Vegan Sweet Potato and Black Bean Quinoa Chili (Slow Cooker)

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This Vegan Sweet Potato and Black Bean Quinoa Chili (Slow Cooker) takes only 15 minutes to prep and then right into the slow cooker! It results in a hearty, thick and delicious chili!

Vegan sweet potato and black bean quinoa chili in a white bowl.

Vegan Sweet Potato and Black Bean Quinoa Chili is quite a mouthful, isn’t it? That’s the point. A spoonful of this divine chili and you’ll be speechless. Suspicious taste testers sat and ate in silence for a bit, then muttered, coming up for air “This is meatless?!”.

Yes my friends, amazing meatless chili does exist.

Top down shot of vegan sweet potato and black bean quinoa chili.

I actually wasn’t a huge fan of chili until turning vegetarian, and I’m starting to realise that trend runs true in a lot of things in my life, such as curry (whaaat?! I actually do like curry??), black beans and chickpeas. Vegetarian-ism pretty much turned these wonder foods into magical delicious morsels for me. You don’t hear me complaining. I took a try at chili for the first time here and it became a sensational hit, pinned over 25,000 times on Pinterest with tons of readers letting me know that everyone from themselves to their meat-loving partners were enjoying it! If I said I took a bow, I would be lying. I took MANY bows. I practiced speeches thanking the Academy in my mirror. Hey, a girl can dream right?

I think the moment I knew this Vegan Sweet Potato and Black Bean Quinoa Chili recipe was legit was when my dad said “whoa. This tastes great.” And went back for more. It’s one thing for someone to make a great comment, but actions don’t lie!

Stirring chili in a slow cooker.

So I decided to not invent the wheel, but keep it turning by amping up my base recipe and throwing in some beautiful sweet potatoes into the mix. I upped the garlic and some of the seasonings and hit start. The sweet potato adds such a great flavour to the chili while simultaneously adding it’s own soft and hearty factor that made me realise that it definitely MADE this chili even better than it already was! If you’re preparing this for your family, be ensured that adding sweet potato means your chili will be filling up your loved ones quicker, guaranteeing your chili will last even longer.

I’ve had about…6 bowls of this this week. I KNOW, I KNOW. I’m obsessed. But that’s why I love chili, it’s so diverse. I’ve had it by itself, with an egg on top, in a burrito (chili cheese burritos?! YES!), and with tons of vegan sour cream on top. It’s lasted super long in the fridge and best of all? Freezes great. I plan to stock up on this beauty for those nights where I have nothing planned for dinner.

Have I sold you yet? You need to try this. I actually timed how long I took and after 15 minutes everything was in the slow cooker and churning away. This was while dancing to Sia’s new album and pretending I was on my own cooking show (isn’t it awesome?!).

Again, a girl can dream, right?

Side on shot of vegan sweet potato and black bean quinoa chili.

P.S. Here are some of the items I used to make this recipe if you’d like to use them too:

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This Slow Cooker Sweet Potato, Quinoa and Black Bean Chili takes only 15 minutes to prep and then right into the slow cooker! It results in a hearty, thick and delicious chili!

 

Slow Cooker Sweet Potato, Quinoa and Black Bean Chili in a bowl with a spoon.

Vegan Sweet Potato and Black Bean Quinoa Chili (Slow Cooker)

This Vegan Sweet Potato and Black Bean Quinoa Chili (Slow Cooker) takes only 15 minutes to prep and then right into the slow cooker! 
by: Jessica in the Kitchen
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 2 minutes
Total Time 17 minutes
Servings 6 servings
Course Dinner
Cuisine American, tex mex
Ingredients
  • 2 1/2 cups vegetable broth 600ml
  • 1/2 cup uncooked quinoa 90g
  • 15 oz can black beans, drained 425g
  • 14 oz can diced tomatoes 411g
  • 1/4 cup chopped red bell pepper 35.43g
  • 1/4 cup chopped green bell pepper 35.43g
  • 1 shredded carrot
  • 1/2 cup chopped onion 42.52g
  • 4 cloves garlic peeled and minced
  • 1/2 small chili pepper
  • 2 teaspoons chili powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon oregano
  • 1/2 cup corn kernels, canned or fresh 90 grams
  • 1 large sweet potato about 340g, peeled and diced

Toppings:

  • chopped avocado chunks
  • chopped green onions
  • shredded carrot

Vegan Cashew Sour Cream:

  • 1/2 cup soaked cashews cashews soaked in water overnight
  • 3-4 tablespoons water
  • splash apple cider vinegar
  • 1/2 teaspoon fine sea salt
  • 1 teaspoon lime juice
Instructions

Instructions

  • Add the broth, sweet potato, uncooked quinoa, black beans and tomatoes to the slow cooker. Stir to combine.
  • Next add the peppers, carrot, onion and garlic, and stir, then add the rest of the seasonings and stir a few times to combine.
  • Set the slow cooker to high for 2- 2 1/2 hours or on low for 5-6 hours (for high, monitor the last 30 minutes and for low, monitor the last hour).

Vegan Cashew Sour Cream

  • Blend all the ingredients for cashew sour cream in a high speed blender (I use a NutriBullet) until smooth, for about 30 seconds, scraping blender once halfway in between.
  • Serve on chili with your favourite toppings (avocado, chopped green onions).
NOTES
 
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1. This chili freezes well. Pack into ziploc bags and lay flat and freeze. Label for an efficient freezer system!
2. This chili lasts a good week in the fridge.
3. You can add any ground provisions you’d like to the chili. Just adjust the broth accordingly if you want to keep your chili liquid-y.
 

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Nutrition

Calories: 316kcal | Carbohydrates: 47g | Protein: 11g | Fat: 11g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Sodium: 1612mg | Potassium: 949mg | Fiber: 12g | Sugar: 8g | Vitamin A: 9581IU | Vitamin C: 34mg | Calcium: 95mg | Iron: 4mg
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39 comments

  1. Sweet potato, black bean and quinoa…this chili has EVERYTHING I love, Jessica. YUM!

  2. Oh wow, these chili looks incredible! I wish I could reach through my screen and grab a bowl. I love the sweet potatoes and quinoa in here. Such a comforting dish!

  3. I LOVE a good meatless chili and this looks absolutely fantastic, Jessica! You’d never miss the meat with all those gorgeous sweet potato cubes and quinoa!

  4. This is comfort food at it’s best. I love how healthy it is, and so wasy to prepare too.

  5. I love chili in all forms, but I am such a huge fan of this! It looks so delicious, filling and healthy! Yum.

  6. I love this, packed with so much flavor!

  7. Renae says:

    This looks really good!! I can’t wait to give this recipe a try!

  8. Marcie Bidou says:

    I’m so hungry for this, and I just realized I have all of these ingredients so I’m making a pot tonight! This is the way I love to eat, Jessica — it looks amazing!

  9. Summer says:

    This looks so tempting ♥

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  10. Ah I get totally chili obsessed and I’ve been SO craving it in this chilly weather. This version looks AMAZING – love the sweet potatoes. Pinned and totally trying this soon!

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