished making this and currently enjoying a bowl on this chilly day in Toronto! I love how easy this recipe is, and for someone who makes large batches and freezes portions for lunches this is perfect! I didn’t have any sweet potato on hand so I used acorn squash and it was still great. Thank you for the recipe!

  10. I made this tonight on the stovetop and used spiral cut sweet potato instead of chunks, added several handfuls of kale, and some garlic. Absolutely delicious!

  11. This was the first time I have made a vegetarian chili and it was outstanding. It was especially tasty with the avocado and tortilla chips. A family favourite!!

  12. I keep hoping to find a crock pot at a garage sale or on eBay, my Mom used one often but I don’t think I have one. It seems very worth getting, I love the idea of starting a meal in the morning and it being ready later – I tire too easily & really miss cooking so much. This looks flavorful and filled with good nutrients! Thank you for a great looking recipe! Now I need to find some vegan cornbread. (So sad that the old Jiffy 79 cent stuff has animal fat!) Surely someone has something.

    • I don’t see why not, especially if you can adjust the cooking time? I like the idea of the slow cooker though, since this is one of those meals that is often better the second day – so I imagine cooking it for 6 hours would let all the flavors really mingle and get yummy.

  13. This looks good! I must try it. And yes, I must also find my sweaters that are packed far away. It’s cold out there!

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